Being a dealer has its benefits I did have to buy a demo kit , you can mix and match things but they recommend at least an 1106 controller and a couple AP's.
They are way below retail like less then 50% off if I remember correctly.
Everything else was standard stuff you sign an NDA, fill out info on your company and that was it. You got a call back from a rep verifying the info and "qualifying you" No commitments on the entry level dealer which still gets you excellent pricing.
Within a week I was a dealer.
Having a backup controller for big deployments is good to have hell even in a small deployment.
Haveing a a local one and a remote one for a spare works pretty well too.--
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