Automatically shutdown wireless interface, out of office hours.

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Sep 23rd, 2009


I have a Cisco 870 Wireless-Router.

I would like to turn the wireless interface off between 9pm and 8am when it's not being used.

Is there a way this can be done automatically.

i.e. shutdown 802.11 interface via a routine job (or maybe via .TCL script)

Any help appreciated.



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mcroft Thu, 09/24/2009 - 00:13


Great suggestion. Thank you.

However, I really need the wifi interface shutdown as I don't want RF being transmitted.

Any other ideas.



jeff.kish Fri, 09/25/2009 - 08:24

Hi Matt,

Sorry, to my knowledge this is nothing that the Cisco IOS can do. However, this is something pretty standard for SNMP management solutions. Look into some SNMP managing freeware tools, and they can issue time-based commands to network equipment.

It's a bit more cumbersome of a solution, but it provides exactly what you're looking for.


Leo Laohoo Sat, 09/26/2009 - 03:20

It's very difficult to achieve this particularly when your radio is autonomous (meaning it's not controller-based). The only thing is to use time-based ACL or run a daily customised script to shutdown the radios after a certain time.

You may want to NOT broadcast your SSID.

mcroft Mon, 09/28/2009 - 03:05


thanks for the suggestion.

I think a simple tcl script would be best solution to shutdown the interface.

However, not quite sure how I would invoke the .tcl script to run daily.

Uhmmm, any ideas ?



mcroft Mon, 09/28/2009 - 05:46

Hi All,

I have the answer to my own question.

(if anyone's interested)

It can be done ! By disabling the radio interface via EEM configuration.

thankfully I don't have to configure .tcl scripts.

......... here's my config .........

event manager applet ENABLE-RADIO

event timer cron name WeekdayStart cron-entry "00 8 * *"

action 1.0 cli command "enable"

action 1.1 cli command "configure term"

action 1.2 cli command "interface Dot11Radio0"

action 1.3 cli command "no shut"

event manager applet DISABLE-RADIO

event timer cron name WeekdayStart cron-entry "00 6 * *"

action 1.0 cli command "enable"

action 1.1 cli command "configure term"

action 1.2 cli command "interface Dot11Radio0"

action 1.3 cli command "shut"

jeff.kish Mon, 09/28/2009 - 06:56

Dude, I'm totally giving you points for answering your own question :) That's a great tool you've found, I'm definitely keeping that for future use.




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