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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

Hello,

I have a Catalyst 3650 operating as a Mobility Controller.  I had to change the interfaces on the 3650 that connected to the access points to explicit access ports (switchport mode access).  Before that command was configured, the APs sparatically dropped from the controller - now they are fine.  I have a few other APs in the building that cannot be directly connected to the 3650, but need to terminate CAPWAP with it.  The uplink from another switch (Access Switch 1) to the 3650 is a trunk, and the port from Acccess Switch 1 to the AP is an access port, however I getting the same message in the 3650's logs about it not being an access port and the AP is dropping connection to the MC.

How can I properly terminate CAPWAP from an AP connecting to Access Switch 1 through a trunk to the 3650 operating as a Mobility Controller?

Thanks

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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

with the 3850, the AP needs to be directly connected to the switch for it to be able to terminat the CAPWAP tunnel.  If your other closet switch is a 3850, you can put it in MA mode, and build the SPG to the MC.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-3850-series-switches/deployment_guide_c07-727067.html

HTH,
Steve

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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

with the 3850, the AP needs to be directly connected to the switch for it to be able to terminat the CAPWAP tunnel.  If your other closet switch is a 3850, you can put it in MA mode, and build the SPG to the MC.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-3850-series-switches/deployment_guide_c07-727067.html

HTH,
Steve

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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

Stephen,

Thanks for the quick reply.  Unfortunately, the 3650 is the only WLC in the building, which spans well over 300 feet in either direction to the APs.  We positioned the 3650 to where we are only leaving a few APs not directly connected as they are around 400 feet away.  Is there any way to accomplish what I need besides changing the non directly connected APs to autonomous mode? 

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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

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Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

Stephen,

Is there an alternative to the 3650/3850 series switches I can use as a Mobility Agent?  As I am only needing to terminate 2 CAPWAP tunnels, can I use something like a 2504 as a Mobility Agent?  If not, is there another series that is less expesive then the 3650/3850 can consider purchasing?

Thanks

Catalyst 3650 as MC with non-directly connected APs

Currently the 3850 and the 4500 Sup 8 can do MA/MC from the switching side.

If you have a 2504, you could run the WLC in 'legacy' mode vs 'new-mobiliyt' mode and have it terminate the capwap tunnels.

HTH,
Steve

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