Access points on dedicated VLAN. Best practice? or overkill?

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Reducing load on AP CPU by reducing broadcast traffic.
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Christopher Twombley

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Nicolas Maton

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We have a MGMT vlan defined for all AP. But each AP normally has multiple SSID's. Each SSID has it's own vlan .. either defined by 802.1x or HS2.0
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Martin Ericson

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Gets tricky with smartphones doing, data, video, voice etc. Which SSID and connected VLAN should they use? You do not want to Route between VLANs do you??
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Usually a /24 network is fine for the Management VLAN for the APs.  We have some customers with many more APs on the same VLAN tied to /23 or even /22 networks
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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ALWAYS segment the user traffic into different VLANS than the management VLAN where the APS reside
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Rasika Nayanajith

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If it is a controller based solution & you have large scale AP deployment, it is better to separate AP management vlan form WLC management. That will help to  avoid unnecessary AP broadcast reach your WLC.

We use /23 for AP management in a given L3 domain.

HTH
Rasika