Any reason not to enable 802.11r/k

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We have a lot of iOS clients on our wlans and I'm wanting to know if there is any reason NOT to enable 802.11r and k on these wlans? (we have ZD1100 running 9.9.1) Is there any downside or negative effect I'm not aware of? I'm always wary of settings that are defaulted to off... makes me wonder if there's a reason you wouldn't want to enable them.
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Jim Michael

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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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Hi jim

802.11r/k is primarily for seamless roaming and if you WiFi network is working ok including roaming for all type of devices including ioS then its ok to have it off

however if i would be in your place then i would enable it as all devices do NOT support and those do support will have better and quick roaming experience.

apple device by the way support 802.11r/k so better to have it ON...

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Hope this helps in making better decision...
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Jacob Bennefield

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From personal experience we have a large ruckus deployment and 802.11r isn't ready for prime time.  We run a 802.1x network and with 802.11r IoS devices couldn't connect after the radius authentication hand shake.  When we turned off 802.11r the devices could connect again.  If your network is working fine then leave it off.
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I am using the zero IT activation and have r/k enabled seems to work fine for most devices, however we have had a few 7-8 year old laptops that will not connect once the r/k was turned on. We where having issues with devices moving from AP to AP when mobile, with turning on the r/k that has improved that issue. 
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Certain extremely old pieces of hardware (especially 802.11b/g devices) refuse to connect or even recognize networks that have 802.11r enabled. I got burned by this after digging up some PC relics to salvage some data off of them.

But they are few and far in between. If you are concerned about this, you may want to make a separate "legacy" SSID for such devices.
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Austin Wahl

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just clone the wlan and have the same ssid, havent had any issues when doing this.    some olderish macbooks wont connect with it on, almost every device 2 years or newer will support 11k/r.