Fixed MAC Address for SSID

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Hi,

i have a ZD with some R500.
I have some wired Clients connected to a Wireless Bridge. Wireless Bridge is connected to one R500.
Everyhting works fine.

There is just one issue.
Within the GUI of my Wireless Bridge i have to set the SSID and the SSID's MAC Address.
If i restart my R500 the SSID sometimes get another MAC and my Bridge is not able to connect anymore.

Is there a way to fix the MAC my R500 is using for a specific SSID?

Thanks!

Kind Regards
Marco
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Marco Eichstetter

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Dionis, AlphaDog

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Are you using a controller for the APs?  If so, there is a way to set what is called an HESSID which would be the same MAC on all the APs for the BSSID (which is the SSID's MAC).

First let me know if you are using a controller before we dive into this.

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Yes. I am using a ZoneDirector 1200.
Thanks.
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In that case, using an HESSID, if the code is up to date should help you as it would make the BSSID the same MAC for all APs broadcasting that SSID in your network.  The HESSID needs to be the MAC of one of the BSSIDs in your existing network.  So, it has to be a real MAC from your equipment. 

Try that and let us know if you have issues afterwards.

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Do you have any Documentation where i am able to set or configure HESSID? Where i am able to set this?
Is this not a Problem if every AP using the same BSSID? Roaming issues?
Thanks.
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Not a problem for roaming, actually, it is meant to assist roaming. It would be configured under the WLAN configuration. Should be a field right under the SSID field. You would need to be using one of the latest code version, I believe 9.9 and newer support this. Not 100% sure on that as I normally work with the SmartZone software. I would have to verify it.
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Assist Roaming? Why is it not enabled / used by default?

Anyway:
Unfortunatelly there is no such option within my ZoneDirector GUI.
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It's a bit more complicated than that, let's put it that way.  It is a somewhat recent thing and not as easy as it sounds. 

Aside from this, I do not know of a way to statically assign the BSSID to an SSID.  I would recommend upgrading the code on the ZD to a newer version in order to use this feature. 


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ZD Version is up-to-date (9.12.1 build 148).
Maybe there is a CLI command which is know by somebody.
Maybe someone from Ruckus have any idea?
Thanks.