I have a zone Director 3000 and it's taken over 5 R700 Access points.
I get the impression that it downloaded new firmware. The AP's can still
be accessed via ssh but the web interface is gone. I expected the r700 web
interface to remain. Anyway, if my Zone Director 3000 goes off line or gets
messed up, will the r700 boot the old standalone firmware? If not does
the hardware reset mechanism still work as documented on the back of the
I'm tempted to try enabling mesh on the Zone Director but I'm worried that
the new environemnt will change my current environment a lot. Perhaps new
firmware where the zone can only be managed as a open network and the
users and roles will no longer work. I didn't understand the significance of not
being able to go back to mesh being disabled. I read that each Access Point can
have Mesh disabled and it effectively puts things back to un-messhed.
Thought I'd backup my Zone Director config before trying it. Wish I had backed
up the 5 R700s before allowing the Zone Director to take them over. Would be
nice if it reverting back to the standalone configs if the Zone Director gets whacked.
Mesh is working great. The support of 802.11X was mentioned as being disabled
but the GUI allowed me to configure 802.11X as I recall. Could be polished there.
The Mesh mode is allowing me to provide the internet to the kid next door
with just a pair of old R700s. Would be nice if disabling Mesh mode on an AP
allowed 802.11X to work. Maybe there is some core reason making that impossible.