Unleashed APs with ZoneDirector 1106

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I already own one ZoneDirector 1106 (6 APs license) with two 7982 APs.
I want to extend my WLAN network. A couple of questions come up.

1. Is it possible to use R600 Unleshed APs in my existing ZoneDirector 1100 setup?

2. The ZD has a license for only 6APs. I assume that this will not change when I add R600 Unleashed APs? R600 APs support up to 25 APs.

3. Can a R600 Unleashed AP handle 7982 APs ?

4. Does it make more sense to kick out the ZD 1100 and setup a new WLAN network based on R600 Unleashed?

5. Is there any benefit of running a ZD 1100 with regards to functionaliyt compared to a R600 Unleashed network? I don't plan to have more than 10 APs in my network.

Any comment or help is much appreciated.
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Michel Laurent

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Daniel Hume

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1. Is it possible to use R600 Unleshed APs in my existing ZoneDirector 1100 setup?

An unleashed R600 will not join to a ZD, however a regular ZD1100 will allow control of a R600 and supports firmware up to 9.9, this will require an additional license on the ZD. The ZD1100 is EoL controller and the ZD1200 is the direct replacement.

2. The ZD has a license for only 6APs. I assume that this will not change when I add R600 Unleashed APs? R600 APs support up to 25 APs.
No this will not change

3. Can a R600 Unleashed AP handle 7982 APs ?
No. Ruckus unleashed only supports R500 and R600 access points

4. Does it make more sense to kick out the ZD 1100 and setup a new WLAN network based on R600 Unleashed?
For you yes, but you would not be able to manage your 7982s under the same pane of glass.

5. Is there any benefit of running a ZD 1100 with regards to functionaliyt compared to a R600 Unleashed network? I don't plan to have more than 10 APs in my network.

Unleashed is designed for a simple network. Access points are on the same broadcast domain. WLAN and access point groups are not supported and at present meshing is not supported either. External authentication, guest ports are supported. If you'll have less than 10 access points at a single location and you do not use WLAN groups/ AP groups then unleashed could work for you.
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Michel Laurent

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Thanks for the prompt and very competent answer. That's the diffenrence between Ruckus and the competitors out there in the market!
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Daniel Hume

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I don't work for Ruckus, but I do work for a UK re-seller.
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I would be careful with Unleashed, as the testing I have done so far proves that its quite buggy; I get kicked from the AP quite a lot and the configuring of the WLAN's is very laggy.

Like all good things, I would wait a little while until the product matures :)
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Marco Eichstetter

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Yes, i see same issues here. Clients (in my Case Smartphones) get sporadically kicked from AP. After Changing IP AP inaccessable (no ping, no gui, no management). Restart of AP did not bring it back online. Sometimes a second AP did not connect to Master.

I think it is really a good idea and it looks good but like Sean wrote i would wait a little while, too.
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I have seen this issues when my APs were configured with DHCP IP.
I am using R600 and R500 access points in my lab.
Since setting my both APs to static IP Unleashed works like a charm.