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Connecting European Access Point to US Controller

I have a 5508 controller and about 30 AIR-CAP3502I-A-K9 access points across 30 offices in the USA.  We have a new UK office and purchased an AP locally to avoid shipping from the US, the UK AP is an AIR-CAP3502I-E-K9.  When I try to add the UK country code to the controller it tells me I have to disable 802.11A and B wireless networks.  I obviously don't want to do that.  Is there a way to connect a -E AP to an American controller??


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Is there a way to connect a

Is there a way to connect a -E AP to an American controller??

No there is none.   You have two options:  

  1. Get another controller where you allow APs with the same Regulatory Domain to join; or
  2. Convert and operate the APs in autonomous.  


The reason behind this madness is because the wifi Regulatory Domain for Europe and US are totally different.  In order to comply, Cisco's WLC will only allow COMMON factors to be enabled.  

Take my case for example.  I have a few "-A" APs that were delivered incorrectly when I should be using "-N".  So this means that all my "-A" APs have 802.11a radios disabled.