Client Bridge - Ruckus or other?

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I am setting up a ruckus mesh network with a handful of R710 APs and a ZD.  The wireless environment is very difficult/unpredictable (we will be setting up this network in multiple locations with litte or no ability to site-survey beforehand), and we have several wired clients that must connect through a bridge of some sort.  My original idea was to use another R710 as the bridge, relying on the mesh backhaul to get them the connectivity they need via a switch connected to the single R710.

However, there may be circumstances (beyond our control) that interfere with the 5Ghz band, and to my knowledge, the ruckus APs won't mesh via 2.4Ghz (please correct me if I'm wrong).  In this circumstance might it be better to go with something like an Aruba 501 client bridge, since it will act as a bridge across both bands?
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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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yes..meshing will happen on dual-band AP only on 5ghz.
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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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however you can go with 2.4ghz CPE with ethernet output which will be installed on remote locations.. this can serve your purpose and are pretty cost effective..
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Sean

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remember and issue the following command:
set qos directedDHCP disable
otherwise anything behind the bridge will not be able to obtain and IP address
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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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correct.
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Sean

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Note that there is a limitation as to how many wired clients can connect through the AP's ethernet interface if I am remembering correctly.
So if you were to connect a 48 port switch and then have 48 devices and along with wireless client you may be in trouble.
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Thanks, this is all very helpful.