Lightweight and IOS AP?

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Apr 10th, 2007
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I have been working with IOS based autonomous APs for a some time now. However, need to have following questions clarified regarding Lightweight models. I have few of these APs

a. AIR-AP1242AG-E-K9 (IOS ver. 12.3(8)

b. AIR-LAP1242AG-P-K9 (IOS ver. 12.3(11)


I cannot seem to determine any difference between the two APs functionality as far as configuration options are considered. I understand that IOS autonomous APs do not connect to WLCs (by default).


a. I am able to configure RADIUS on both

b. I am able to configure SSIDs on both

c. I am able to assign an IP to both the APs for management


Questions then:


1. Can Lighwieght AP work independantly of the wireless LAN controllers? The documentation says they cannot.


2. Is it IOS dependant? i.e. can LAP be made to work like an autonomous AP using an appropriate IOS?


3. If LAP works just as IOS AP then why does Cisco offers them under different product IDs


Thanks.

Correct Answer by Rob Huffman about 10 years 3 months ago

Hi Muhammad,


You have done your homework here :) Hopefully I can answer your questions.


1. Can Lighwieght AP work independantly of the wireless LAN controllers? The documentation says they cannot.


The LWAPP AP (LAP) cannot operate independantly of the WLC


2. Is it IOS dependant? i.e. can LAP be made to work like an autonomous AP using an appropriate IOS?


Yes, an LAP can be converted to Autonomous.Have a look at this doc;


Reverting the Access Point Back to Autonomous Mode


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps430/prod_technical_reference09186a00804fc3dc.html#wp161272


3. If LAP works just as IOS AP then why does Cisco offers them under different product IDs


I think the difference is in ease of use and Installation only, seeing that the AP can be converted either way.


Hope this helps!

Rob


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Hi Muhammad,


You have done your homework here :) Hopefully I can answer your questions.


1. Can Lighwieght AP work independantly of the wireless LAN controllers? The documentation says they cannot.


The LWAPP AP (LAP) cannot operate independantly of the WLC


2. Is it IOS dependant? i.e. can LAP be made to work like an autonomous AP using an appropriate IOS?


Yes, an LAP can be converted to Autonomous.Have a look at this doc;


Reverting the Access Point Back to Autonomous Mode


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps430/prod_technical_reference09186a00804fc3dc.html#wp161272


3. If LAP works just as IOS AP then why does Cisco offers them under different product IDs


I think the difference is in ease of use and Installation only, seeing that the AP can be converted either way.


Hope this helps!

Rob


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