SpectraLink and 4.2 WiSM

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Feb 17th, 2009
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Running 4.1.185 in production with older Spectralink phones (NetLink i340/h340) - all is well. When I upgrade my backup controller to any 4.2 release (4.2.176 is the latest tried), SpectraLinks quit working - "No GW Response". This usually is a multicast issue, but cannot find the problem. Anyone run into this?

BTW, using WiSMs, not WLCs

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Darren Ramsey Mon, 02/23/2009 - 19:59
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What is your multicast mode setting?

russ.michel Mon, 02/23/2009 - 20:16
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I found out that due to stricter handling of multicast in WLC/WiSM v4.2 and newer, it was necessary to enable PIM sparse-dense mode & ip multicast routing on the WiSM host switches for the SpectraLink VLAN *and* all the VLANs having APs... even though the phones and the NetLink gateways are in the same VLAN; strange to me, since SpectraLink SVP traffic is unroutable. Anyway, problem solved!

And for the benefit of others who may read this: There is also a new option for igmp snooping in the v4.2+ which must be turned on as part of the equation. (I'd already enabled it before my OP here.)


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