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Kevin86
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Controller Based AP convertion to Stand Alone AP

Hello there.

I was told that a controller-based AP, specifically the Aironet 1600 (AIR-CAP) can be converted to a stand alone AP via IOS update.

Can someone please provide me the steps on how to do the update mentioned above upon purchase of the Access-Point?

I am not yet quite familiar on how to update the IOS of an AP.

Thank you.

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harvisin
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Hello,

Please follw the stpes below:-

Retrieve the latest IOS image for your AP from Cisco.com
Retreive TFTPD for use as your TFTP server
You’ll need a PC with a static IP (10.0.0.1/24 for this example) to wire  your AP straight into during the procedure, with the TFTP server  running, all firewalls disabled and the IOS image available in the TFTP  root.

Step 1: Make sure that the PC contains the access point image file in the TFTP server folder and that the TFTP server is activated.

Step 2: Set the timeout value on the TFTP server to 30 seconds.

Step 3: On the PC where the TFTP server is located, perform these steps:

a. Disable any software firewall products, such as Windows firewall, ZoneAlarm firewall, McAffee firewall, or others.

b. Ensure all Windows files are visible. From Windows Explorer, click  Tools > Folder Options > View; then uncheck the Hide extensions  for known file types check box.

Step 4: Connect the PC to the access point using a Category 5 Ethernet cable.

Step 5: Disconnect power from the access point.

Step 6: Press and hold MODE while you reconnect power to the access point.

Step 7: Hold the MODE button until the status LED turns red (approximately 20 to 30 seconds) and then release.

Step 8: Enable LWAPP console CLI allow/disallow debugging

#debug lwapp con cli

Step 9: Enable LWAPP ignore internal reload debugging

#debug lwapp client no-reload

Step 10: Configure IP Address on the fast ethernet interface of the AP

#conf t
(config)#interface fa0
(config-if)#ip addr 10.0.0.2 255.255.255.0

Step 11: Download the image file from the TFTP server to the AP

#archive download-sw /overwrite tftp://10.0.0.1/

Step 12: Reload the unit once the image has been written and the process reports complete.

#reload.

You’ll now be running an autonomous image which you can work with.

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Leo L
VIP Community Legend

I was told that a controller-based AP, specifically the Aironet 1600 (AIR-CAP) can be converted to a stand alone AP via IOS update.

In a layman's term, yes.  In reality, all you need is the software, a TFTP server and the "Mode" button.

Thanks!

If you never done this before, I would suggest looking at the videos. There are many out there and you don't have to read, just listen:)

https://www.google.com/search?q=lightweight+to+autonomous&client=safari&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ei=09A1Us7nDYq8qgHQr4DgCg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAA&biw=320&bih=504&dpr=2

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Saurav Lodh
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Please refer to this discussion explaining Lightweight AP to standalone conversion

https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2055997

Abhishek Abhishek
Cisco Employee

Please refer to another post in the community which has already been answered with the same question-

https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2202679

harvisin
Participant

Hello,

Please follw the stpes below:-

Retrieve the latest IOS image for your AP from Cisco.com
Retreive TFTPD for use as your TFTP server
You’ll need a PC with a static IP (10.0.0.1/24 for this example) to wire  your AP straight into during the procedure, with the TFTP server  running, all firewalls disabled and the IOS image available in the TFTP  root.

Step 1: Make sure that the PC contains the access point image file in the TFTP server folder and that the TFTP server is activated.

Step 2: Set the timeout value on the TFTP server to 30 seconds.

Step 3: On the PC where the TFTP server is located, perform these steps:

a. Disable any software firewall products, such as Windows firewall, ZoneAlarm firewall, McAffee firewall, or others.

b. Ensure all Windows files are visible. From Windows Explorer, click  Tools > Folder Options > View; then uncheck the Hide extensions  for known file types check box.

Step 4: Connect the PC to the access point using a Category 5 Ethernet cable.

Step 5: Disconnect power from the access point.

Step 6: Press and hold MODE while you reconnect power to the access point.

Step 7: Hold the MODE button until the status LED turns red (approximately 20 to 30 seconds) and then release.

Step 8: Enable LWAPP console CLI allow/disallow debugging

#debug lwapp con cli

Step 9: Enable LWAPP ignore internal reload debugging

#debug lwapp client no-reload

Step 10: Configure IP Address on the fast ethernet interface of the AP

#conf t
(config)#interface fa0
(config-if)#ip addr 10.0.0.2 255.255.255.0

Step 11: Download the image file from the TFTP server to the AP

#archive download-sw /overwrite tftp://10.0.0.1/

Step 12: Reload the unit once the image has been written and the process reports complete.

#reload.

You’ll now be running an autonomous image which you can work with.

Thanks a bunch!

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