Aironet 3500 LAP without wireless controller.

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May 5th, 2012

Hello everyone,

We have couple of Cisco Aironet 3500 Series access points with the following P/N: "AIR-CAP3501E-A-K9", we have discovered that we need a wireless LAN controller to connect those new access points!, however, we do not have any wireless controller in our LAN.

We even tried to CLI through the console port but we could not set any static IP on it!, after reading on Cisco site we discover that this type of AP is called "Lightweight Access Point" LAP which handles all the management tasks to the controller!

So what shall we do! is it impossible to operate them without the controller?

Thanking you in advance.

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Leo Laohoo Sat, 05/05/2012 - 22:34
is it impossible to operate them without the controller?

Yes you can.  But here are the priviso:

1.  You need to download the autonomous IOS for the 1260 and load this into the 3500;

2.  You won't get any technical support from TAC, nadda, no-way-Jose; and

3.  CleanAir won't work.

Computer-MOI Sun, 05/06/2012 - 03:24

OK, we will buy one "4400 Series WLAN Controller for up to 100 Cisco access points "P/N: AIR-WLC4404-100-K9"".

1) We will deploy those LAP using many different switches in different floors, so I assume that one device of the above will be sufficient to serve all of them if they are all in the same VLAN.

2) Do we require anything else like (Cisco WCS P/N:"WCS-PLUS-50") or something else?

Leo Laohoo Sun, 05/06/2012 - 15:18
OK, we will buy one "4400 Series WLAN Controller for up to 100 Cisco access points "P/N: AIR-WLC4404-100-K9"". 

No you won't.  WLC4400 is already end-of-sale (last day to order is 11 June 2011).  Your next option would be the WLC5508.

2) Do we require anything else like (Cisco WCS P/N:"WCS-PLUS-50") or something else?

No you won't.  Look at the Cisco Prime NCS instead.  WCS is about to be end-of-sale and will be superseded by the NCS.

Scott Fella Sun, 05/06/2012 - 06:47

All you need is a wlc that runs 7.0 code. I would actually look at the 5508 if I were you, just because the 5508 is replacing the 4400. But you can still use the 4400. You do not need WCS. WCS is if you would like a management system that has floor plans of you building. Also can generate reports, etc.

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Computer-MOI Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:35

Thank you leolaohoo & Scott Fella,

Based on your recommendations, here is my final outcome:

- One 5500 series wireless controller for up to 100 Cisco access points (AIR-CT5508-100-K9).

That will be sufficient to let me run over fifty 3500 LAP which are connected to different switches in different floors of my network.

Leo Laohoo Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:49

Sounds good.

PS:  Make sure you get the WAP with the correct country regulatory domain.

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