Zebra Recommended WLC, AP Models, and Firmware versions
Zebra Recommended WLC, AP Models, and Firmware versions

Zebra Recommended WLC, AP Models, and Firmware versions

Model versioning recommendations in this section are based on satisfactory interop test plan results. Zebra recommends that when using other software versions not listed below, consult the WLC/AP in the Release Notes to verify that a particular version is stable and preferred by the vendor.
  • WLC 5508:
    • Software Version: in Local Mode
  • WLC 3504 and WLC 5520:
    • Software Versions: 8.10.151.x, 8.10.162.x, 8.10.171.x
  • WLC 9800:
    • Software Version: 17.3.4, 17.6.3
  • Tested AP Models: 1242,1262, 1852, 2600, 2802, 3602, 3708, 3800, 9115, 9120, 9130

Additional WLC and AP Resources and Notes

  • Go to the following Cisco pages for versioning recommendations per controller type, compatibility matrices of software and hardware, EOL announcements, and additional information:
  • Go to Cisco support cisco.com/c/en/us/support/index.html to open a case if Cisco support is needed.
  • Go to the following pages for Catalyst 9800 Wireless Controller recommendations and configurations:
    • Go to cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/8-10/config-guide/b_cg810.html for AireOS Wireless Controller recommendations and configurations.
  • FlexConnect vs Local Mode:
    • FlexConnect is a wireless solution that enables customers to configure and control access points (APs) in a branch or remote office from the corporate office through a wide area network (WAN) link without requiring a controller in each office. FlexConnect APs switch client data traffic and perform client authentication locally when the connection to the controller is lost. When connected to the controller, APs can send traffic back to the controller as well as perform local authentication.
    • In Local Mode, APs associate directly to an on-site wireless controller via control and provisioning of wireless APs (CAPWAP) (or lightweight access point protocol (LWAPP) depending on the IOS version) tunnel. Traffic goes directly to the wireless controller to be centrally switched. If an app loses connectivity to the controller, it stops forwarding traffic and starts looking for the controller.
    • Cisco and Zebra recommend using Local Mode for Zebra and Cisco deployments due to additional features it offers, but encourage using the mode best suited for the specific deployment.
    • Go to the following pages for more information on FlexConnect and Local Mode for Cisco Wireless Deployments: