Configuring Plug and Play in RV160 and RV260 routers
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Updated:January 30, 2019
The objective of this document is
to show you how to configure Plug and Play (PnP) and PnP support on RV160 and
Cisco Open Plug-n-Play (PnP)
agent is a software application for Cisco Small Business devices. When a device
is powered on, the Open PnP agent discovery process, which is embedded in the
device, attempts to discover the address of the Open PnP server. The Open PnP
agent uses methods like Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name
System (DNS), and Cisco cloud service discovery to acquire the desired IP
address of the Open PnP server. Simplified deployment process of Cisco Small
Business device automates the following deployment related operational tasks:
Establishing initial network connectivity for the device.
Delivering device configuration.
Delivering firmware images.
PnP support was introduced in the
Small Business environment with FindIT 1.1, which acts as the PnP server.
Some terms to be familiar with regarding PnP and FindIT:
An Image is a firmware update for a PnP enabled device.
A Configuration is a configuration file to be downloaded to the device. Configuration files
contain all the information a device needs to participate in a network, such as
gateway, IP addresses of known devices, security settings etc.
An Unclaimed device is a device that has checked into the PnP server but does not have an Image or
Configuration assigned to it.
Provisioning is the act of supplying devices with images or configurations.
PnP Router configuration
Devices must first be configured
to “check in” with the PnP server in order to receive provisioning. To
configure the router to check into the FindIT Manager to support PnP, perform
the following steps.
Step 1. Log in to the web
configuration page of your router.
Step 2. Navigate to System Configuration > PnP.
Step 3. By default, PnP is enabled in the router and PnP Transport is set to Auto to
discover the PnP server automatically. In this example, Static had been
selected as the PnP Transport option.
Note: Unlike switches, the RV160/RV260 series routers only support Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
Secure (HTTPS) encrypted PnP communications.
Step 4. Enter the IP address or
the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) of the FindIT manager and the port
number if it is using something other than Port 443. By default the router will
trust any already trusted Certificate Authority (CA) certificate. If desired
you can choose to only trust certificates from a particular certification authority
by selecting only one Root CA certificate.
In this example,
IP/FQDN is FindIT.xxxx.net.
Port is 443.
CA Certificate is All.
Step 5. Click Apply.
Image or Configuration Upload
Getting to low, or no touch
deployments requires the configuration or image files to be available to the
device prior to powering on the first time. To upload an image or a
configuration to the FindIT Manager to deploy to PnP devices, perform the
Step 1. Connect to the FindIT Network Manager and go to Network Plug and Play and choose Images
In this example, Images has been selected.
Step 2. Click on the Add icon to add an image file.
Step 3. Drag and drop the firmware
file from a folder to the browser window and choose Upload.
Once the firmware or configuration has been uploaded, you can claim a device that has checked in. Claiming
a device allows a FindIT server to deploy a configuration or image to that
Step 1. Log in to the FindIT
Manager and navigate to Network Plug and Play > Unclaimed Devices.
Step 2. Locate the device under Unclaimed
devices and select it.
Step 3. Choose the configuration
or image you want to apply and click Claim. In this example, a
configuration file has been selected. This will move the device from the Unclaimed
tab into the Claimed tab and the next time the device checks into the
server it will deploy the configuration.
Configuring PnP Redirect
By default, PnP is enabled on the
RV160/RV260 routers and is set to Auto discover the PnP server. This can occur
from a DHCP server, DNS query, or Cisco’s device help website.
PnP auto redirect allows you to
use Cisco’s device help website (https://software.cisco.com) to allow PnP
enabled devices from multiple networks to connect automatically to the desired PnP
server. You will be able to handle the configurations and images of a large
number of devices remotely.
To configure the PnP auto
redirect, perform the following steps.
Step 1. Log in to the web utility
of the router. Navigate to System Summary.
Step 2. Obtain the Serial number and model number (PID VID) of the router from the System