No of SSID support on Cisco WLC

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Oct 20th, 2009

Hi All,

Can you please help me on providing below details on Cisco wireless controller?

1. No of SSID support on Cisco WLC

2. Is it possible to restrict SSID on AP's (e.g. I have 10 SSID's configured on controller, I want first 10 Access points use set of SSID (SSID 1-5), and rest of the AP use SSID 6-10.

Thanks

Jamal

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Correct Answer by rob.huffman about 7 years 1 month ago

Hi Jamal,

Just to add a touch to the great info from Robert (+5 points Robert)

The feature you are looking for is called WLAN Override in WLC 4.x versions.

Enabling WLAN Override

By default, access points transmit all defined WLANs on the controller. However, you can use the WLAN Override option to select which WLANs are transmitted and which ones are not on a per access point basis. For example, you can use WLAN override to control where in the network the guest WLAN is transmitted or you can use it to disable a specific WLAN in a certain area of the network.

From this doc;

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/controller/4.0/configuration/guide/c40wlan.html#wp1114777

Once you create a new WLAN, the WLAN > Edit page for the new WLAN appears. In this page you can define various parameters specific to this WLAN including General Policies, RADIUS Servers, Security Policies, and 802.1x Parameters.

**Check Admin Status under General Policies to enable the WLAN. If you want the AP to broadcast the SSID in its beacon frames, check Broadcast SSID.

Note: You can configure up to sixteen WLANs on the controller. The Cisco WLAN Solution can control up to sixteen WLANs for Lightweight APs. Each WLAN has a separate WLAN ID (1 through 16), a separate WLAN SSID (WLAN name), and can be assigned unique security policies. Lightweight APs broadcast all active Cisco WLAN Solution WLAN SSIDs and enforce the policies that you define for each WLAN.

From this good doc;

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk722/tk809/technologies_configuration_example09186a0080665d18.shtml#c3

In 5.x versions you will use AP Groups, because in WLC 5.x versions, WLAN Override has been replaced with the "AP Groups" feature;

Creating Access Point Groups

After all access points have joined the controller, you can create up to 150 access point groups and assign up to 16 WLANs to each group. Each access point advertises only the enabled WLANs that belong to its access point group. The access point does not advertise disabled WLANs in its access point group or WLANs that belong to another group.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/controller/5.2/configuration/guide/c52wlan.html#wp1128591

To learn more about AP Groups check out George's excellent video

http://www.my80211.com/cisco-labs/2009/3/22/cisco-ap-group-nugget.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

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Robert.N.Barrett_2 Tue, 10/20/2009 - 08:16

If you're looking at a 21xx, 44xx, 55xx, WiSM, etc., then the short answer is:

1 - 16 at a minimum, the actual number will vary based on the code version and controller type you use

2 - Yes - You can manually override which AP supports which SSID(s). The default is that each AP supports all defined SSIDs

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rob.huffman Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:21

Hi Jamal,

Just to add a touch to the great info from Robert (+5 points Robert)

The feature you are looking for is called WLAN Override in WLC 4.x versions.

Enabling WLAN Override

By default, access points transmit all defined WLANs on the controller. However, you can use the WLAN Override option to select which WLANs are transmitted and which ones are not on a per access point basis. For example, you can use WLAN override to control where in the network the guest WLAN is transmitted or you can use it to disable a specific WLAN in a certain area of the network.

From this doc;

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/controller/4.0/configuration/guide/c40wlan.html#wp1114777

Once you create a new WLAN, the WLAN > Edit page for the new WLAN appears. In this page you can define various parameters specific to this WLAN including General Policies, RADIUS Servers, Security Policies, and 802.1x Parameters.

**Check Admin Status under General Policies to enable the WLAN. If you want the AP to broadcast the SSID in its beacon frames, check Broadcast SSID.

Note: You can configure up to sixteen WLANs on the controller. The Cisco WLAN Solution can control up to sixteen WLANs for Lightweight APs. Each WLAN has a separate WLAN ID (1 through 16), a separate WLAN SSID (WLAN name), and can be assigned unique security policies. Lightweight APs broadcast all active Cisco WLAN Solution WLAN SSIDs and enforce the policies that you define for each WLAN.

From this good doc;

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk722/tk809/technologies_configuration_example09186a0080665d18.shtml#c3

In 5.x versions you will use AP Groups, because in WLC 5.x versions, WLAN Override has been replaced with the "AP Groups" feature;

Creating Access Point Groups

After all access points have joined the controller, you can create up to 150 access point groups and assign up to 16 WLANs to each group. Each access point advertises only the enabled WLANs that belong to its access point group. The access point does not advertise disabled WLANs in its access point group or WLANs that belong to another group.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/controller/5.2/configuration/guide/c52wlan.html#wp1128591

To learn more about AP Groups check out George's excellent video

http://www.my80211.com/cisco-labs/2009/3/22/cisco-ap-group-nugget.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

Robert.N.Barrett_2 Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:44

Points to you, Rob, for 'splaining how things work in 5.

Does the "override" work the same in 6?

rob.huffman Thu, 10/22/2009 - 06:23

Hi Robert,

Cheers buddy! Yes, "Override" is the same in 6.x as the 5.x releases.

Rob

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