How to create a cluster on the Linksys LAPAC2600

The Cluster Settings page on your Linksys LAPAC2600 Business Pro Series Wireless-AC Dual-Band Access Point allows you to manage the access point’s cluster function.  This function provides a centralized method to administer and control wireless services across multiple devices.  When the access point is successfully clustered, you can view, deploy, configure and secure the wireless network as a single entity.

  • An access point cluster can only be created in the same subnet of a network and can support 16 access points of the same model number.  In each cluster, only one access point must be manually configured as Master
  • The Linksys LAPAC2600 supports eight access point members in a cluster on firmware version and  The future firmware versions above 1.0.1 will support 16 members.
  • A Cloud access point like the Linksys LAPAC2600C cannot be clustered with a Non-Cloud access point such as the Linksys LAPAC2600 and vice versa.
Step 1:
Connect the first Linksys LAPAC2600 to the network.  This serves as your Master Access Point.
NOTE:  In this scenario, two Linksys LAPAC2600 devices are used.

Step 2:
Access your first access point's web interface.  To know how, click here.
Step 3:
Go to Configuration > Wireless > Basic Settings

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NOTE:  In this scenario, we are going to configure the wireless settings.  This step is NOT necessary to create the cluster but we will use it to show how the Slave Access Point will inherit the Shared settings after joining the cluster.  Make sure to take note of the type of settings that are Shared vs. Unshared.
a. Radio 1
i. SSID – LAPAC2600
ii. Security – WPA/WPA2 Personal
b. Radio 2
i. SSID – LAPAC2600 – 5 GHz
ii. Security – WPA/WPA2 Personal
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NOTE:  To configure your Security Settings, go to Configuration > Wireless > Security.

Step 4:
Select Cluster > Settings & Status.

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Step 5:
Select Master.  Then, enter the Location and Cluster Name in the fields provided.
NOTE:  The Location field is an optional setting while the Cluster Name field is mandatory.

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Step 6:
Click Save.
Step 7:
Click OK when prompted.

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NOTE:  Notice that the Master is shown in the Cluster Members section and the Status shows Inactive.  This is because other Members have not joined yet in order to create a cluster.
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Step 8:
Log in to your second Linksys LAPAC2600's web interface and configure it as a Slave with the same Cluster Name and click Save.

NOTE:  The Location field is an optional setting while the Cluster Name field must be the same name as the Master.
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Step 9:
When the confirmation window appears, click OK.
Step 10:
Click the Refresh button to check if the Cluster Members section has been updated.
Step 11:
On the Master Access Point, click the Refresh button until the Slave Access Point has joined the cluster.

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Related Video:

How to create a cluster using the Linksys LAPAC2600 (VIDEO)

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