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Can a WiNG virtual controller adopt different model (heterogeneous) as well as Express APs?

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TitleCan a WiNG virtual controller adopt different model (heterogeneous) as well as Express APs?
Question
Can a WiNG virtual controller adopt and manage heterogeneous AP models including the Express APs?
Environment
  • AP8533
  • AP8432
  • AP76xx
  • AP75xx
  • AP75xx Express
  • AP65xx
  • WiNG 5.9.1.x
  • WiNG 5.9.2.x
  • WiNG 5.9.3.x
Answer
  1. In WiNG 5.9.1.0, support on the Virtual Controller (VC) AP to adopt and manage heterogeneous AP models for the 802.11ac AP platforms was added, but this did not include the Express models.

The following AP models can be deployed in a heterogenous AP VC scenario:
  • AP 8533
  • AP 8432
  • AP 7632/AP 7662/AP 7612
  • AP 7622/AP7602
  • AP 7532/AP 7522/AP 7562
Following are the supported adoption hierarchies:
  • AP 7662/7632 can adopt AP 7662/7632/7612
  • AP 8533/8432 can adopt AP 8533/8432/7562/7532/7522/7662/7632/7622/7612/7602
  • AP7532/AP7522/AP7562 can be managed by AP8533/AP8432 but not by AP7632/AP7662
  1. In WiNG 5.9.2.x, Express APs are converted to Enterprise APs and as such can be included in the above same family adoption hierarchy; however, it is important to note that an upgraded Express Virtual Controller will NOT be able to adopt Non-Express APs. So an Express AP 7522E Virtual Controller on 5.9.2.x will not be able to adopt and manage Non-Express AP7522 APs, but on the contrary, a Non-Express AP 7522 Virtual Controller will be able to adopt and manage upgraded Express AP 7522E APs.
Example:
AP 7522i VC can adopt AP 7522E APs
AP 7522E VC cannot adopt AP 7522i APs. 
  1. Starting in WiNG 5.9.3.0 an Express AP virtual controller will be able to adopt Non-Express Enterprise APs, of course following the supported adoption hierarchies listed above. 
Example:
AP 7522i VC can adopt AP 7522E APs
AP 7522E VC can adopt AP 7522i APs 

Related article:  WiNG Express virtual controller not adopting non-express APs

Note:
  • Image upload capability will only be enabled on the AP that is elected as VC
  • VC can manage up to 64 APs
  • AP65xx APs do not support heterogeneous AP adoption and management. 
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