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Connecting APs directly into the 2106

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Wed, 02/09/2011 - 02:13
Nov 17th, 2010
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Although connecting APs directly into the 2106 is not the recommended way of doing (see Best practices document : https://supportforums.cisco.com/click.jspa?searchID=19323865&objectType=102&objectID=11760), you can technically do that and it can work fine.


The common question is how to provide IP address to the AP when they are directly connected.


What you need :


FIRST OPTION :

-A DHCP pool configured on the WLC and that pool to be in the subnet of the AP-manager interface.

-The AP manager interface has the management interface configured as DHCP server.


SECOND OPTION:

-A DHCP pool configured on a switch or DHCP server somewhere in the network

-The AP manager interface has the DHCP server ip configured as DHCP server



Notes :

-Even if you connect the AP to the PoE port 8 on the WLC, leave the ap manager assigned to port 1.

-If for some reason you have to disable dhcp proxy behavior on the WLC because your DHCP server doesn't like it, then it's not going to work

-You cannot plug a laptop in one of the WLC ports and expect it to get an IP address or have network connectivity.

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