Would I need to add the individual APs as ICMP nodes in order to see them in the child menu for dependencies? If so, would that duplicate the data I was getting from the WLC?
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As someone who also had to deal with Whats Up Gold in the past I congratulate you on moving to a reliable and stable monitoring platform :-)
SolarWinds NPM does not monitor the APs as individual nodes - it monitors the controller, and discovers the APs from the controller's database.
The way we handle the alerting is to set low level alerts for the APs themselves, then set regular alerting on the switchports where the APs are connected. Then the switches are part of a child group dependent on the core switch, or router depending on the site design, so that alerting is suppressed if the site becomes unreachable.
We did try doing discovery of some APs as ICMP only nodes, but since our APs get their IP addresses via DHCP we had to make DHCP reservations for those APs, and we decided not to do that for all 1600+ APs we have.