Can I enable ZD Mesh without disrupting the rest of my wireless network?
A bit of information before I start: I am a student worker at a college, and I am the Acting Network Administrator. Recently there was a plumbing pipe that broke, and it managed to damage some of the equipment on the switch rack nearby it. There are now a few Ruckus APs that are unable to use a wired connection until the equipment is repaired/replaced. However these APs are within acceptable range of APs that have wired connections on a different rack. Due to costs and time, repairs may take a week or longer (colleges tend to be picky where money is spent). However, these now disconnected APs need to be brought back up as soon as possible.
I have looked into enabling Mesh on our ZoneDirector. But both myself and the IT Director on campus are concerned about that once Mesh is enabled, it sounds like we cannot disable Mesh once our equipment has been repaired, without factory resetting our ZD (We have over 100 wired APs in multiple groups and SSIDs, re-configuring all of those does not sound pleasant). A few of our major questions are:
1.) What is the risk to our wired APs if mesh is enabled? Our network is fairly large and we use wired connections for all our APs (except for the few that are no longer connected). Once repairs are finished, we won't have a need for Mesh.
2.) What are the security risks of having Mesh enabled if we are not using Mesh? (Once again, once repairs are finished).
3.) Since all of are APs are typically wired, what impact will enabling Mesh have on end clients ? if at all?
4.) Will enabling Mesh require additional maintenance during updates?
As a side note, I will say that I am pleased with the functionality that Ruckus products provide for our wireless network. Especially personally being someone fairly new to the network administrative scene, Ruckus is easy enough to use and understand. If there are no major risks to our network by enabling Mesh (even when we will no longer require it) it could prove to be useful in the future if another accident like this happens again.
Thank you for your time and support!