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Connecting two sections in a large factory via wireless (bridge mode?)

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I currently run the network at a rather large factory (110,000 sq. ft) and we've acquired another building around 250,000 sq ft.  The place was fully wired but some areas of the plant are not wired.  The ceilings are enormous and it is not worth it for us to run fibre from one section to another.  My question is: can we have section of the shop connected to the other via Cisco Aironets in bridge mode, and the bridge acts as a 'wire' between the switches and network on one side of the plant connecting the other side?  I am looking at the Cisco 3500 Series and we run Cisco Switches.

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West Side Lan, with an Aironet connected to one of the switches, and the east side lan with an aironet connected to that switch, and each aironet in bridge mode?

Thank you!!
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Bridge mode should work fine provided typical wireless signal issues are OK, such as the structure doesn't interfere with the signal too much.  I use it between my upstairs and downstairs because it's just not worth it to me to run a cable.  I don't know the Cisco 3500 series in terms of wireless so I can't comment on whether they have that capability, although I don't see it on the data sheet, and Cisco categorizes it as an AP.  I know the 1300 and 1400s support bridging.  They're designed for outdoor use but there's no reason I'm aware of they can't be used indoors.
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Thanks jmeggers.  It looks like the 3500 is Controller based only, which we use at our other building, but we don't want a controller.

Do you know if the 1140 series supports bridging?
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