We have a new Zonedirector 3000, with firmware version 22.214.171.124 build 15, and we have about 25 zoneflex 7962 access points with the same firmware 126.96.36.199.15. My questions are, if I upgrade the firmware on the ZD, are the APs also upgraded? Also, we are going to be adding new APs, what are recommended APs compatible with he ZD3000?
**Always read the release notes of FW you're thinking of upgrading to** The 7962 is by now an ancient AP, and might not be supported by the firmware you're intending to upgrade to. Answering _Part_ of your question, yes the Firmware for the ZD caries new FW for the APs. APs are then systematically upgraded, provisioned and rebooted. As for APs, I think that's more of a discovery and needs analysis issue. Do you have POE? how bout 30w of PoE AT? if so, get an R610, got a super dense concert venue you are trying to provide Signal to AND PoH? R720. I personally like R710's for their outstanding range and performance, and low-ish power consumption (PoE AT, 30w). Best of Luck!
If you upgrade the ZD, the APs will also be upgraded and the wifi service is interrupted for your users. This should be done during a maintenance window.
The ZF7962 are only supported until version 9.8 (latest 188.8.131.52.58). Make sure that the new version you choose for the ZD3000 is not more than 9.8. There are no recommended APs for ZD3000. You have to make sure that the firmware version you choose is compatible with the AP models: for example if you use 9.8.x. you can use ZF7962 but you cannot use R710 model APs.
Gotcha. Thanks so much for your response. So if we upgraded the ZD to FW version 9.8, (which would upgrade the 7962 APs) and wanted to add new APs into the mix, all we'd need to do is make sure that the new APs we purchase have the same or lower FW, correct?