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How to Configure the Base Station as an Access Point





How to configure the base station as an access point


Core Issue

Configuring the base station as an access point.



A wireless PC can use an Internet browser to initially configure the base station. Unlike the BSCU, when you configure the base station by using an Internet browser, the radio card parameters are not automatically changed to match the base station settings.


Before using the Internet browser, the wireless PC must be associated with the base station. (A properly configured wireless PC radio card automatically associates with the base station.)


To configure the base station by using an Internet browser, do the following:


Step 1          Open an Internet browser window.

Step 2          Enter (the base station default IP address) in the browser location field. If you are using Netscape, the field is labeled Netsite or Location; if you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, the field is labeled Address.

Step 3          Press Enter.


The base station main menu screen appears





Do not click Use new SSID and key until all other base station configuration parameters are changed. The base station is being configured through a wireless connection using the default SSID and WEP encryption key. Enabling a new SSID and WEP encryption key interrupts connectivity to the device. To communicate with the base station, the parameters in the wireless device must exactly match the base station settings.

Step 4          If the value of the SSID field is tsunami (the default setting), we recommend that you enter a new SSID using 1 to 32 ASCII characters (printable keyboard characters). Press Enter.


The SSID identifies the base station radio network and must be used by all wireless devices communicating with the base station.


Step 5          Optionally, you are able to disable encryption or enter a new WEP encryption key (in ASCII or hexadecimal format).

Step 6          The WEP encryption key used must be exactly the same on all wireless devices. Encryption provides protection against unauthorized accesses by wireless devices because messages are encoded with the WEP encryption key. For additional information on the WEP encryption key, see Chapter 2, "WEP Key Conversion," in the Cisco Aironet 340 Series Base Station Software Configuration Guide.


a.          To disable encryption, click off in one of the WEP encryption key entry boxes.

b.          To enter a new encryption key, select the desired entry method (ASCII or hex).


•To use ASCII, click in the WEP encryption key in ASCII entry box, enter 1 to 13 ASCII characters (printable keyboard characters), and press Enter.

•To use hex, click in the WEP encryption key in hex entry box, enter 1 to 26 hex characters (0 to 9 and A to F), and press Enter. The alpha characters are not case sensitive.


Step 7          Record the old and new SSID and WEP encryption key values.

Step 8          Click the desired operating mode. The operating mode specifies the type of communication connection used by the base station.

Step 9 Go to the procedure for the selected operating mode.


Cable or DSL Modem—see "Cable or DSL Modem or Access Point Configuration" section.

PPP-over-Ethernet—see "PPP-over-Ethernet Configuration" section.

Telephone Dial-Up—see "Telephone Dial-Up Configuration" section.

Access Point—see "Cable or DSL Modem or Access Point Configuration" section.


Step 10 Click Use new SSID and key. Changing the SSID or WEP encryption key fields in the base station deactivates the connection with the wireless device. You must make corresponding changes to all wireless PCs to continue communications with the base station.

Step 11 The base station configuration is complete, and you can close the Internet browser.


Problem Type

Configure / Configuration issues



Base Station



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