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Wireless network extension

Hi,

Currently our client has an exiting Wireless network consiting of the following devices:

AIR-LAP1242AG-E-K9 (roughly 60)

AIR-WLC4402-50-K9 (3) (running on 6.0.196.0)

WLC are deployed in N+1 meaining roughly half of the APs are registered with WLC1 other half with WLC2 and WLC3 used as failover for all of them.

The APs are spread over multiple offices and we have 4 AP groups.

They are planning to roll out Wireless in other offices and we expect additional 70-100 APs and later may be additional offices are going to join.

I was thinking of 3500 series APs to be installed at the new locations and a new 5508 Controller.

Questions:

Can I use the 3500 series with existing 4402?

If I use 7.0 on 5508 and APs are failing back to WLC3 they will downgrade the image?

Do I need to upgrade WLC1, WLC2, WLC3 to be on the same level as 5508?

If anyone has experience with this new 3500 series AP it is welcome.

Thanks,

Krisztian

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Re: Wireless network extension

Krisztian,

Take a look at this link toward the bottom:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10981/data_sheet_c78-594630.html

Integrated Antenna

• 2.4 GHz, Gain 4 dBi, internal Omni, horizontal beamwidth 360°
• 5 GHz, Gain 3 dBi, internal Omni, horizontal beamwidth 360°

Is this what you were looking for?

-Scott
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Re: Wireless network extension

Krisztian,

I will try to answer these:

Questions:

Can I use the 3500 series with existing 4402?

Not unless you upgrade the code on the 4402

If I use 7.0 on 5508 and APs are failing back to WLC3 they will downgrade the image?

You will need to upgrade the code on the 4402's in order to use them as a redundant WLC, because of the code requirement for the 3500 series AP's.

Do I need to upgrade WLC1, WLC2, WLC3 to be on the same level as 5508?

Yes

If anyone has experience with this new 3500 series AP it is welcome.

Too early to say....seems to work fine so far:)

-Scott
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Re: Wireless network extension

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the answers.

That's what I was afraid of.

So the 3500 is not supported at all with code 6.0 but only with 7.0?

Krisztian

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Re: Wireless network extension

They only support v7.0+

Software

Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 7.0 or later.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10981/data_sheet_c78-594630.html

-Scott
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Re: Wireless network extension

Hi Scott,

Just one more question.

I cannot find anywhere the 3500i antenna paramaters (range, gain etc.)

I was searching Cisco as well but without success. May be I'm just blind


Do you know it by any chance.

Thanks,

Krisztian

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Re: Wireless network extension

Krisztian,

Take a look at this link toward the bottom:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps10981/data_sheet_c78-594630.html

Integrated Antenna

• 2.4 GHz, Gain 4 dBi, internal Omni, horizontal beamwidth 360°
• 5 GHz, Gain 3 dBi, internal Omni, horizontal beamwidth 360°

Is this what you were looking for?

-Scott
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Re: Wireless network extension

Exactly, Thank you.

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