Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

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Jan 3rd, 2012


    I want to start implementing a small outdoor mesh network of 3 APs Aironet 1550 in order to grow afterward with more APs. Is there any way to configure those 3 APs in an outdoor mesh configuration (for example, only one RAP and two MAPs) without a Wireless LAN Controller or I have to have at least, one WLC? My idea is to have a WLC 5508, but at the very beginning I don't know if my budget is gonna allow me to cost the WLC.



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Correct Answer by Scott Fella about 4 years 11 months ago

Here is a post that you can reference.  Hope this helps.

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Scott Fella Tue, 01/03/2012 - 18:07

You will need a WLC.  There is no support for autonmous on those devices.

gariup.guido Tue, 01/03/2012 - 18:22


    As always, thank you very much. I have one more question before closing this thread. The WCS is also needed for the solution or only with the APs and the WLC is OK?

Thanks again.


Leo Laohoo Tue, 01/03/2012 - 18:37

You would need the WCS if you want to do reporting and/or you have multiple WLC.

I mean you can still use multiple WLC but the WCS would be better in "managing" multiple WLC. 

Leo Laohoo Thu, 01/05/2012 - 15:15

One more thing, WCS?  Do NOT get WCS.  This product has been superseded by the Prime NCS.

Whether or not you should consider the VM-version or the hardware version will depend entirely on the number of WAPs you plan to have. 


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