Can AIR-AP521G-x-K9 be controlled by the Cisco 526 Mobility controller ?

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Sep 11th, 2007

I am going to buy a AIR-AP521G-x-K9 with IOS software which is a stand alone access point.

However, later on I may buy a Cisco 526 Wireless Express Mobility controller in order to expand my wireless network.

As I know at that moment I need to buy light weight AIR-LAP521G-x-K9 instead of AIR-AP521G-x-K9

However I want to know if the stand alone AIR-AP521G-x-K9 can be control by the mobility controller without doing any change to the AIR-AP521G-x-K9 ?


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rob.huffman Tue, 09/11/2007 - 04:29

Hi Pak,

The AIR-AP521G can be converted to Controller based mode via software upgrade so your investment is protected should you decide down the road to switch to Controller based. Have a look***;

Q. Which access point products are included in the Cisco Mobility Express Solution?

A. Two Cisco 500 Series Wireless Express Access Point products are in the Cisco Mobility Express Solution; their part numbers follow:

AIR-AP521G-x-K9 (standalone access point)

AIR-LAP521G-x-K9 (controller-based access point)

The hardware for these products is the same. The products have different software,*** but the access points can be converted from standalone mode to the controller-based mode with a simple software upgrade.

Up to three access points can be managed by Cisco Configuration Assistant. More than three access points in the network requires the controller as well.

From this good Q & A doc;

Hope this helps!


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rob.huffman Mon, 09/01/2008 - 17:15

Hi Bastiaan,

I believe that this is a "one way" only type conversion;

Using CCA to Convert an AP521 Access Point

CCA can be used to convert an AP521 access point into a lightweight LAP521 access point.


Caution The CCA conversion process is a one-way process. CCA can only convert an AP521 into an LAP521. CCA cannot reconvert an access point back to autonomous operation.

Hope this helps!



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