Converting AP’s

Bootstrap an Access Point
Requires software image and TFTP server. 

Software image naming: platformk9wX-tar.default

  • Lightweight (split MAC/WLC) = k9w8
  • Autonomous = k9w7

So valid autonomous image name would be c1130-k9w7-tar.default.

Remove power from access point and then hold down the mode button.  Reapply power while holding down the mode button and after around 20 seconds, the status light will turn red.   At this point, the button can be released.

The process for reverting to lightweight mode is the same as above but using the lightweight software image.

The AP will automatically give itself the IP address and will send out a TFTP broadcast for the appropriate boot file e.g. c1130-k9w7-tar.default.

Should  a valid image be available on a TFTP server within the same subnet, it will be downloaded onto the AP, extracted and saved to flash.  The AP will reboot and run the new image.  The default enable password is “Cisco”.



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