Aironet 1250 in lightweight mode?

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Feb 19th, 2009
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Can the Aironet 1250 802.11n WAPs be made to run in lightweight mode like the 1240's can?

Been poking around the cisco site and cant find anything that clearly says yes or no.



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dennischolmes Thu, 02/19/2009 - 13:10
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Make sure when converting it that it has a WLC to connect to so it can get its full config. THe controller needs to be running 4.1.185 or later

Stephen Rodriguez Thu, 02/19/2009 - 13:13
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it needs to be running or later, and I would say or later to get the low power enhancements

dennischolmes Thu, 02/19/2009 - 13:15
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My bad. Its a 1252. Correct. 4.2.61 or later. I have a preference for 5.2 with 1252 or which has some special feature and caveat fixes around the marvell chipset.

Leo Laohoo Thu, 02/19/2009 - 14:48
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Y'sure can. Here's a link to show you how it's done:

1. The EASY way:

Upgrading Autonomous Cisco Aironet Access Points to Lightweight Mode

2. The CLI way:


• Image file (The recovery file has the prefix “rcv” in the image name, such as c1200-rcvk9w7-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. Copy the recovery file to the AP using the following command:

archive tar /x tftp:/// flash:

2. Let the AP boot on this image:

boot system flash://.bin

3. Reboot the AP.



• IF POSSIBLE, type the following commands:

 clear lwapp private-config (This will bring the AP to factory default.);

 clear lwapp ap ip address

 clear lwapp ap hostname

 clear lwapp ap controller ip address

4. Let the AP connect to the Wireless LAN controller.


If an AP refuses to join the Wireless LAN Controller, type the following command from the AP:

lwapp ap controller ip address

Hope this helps.


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