- Bronze, 100 points or more
I have a client that will be purchasing a UC540W very shortly and needs wireless access (b/g) in an external area. My inital plan was to run an external omni antenna from the built in AP in the UC540, but they have decided that they need to offer guest access in this location. My understanding is that I need a WLC 526 to separate the guest WLAN from the corporate WLAN and the 526 won't work with the internal AP. As the 521 APs don't have an external antenna port, I need to find a solution where I can VLAN the wireless network and provide different levels of QoS on phone, data, and guest VLANs. Has anybody run into a similar situation and found a good solution? Would it be better to:
1. Are there any Cisco/Linksys WAPs with support for external antennas that could be configured to work with the UC540W?
2. Are there any Cisco/Linksys WAPs that are ruggedized that could be mounted in an external location?
3. Would the WAP200E work for this application and is it supported by CCA?
4. Is there any way to configure the UC540 to create 3 VLANs (voice, data, guest) and apply different QoS profiles using the internal WAP?
5. Is there any way to configure the WLC to use the internal WAP on the UC540?
Any ideas would be very much appreciated.
1. I was able to get this device into the lab and was able to confirm that you are able to change the VLAN tagging and QoS settings for each VLAN.
This device does NOT work with the WLC526. This AP is fully Autonomous and cannot be changed to Light Weight mode. Again, this device is in NO WAY designed to inter-operate with the WLC526 or any other controller for that matter.
2.As far as a guest VLAN is concerned this AP does not authenticate the user (other than via WEP or WPA) before allowing them onto the network. In order to get around that just make a private VLAN (most likely through CLI) on the UC500 and make this port a member of it. That way you can leave the encryption off and let them only access the internet via that VLAN. As for the "guest" wireless network this AP does not support anything such from the AP itself.
3.Answered in answer to question 1.
4.Kind of answered in question 1. If you have the AP521 then the WLC is very useful. For this model (WAP200E) it is just an extra item to hold your desk down.
As a side note, you can set the priority queue on the AP for the voice traffic that will be using the AP, and you can also rate limit the wireless speed for the clients as well.
Hope this is what you were looking for. Add more questions and I will try to provide more answers.