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Not able to adopt WiNG Express APs to a virtual controller on a routed network

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TitleNot able to adopt WiNG Express APs to a virtual controller on a routed network
Symptoms
APs connected to a routed (layer 3) switch are not able to adopt to the virtual controller.
Environment
  • AP75xx with WiNG Express interface
  • AP65xx with WiNG Express interface 
  • WiNG Express 5.x
Cause
By default, adoption to a virtual controller is done through layer 2. In a routed environment, layer 2 broadcasts do not pass through layer 3 switches which disrupts the adoption process.
Resolution
Configure layer 3 adoption on the client APs and point them to the virtual controller.
  1. Log into the AP via a browser
  2. Under Configuration go to Basic
  3. Under Controller Adoption click on Add
  4. Enter the IP address or Hostname of the virtual controller
  5. Click on Update
  6. Click on Apply
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Additional notes
When adopting APs to a virtual controller or setting them up independently , it is important to note that seamless roaming will work only when all APs are in the same broadcast domain.

If seamless roaming is imperative on a routed network, you might want to consider using a controller instead of a virtual controller for AP adoption and management. 

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