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Aironet 1600 as a bridge for a mobile workstation.


I work at a hospital in the clinical engineering department, and I am trying to breath some new life into some older machines.  I've seen this done at other hospitals, so I know it works, but my limited understanding of Cisco IOS is keeping from getting this done.  The hospital that did what I am trying to do was using AIR-AP1121G-A-K9 Aironet 1100 Series access points, which are now EOL, and for all I know the 1600's don't have the same capabilites as they did. 

Basically, I want to take a device like an ultrasound that is mobile, configure it to talk through the Ethernet port of the 1600, and use the 1600 to bridge it over to our wireless network without tying the 1600 to the MAC of an access point on the hospital network because it will be moving all over the place.  I have been working via the CLI to configure this and aside from the basic configurations that I remember from my Cisco classes, I'm not getting very far.  I keep seeing guides that make reference to using a browser based GUI for configurations, but even after using the CLI to configure Gig0 I'm not able to even ping the 1600 (I have Windows Firewall disabled) let alone talk to it with a browser.

Any thoughts?  Is this something that's possible with this model or did I buy the wrong equipment?  Any tips, tricks, or ideas would be most appreciated.



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Aironet 1600 as a bridge for a mobile workstation.

FYI:  In case it helps, it is a model AIR-SAP1602I-A-K9 which I had understood to be configurable as a standalone and not a controlled access point.

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Aironet 1600 as a bridge for a mobile workstation.

Hi Wes,

What you have to do is configure this 1600 AP as WGB (Work Group Bridge) & then associate it to your wireless network.

Below post give you how to configure this with Open Authentication

This example is with WPA2/PSK, but allowing multiple vlan behind WGB (in your case it is not required), so look at the security configuration if you want to configure WPA2/PSK for your set up

The other important thing is roaming of your WGB device. So you have to optimize for that & below post may help you what you have to do.



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Cisco Employee

Aironet 1600 as a bridge for a mobile workstation.

you may use it as WGB to connect your ultrasound to the ethernet port of 1600 device..

Please check the release note:-

New Member

Aironet 1600 as a bridge for a mobile workstation.

Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.  I will play with it when I get a chance and let you know how I do.


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