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maximum clients on the wireless controllers

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Jun 24th, 2014
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Hi ,

I have noticed the following table on the cisco webportal.

Deployment typeEnterprise Large campus + SP Wi-FiCentral site Controller for large number of distributed, controller-less branchesEnterprise Campus and full service branchEnterprise Campus
Operational ModesLocal mode, FlexConnect, MeshFlexConnect onlyLocal mode, FlexConnect, MeshLocal mode, FlexConnect, Mesh
Maximum Scale6000 APs 64,000 clients6000 APs 64,000 clients500 APs 7000 clients1000 APs 15,000 clients


whether 5500 controller can support 7000 clients irrespective of number of access-points its associated with? eg..5500 with 200APs can support 7000 cleints?



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Sandeep Choudhary Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:52
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A general rule-of-thumb is ~25-30 users per AP.

HOWEVER, it really boils down to a number of factors. For example:

What kind of traffic?

Voice? email..or surfing? Database access? Telnet/SSH?.etc.



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Leo Laohoo Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:22
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Well, you also need to look at the distribution interface the 5508 has.  The 5508 only has eight (8) 1 Gbps ports.   

Abha Jha Thu, 06/26/2014 - 04:34
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Note The maximum number of clients per WLAN feature is supported only for access points that are in connected mode.


Table 7-1 describes the number of clients that you can configure for a given platform.

Table 7-1 Maximum Clients per Platform.

Maximum Number of Clients

Cisco 2106 Series Controller


Cisco 2500 Series Controller


Cisco 4400 Series Controller


Cisco 5500 Series Controller


Cisco Flex 7500 Series Controller





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