Multiple SSID's on one vlan versus one SSID on multiple vlans?

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I am confused.  Should I configure multiple SSIDs for a single vlan or do one SSID for multiple vlans?  I want one SSID for radius, one for guest access, and possibly one for students.

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Kevin Martin

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hi Kevin, It really depends on the user experience you want. If you are going to have different types of authentication methods (for example, 802.1X for RADIUS and PPSK or CWP for Guests), you'll need separate SSIDs. This isn't an Aerohive limitation but rather a client supplicant limitation. However for your 802.1X SSID, you may want to consider a single SSID with multiple VLANs for teachers, staff, and students. The solution is flexible based on whatever user experience you want for your connected clients :-)
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Thanks for the post Abby.  I guess since there are numerous options that's why it's so confusing.  I think I will keep my radius SSID the same and have a byod/guest ssid firewalled for non work devices.  I would really like to have an SSID just for Apple devices (iPad to Apple TV for Airplay) and not have to deal with the bonjour gateway issues.  I know Aerohive can do that but I don't like having an AP doing bonjour traffic.  I would rather it be seamless.  I will have about 600 aerohive AP's and potentially thousands of clients connected.  This is in a K-12 environment.