A controller has one or more AP-manager interfaces, which are used for all Layer 3 communications between the controller and lightweight access points after the access points have joined the controller. The AP-manager IP address is used as the tunnel source for CAPWAP packets from the controller to the access point and as the destination for CAPWAP packets from the access point to the controller.
The AP-manager interface communicates through any distribution system port by listening across the Layer 3 network for access point CAPWAP or LWAPP join messages to associate and communicate with as many lightweight access points as possible.
The controller supports jumbo frames, however; jumbo frame support is dependent on the network elements in the network.
The controller sends the access point a CAPWAP join response allowing the access point to join the controller. When the access point joins the controller, the controller manages its configuration, firmware, control and data transactions.
When an access point performs a reboot or is disconnected from the controller, the join statistics for an access point is maintained from the controller. But this statistics are lost when the controller performs a reboot or disconnects.