How about 3rd party APs?

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Hello,

I am going to deploy a new HiveManager virtual appliance with 9 AP-121 but my customer already have approximately 25 3rd party access points, is it possible to aggregate 3rd party access points to, for example, BR series or SR series and
enable 802.1x on the BR or SR series devices to authenticate the wireless clients? Any good ideas for non-Aerohive APs? Just need to protect the existing investment.
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Cheng-Hui Lee

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Crowdie, Champ

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How are the twenty five third party access points currently managed? Are they lightweight access points with a wireless LAN controller?
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Hello,

Thanks for your prompt response.

All of the 3rd party APs are not lightweight access points, they are fat AP, currently they are not managed by any kind of wireless controller.
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Depending what you want to do. If you are authenticating agains a RADIUS server running on either BR/SR or our APs, you can indeed use it as a normal RADIUS and insert 3rd party APs as NAS clients (RADIUS clients) and use them as authenticator in 802.1X framework.

Obviously you cannot use PPSK as an authentication method on 3rd party APs as it is proprietary.

Hopeful this was the answer you were looking for.

Gregor
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Crowdie, Champ

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It is important to remember that client roaming between different hardware vendors is not recommended as the roaming processes are proprietary. Therefore you need to ensure that a client associated to an Aerohive access point cannot roam to one of the third party access points and vice versa.
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Thanks two of you for the great information.