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Cisco 802.11 Wireless Networking: Installing and Configuring Access Points

Chapter Description

The largest hurdle toward getting your wireless LAN (WLAN) up and running is the configuration of your access points (APs) and wireless clients. This chapter examines how to install and configure the AP.

Initial Settings

Cisco APs contain pages and pages of configuration settings. These settings are good when you need to fine tune your AP's performance and role in the network; however, if you want to get started right away, the AP contains two express pages:

  • Express Set-Up
  • Express Security Set-Up

Express Security Set-Up was covered earlier in this chapter. Express Set-Up is the page you want to use when you first configure your Cisco AP.

Express Set-Up

Express Set-Up is shown in Figure 5-4. This page allows you to manage such details as:

  • Host name
  • How an IP address is acquired (dynamic host configuration protocol [DHCP], or statically)
  • IP address
  • IP subnet mask
  • Default gateway
  • SNMP community
  • The radio's role in the network (AP or repeater)
  • Options for general AP performance optimization
  • Whether Aironet extensions are enabled or disabled

Figure 5-4 Express Set-Up Allows You to Quickly Enter AP Information in One Place

Express Security Set-Up

Express Security Set-Up is used to quickly manage your AP's security features. Similar to Express Set-Up, this screen is used to manage the broad strokes of your device's security functions. The details are managed from elsewhere on the device. Figure 5-3 shows the Express Security Set-Up screen.

This page allows you to:

  • Establish your AP's SSIDs
  • Enable and specify VLANs
  • Set up security protocols
    - WEP (including specifying WEP keys)
    - WPA
    - 802.1X
  • View a table that shows your AP's SSIDs
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