I currently have 4 controllers with multiple vlans configure for one ssid. The vlans are group by building and each vlan is a /24 network. I have been asked to create one vlan per controller with a /21 network. I am worried about the size of this network and impact it will have on my wireless users. Do I have an issue with possible packet collision in wireless? Also I currently don’t allow wireless users, via the check box on the controller, to talk to each other will this stop the broadcast issues with such a large network?
I do know that there is a University in the USA using /21 on their wireless:
Peaks of 1000-1300 concurrent users
/21 network is assigned
About 50-60 packets per second of Broadcast
We are talking about different kind of broadcasts/collission:
RF: Each AP talks at a certain channel to all associated clients. Only one can talk at the same time. Thats why it´s not a good idea to have too many clients per AP.
IP: An IP-network is a IP broadcast-domain. That means that clients that sends broadcasts (l2 or l3) talks to all other devices within the same broadcast-domain. However, when talking about Cisco WLC-solution the IP-network size is irrellevant as long as the wlc is configured the right way. You can configure the system to not allow client to client-traffic as well as not allowing broadcasts. That´s why you can have thousands of clients in the same IP-network when using Ciscos leightweight wireless solution.
I currently have the peer to peer blocking set to drop so this stops client to client right? Does this block the broadcast or is there something else I need to configure like broadcast forwarding?
Note: I am running version 220.127.116.11 layer 3 mode.
thanks for your help