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Can WLC2504 manage AP in remote networks?

Hi all,

 

I've just got a technical question. I'm just wondering if it could be possible to use WLC2504 to manage AP that are on a remote networks, ie they are behind a WAN link and behind a router. Let me explain myself bettter. This is what I'm trying to achive; in the Head Office I'm thinking of installing the WLC2504 to manage 5-locally-installed AP (with its appropriate Guest VLAN and Corp VLAN), then on the other two branches install another 5 APs respectively (with same schema Guest VLAN and Corp VLAN, needeles to say with different IPs).

Obviously, all 3 sites are connected using a WAN private network (all networks are routable) so my question is; could the APs installed on the remote branches talk to the WLC installed at the HO and register to grab their configuration? From what I've seen in all documentation is that WCL2504 can only talk to APs installed whithin same premises, ie only inter VLAN traffic and not traversing WAN links/routers.

Any help would be really appreciated.

 

Cheers

 

 

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The method is called

The method is called FlexConnect.  

 

Configuring FlexConnect

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The method is called

The method is called FlexConnect.  

 

Configuring FlexConnect

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Hi Leo, Thank you so much for

Hi Leo,

 

Thank you so much for your quick reply!

One last question. Do you know if WCL 2504 supports FlexConnect for AP1602I? I've found contradictory information.

This one says it does support FlexConnect for 1602I (when using WLC 5500)

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/5500-series-wireless-controllers/112042-technote-product-00.html

The link you posted doesn't mention AP 1600s to be supported

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/7-2/configuration/guide/cg/cg_flexconnect.html

 

And the datasheet for AP1600s doesn't especifillay say that FlexConnect is supported.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/wireless/aironet-1600-series/data_sheet_c78-715702.html

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/technology/apdeploy/Cisco_Aironet.html

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/access_point/1600/quick/guide/ap1600getstart.html#wp37338

So my question is...can I use FlexConnect with WLC2504 and Aironet AP1602I?

 

Thanks in advance

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So what you have to look at

So what you have to look at is the support for the WLC and the WLC code, which in your case, the 2504 and code supports FlexConnect.  Many new access points support FlexConnect, but you need to verify in the FlexConnect matrix.  The 1600 is a newer AP and is supported:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/5500-series-wireless-controllers/112042-technote-product-00.html

Scott

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I agree with Scott.

I agree with Scott.  Flexconnect is supported on the 2504 and the 1600.

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