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Release Notes for Cisco Aironet Workgroup Bridges Running Firmware Version 8.58_2
February 12, 2002
These release notes describe features and caveats for Cisco Aironet 340 and 350 Series Workgroup Bridges running firmware release 8.58_2. These release notes also contain important information about the device.
These release notes describe the following topics:
Workgroup bridges are small, standalone units that provide wireless infrastructure connections for Ethernet-enabled devices. A device connected to a bridge communicates with a network infrastructure through Cisco Aironet access points.
The bridge connects to a hub through a standard Ethernet port using a 10BASE-T/RJ-45 (twisted pair) connector, and up to eight client devices can be connected to the hub. You can use an Internet browser or Telnet to configure the bridge.
The bridge communicates with Cisco Aironet access points, but it does not communicate with wireless networking devices manufactured by other companies.
Minimum Firmware Version Required on Access Points
Access points with which the bridge associates must contain firmware version 11.05 or later.
Determining the Firmware Version on the Access Point
The firmware version number appears in the upper-left corner of most access point management
screens in the browser interface and at the top of the home (Summary Status) page in the command-line interfaces.
Upgrading to a New Access Point Firmware Release
For instructions on installing access point firmware:
Step 1 Click on the following link to go to the Cisco Aironet documentation home page on CCO:
Step 2 Follow this path to go to the product, document and chapter:
Aironet 350 Series Wireless LAN Products > Cisco Aironet 350 Series Access Points > Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide > Maintaining Firmware > Updating Firmware
Note To upgrade firmware from a file server, you must enter settings on the access point's FTP Server Setup page. Consult the Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide for more information.
New and Changed Information
These release notes incorporate information pertaining to both the 340 series and 350 series bridges. Information applying specifically to the 340 series bridge is identified as such.
New Software Features in Release 8.58_2
There are no new features in this release.
Verify Mounting Hole Measurement
If you make a photocopy of the mounting template (included in the Mounting Instructions for the Cisco Aironet Access Points, Base Stations, and Workgroup Bridges), make sure that the distance between the holes is 4 3/4 in. (12.06 cm) before you drill the holes. Some photocopy machines do not make exact duplicates of the original.
Bridge Loop May Occur with Incorrect Network Topology
If the bridge is connected to the wired LAN and is communicating with an access point on the same LAN, a network problem known as a bridge loop can occur. Avoid a bridge loop by disconnecting the bridge from the wired LAN immediately after you configure it. Figure 1 shows the network configuration in which the loop occurs.
Figure 1 Bridge Loop Caused by a Bridge Connected to the Wired LAN
A bridge loop can also occur if two or more bridges are connected to the same remote hub. To prevent this bridge loop, always connect only one bridge to a remote hub. Figure 2 shows the network configuration in which the loop occurs.
Figure 2 Bridge Loop Caused by Two Bridges on the Same Remote Hub
The following caveat has been resolved in firmware version 8.58_2:
•Resolved: CSCdw63264. An error can occur with management protocol processing. Please use this URL for further information:
Getting Bug Information on Cisco.com
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Access the TAC Software Bug Toolkit at http://www.cisco.com/support/bugtools/.
This section describes known issues for firmware version release 8.58 and earlier.
DHCP ON with Static IP Address Causes Bridge to Lose Association with Access Point
If an IP address is statically assigned, DHCP is not automatically disabled when using the web interface. With DHCP enabled, the bridge boots using the assigned IP address as expected. However, the bridge intermittently loses communication with the access point.
The association table on the access point shows a question mark (?) beside the IP address of the bridge. Eventually, the association table shows the IP address as 0.0.0.0.
Workaround: Disable DHCP on the bridge.
SMIC Errors Compiling Cisco Aironet MIBs
When using SMIC (the compiler Cisco uses to test MIBs), the Cisco Aironet MIB does not compile without errors. SMIC displays a message indicating that "0" cannot be used as an enumerated value and prevents the MIB from being posted on CCO.
Workaround: The TAC will provide the MIB by email on request.
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