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LWAPP to Autonomous Conversion and Vice versa on Access Points







Here is the step by step process that we have to take care of while converting LWAPP to IOS and then vice versa..





The hardware used = 1141 AP (make sure we are using the right image)


c1140-k9w7-tar.124-21a.JY.tar not c1140-rcvk9w8-tar.124-23c.JA.tar


I request you to do download any image from the below link and perform the conversion from LWAPP image to autonomous..


the methods to convert is..


download TFTPd32 from Google and install it on ur PC.. point the image that you have downloaded in the TFTP server..


connect    a Ethernet cable between ur laptop and AP.. both should be in the  same   subnet.. and connect a console cable and get the hyperterminal  console   access and issue the command.. make sure you are able to ping  the PC  and the AP and vice versa!!



AP#debug lwapp console cli or debug capwap console cli

AP#config t

AP(confg)int fa 0

AP(confg-if)ip addr <addr> <mask> (same subnet as that of the laptop)


AP#archive download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://<tftp ip address>/<image name.tar>


AP#archieve download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://


The above command will do it for you!!




Now to reconvert the AP back to LWAPP..


Download the LWAPP image(W8) from the Cisco website and get the console access the AP and just issue the command..


archive download-sw/overwrite/force-reload tftp://<IP address of the  TFTP server>//<image>


AP#archive download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://


I assume we have the TFTPd32 downloaded from Google and in the TFTPd32 pointing to the image.


Reference Video


LWAPP to Auto.bmp

For 1100 series APs



here is the link which will help you..



Thats it!!

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I created a video to convert the 3600 series WAPs from LWAPP to Autonomous. I also explain the break_enable variable, which is problematic if you had the WAP on a controller at some point.


HOLY CATS, BATMAN!  - All I needed was that one-liner of "this or this" for the hidden command.  Saved me hours of dorking around with holding the reset to get myself to a point i could crash recover the unit.  This was a life saver!  THANKS AGAIN!

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I'm glad it helped! It was hours of frustration and I had to document it so no one else would suffer.

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I buy access point 3700i before 3 month when i write in CLI show version it show ap3g2-rcvk9w8 but when I connect it to WLC it dont work ???


how can i get ap3g2-k9w8-tar.153-3.JC.tar free ??


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If you are connecting to a WLC then you need a recovery image, which you can download for free from Cisco. The image you are referring to ap3g2-k9w8-tar.153-3.JC.tar is not a recovery image and will require a Smartnet agreement to download. You will need to search the WLC version to see what recovery image you need to install on it. Then log into Cisco's download site and download the proper recovery image.


Dear Surendra,


I have CAP702I Access point i need to convert is to Autonomus Mode , i dont have Controller, Do I use same technic to achive my requierment????




Thanks for the excellent tutorial. You might want to change the command: "archieve download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://"and get rid of the first "e" in archive. It had me stumped why I couldn't get it to work. Always pays to read what you copy & paste.

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