[Chugalug] Another Cisco Question

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Tue Aug 13 16:11:38 UTC 2013


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On 8/13/2013 11:46 AM, David White wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with the Aironet 1040 APs? Do you love
> them or hate them? Would you recommend something else for the same
> capabilities?

I've used other Aironet APs, not the 1040 specifically.  I find them
overpriced and underpowered for most of the needs of my clients.
Right now, my AP of choise is an Engenius EAP600 Dual-Band units for
standalone deployments.  Ubiquity uses the same hardware, but has a
"software controller" you can use for multiple units.  It's free and
runs on XP+.

> Reviewing the datasheet 
> (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps5678/ps11203/data_sheet_c78-609338.pdf),
>
> 
it seems that I won't need to get an additional controller and can
> configure it as a stand-alone device - is this correct?

AFAIK, all Cisco Aironet APs can operate in autonomous or controller
mode.  The older units you have to change the firmware to switch
between the two modes.

> What if, down the road, I want to add a 2nd 1040 to the network?
> Would I need to get a controller at that point, or would I still be
> able to configure the two devices to talk to each other?

Define "talk to each other".  They are network devices, if your
network is configured correctly, they can talk all day long.  I
suspect your question isn't answered by me telling you they can talk
CDP all day long to each other....

If you want centralized management, the "self-healing" stuff, the
seamless roaming, you need a controller.

Regards,

dtb
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