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Mesh redundancy Design

We're trying to simulate an AP mesh setup failover but we're not sure what's the best or recommended approach to do it, thus, we need assistance.

 

We had configured a Point-to-point setup already and tested it to be working.

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Now, we're adding a 3rd AP (MeshPoint-AP02) We want to achieve the following with our testing.

  • if Link A will fail, MeshPoint-AP01 will use Link C-B to connect to MeshPortal-AP
  • if Link B will fail, MeshPoint-AP02 will use Link C-A to connect to MeshPortal-AP

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AP and antenna used for testing: 3x - Aruba AP-175P ANT-2x2-5005 and ANT-2x2-2005

 

Would the MeshPoints both need to b converted to Remote Mesh Portals so they can each act as a port?

Re: Mesh redundancy Design

No, leave the MeshPortal-AP as the portal on the controller and the other two MeshPoints as mesh points. If Link A or B fails, gets blocked, etc, so long as MeshPoint01/02 can 'see' each other, they will automatically fail through the other point. No extra configuration should be needed. Just make sure in your mesh config that you haven't restricted the number of hops and/or children that would prevent that to work.

Remote Mesh Portal is not for this kind of deployment, so you can ignore that.

Jerrod Howard
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
Regular Contributor I

Re: Mesh redundancy Design

Thank you Jarrod we will test as we have configured then.  I just wanted to check before takng to the field and mounting.  Any suggestion on how to fail/block the signal tothe portal so I can confirm t all still works.

Re: Mesh redundancy Design

Taking/blocking the RF will be tough unless you can put something large enough, or attenuate the RF enough, to block the link. AS you only have one portal, you can' just yank the power out. :)

Jerrod Howard
Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer
Regular Contributor I

Re: Mesh redundancy Design

the redundancy today and it worked as expected.  I was able to hide to portal around the corner of a large building so only mesh point 1 could see it and then mesh 2 was communicating through mesh 1.  Worked great with voice and data vlans..  Thanks all.

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