How many SSIDs do you use per AP?

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Hello folks,
The subject line says it all, I am try to get an idea many SSIDs are used by our customers on a per-AP basis.
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Three.

I try to limit the SSIDs to as few as possible and utilise user profiles to have multiple different user types authenticating to the same SSID.
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but I would like 0ne ring to rule them all.

How cool would it be to profile the user a send them to their restricted space using only one SSID.
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This is the same issue experienced by "provisioning SSIDs", which tend to be open authentication (no encryption) to ensure all wireless clients can authenticate and associate. Once associated the wireless client is provisioned and then "redirected" to the appropriate SSID.

What I always find interesting with the majority of wireless networks I see with captive portals (normally for guest access) and "provisioning SSIDs" is that they don't have WIPs deployed. I see this a lot with Cisco wireless networks as the customer doesn't want to pay for the Mobility Services Engine appliance and licensing but without a WIPs how do you protect the wireless clients when they are authenticating to an open authentication SSID?
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I tend to limit the SSIDs to one per different authentication type. 1 for dot1X, one for PSK, etc. Then use user profiles and client classification to steer and control the clients.
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The less the better
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Revolution Wi-Fi has a really good article and calculator at http://www.revolutionwifi.net/2013/10...