LWAPP (Lightweight Mode) to Autonomous Conversion and Vice Versa


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Apr 15th, 2011
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In this video we will see How to Convert a "LWAPP (Lightweight Mode) Access Point to Autonomous" and Vice Versa.

**TFTPD32 used in this video is an opensource TFTP server/service for windows**.

Overall Rating: 5 (5 ratings)
KyleWoodhouse Fri, 05/20/2011 - 18:35

Hi, Thanks for the video.  1 question.  I noticed that after you converted the unit to LWAPP you had the issue where the unit reboots every 30 seconds.  This usually confuses most customers so i prefer the upgrade tool method.  http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/access_point/conversion/lwapp/upgrade/guide/lwapnote.html

I think it has something to do with older units that do not have an MIC installed but have an SSC so using the conversion tool method is prefered as it installs the MIC during the conversion.  Thus avoiding the rebooting issue detailed here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk722/tk809/technologies_tech_note09186a008072d9a1.shtml#cause8

Either way, great video.  It always amazes me how many ways of doing things there really is.  Thanks,

Vinay Sharma Sat, 05/21/2011 - 00:19

Hi Kyle,

Thanks for your feedback. Regarding your question, when we performed the conversion in the LAB it worked great and we faced NO issues with unit rebooting. Actually this procedure is used and tested by TAC engineers multiple times . Indeed there are multiple ways to convert the device and you can pick any.

The only thing is for 1100 series AP's this procedure will not work. Here is the link which will help you:-


Hope this will help.

I would like to appreciate your time to provide your valuable input.



Rajan Parmar Thu, 06/02/2011 - 16:07

Very well explained, indeed !

Vinay Sharma Fri, 06/17/2011 - 22:18

Thanks Rajan. I appreciate that.

felixguzman Tue, 05/14/2013 - 16:50

Hello Vinay

If you buy from origin AIR-LAP1262N-N-K9, this part number can be converted to AP???

I do not mean this AP convert to LAP back to AP


Regards, FGA

manish sharma Tue, 10/11/2011 - 19:34

Hello Vinay,

I am using Product/Model Number: AIR-LAP1242AG-N-K9  with following IOS information:

BOOT path-list:      flash:/c1240-rcvk9w8-mx/c1240-rcvk9w8-mx

Config file:         flash:/config.txt

Private Config file: flash:/private-config

Enable Break:        no

Manual Boot:         no

Enable IOS Break:    no

HELPER path-list:   

NVRAM/Config file

      buffer size:   32768

      Mode Button:    on

Now I want to convert this to Autonomous mode but command

"debug capwap console cli


debug lwapp console cli"

  are not working. Could you please confirm the command for converting LWAP to Autonomous AP for the mentioned IOS


Manish Sharma

jaikantiyer Thu, 12/15/2011 - 22:00

Hi Vinay,

I have two AIR-LAP1142N-N-K9 to configure this we need controller and i dont have the controller. Please advice me how to make these router up without controller.

I am trying to convert lwap to autonomous AP. please let me know how to configure in TFTP server.

Warm Regards




dinesh_bhatt Wed, 06/06/2012 - 01:21

Really the clips is so informative, I had one query regarding the Access Point 1240 AG that when I try to reload the new IOS image to the Access Point, it shows an error. The Led at the Access Point shows Red light at Radio, Green Light at Ethernet and the lights are continously changes at the Status of the Access Point.

One thing more it shows an error while rebooting the AP the not able to initilize the ethernet port.

Kindly suggest the solutions for the same.

Waiting for the response


Dinesh Bhatt

Juan Quiroz Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:23

Hello, great guide

Can somebody help me with one question, how do I know if my AIR-CAP1552E is working with autonomous IOS?

felipeducau Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:51

Great post!

From this post and other sources I've compiled my procedure to change from LWAPP (Lightweight Mode) to Autonomous Conversion in focused on Aironet 3600 series. 


I think it might help since I found some complications with these AP's following this procedure. 


Thanks and best regards, 

mohammedhabib Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:45

I think you need to look again to your video , the Access point still reboot every 30 sec , (please look again)


this is the issue it keeps rebooting . 


any way thank 


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