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AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

Hi,

I would like to configure some access point to do roaming. I read of WDS.

I tried first with 2 ap.

It' s possible to configure 2 ap with WDS and set WPA authentication like 2 access point without roaming?

Thanks.

Paolo.

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Re: AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

WDS is only if your using 802.1x. If your using WPA2/AES PSK, then you don't need WDS. Roaming will happen with WPA2 or WPA PSK normally.

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Re: AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

HI Paolo,

If you are using a PSK, then all you need to do is configure the AP exactly the same way, with the exception of the IP address on the BVI interface.

if you are using 802.1x, then you would want to configure WDS for the key caching.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps4570/products_configuration_example09186a00801c951f.shtml#step1

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AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

Ok,

thank you for your support. I had already configured for WDS and I can read:

AP006#sh wlccp wds

      MAC: 885a.9258.3a9d, IP-ADDR: 192.168.123.6  , Priority: 200

      Interface BVI1, State: Administratively StandAlone - ACTIVE

      AP Count: 0   , MN Count: 0

AP005#sh wlccp wds

      MAC: e4c7.22b2.d7f4, IP-ADDR: 192.168.123.5  , Priority: 100

      Interface BVI1, State: BACKUP

Currently ACTIVE WDS - MAC: 885a.9258.3a9d, Priority: 200, IP-ADDR: 192.168.123.6

I read Cisco doc. but often we have not time to read all (very big documentation).

I thought that the access point can communicate with each other with WDS to pass client data connected using wpa psk.

So VoIP on wireless connection without WDS work well?

Thank you.

Paolo.

VIP Purple

AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

HI Paolo,

Yes you can if you configure WDS, however as its voice ensure you have a site survey done to get the coverage correct. WDS also looks after  radio resource management. WDS also provides fasr secure roaming.

As per my knowledge: So long as you are on the same subnet WDS with Automonous AP works perfectly.

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Re: AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

Cisco will always tell you to run 802.1x with cckm or EAP-fast. This required WDS and you would need to reconfigure the AP and IP phones. WDS does not work with PSK method or any non 802.1x authentication. Even though you have it set, it's not going to do anything. Can PSK work... Sure... As long as your RF environment has been surveyed properly for voice and you have -65dbi or better signal and -25dbi or better SNR. If you don't have a good RF deployment for voice, then nothing can help you there. There are requirements in those big guides that are important to understand. I would try it out on PSK and see if it works for you or not. If not, I would try to understand if it's your ap deployment which is the issue or not.

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AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

Thanks for all the answers,

but I'm still a little confused 

Then, which of the three statements is correct?


  1. you can configure wds + psk (wpa, ecc) using an access point as a server: in this way I will roam between access points.
  2. you can configure wds + psk (wpa, ecc) using an access point as a server but it is useless. (WDS is only if your using 802.1x...etc, using WPA2/AES PSK, then you don't need WDS. Roaming will happen with WPA2 or WPA PSK normally...)
  3. you cannot configure wds + psk using an access point as a server (WDS does not work with PSK method or any non 802.1x authentication, ....etc).

Thanks a lot,

Paolo.

VIP Purple

AIR-SAP1602E-E-K9 - WDS with WPA PSK

Hi Paolo,

You just need to remember two things:

1. If you are using 802.1x then only you need to configure WDS.

2. If you are using WPA/PSK then you do not need WDS.

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