If you need to set up a device quickly with a
simple configuration, you can enter all of the essential settings
for basic operation on this page. If you need to change or update
a basic setting, you can find it quickly and easily on the Express
This is the name of the host that appears in the
titles of management system pages and in the Association
page. The system name is not an essential setting, but it helps
identify the device on your network.
The Media Access Control (MAC) address is a unique
number permanently assigned to the device's Ethernet controller
by the manufacturer. You cannot change the MAC address.
This setting must match the network's
method of IP address assignment. Choose DHCP
or Static IP. With Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP), IP addresses are assigned for
predetermined periods of time. Choose Static IP
if your network does not have an automatic system for IP address
This field enables the assignment or change
of the IP address. The significance of such a change depends
on whether or not DHCP is enabled for the network. If DHCP
is not enabled, the IP address you enter in this field is
the device's IP address. If DHCP is enabled, this field provides
the IP address only if a server responds with an IP address
for the device.
Enter an IP subnet mask to identify the subnetwork
so the IP address can be recognized on the LAN. If DHCP is
not enabled, this field is the subnet mask. If DHCP is enabled,
this field provides the subnet mask only if a server responds
to the DHCP request.
Insert the IP address of your default internet
To use Simplified Network Management
Protocol (SNMP), enter a community name. SNMP is an application-layer
protocol that supports message-oriented communications between
SNMP management stations and agents. This community name automatically
appears in the list of users authorized to view and make changes
to the management system when SNMP is enabled.
The SNMP community string is used
like a username and is for authentication, privacy, and authorization
services within SNMP. Choose for this community to have read-only
or read/write capabilities.
Select the role of the device on your
For access points,
you can choose access
point (root), a repeater (non-root),
or workgroup bridge. When operating as an access
point (root), it bridges wireless traffic to the wired LAN.
When operating as a repeater (non-root), it bridges wireless
traffic to an access point connected to the wired LAN. The
repeater is placed within range of an access point connected
to a wired LAN. This placement extends the range of your infrastructure
and overcomes any obstacles that block radio communication.
When operating as a workgroup bridge, the bridge emulates
the Cisco Aironet 350 Series Workgroup Bridge and accepts
sure that the data rates configured on the repeater access
point match the data rates on the parent access point.
For bridges, one bridge in any pair
or group of bridges must be set to root, and the bridge or
bridges associated to the root bridge must be set to non-root.
The following options are available:
Root - Configures
the bridge as a root bridge. In this mode, you establish a link
with a non-root bridge. In this mode, the bridge also accepts
associations from clients.
- Places the bridge in non-root mode.
In this mode, it links with a root bridge.
- Places the bridge into installation
mode so you can align and adjust the bridge link for optimum
efficiency. This option is the bridge's default setting for
the Role in Radio Network parameter.
- Places the bridge in the access point mode. In this mode,
the bridge emulates a Cisco Aironet 1100 Series Access Point
and accepts associations from client devices.
- Places the bridge in the workgroup bridge mode. In this mode,
the bridge emulates the Cisco Aironet 350 Series Workgroup Bridge
and accepts wired clients.
You can use this setting to select
either preconfigured settings for the radio or customized
settings for the radio. Selecting Throughput
maximizes the data volume handled by the device but might
reduce the range. All data rates are set to basic. Selecting
Range maximizes the device's range
but might reduce throughput. The lowest data rate is set to
Required, and the other data rates are set to Enabled. On
the 802.11a radios, you can also choose the Default
option which sets the the rates to the default settings.
Note: When you configure the
802.11g access point radio for best throughput, the access
point sets all 802.11g data rates to basic (required). This
setting blocks association from 802.11b client devices.
Select Enable to use Cisco Aironet
802.11 extensions. This setting must be set to Enable for
you to use features such as load balancing, message integrity
check (MIC), or Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP).