LAP: Max no of client (Cisco 1252)

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Jan 25th, 2010
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Is there any official documentation from Cisco that supports the below statement? Customer is looking for this information.


"There's no hard number that the AP can support.  Cisco recommends no more than 25 clients per AP, but the AP will associate as many clients as possible without a restriction".


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Colm

Correct Answer by Leo Laohoo about 7 years 1 month ago

In theory, a Cisco AP can support up to 1024 clients.  In practice, however, Cisco recommends no greater than 25 per AP.  This does not mean clients follow the Cisco recommendation.  There are a number of regular posters who have successfully associated up to 38 clients per AP.

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Oscar Jaime Mon, 01/25/2010 - 13:09
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Here's an answer from Cisco PM J. Patil to a similar question (see Q.1 below). Hope it helps.
8. Dec 15, 2009 1:03 AM in response to: ciscomoderator

Re: ASK THE EXPERT - WIRELESS 11.N

Hi,


1. If you only have 802.11g clients, do you have more capacity for them if you use a 802.11n AP or you only can use this capacity with 802.11n clients? I mean can you connect more 802.11g clients in a 802.11n AP?


2. What is the difference between 4440 and 5500 WLC for deploying 802.11n? In the specs I've only found 802.11n is optimized for 5500. I want to buy a WLC for 30 AP's and I'm not sure waht is the best option for me. I'm afraid 4400 will be soon EoL announced since 5500 have versions for the same number of APs

Thanks


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9. Dec 16, 2009 3:58 PM in response to: jmprats
Re: ASK THE EXPERT - WIRELESS 11.N



1. If you only have 802.11g clients, do you have more capacity for them if you use a 802.11n AP or you only can use this capacity with 802.11n clients? I mean can you connect more 802.11g clients in a 802.11n AP?

Jeevan> 802.11n AP similar to an 802.11a/g AP can technically have more than 100 clients connected to each radio at one point of time. However the experience that you receive will be diluted based on the applications that are being used, the bandwidth requirements and number of clients. The rule of thumb is that for enterprise-grade experience deploy upto 15 clients per radio or 30 clients per AP irrespective of 802.11n or 802.11a/g APs.

With the newer APs such as 1140 and 1250; there are significant advantages versus the older ones:

1.More memory(DRAM and Flash)

2. ClientLink technology enables higher downstream throughput to a/g clients

3. MRC technology enables higher upstream throughput from a/g/n clients

For more details review:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns767/networking_solutions_package.html


2. What is the difference between 4440 and 5500 WLC for deploying 802.11n? In the specs I've only found 802.11n is optimized for 5500. I want to buy a WLC for 30 AP's and I'm not sure waht is the best option for me. I'm afraid 4400 will be soon EoL announced since 5500 have versions for the same number of APs

Jeevan> Similar to the AP evolution detailed above; the 5500 offers several benefits vs the 44xx:

1.      Ability to scale upto 250 APs with a software licensing model

2.      8 Gbps uplink

3.      DTLS encryption to ensure full-line-rate encryption between access points and controllers across remote WAN/LAN links.

For more details refer:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps6302/ps8322/ps10315/data_sheet_c78-521631.html

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Leo Laohoo Tue, 01/26/2010 - 13:47
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In theory, a Cisco AP can support up to 1024 clients.  In practice, however, Cisco recommends no greater than 25 per AP.  This does not mean clients follow the Cisco recommendation.  There are a number of regular posters who have successfully associated up to 38 clients per AP.

colmgrier Tue, 01/26/2010 - 14:20
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Thanks everyone for your feedback.


Regards,

Colm

Leo Laohoo Tue, 01/26/2010 - 14:31
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