Using bridged FortiAPs for increased scalability
The FortiGate wireless controller can support more FortiAP units in local bridge mode than in the normal mode. But this is only true if you configure some of your FortiAP units to operate in remote mode, which supports only local bridge mode SSIDs.
The Managed FortiAP page (WiFi & Switch Controller > Managed FortiAPs) shows at the top right the current number of Managed FortiAPs and the maximum number that can be managed, “5/64” for example. The maximum number, however, is true only if all FortiAP units operate in remote mode. For more detailed information, consult the Maximum Values Table (in the Reference Manuals section). For each FortiGate model, there are two maximum values for managed FortiAP units: the total number of FortiAPs and the number of FortiAPs that can operate in normal mode.
To configure FortiAP units for remote mode operation
- Create at least one SSID with Traffic Mode set to Local bridge with FortiAP's Interface.
- Create a custom AP profile that includes only local bridge SSIDs.
- Configure each managed FortiAP unit to use the custom AP profile. You also need to set the FortiAP unit’s
remote, which is possible only in the CLI. The following example uses the CLI both to set
wtp-modeand select the custom AP profile:
config wireless-controller wtp
set wtp-mode remote
set wtp-profile 220B_bridge