We’re finally going to replace the old RFS7000s and, in time, the APs as well.
The issue is that we have production relying on wifi around the clock. We can create a window for the controllers, but the APs needs to be replaced gradually over time (about 120 of them).
That means we need the old APs to work with the new controllers as well. These are:
I’ve been looking at NX5500 and V2210 to start with. But I’ve find no proof they will work with these APs.
Does anyone have any tips or other useful input on what to chose?
AP recommendations are also appreciated. It’s mainly for use in large warehouses with large stacks of goods.
Best answer by Chris Kelly
For those four AP models to all be managed by a single WiNG build, the latest common build would be 22.214.171.124. The limiting AP in that set is the AP650. If the 650 was not included, you could run up to 126.96.36.199.
As far as controller models to choose, the first question is whether or not you are running any tunneled WLANs. If you are, you will need to run a hardware controller (versus the VX9000 which is a VM).
If no tunneled WLANs are needed, I’d recommend the VX9000.
If you need tunneling support, then it depends on how many APs you need to manage.
The smallest current hardware controller, the NX5500, can manage up to 512 APs. The next step up would be the NX7500 (up to 2048).
And then finally, the NX9600 supports up to 10K APs
All of these controller models support WiNG version 188.8.131.52 and higher so it would just be a matter of choosing the model that ‘fits’ in terms of sizing.
As for recommendation for replacement APs, if doing a refresh, then it makes sense to look at the new 11ax models. From there, it depends on your pricepoint and specific wireless needs/requirements.