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Assigning a Local Switching Profile During Access Point Configuration

 

Local switching uses VLANs to switch packets directly from access points to the wired network instead of passing through a controller. When one of those VLANs, indicated in a Local Switching Profile, is applied to an access point, that access point traffic is locally switched. This topic explains how to assign a Local Switching Profile to access points. Before you assign access points to Local Switching Profiles, you must first create those profiles indicating the VLAN members—for directions, see Creating and Managing Local Switching Profiles.

There are two ways to assign a Local Switching Profile to an access point. You can create a Local Switching Profile before you configure your access points—then, as you configure access points, you add the existing Local Switching Profile. These directions are for that method—the directions assume that a Local Switching Profile exists but access point configuration does not exist.

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You can also configure access points first, then create a Local Switching Profile, and then assign the Local Switching Profile to the configured access points—for directions for this method, see Assigning a Local Switching VLAN Profile to Existing Access Points.

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When applying a Local Switching Profile to an access point causes traffic previously tunneled through a controller to be locally switched, the access point’s client sessions are terminated, and the clients must re-associate with the access point. This also happens if an access point stops using a Local Switching Profile.

You must have a configured Local Switching Profile for this procedure—for directions, see Creating and Managing Local Switching Profiles. Then, follow the directions to