Can the bonjour gateway service run in tandem with an actively used AP

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Can the bonjour gateway service run in tandem with an actively used AP or should it be ran on an AP that isn't in production? Also, if we have Apple TVs at two different buildings that have 141 APs, should we setup a bonjour gateway at each building?

Note: This topic was created from a reply on the Looking for a quick guide for setting up a bonjour gateway on an AP topic.
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The short answer is yes you can have it running on a production AP, and I would most definitely create a profile for each building. The system Designates a BDD (Bonjour Designated Device), and we have not had any issues with it running on a production AP. We did have some difficulty getting this going with the documentation (that I could find) being out of date (we were running 6.0r2 when we implemented this), and relating mostly to the free version. I will give an explanation of what we did to get it working with some help from support to hopefully save you some headaches.

  1. From the Configuration tab, go to network configuration, and edit the network policy. Check the box by Bonjour Gateway and save.
  2. Go into the actual policy, and click Choose by Bonjour Gateway. Create a new Bonjour Gateway Profile.
  3. Name, Describe, and assign your VLANs.
  4. For AppleTV, (which is all that we use it for) you must add at a minimum, by clicking the plus on the right of the service box, Remote Audio Output Services, and Airplay. We are allowing Any to and from VLAN groups, and have them both set to permit. For realm we are using the building that I want those bonjour services to be allowed (in this policy). Make sure you click the floppy disk save button by each service added then click save in the top right corner.
  5. Deploy the policy to your APs that are running the same network policy.
You can check to see if this is working by clicking the Monitor tab, and then clicking Bonjour Gateway in the left hand column. Click the realm you want to check, it will show you the BDD, and a list of all available bonjour services, and whether the are shared across the VLANs.

Hope this helps, and saves you some time setting this up. It works great.