Cisco Aironet 1550 Series Outdoor Mesh Access Point Hardware Installation Guide
Configuring DHCP Option 43
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Configuring DHCP Option 43

Table Of Contents

Configuring DHCP Option 43

Overview

Configuring Option 43 for 1000, 1500, and 1550 Series Access Points

Configuring Option 43 for 1100, 1130, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1300, 1520, and 1550 Series Access Points


Configuring DHCP Option 43


This appendix describes the steps needed to configure DHCP Option 43 on a DHCP server, such as a Cisco Catalyst 3750 series switch, for use with Cisco Aironet Access Points. This appendix contains these sections:

Overview

Configuring Option 43 for 1000, 1500, and 1550 Series Access Points

Configuring Option 43 for 1100, 1130, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1300, 1520, and 1550 Series Access Points

Overview

This section contains a DHCP Option 43 configuration example on a DHCP server for use with Cisco Aironet Access Points. For other DHCP server implementations, consult DHCP server product documentation for configuring DHCP Option 43. In Option 43, use the IP address of the controller management interface.


Note DHCP Option 43 is limited to one access point type per DHCP pool. You must configure a separate DHCP pool for each access point type.


Cisco Aironet 1000, 1500, and 1552 access points use a comma-separated string format for DHCP Option 43. Other Cisco Aironet access points use the type-length-value (TLV) format for DHCP Option 43. DHCP servers must be programmed to return the option based on the access point DHCP Vendor Class Identifier (VCI) string (DHCP Option 60). The VCI strings for Cisco access points that can operate in lightweight mode are listed in Table F-1.

Table F-1 Lightweight Access Point VCI Strings

Access Point
Vendor Class Identifier (VCI)

Cisco Aironet 1000 series

Airespace.AP1200

Cisco Aironet 1100 series

Cisco AP c1100

Cisco Aironet 1130 series

Cisco AP c1130

Cisco Aironet 1200 series

Cisco AP c1200

Cisco Aironet 1240 series

Cisco AP c1240

Cisco Aironet 1250 series

Cisco AP c1250

Cisco Aironet 1300 series

Cisco AP c1300

Cisco Aironet 1500 series

Cisco AP c15001

Cisco AP.OAP15002 , Cisco AP.LAP15102, or
Cisco AP.LAP15052

Airespace.AP12003

Cisco Aironet 1520 series

Cisco AP c1520

Cisco Aironet 1550 series

Cisco AP c1550

1 For controller release 4.1 or later.

2 For controller release 4.0, the VCI depends on the model.

3 For controller release 3.2.


The following is the format of the TLV block for 1100, 1130, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1300, 1520, and 1552 access points:

Type: 0xf1 (decimal 241)

Length: Number of controller IP addresses * 4

Value: List of WLC management interfaces

Configuring Option 43 for 1000, 1500, and 1550 Series Access Points

To configure DHCP Option 43 for Cisco 1000, 1500, and 1550 series access points in the embedded Cisco IOS DHCP server, follow these steps:


Step 1 Enter configuration mode at the Cisco IOS command line interface (CLI).

Step 2 Create the DHCP pool, including the necessary parameters such as default router and name server. These commands are used to create a DHCP pool:

ip dhcp pool pool name 
network IP Network Netmask 
default-router Default router 
dns-server DNS Server
 
   
Where:
pool name is the name of the DHCP pool, such as AP1000
IP Network is the network IP address where the controller resides, such as 10.0.15.1
Netmask is the subnet mask, such as 255.255.255.0
Default router is the IP address of the default router, such as 10.0.0.1
DNS Server is the IP address of the DNS server, such as 10.0.10.2
 
   

Step 3 Add the Option 60 line for access point using the following syntax:

option 60 ascii "VCI string" 
 
   

For the VCI string, use the value from Table F-1. The quotation marks must be included.

Step 4 Add the Option 43 line using the following syntax:

option 43 ascii "Comma Separated IP Address List" 
 
   

For example, if you are configuring Option 43 for Cisco 1000, 1500, or 1500 series access points using the controller IP addresses 10.126.126.2 and 10.127.127.2, add the following line to the DHCP pool in the Cisco IOS CLI:

option 43 ascii "10.126.126.2,10.127.127.2" 
 
   

The quotation marks must be included.


Configuring Option 43 for 1100, 1130, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1300, 1520, and 1550 Series Access Points

To configure DHCP Option 43 for Cisco Aironet 1100, 1130, 1200, 1240, 1250, 1300, 1520, and 1550 series access points in the embedded Cisco IOS DHCP server, follow these steps:


Step 1 Enter configuration mode at the Cisco IOS CLI.

Step 2 Create the DHCP pool, including the necessary parameters such as default router and name server. The commands used to create a DHCP pool are as follows:

ip dhcp pool pool name 
network IP Network Netmask 
default-router Default router 
dns-server DNS Server 
 
   
Where:
pool name is the name of the DHCP pool, such as AP1550
IP Network is the network IP address where the controller resides, such as 10.0.15.1
Netmask is the subnet mask, such as 255.255.255.0
Default router is the IP address of the default router, such as 10.0.0.1
DNS Server is the IP address of the DNS server, such as 10.0.10.2
 
   

Step 3 Add the Option 60 line using the following syntax:

option 60 ascii "VCI string" 
 
   

For the VCI string, use the value from Table F-1. The quotation marks must be included.

Step 4 Add the Option 43 line using the following syntax:

option 43 hex hex string 
 
   

The hex string is assembled by concatenating the TLV values shown below:

Type + Length + Value

Type is always f1(hex). Length is the number of controller management IP addresses times 4 in hex. Value is the IP address of the controller listed sequentially in hex.

For example, suppose that there are two controllers with management interface IP addresses, 10.126.126.2 and 10.127.127.2. The type is f1(hex). The length is 2 * 4 = 8 = 08 (hex). The IP addresses translate to 0a7e7e02 and 0a7f7f02. Assembling the string then yields f1080a7e7e020a7f7f02. The resulting Cisco IOS command added to the DHCP scope is listed below:

option 43 hex f1080a7e7e020a7f7f02