Why cloud controlled vs cloud managed matters

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I had issues with my HMOL server yesterday. 4 APs were having slow CAPWAP (2 showing connected, but weren't really if you SSH'ed into them and 2 others showing offline when they weren't). This is why cloud managed vs cloud controlled is so important. Aerohive has a great cloud service, but nothing is 100%. My WiFi network isn't an add on or a bonus to my users. WiFi IS the network. Cloud controlled isn't just a bad idea because of a flaky WAN, but also because it is just adding another potential point of failure.
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Bradley Chambers, Champ

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Crowdie, Champ

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Bradley, have you noticed that Meraki now uses the term "cloud managed" on their documentation and website?
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I had not. Interesting. Litmus test: shut the cloud down and see what breaks;)
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I have a Meraki certification course coming up so I am going to drop the Internet connection and try the following:

1. Determine if 802.1X (PEAP MSCHAPv2) works for an initial connection.
2. Determine if the captive portal works for for initial guest connection.
3. Determine if the radio management can react to new access points causing CCI and non-WiFi interference.
4. Determine if access points that reboot while Internet access is not available are able to correctly set appropriate channels and/or transmit powers.
5. Determine if the firewall functionality is affected.
6. Determine if layer three roaming is affected.