Converting Autonomous Access Points to Lightweight Mode
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Prerequisites for Converting Autonomous Access Points to Lightweight Mode
Access points that are converted to lightweight mode do not support Wireless Domain Services (WDS). Converted access points communicate only with Cisco wireless LAN controllers and cannot communicate with WDS devices. However, the controller provides functionality that is equivalent to WDS when the access point associates to it.
All Cisco lightweight access points support 16 Basic Service Set Identifiers (BSSIDs) per radio and a total of 16 wireless LANs per access point. When a converted access point associates to a controller, only wireless LANs with IDs 1 through 16 are pushed to the access point unless the access point is a member of an access point group.
Access points that are converted to lightweight mode must get an IP address and discover the controller using DHCP, DNS, or IP subnet broadcast.
Autonomous Access Points Converted to Lightweight Mode
You can convert
autonomous Cisco Aironet access points to lightweight mode. When you upgrade
the access points to lightweight mode, the access point communicates with the
and receives a configuration and software image from the
Reverting from Lightweight Mode to Autonomous Mode
After you convert an autonomous access point to lightweight mode, you can convert the access point from a lightweight unit back to an autonomous unit by loading a Cisco IOS release that supports autonomous mode (Cisco IOS Release 12.3(7)JA or earlier releases). If the access point is associated with a controller, you can use the controller to load the Cisco IOS release. If the access point is not associated to a controller, you can load the Cisco IOS release using TFTP. In either method, the access point must be able to access a TFTP server that contains the Cisco IOS release to be loaded.
Using DHCP Option 43
and DHCP Option 60
Aironet access points use the type-length-value (TLV) format for DHCP option
43. You must program the DHCP servers to return the option based on the access
point’s DHCP Vendor Class Identifier (VCI) string (DHCP option 60).
See the product documentation
for your DHCP server for instructions on configuring DHCP option 43. The
Upgrading Autonomous Cisco Aironet Access Points to Lightweight
Mode document contains example steps for configuring option 43 on
a DHCP server.
If the access point is
ordered with the Service Provider Option - AIR-OPT60-DHCP selected, the VCI
string for that access point will be different than those strings listed in the
previous table. The VCI string has the following suffix: ServiceProvider. For
example, a 1260 with this option returns this VCI string: Cisco AP
IP address that you obtain from the DHCP server should be a unicast IP address.
Do not configure the
IP address as a multicast address when configuring DHCP option 43.
How Converted Access Points Send Crash Information to the Controller
When a converted access point unexpectedly reboots, the access point stores a crash file on its local flash memory at the time of the crash. After the unit reboots, it sends the reason for the reboot to the controller. If the unit rebooted because of a crash, the controller pulls up the crash file using existing CAPWAP messages and stores it in the controller flash memory. The crash information copy is removed from the access point flash memory when the controller pulls it from the access point.
Uploading Memory Core Dumps from Converted Access Points
By default, access points converted to lightweight mode do not send memory core dumps to the controller. This section provides instructions to upload access point core dumps using the controller GUI or CLI.
Displaying MAC Addresses for Converted Access Points
There are some differences in the way that controllers display the MAC addresses of converted access points on information pages in the controller GUI:
On the AP Summary page, the controller lists the Ethernet MAC addresses of converted access points.
On the AP Detail page, the controller lists the BSS MAC addresses and Ethernet MAC addresses of converted access points.
On the Radio Summary page, the controller lists converted access points by the radio MAC address.
Static IP Address for a Lightweight Access Point
If you want to specify an IP
address for an access point rather than having one assigned automatically by a
DHCP server, you can use the controller GUI or CLI to configure a static IP
address for the access point. Static IP addresses are generally used only for
deployments with a limited number of APs.
An access point cannot
controller using domain name system (DNS)
resolution if a static IP address is configured for the access point, unless
you specify a DNS server and the domain to which the access point belongs. You
can configure these parameters using either the
controller CLI or the GUI.
If you configure an access
point to use a static IP address that is not on the same subnet on which the
access point’s previous DHCP address was, the access point falls back to a DHCP
address after the access point reboots. If the access point falls back to a
DHCP address, enter the
show ap config generalCisco_AP CLI
command to show that the access point is using a fallback IP address. However,
the GUI shows both the static IP address and the DHCP address, but it does not
identify the DHCP address as a fallback address.
How to Convert a
Lightweight Access Point Back to an Autonomous Access Point
Lightweight Access Point Back to an Autonomous Access Point (CLI)
Controller# ap name AP03 static-ip ip-address
188.8.131.52 netmask 255.255.0.0 gateway 184.108.40.206
Configures a static IP address on the access point. This command contains the following keywords and arguments:
ip-address— Specifies the Cisco access point static IP address.
ip-address— Cisco access point static IP address.
netmask—Specifies the Cisco access point static IP netmask.
netmask— Cisco access point static IP netmask.
gateway—Specifies the Cisco access point gateway.
gateway— IP address of the Cisco access point gateway.
The access point reboots and rejoins the controller, and the static IP address that you specify is pushed to the access point. After the static IP address has been sent to the access point, you can configure the DNS server IP address and domain name. You must perform Steps 3 and 4 after the access points reboot.
Enters privileged EXEC mode.
Controller# configure terminal
Enters global configuration mode.
Controller(config)# ap static-ip name-server
Configures a DNS server so that a specific access point or all access points can discover the controller using DNS resolution.
To undo the DNS server configuration, enter the noapstatic-ipname-servernameserver_ip_address command.
Controller(config)# ap static-ip domain domain1
Configures the domain to which a specific access point or all access points belong.
To undo the domain name configuration, enter the noapstatic-ipdomainstatic_ip_domain command.
Returns to privileged EXEC mode. Alternatively, you can also press Ctrl-Z to exit global configuration mode.
Controller# show ap name AP03 config general
Displays the IP address configuration for the access point.
Configuring a Static IP Address on an Access Point (GUI)
Choose Configuration > Wireless > Access Points > All APs.
The All APs page is displayed.
Click the name of the access point.
The AP > Edit page is displayed.
In the General tab, in the IP Config area, select the Static IP check box if you want to assign a static IP address to the access point.
Enter the following details:
The access point reboots and rejoins the controller, and the static IP address that you specified is sent to the access point.
After the static IP address has been sent to the access point, configure the DNS IP Address and Domain Name.
Click Save Configuration.
Recovering the Access Point Using the TFTP Recovery Procedure
Download the required recovery image from Cisco.com (ap3g2-k9w8-tar.152-2.JA.tar) and install it in the root directory of your TFTP server.
Connect the TFTP server to the same subnet as the target access point and power-cycle the access point. The access point boots from the TFTP image and then joins the controller to download the oversized access point image and complete the upgrade procedure.
After the access point has been recovered, you can remove the TFTP server.
Configuration Examples for Converting Autonomous Access Points to Lightweight Mode
Displaying the IP Address Configuration for Access Points: Example
This example shows how to display the IP address configuration for the access point:
Controller# show ap name AP03 dot11 24ghz config general
Cisco AP Identifier.............. 4
Cisco AP Name............................. AP6
IP Address Configuration.................. Static IP assigned
IP Address................................ 10.10.10.118
IP NetMask................................ 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP Addr........................... 10.10.10.1
Name Server............................... 10.10.10.205
Displaying Access Point Crash File Information: Example
This example shows how to display access point crash file information. Using this command, you can verify whether the file is downloaded to the controller:
Controller# show ap crash-file
Local Core Files:
The number in parentheses indicates the size of the file. The size should
be greater than zero if a core dump file is available.