Canopy Network Vlans


Hopefully im posting this in the correct place if not i apologize in advance :slight_smile:

Ive just been asked to look at a canopy network which at present is setup like a small home network, ie with no Vlans or traffic management.

Im after some information on how the Vlan with the canopy systems work the kit that is currently in use is the AP100 series FSK with the cmm 3 and the AP430 series OFDM with the CMM 4. I have worked with Vlans before and had a small amount with configuring them however i don’t have any experience of settings up and existing network with Vlans and more specifically the optimum way of configuring Vlans with canopy equipment.

Basicly there are 6 sites with 4 aps at each and approximately 50 customers at each, are there any guides or advice anyone can offer in helping to sort this out??

Many thanks

Download the Canopy user guide. The current version says 9.4.2 and can be found here:

It covers everything Canopy including VLAN. It’s actually pretty simple. On your Access Points you just need to enable it under the vlan tab, and choose which vlans should pass through the AP on the Vlan member ship table. You can also choose weather the AP should pass all packets, tagged packets only, or untagged packets only. Dynamic learning can be enabled to automatically learn VLans or you can disable it for more control over which vlans should exist.

On the SM its pretty much the same thing, just choose the vlan memberships that SM should belong to. If you have Canopy backhauls or cluster management modules there is nothing to set, they pass all vlan frames by default.

the simple way to isolate traffic (i’m assuming thats your goal) is port base vlans, and subscriber isolation in the APs.

easy example:
say your APs are in ports 1 thru 4
and your backhaul is in port 8

create 4 port based vlans at the tower site each port based vlan include 1 of the accesspoints and the bachaul.
do this on all of your sites and you end up with a simple setup that will make the network apear from the customers side look like they are you only customer connected to the only SM that is linked to the only AP that can talk to the only backhaul that sees the only router on your network.

the biggest draw back is you have to use routing to get traffic from one customer to the next. upside is its very simple to setup and serves its purpose well. if you need private tunneled links in your network is not very resource effective due to the fact you will have to route customers traffic back to a router and then back out to the network to deliver so you could endup passing data all the way upstream and back just to get traffice a few blocks down the road.