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Lightweight to Autonomous (vice versa) Conversion

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Saturday
Oct 2012
Posted by nayarasi in Autonomous AP Config
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Autonoumos AP, k9w7, LWAP to AAP conversion
Before converting LWAP to Autonomous need to understand the type of OS image run
ning on these platforms. I found following blog post is very useful to summarize
the type of IOS & understanding its naming convention.
http://www.my80211.com/cisco-auton-labs/2011/11/19/understanding-cisco-access-po
int-ios-images.html
Following are the three type of IOS available & need to download the correct typ
e before starting the conversion process.
k9w7
autonomous IOS
k9w8 full lightweight IOS (this is what is bundled in the WLC .aes image, an
d is factory installed on mesh APs)
rcvk9w8
lightweight recovery image this is factory installed on lightweight
APs, unless a mesh image is specified; it lacks radio firmware
In our case we require k9w7 for Autonomous conversion. More specifically c1140-k
9w7-tar.124-25d.JA.tar as my AP is 1142.
To convert Lightweight AP to Autonomous AP, need to have PC directly connected t
o AP s ethernet port. If you are powering AP from the switch (i.e use PoE) then PC
& AP needs to be in two switch ports in the same vlan. In my example PC is 10.1
0.10.1/24 & AP is 10.10.10.102/24.
Console into the access point & do the following configurations.
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#sh ip int brief
Interface
IP-Address
ocol
Dot11Radio0
unassigned

OK? Method Status

Prot

NO unset up

up

Dot11Radio1

unassigned

NO unset up

up

GigabitEthernet0

unassigned

YES DHCP

AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#debug capwap console cli


ing the conf t

up

<- without this line LWAP not accept

AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#conf t
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7(config)#ip default-gateway 10.10.10.1
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7(config)#int g0
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7(config-if)#ip address 10.10.10.102 255.255.255.0
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7(config-if)#no sh
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#ping 10.10.10.1

up

Type escape sequence to abort.


Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.10.10.1, timeout is 2 seconds: !!!!!
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#archive download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://10.10.10.1/
c1140-k9w7-tar.124-25d.JA.tar
"examining image...
Loading c1140-k9w7-tar.124-25d.JA.tar from 10.10.10.1 (via GigabitEthernet0): !
extracting info (283 bytes)
Image info:
Version Suffix: k9w7-.124-25d.JA ...................."
Once conversion process is over, you can verify the right image is on your acces
s point.
ap>en
Password: <-- default password is Cisco
ap#
ap#sh version
Cisco IOS Software, C1140 Software (C1140-K9W7-M), Version 12.4(25d)JA, RELEAS
E SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2010 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 09-Dec-10 15:24 by prod_rel_team
ROM: Bootstrap program is C1140 boot loader
BOOTLDR: C1140 Boot Loader (C1140-BOOT-M) Version 12.4(18a)JA3, RELEASE SOFTWA
RE (fc1)
ap uptime is 0 minutes
System returned to ROM by reload
System image file is "flash:/c1140-k9w7-mx.124-25d.JA/c1140-k9w7-mx.124-25d.JA
"
For the LWAP conversion, use the recovery image ( e.g c1140-rcvk9w8-tar.124-25d
.JAL.tar). We can use the same command on the autonomous AP priviledge mode.
AP5475.d0f5.2ee7#archive download-sw /force-reload /overwrite tftp://10.10.10.1/
c1140-rcvk9w8-tar.124-25d.JA.tar
Following Cisco Support Community forum video demonstrate teh above process.
https://supportforums.cisco.com/videos/