Convert a Lightweight AP to Autonomous AP

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Jan 8th, 2009

Hi to all,

I have a brand new AIR-LAP1242G-A-K9 wich is a native lightweight AP and I need to convert it to an Autonomous AP, is this possible???

Thanks in advance for your help.

I have this problem too.
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Correct Answer by SJessulat_2 about 7 years 9 months ago

Hi Alfonso,

yes, this is possible. Here is the official document:

We already used this procedure quite often and it works fine.



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alfonso.cornejo Fri, 01/09/2009 - 07:49

Hi Sebastian,

Thanks alot, I'll perform the procedure as soon i get the APs.

Best Regards,

According to the "upgrade tool" in the Cisco software downloads page. Once the AP has the LWAP upgrade, it will no longer function as an autonomous AP.

Go to the Tools & Resources, software downloads and look for the upgrade too for autonomous Cisco Aironet Access Points. The link will display this message.

I was hoping for a rollback too.


Leo Laohoo Mon, 01/12/2009 - 15:00

If you fancy doing this using CLI, you can also use the following:


• Image file (such as c1200-k9w7-tar.122-15.JA.tar);

• AP is connected to the Wireless LAN Controller; and

• AP can ping the TFTP server where the image is located.


1. Find out what AP needs to be converted from LWAPP to Autonomous mode by entering the following command:

sh ap summary

2. Enter the following CLI command on the Wireless LAN controller:

config ap tftp-downgrade

3. The AP will download the software and after a reboot, the AP will be on Autonomous mode.


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