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Table Of Contents

Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Contents

Prerequisites for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Information About Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Guidelines for Using Multiple BSSIDs

How to Configure Multiple BSSIDs and Include an SSID in an SSIDL IE

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point

Including an SSID in an SSIDL IE

Configuration Examples for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point: Example

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL


Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL


This module describes how to configure multiple basic service set identifiers (BSSID) on a Cisco 800, 1800, 2800, or 3800 series integrated services router, hereafter referred to as an access point (AP).

Access point 802.11a and 802.11g radios support up to 16 BSSIDs which are similar to MAC addresses. You use multiple BSSIDs to broadcast more than one SSID in beacons.

Devices on your wireless LAN that are configured to associate to a specific access point based on the access point MAC address (for example, client devices, repeaters, hot standby units, or workgroup bridges) might lose their association when you add or delete a multiple BSSID. When you add or delete a multiple BSSID, check the association status of devices configured to associate to a specific access point. If necessary, reconfigure the disassociated device to use the BSSID's new MAC address.

This module also describes how to configure the Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL feature. This feature allows an access point to broadcast a list of configured SSIDs such as SSID Lists (SSIDL) in the Microsoft Wireless Provisioning Services information element (WPS IE). A client with the ability to read the SSIDL can alert the user to the availability of the SSIDs.

Finding Feature Information in This Module

Your Cisco IOS software release may not support all of the features documented in this module. To reach links to specific feature documentation in this module and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, use the "Feature Information for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL" section.

Finding Support Information for Platforms and Cisco IOS Software Images

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS software image support. Access Cisco Feature Navigator at http://www.cisco.com/go/fn. You must have an account on Cisco.com. If you do not have an account or have forgotten your username or password, click Cancel at the login dialog box and follow the instructions that appear.

Contents

Prerequisites for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Information About Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

How to Configure Multiple BSSIDs and Include an SSID in an SSIDL IE

Configuration Examples for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers

Additional References

Feature Information for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Prerequisites for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

The following prerequisites apply to configuring multiple BSSIDs and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL:

VLANs must be configured.

Access points must run Cisco IOS Release 12.4(15)T or a later release.

Access points must contain an 802.11a or 802.11g radio that supports multiple BSSIDs. To determine whether a radio supports multiple basic SSIDs, enter the show controllers radio-interface command. The radio supports multiple basic SSIDs if the results include this line:

Number of supported simultaneous BSSID on radio-interface: 8

Information About Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Before you configure QoS on an access point, you should understand the following concept:

Guidelines for Using Multiple BSSIDs

Guidelines for Using Multiple BSSIDs

Remember these guidelines when configuring multiple BSSIDs:

RADIUS-assigned VLANs are not supported when you enable multiple BSSIDs.

When you enable BSSIDs, the access point automatically maps a BSSID to each SSID. You cannot manually map a BSSID to a specific SSID.

When multiple BSSIDs are enabled on the access point, the SSIDL IE does not contain a list of SSIDs; it contains only extended capabilities.

Any Wi-Fi certified client device can associate to an access point using multiple BSSIDs.

You can enable multiple BSSIDs on access points that participate in WDS.

How to Configure Multiple BSSIDs and Include an SSID in an SSIDL IE

This section contains the following tasks:

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point (optional)

Including an SSID in an SSIDL IE (optional)

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point

Perform this task to configure multiple BSSIDs on an access point.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. dot11 mbssid

4. dot11 ssid name

5. exit

6. interface dot11Radio interface

7. ssid name

8. end

9. copy running-config startup-config

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

dot11 mbssid

Example:

Router(config)# dot11 mbssid

Enables multiple basic SSIDs on all access point radio interfaces.

Step 4 

dot11 ssid name

Example:

Router(config)# dot11 ssid guest

Creates a global SSID.

The SSID is inactive until you use the ssid interface configuration command to assign the SSID to a specific radio interface.

Step 5 

exit

Example:

Router(config-ssid)# exit

Exits SSID configuration mode.

Step 6 

interface dot11Radio interface

Example:

Router(config)# interface dot11Radio 0/3/0

Enters interface configuration mode for the radio interface.

For the Cisco 800 and 1800 series fixed-configuration routers, the interface argument can be either 0, for the 2.4-GHz, 802.11b/g radio port, or 1, for the 5-GHz, 802.11a radio port.

For the Cisco 1800 series modular router and the
Cisco 2800 and 3800 series routers, the interface argument is in module/slot/port format, for example, 0/3/0.

Step 7 

ssid name

Example:

Router(config-if)# ssid guest

Creates an SSID for a radio interface.

Step 8 

end

Example:

Router(config-if-ssid)# end

Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 9 

copy running-config startup-config

Example:

Router# copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Saves your entries in the configuration file.

Including an SSID in an SSIDL IE

The access point or bridge beacon can advertise only one broadcast SSID. However, you can use SSIDL information elements (SSIDL IEs) in the access point or bridge beacon to alert client devices of additional SSIDs on the access point or bridge. When you designate an SSID to be included in an SSIDL IE, client devices detect that the SSID is available, and they also detect the security settings required to associate using that SSID.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. dot11 ssid name

4. information-element ssidl [advertisement] [wps]

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each SSID you want included in the information element.

6. exit

7. interface dot11Radio interface

8. ssid name

9. end

10. copy running-config startup-config

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

dot11 ssid name

Example:

Router(config)# dot11 ssid guest

Creates a global SSID.

The SSID is inactive until you use the ssid interface configuration command to assign the SSID to a specific radio interface.

Step 4 

information-element ssidl [advertisement | wps]

Example:

Router(config-ssid)# information-element ssidl advertisement

Designates an SSID for inclusion in an SSIDL IE that the access point includes in its beacons.

Step 5 

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each SSID you want included in the information element.

Step 6 

exit

Example:

Router(config-ssid)# exit

Exits SSID configuration mode.

Step 7 

interface dot11Radio interface

Example:

Router(config)# interface dot11Radio 0/3/0

Enters interface configuration mode for the radio interface.

For the Cisco 800 and 1800 series fixed-configuration routers, the interface argument can be either 0, for the 2.4-GHz, 802.11b/g radio port, or 1, for the 5-GHz, 802.11a radio port.

For the Cisco 1800 series modular router and the
Cisco 2800 and 3800 series routers, the interface argument is in module/slot/port format, for example, 0/3/0.

Step 8 

ssid name

Example:

Router(config-if)# ssid guest

Assigns a globally configured SSID to a radio interface and enters SSID configuration mode.

If you created more than one global SSID in Step 3, you would repeat this command for each SSID name.

Step 9 

end

Example:

Router(config-if-ssid)# end

Returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Step 10 

copy running-config startup-config

Example:

Router# copy running-config startup-config

(Optional) Saves your entries in the configuration file.

Configuration Examples for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers

This section contains the following example:

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point: Example

Configuring Multiple BSSIDs on an Access Point: Example

This example shows the CLI commands that you use to enable multiple BSSIDs on a radio interface, create an SSID named visitor, designate the SSID as a BSSID, specify that the BSSID is included in beacons, and assign the SSID visitor to the radio interface:

configure terminal
	dot11 mbssid
	dot11 ssid visitor
	exit
	interface dot11 0
	ssid visitor
	end

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to configuring Multiple BSSIDs:

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Cisco IOS wireless LAN commands: complete command syntax, command mode, command history, defaults, usage guidelines, and examples

Cisco IOS Wireless LAN Command Reference


Standards

Standard
Title

No new or modified standards are supported, and support for existing standards has not been modified by this feature.


MIBs

MIB
MIBs Link

No new or modified MIBs are supported, and support for existing MIBs has not been modified.

To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mibs


RFCs

RFC
Title

No new or modified RFCs are supported, and support for existing RFCs has not been modified.


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

The Cisco Technical Support website contains thousands of pages of searchable technical content, including links to products, technologies, solutions, technical tips, and tools. Registered Cisco.com users can log in from this page to access even more content.

http://www.cisco.com/techsupport


Feature Information for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

Table 8 lists the features in this module and provides links to specific configuration information. Only features that were introduced or modified in Cisco IOS Release 12.4T or later appear in the table.

For information on a feature in this technology that is not documented here, see the "Cisco IOS Wireless LAN Features Roadmap" module.

Not all commands may be available in your Cisco IOS software release. For release information about a specific command, see the command reference documentation.

Cisco IOS software images are specific to a Cisco IOS software release, a feature set, and a platform. Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS software image support. Access Cisco Feature Navigator at http://www.cisco.com/go/fn. You must have an account on Cisco.com. If you do not have an account or have forgotten your username or password, click Cancel at the login dialog box and follow the instructions that appear.


Note Table 8 lists only the Cisco IOS software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given Cisco IOS software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that Cisco IOS software release train also support that feature.


Table 8 Feature Information for Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers (BSSIDs)

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

12.4(15)T

This feature allows an access point to broadcast a list of configured SSIDs such as SSID Lists (SSIDL) in the Microsoft Wireless Provisioning Services Information Element (WPS IE). A client with the ability to read the SSIDL can alert the user to the availability of the SSIDs.

The following sections provide information about this feature:

Including an SSID in an SSIDL IE

Multiple Basic Service Set ID (BSSID)

12.4(15)T

This feature permits a single access point (AP) to appear to the wireless LAN (WLAN) as multiple virtual APs.

The following sections provide information about this feature:

Information About Configuring Multiple Basic Service Set Identifiers and Microsoft WPS IE SSIDL

How to Configure Multiple BSSIDs and Include an SSID in an SSIDL IE