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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

Hi,

    I want to start implementing a small outdoor mesh network of 3 APs Aironet 1550 in order to grow afterward with more APs. Is there any way to configure those 3 APs in an outdoor mesh configuration (for example, only one RAP and two MAPs) without a Wireless LAN Controller or I have to have at least, one WLC? My idea is to have a WLC 5508, but at the very beginning I don't know if my budget is gonna allow me to cost the WLC.

Thanks,

Guido.

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Hall of Fame Super Silver

Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

Here is a post that you can reference.  Hope this helps.

https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3401393#3401393

-Scott
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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

You will need a WLC.  There is no support for autonmous on those devices.

-Scott
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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

Here is a post that you can reference.  Hope this helps.

https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3401393#3401393

-Scott
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New Member

Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

Scott,

    As always, thank you very much. I have one more question before closing this thread. The WCS is also needed for the solution or only with the APs and the WLC is OK?

Thanks again.

Guido.

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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

You would need the WCS if you want to do reporting and/or you have multiple WLC.

I mean you can still use multiple WLC but the WCS would be better in "managing" multiple WLC. 

Hall of Fame Super Silver

Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

No problem.... Leo provided you with the wcs info.

-Scott
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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

One more thing, WCS?  Do NOT get WCS.  This product has been superseded by the Prime NCS.

Whether or not you should consider the VM-version or the hardware version will depend entirely on the number of WAPs you plan to have. 

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Do I need a WLC for Outdoor Mesh?

Thank you very much Leolaohoo.

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