Can I daisy-chain Open Mesh Access Points together?

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Question

Can I daisy-chain data and power on Open Mesh Access Points?

Environment

  • Open Mesh Access Points

Answer

Open Mesh access points can be daisy-chained together; however, power cannot pass through one device to the next. Each access point must be individually powered.

When chaining the nodes together:

  1. Cloudtrax will show all daisy-chained access points as repeaters instead of gateways, though they will have the full broadcast speed of the directly connected access point.
  2. If one node in the chain goes down, all subsequent nodes will also lose their data connection. They will attempt to re-mesh as repeaters if possible.
  3. The first gateway in the chain handles all user authentication and reporting. If the first gateway of the series becomes overloaded, all directly connected nodes (wired or meshed) could experience connectivity issues. We recommend no more than 30-50 simultaneous users per gateway.

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