This document provides information on how the to use AutoInstall
feature for LANs to automatically configure Cisco Aironet Autonomous Access
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The AutoInstall using DHCP for LAN Interfaces feature provides the
configuration of a new device automatically when the device is initialized.
DHCP provides the framework for passing configuration information to hosts on a
TCP/IP network. The AutoInstall process is initiated when a valid startup
configuration file cannot be located in NVRAM.
There are two primary phases of the AutoInstall process:
IP address procurement—In this phase, the device sends out a DHCP
request looking for a DHCP server. The DHCP server responds by leasing out an
IP address and returns the configured options (TFTP information in this
In the download configuration file phase, after you obtain an IP
address, the AutoInstall process initiates attempts to download a configuration
file from the TFTP server.
For more information on AutoInstall, refer to
Using DHCP for LAN Interfaces.
This document's example has an out-of-the-box Cisco Aironet 1200 Series
Autonomous AP that uses the AutoInstall for LAN feature to download the
configuration file stored on the TFTP server.
For illustration purposes, the Cisco IOS router is used as DHCP server
and a valid configuration file is stored on the root directory of the TFTP
In this document's example, the Cisco IOS router is used as the DHCP
server. These IP addresses are used:
It is assumed that the Cisco IOS router is already configured and
active on the network. Here, only the DHCP configuration required for this
document is shown:
Current configuration : 2029 bytes
ip dhcp pool autoinst
network 10.78.177.0 255.255.255.192
option 150 ip 10.78.177.16
Next, the TFTP server needs to be enabled and the valid configuration
file must be stored in the root directory of the TFTP server.
In this example, the TFTP server has been enabled and the configuration
file has been stored in the root directory.
You need to boot up the out-of-the-box autonomous AP and verify if the
AutoInstall feature works as expected.
Here are the logs from the AP Console:
*Mar 1 00:00:17.032: AUTOINSTALL
*Mar 1 00:00:32.216: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface BVI1, changed state to up
*Mar 1 00:00:40.350: %DHCP-6-ADDRESS_ASSIGN: Interface BVI1 assigned DHCP address 10.78.177.4, mask 255.255.255.192, hostname ap
Loading 1200_AP_confg .from 10.78.177.16 (via BVI1): ![OK - 1885 bytes]
*Mar 1 00:01:03.662: %SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from tftp://10.78.177.16/1200_AP_confg by console
As you can see from the logs, the AP has successfully downloaded the
configuration file from the TFTP server. This can be verified by issuing the
show run command on the AP:
Current configuration : 1885 bytes
no service pad
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
enable secret 5 $1$VhbX$6jqz9MceJfKZJ8HWmTbtn/
ip domain name shc.org
ip name-server 22.214.171.124
no ip address
no ip route-cache
encryption key 1 size 40bit 7 055C207F4663 transmit-key
encryption mode wep mandatory
speed basic-1.0 basic-2.0 basic-5.5 6.0 9.0 basic-11.0 12.0 18.0 24.0 36.0 48.0 54.0
bridge-group 1 subscriber-loop-control
bridge-group 1 block-unknown-source
no bridge-group 1 source-learning
no bridge-group 1 unicast-flooding
bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled