Mesh AP failover: return to portal mode?

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I've enabled IP Tracking on my AP’s and have “start backhaul (mesh) failover procedure” checked. The failover works perfectly but when I bring the wired interface back up the AP doesn't return to portal mode. Is this going to create a loop having the AP in mesh and the wired side up? Is the AP going to fail back to portal mode? How do I get the AP back to portal mode without rebooting it and interrupting clients?
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Rob

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Rob,
No, this should not create a loop, we will only use one path or the other. The system should absolutely fail back to the faster route. Check your track IP settings and and make sure the target(s) are reachable.
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Thanks Mike. The only thing in the IPTrack settings is default gateway and its reachable. I was doing this in a test environment and the switch may be a 100Mbps (I have to check). Just so i understand, is the AP going to fail back to the wired route even if its a slower link then the mesh(100Mbps VS 300Mbps)? or is it going to choose the wired route regardless of speed?
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Rob,
I admit I don't have enough hands-on experience in this area to be absolutely certain, but my understanding is that at initialization time (first power-up, reboot, etc) your config takes precedence (the ethernet as backhaul). After a failover event occurs, we use the fastest path available as backhaul. In this case, I tend to agree with your suspicion that the switch may have only been 100Mbps, slower than the mesh backhaul, explaining why no fail-back occurred.
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Thanks for the clarification. Ill post my findings when i have a chance to test again.
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Hello Rob,

This issue sounds better suited to a support case. I recommend you reach out to your service provider to open a support case.
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Just an update... I see that the switch I was using to test with is Fast Ethernet. I don't have a gig switch to test with but if i get a chance ill repost what I find.
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Scott M., Sr. Support Engineer

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Regarding the question as to how the AP selects it back-haul... If an Ethernet option is available, the AP is programmed to select the Ethernet. The wireless mesh link will only be selected as the back-haul link if no Ethernet back-haul is available.