Does anybody know if the ZoneDirector 1200 is compatible with the ZoneFlex 7982 AP's? We have a customer that is thinking about getting the ZoneDirector 1200 but we are unsure if the old AP's will work with that controller.
I do not unfortunately have access to the KB article that provides information regarding which AP's that is supported from which ZoneDirectors.
Yes it can, but you have to ask what's the FW version of 7982. Also, you may consider to sell UNLEASHED. it is much cheaper and it doesn't need to have a controller. it can managed up to 25 AP. offer this model (UNLEASHED) only if the deployment is simple network.
We don't have an Unleashed firmware for 7982 due to CPU/RAM limitations in prior to 802.11ac models. I created a spreadsheet to show What APs are Supported in What ZoneDirector Versions, KBA-6452 that I hope will help customers.
The ZD1200 is first supported by ZD 126.96.36.199.205 (GA) release, and supports the 7982 model AP clear through to current 10.0.1.0.17 (MR1) code. Controller administration is centralized, cleaner, and you buy support on the ZD for as many APs as needed, with usage visibility, reporting, alerts, etc.
You *can* configure 5 x 7982s on Solo/Standalone code, with identical SSIDs and will still work in most environments, except that roaming between APs will require re-authentication (not a big deal if only using L2 WPA passphrase encryption versus L3 AAA/RADIUS level authentication), and might introduct a blip in streaming audio/video, but ought to work as a least cost solution, depending on client application needs.
Using a controller also allows you to use Mesh, to extend the 7982 coverage further than wired ports.