We are working within a hospital environment to provide guest network access to patients through our hotspot access controller which is simply a RB1000 Mikrotik device. We have plenty of experience with these devices and they simply provide a UAM web portal which takes credentials and then passes them out to our RADIUS server. Traditionally we install our own AP's to provide the wireless connections, that are simply dumb bridges, passing all requests straight to our Hotspot Access Controller which handles everything - DHCP, rate limiting, RADIUS authentication relaying etc...
So, now we have a large hospital network which has a multitude of lighweight AP's all being handled by a 5500 WLAN contoller which we are going to leverage and use to pass all info straight through to our Access Controller - I hope!
There are multiple SSID's on each AP (we call these Virtual SSID's - not sure what they are in Ciscoan) and we have been allocated PUBLIC HOTSPOT for our hotspot clients to connect to. A VLAN has been configured for this traffic and all that appears to be fine.
Now we need to configure the 5500 WLAN Controller to pass all traffic from the AP's straight to our Access Controller... I have had a look at the web GUI with the network guys at the site and we are trying to understand what is the best option here and if at all this can be configured. I can see in WLANS tab > Edit > Security > Layer 3 options there is a passthrough option which I was hoping might just pass off to our Access Controller? But that would be too easy huh? We only really ever work with pure bridged AP's passing all wireless traffic back to our Access Controller. Looking for similar method or best practice for the Cisco AP's.
Has anyone any thoughts whether this is in fact possible or are we wasting out time here? We will be getting a spare 5500 WLAN controller to test these settings with so I am in initial fact finding stage and looking for some advice on this...