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Any reason a wired AP would go to mesh sporadically?

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Got a peculiar situation where a wired AP started swapping (seemingly without reason) to a mesh connection, and then back to a wired connection, back and forth. Prior to this, (before having MESH enabled on ZoneDirector) I didn't have problems with this AP in particular. Another somewhat funny aspect is that it is POE, so the physical connection is always maintained

So, this leads me to a few possibilities:
1. I have bad cabling which somehow effects the AP enough to turn it onto MESH (which is otherwise not detected, as the AP is stable with MESH disabled)
2. The MESH connection is detected as faster and then switches over as a "preferred link" - (is that possible within the realms of the software?"

My question is this - is point #2 possible? When APs are connected by wire, do they try and connect to the mesh? Thanks for any help on this!