This method uses an
AirProvision application on smartphone that runs on different flavors of mobile
OS. Upon successful authentication, the smartphone communicates with the
Universal AP on a secure 2.4 GHz channel. The smartphone then requests the AP
configurations to differentiate Universal SKU AP from other access points. When
the associated access point is identified as Universal AP, the smartphone
pushes the regulatory configurations to the AP.
When a user wants to
prime a universal AP, the user needs to access the AirProvision app with CCO
credentials. Without proper authentication, the AirProvision app will not be
able to configure the access point. After successful authentication, the
smartphone associates to Universal AP over a secure 2.4 GHz channel as a
client. Prior to the association with AP, the AirProvision app also gathers its
location information from the inbuilt GPS and cell tower that advertise country
information by extracting Mobile Country Code (MCC) Identifier from the Public
LAN Mobile Network (PLMN). Once associated, Universal AP sends information
about its AP type, Reg. Domain, and country configurations to distinguish from
existing Cisco APs and to ensure that it has been primed already.
For an unprimed/out of
box Universal AP, the AirProvision app configures the AP with correct reg.
domain that will derive base on the AP information and country code details via
GPS and MCC ID. The AirProvision app maintains a database that maps country
configurations to regulatory domain for a specific AP model. This information
is sent to Universal AP to migrate it into correct Reg. Domain and country
Modes of Availabilities
Manual Identification works only on the following modes of unified APs:
*Unified APs in Bridge mode require wired connection to WLAN Controller
for initial AP deployment. In the absence of Universal Root AP (RAP), Universal
Mesh AP will not allow domain conversion.
Following modes of Unified APs will NOT be able to leverage Manual
The AirProvision app
supports the following two modes of operations:
Mode—This is the default mode of operation for the AirProvision app to
configure Universal SKU AP. Fresh out of box APs are configured via configure
knob when associated AP is configured with Universal Attributes (Reg. Domain:
-UX, Country: UX).
special mode handles the misconfigured primed Universal APs, when the Universal
APs are shipped via tier-2 distributors or were misconfigured due to change in
location. In such cases, the reg. domain configurations are corrected via the
AirProvision app in audit mode. The audit mode can overwrite the reg. domain
configurations of an already primed Universal AP.