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    Understanding Remote Access Points

    In some network deployments, it is common to have a central network site with controllers and remote sites with only access points. The central and remote sites are connected by a WAN link. If the WAN link becomes unavailable, then the remote sites with access points can remain active and continue to provide connectivity to wireless clients.

    Remote access points are connected by a WAN link to the central network. Some examples of remote office situations, where remote access points could be installed, are:

    • Small retail store that uses the corporate database for inventory control and the Internet for financial transactions.
    • Remote investment office with local servers, IP/PBX, and access to the corporate network for financial information.
    • Remote sales office with access to the corporate network only.
    • A temporary office at an event or exhibition with local printers and access to the corporate database across the WAN.
    • A hot spot deployed at a retail facility, such as a coffee shop, providing Internet access only.
    • A healthcare clinic that requires access to centralized hospital data in addition to local networking services such as printers and servers.

    For directions to configure a remote site with Network Director, see Creating and Managing Remote Site Profiles. To configure remote sites with MSS, use the command set remote-site and assign access points to it with the command set ap.

    Modified: 2016-12-15