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Offline felixnielsen

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remote AP management without controller
« on: November 16, 2014, 05:48:42 PM »
Hi

Any suggestions on how to manage x remote standalone APs (AP6522) without a controller. Basically I need to be able to configure and manage AP6522 behing a NAT router. an IPSEC or?

Thanks
Felix


Offline mwted

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2014, 10:50:27 AM »
Hi,

One thing you could try is setting one of your AP6522s as a RF-Domain manager or virtual controller and then use Auto IPSEC from it to a RFSx000 at your main location to manage the site.


Offline felixnielsen

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 03:18:17 PM »
Thanks would it be possible without an RFSxxxx controller? - I basically want to reach the local admin interface from remote.


Offline noobie

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 04:26:46 PM »
if the AP is behind NAT, why don't you just do outside to inside port translation on your router and point to the AP private IP address?

Offline felixnielsen

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2014, 05:02:42 PM »
The problem is that the APs will be placed in different locations - so not something I have control over. So the AP needs to make a connection out to something - and I don't have an RSF and the APs are standalone.


Offline noobie

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2014, 05:05:49 PM »
Then you need a physical controller. Virtual controller is not a solution, since it only supports local single site deployments.

Offline McNulty

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2014, 11:42:53 PM »
Not sure how well it would work but you could use the AP at each site to initiate a L2TPv3 tunnel back to somewhere, maybe another AP at your office?

At least the AP will be the one to initiate the connection this way. Shouldn't that work with IPSEC as well?

Offline noobie

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2014, 01:06:34 AM »
Here author wants to manage all APs at remote locations, its not about traffic forwarding, do IPSEC or L2TPv3 are not the options here.

Offline McNulty

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2014, 03:25:25 AM »
Here author wants to manage all APs at remote locations, its not about traffic forwarding, do IPSEC or L2TPv3 are not the options here.

Yes I understand how it is 'supposed' to work.
I am trying to make a suggestion that might work for this specific situation. Trying to think 'outside the box '

I have never tried to set up Mint management over a L2TPv3 tunnel but theoretically I see no reason why it should not work. The virtual controller AP and the branch AP will still see each other at a layer 2 level and therefore my idea might work.

EDIT- and further to the above, OP stated that the devices are standalone at each site, he doesn't require virtual controller only some form of access.
« Last Edit: November 19, 2014, 03:31:45 AM by McNulty »

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Re: remote AP management without controller
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2014, 03:48:41 AM »
mint cannot be tunneled through l2tpv3. not sure about IPSEC, but depends which APs are deployed, as adding IPSEC there will put a pretty high load on them, especially if you designate one of them to be a Virtual Controller..