Mesh Deployment Planning

Following considerations are recommended when planning and deploying a mesh solution:

Pre-Deployment Considerations

  • Stage the APs before deployment. Identify the location of the APs, configure them for mesh, provision them, and verify connectivity before physically deploying the mesh APs in a live network.
  • Ensure the Mobility Master has Layer-2 or Layer-3 network connectivity to the network segment where you plan to install the mesh portal.
  • Keep the AP packaging materials and reuse them to send the APs to the installation location.
  • Verify the layout of the physical location to determine the appropriate configuration and placement of the APs. Use this information to avoid problems that would necessitate a physical recovery.
  • Label the AP before sending it to the physical location for installation.

Outdoor-Specific Deployment Considerations

  • Provision the AP with the latitude and longitude coordinates of the installation location. This allows you to more easily identify the AP for inventory and troubleshooting purposes.
  • Identify a radio line of sight between the antennas for optimum performance. The radio line of sight involves the area along a link through which the bulk of the radio signal power travels.
  • Identify the minimum antenna height required to ensure a reliable mesh link.
  • Scan your proposed site to avoid radio interference caused by other radio transmissions using the same or an adjacent frequency.
  • Consider extreme weather conditions known to affect your location, including: temperature, wind velocity, lightning, rain, snow, and ice.
  • Allow for seasonal variations, such as growth of foliage.

For more detailed outdoor deployment information, refer to the installation guide that came with your outdoor AP.

Configuration Considerations

Post-Deployment Considerations

Dual-Port AP Considerations

A dual-port AP has two 10/100 Mbps Megabits per second Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. ports (Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. 0 and Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. 1, respectively). When using these APs in a mesh environment, note the following Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. port requirements: