Cisco IOS Software Configuration Guide for Cisco Aironet Access Points, 12.2(15)JA
Using the Web-Browser Interface
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Using the Web-Browser Interface

Table Of Contents

Using the Web-Browser Interface

Using the Web-Browser Interface for the First Time

Using the Management Pages in the Web-Browser Interface

Using Action Buttons

Character Restrictions in Entry Fields

Using Online Help

Using the Web-Browser Interface

This chapter describes the web-browser interface that you can use to configure the access point. It contains these sections:

Using the Web-Browser Interface for the First Time

Using the Management Pages in the Web-Browser Interface

Using Online Help

The web-browser interface contains management pages that you use to change access point settings, upgrade firmware, and monitor and configure other wireless devices on the network.

Note The access point web-browser interface is fully compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0 on Windows 98 and 2000 platforms, and with Netscape version 7.0 on Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Solaris platforms.

Note Avoid using both the CLI and the web-browser interfaces to configure the access point. If you configure your access point using the CLI, the web-browser interface might display an inaccurate interpretation of the configuration. However, the inaccuracy does not necessarily mean that the access point is misconfigured.

Using the Web-Browser Interface for the First Time

Use the access point's IP address to browse to the management system. See the "Obtaining and Assigning an IP Address" section for instructions on assigning an IP address to the access point.

Follow these steps to begin using the web-browser interface:

Step 1 Start the browser.

Step 2 Enter the access point's IP address in the browser Location field (Netscape Communicator) or Address field (Internet Explorer) and press Enter. The Summary Status page appears.

Using the Management Pages in the Web-Browser Interface

The system management pages use consistent techniques to present and save configuration information. A navigation bar is on the left side of the page, and configuration action buttons appear at the bottom. You use the navigation bar to browse to other management pages, and you use the configuration action buttons to save or cancel changes to the configuration.

Note It's important to remember that clicking your browser's Back button returns you to the previous page without saving any changes you have made. Clicking Cancel cancels any changes you made on the page and keeps you on that page. Changes are only applied when you click Apply.

Figure 3-1 shows the web-browser interface home page.

Figure 3-1 Web-Browser Interface Home Page

Using Action Buttons

Table 3-1 lists the page links and buttons that appear on most management pages.

Table 3-1 Common Buttons on Management Pages 

Navigation Links


Displays access point status page with information on the number of radio devices associated to the access point, the status of the Ethernet and radio interfaces, and a list of recent access point activity.

Express Setup

Displays the Express Setup page that includes basic settings such as system name, IP address, and role in radio network.

Express Security

Displays the Express Security page that you use to create SSID and assign security settings to them.

Network Map

Displays a list of infrastructure devices on your wireless LAN.


Displays a list of all devices on your wireless LAN, listing their system names, network roles, and parent-client relationships.

Network Interfaces

Displays status and statistics for the Ethernet and radio interfaces and provides links to configuration pages for each interface.


Displays a summary of security settings and provides links to security configuration pages.


Displays status for several access point features and links to configuration pages for Telnet/SSH, CDP, domain name server, filters, proxy Mobile IP, QoS, SNMP, SNTP, and VLANs.

Wireless Services

Displays a summary of wireless services used with CCKM and provides links to WDS configuration pages.

System Software

Displays the version number of the firmware that the access point is running and provides links to configuration pages for upgrading and managing firmware.

Event Log

Displays the access point event log and provides links to configuration pages where you can select events to be included in traps, set event severity levels, and set notification methods.

Configuration Action Buttons


Saves changes made on the page and remains on the page.


Updates status information or statistics displayed on a page.


Discards changes to the page and remains on the page.


Discards any changes made to the page and returns to the previous page.

Character Restrictions in Entry Fields

Because the 1200 series access point uses Cisco IOS software, there are certain characters that you cannot use in the entry fields on the web-browser interface. Table 3-2 lists the illegal characters and the fields in which you cannot use them.

Table 3-2 Illegal Characters for Web-Browser Interface Entry Fields

Entry Field Type
Illegal Characters

Password entry fields


All other entry fields


You also cannot use these three characters as the first character in an entry field:


Using Online Help

Click the help icon at the top of any page in the web-browser interface to display online help. Figure 3-2 shows the help and print icons.

Figure 3-2 Help and Print Icons

When a help page appears in a new browser window, use the Select a topic drop-down menu to display the help index or instructions for common configuration tasks, such as configuring VLANs.