Difference between HREAP and Local AP

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Jun 29th, 2009
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I am interested to know if there is any difference between HREAP (centrally switched, centrally authenticated) with normal local AP.



As I can see all the traffic from the AP will still go through the controller to at the central site.

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Leo Laohoo Mon, 06/29/2009 - 18:53
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Hybrid Remote Edge Access Point (H-REAP) is a wireless solution for branch office and remote office deployments. It enables customers to configure and control access points in a branch or remote office from the corporate office through a wide area network (WAN) link without deploying a controller in each office. The H-REAP access points can switch client data traffic locally and perform client authentication locally when the connection to the controller is lost. When connected to the controller, H-REAPs can also tunnel traffic back to the controller.

Leo Laohoo Mon, 06/29/2009 - 18:55
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As I can see all the traffic from the AP will still go through the controller to at the central site.


One feature I like about H-REAP is how the AP's transform to semi-autonomous operation. When local APs connect to a sole WLC, the APs are very dependent on the WLC. With H-REAP APs, when the WLC goes down, the APs continue to operate normally until the APs reload/reboot.

zhenningx Tue, 06/30/2009 - 05:39
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If you run HREAP AP in centrally switched and centrally authenticated mode, I don't see any differences with a local AP.

Leo Laohoo Tue, 06/30/2009 - 18:50
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Maybe, but turn off your WLC and see if you can still use your wireless using Local AP instead of H-REAP AP.


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adriansoh83 Tue, 06/30/2009 - 19:29
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Major difference, HREAP terminates the data flow locally on the connecting switch while LOCAL AP terminates on the WLC.


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