On a network (Cisco 2960E) with many Apple products, when I connect a computer via hard ethernet it cannot see Airplay devices (Airport Express) that it can see when connected via WiFi (WiFi devices are RUCKUS not Airport). In the hard line state, Bonjour Browser shows Apple and non-Apple services, but not the Airport Expresses.
I have a Cisco Router (1941-sec) and Switch and Ruckus WiFi APs (7372) and Controller. The Switch has PoE for the APs and a handful of security cameras. These devices provide the backbone for my LAN. I'm not running VLAN, yet; every device is currently on the same subnet (10.10.10.XXX).
The AirPort Express devices (4) are present solely as Airplay points for music. Their phone jacks are piped into a multizone amplifier and to be used to send music from various Airplay music sources. Importantly, their WiFi is off and they are hardwired into the switch, picking up their IP addresses via DHCP (server runs on the Router).
When my computer is on WiFi and attached to the Ruckus APs, it can see the Airport Expresses. However, when my computer starts out hardwired (to the switch) only, it cannot see the AEs. If I temporarily turn on the WiFi and then turn it off, the computer sees the AEs and remembers them until sleep or reboot.
My assumption is that the Bonjour requests aren't making it from the computer to the AEs through the Switch, although I don't know why. Presumably, there's something the Ruckus APs are doing which puts their ports in a different state and encourages the packets to flow between the AEs and the APs. Something that my computer is not doing.
- Is there a way I can track, log or debug this?
- What can I do to test the Ruckus ports and compare them to the AE and Computer ports?
- Can I modify the AE or computer ports to improve this situation?
- Is there some global state for the Switch (or the Router) that I've missed?
I'm happy to provide more details (configuration files, etc.) if this would help. Also, I'm definitely new to all of this. I've got a reasonable understanding of how all of this stuff works, but I'm really just crawling along. I'm aware that Bonjour has problems across networks and there are bridges available, etc., that solve those problems. Please note, we are not in that situation as there is only one Class C network that everything sits on.