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Oct 25th, 2013
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I want to use the Cisco 3850 switches to manage my AP's at our remote locations.  Most of the remote locations will use less then 50 AP's so I would only need one MC at each location.  There will be a few locations that will have about 75 AP's each.  So I am better off using a different controller or using 2 3850's setup as MC each?


Currently I have two 5508's in our core in a centralized configuration and plan to move then into the DMZ to be anchor controllers.  I have two data centers each with an internet connection in a disaster recovery configuration.  So one controller will be in each location.  I thought that maybe I could but another controller at put that in the data center as an MC but was not sure if that would be best or stick with the MC's at the remote sites instead.


Thank you for the input.

Correct Answer by Stephen Rodriguez about 3 years 9 months ago

the current release for the 3850 is 3.3, and it does not support the 3700 series of AP, so the 3850 would not be able to terminate the CAPWAP tunnel


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3850/software/release/3se/release_notes/OL_30562_01.html#wp149415







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Steve

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Leo Laohoo Fri, 10/25/2013 - 17:56
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Question is whether or not you want to use 802.11ac.

srosenthal Fri, 10/25/2013 - 17:58
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I do plan on ordering the new 3700 AP and offer 802.11ac as an option.

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If that is the case, then your 3650 and/or 3850 should be configured as MA.  You'll need a separate WLC, like the 5508 or WiSM2, to be the MC.

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Will the 3850 not support the MC function when it comes to 802.11ac?

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Stephen Rodriguez Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:33
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the current release for the 3850 is 3.3, and it does not support the 3700 series of AP, so the 3850 would not be able to terminate the CAPWAP tunnel


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3850/software/release/3se/release_notes/OL_30562_01.html#wp149415







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srosenthal Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:36
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Thank you for the information.  Is there any word on when they will be able to?  I guess as of right now it's not a big deal since the 3700 is not even shipping yet.


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3700 is scheduled to start shipping out by mid-December 2013 (I know because we've ordered some).  So I guess between November 2013 and December 2013 something should be coming out to support the 3700. 

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