Clarification on max-clients in the context of ap(-group) and wlan

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It's 3am and I'm bored, so I'm reading the ZoneDirector 9.13 CLI Reference Guide when something jumps out at me:

From the description the max-clients option in the wlan context limits the total number of clients that can associate with a given SSID. However the maximum value allowed is 512. So I'm thinking that seems low. I'm checking our Zonedirector and there it says for a given wlan:
      Max. Clients = 100

I know for a fact that we have way more than 100 clients concurrently connected to that SSID. Now I'm wondering if it's supposed to say "Max. Clients per AP" or "Max. Clients per AP radio"?

But if that's the case what's the role of max-clients in the context of an ap or ap-group? Why would I be able to configure max-clients per ap when I can also configure them per wlan and vice versa?

How are the two related, what takes precedence, and is this just a typo in the manual?
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Lukas Lösche

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Dionis, AlphaDog

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Hey there Lukas, this is a great question. Maybe one deserving some clarification too. However, you were on the right track.

The number is for a given SSID per AP per radio. So, if you leave the default (most customers do), you would have 100 max client over AP per Radio or a total of 200 clients max for an SSID in a given AP.

This is not a global AP command and it is isn't locking down the AP entirely either. It is simply per SSID per Radio.

Hope this helps.