I’m trying to implement a sort of solution with no luck, I will appreciate your assistance.
- balance 30 pro as router - has one WLAN
- 4 Rugged AP connected to balance 30 pro over PoE - all of them in bridge mode
- Balance 30 pro WLAN CIDR - 192.168.2.X
- All devices are managed with In-control2
- All devices will need to be reached over VPN (FusionHub) - I have another site the needs to reach all the client’s using their 192.168.2.x addresses
What Im trying to achieve -
I want to use all rugged device as extenders to the balance WLAN.
The reason I chose to set them on a bridge mode is because I want to connect only the balance 30 pro to fusionhub and for that I need it to be the only layer 3 device otherwise I’ll have to connect the rugged devices as well and maintain for each one different dhcp range.(am I missing something?)
These my steps to setup AP on bridge mode -
Connect to AP with ethernet cable -
- System - set to bridge-mode
- Network - leaving ip as is (192.168.50.1) and dhcp relay to balance (192.168.2.1)
2.* also tried - Network - setting ip to (192,168.2.200 - static address outside the dhcp range of the balance) - that one caused a lot of troubles
- connect to the balance SSID
because the AP are connected over PoE to the balance and also the AP connected to the WLAN of the same balance I think there’s a race condition (or collision) between the two interfaces (lan and wifi-wan on AP) not sure on which side of the connection.
when the AP recognizes the connection to WAN over the WLAN everything works fine clients get dhcp from the balance and AP is accessible from IC2 (has public IP)
when the AP recognizes the connection to balance over the PoE port (lan) and also maintains wan connection over wifi to the balance the entire network is falling.
So i disabled the WAN interface on the rugged AP devices so all traffic will go only from the PoE port, then lose connection from IC2 ,i think it’s because when AP in bridge mode I need to set static IP on the interface, so i give the AP for example 192.168.2.200 but it doesn’t have a default gateway so there’s no way to IC2 to connect this AP
Now I just ended up setting different vlans on the Wlan and the PoE port (untaggad traffic) to prevent collision but whenever I stand near the AP the signal is so bad that I’m starting to think I messed it all up.
Can someone please explain me in details if there’s a way to achieve what I need with this/other setup?
Do I have to use the bridge mode with the APs?
When bridge mode enabled do I’ve to configure something else on the AP besides connecting to the wanted SSID?
At the end of the day it feels like the PoE port causing all that, I just need it to power up the AP, I don’t mind if the traffic between AP and Balance will go over the wifi.
Not related, but in IC2, I can’t understand how to configure settings --> IP settings on the devices, there’s a csv file to download over there but no explanation what to do with it.
@MartinLangmaid you assisted me with another case and I really appreciate your opinion, so if you or anyone else have a moment to review this case I’ll be so thankful.