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First time setting up an aironet -- grrrr

Okay, so I have never setup an aironet before nor do I deal with Cisco all that much.

Aironet 1200 gets delivered with no setup documentation.  

After research, there is no "canned" IP that you can simply use to get to the web-interface.  So, I connected to the console and used Hyperterminal to connect.  It spits out info, but nothing I can interact with.  Hmmm, i am confused.

Everything I read tells me to connect to it through telnet or web interface, but WHAT THE HECK IP or HOSTNAME is assigned to it if I have never configured the thing?

Please help with this simple task.  :|  I need to assign it and SSID, IP, etc.

Thanks,

Frustrated.

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Mad_JasperCommented:
What version of software is it running?

Some older 1200 series Aironets run VXworks which is horrible. It can be upgraded to Cisco's IOS so the command structure is similar to that of other Cisco products. You will have to call Cisco for the download but I do no think there were any charges.

Here is a basic Cisco AP configuration:
!
version 12.3
no service pad
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
service password-encryption
!
hostname xxxxx
!
no logging console
enable secret xxxxxxx
enable password xxxxxxx
!
username xxxxxxx password xxxxxxx
ip subnet-zero
no ip domain lookup
!
!
no aaa new-model
!
dot11 ssid xxxxx
   authentication open
!
!
!
!
bridge irb
!
!
interface Dot11Radio0
 no ip address
 no ip route-cache
 !
 encryption key 1 size 40bit xxxxxxx transmit-key
 encryption mode wep mandatory
 !
 ssid xxxxxxx
 !
 speed basic-1.0 basic-2.0 basic-5.5 basic-11.0
 station-role root
 bridge-group 1
 bridge-group 1 subscriber-loop-control
 bridge-group 1 block-unknown-source
 no bridge-group 1 source-learning
 no bridge-group 1 unicast-flooding
 bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled
!
interface FastEthernet0
 no ip address
 no ip route-cache
 duplex auto
 speed auto
 bridge-group 1
 no bridge-group 1 source-learning
 bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled
!
interface BVI1
 ip address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx 255.255.255.0
 no ip route-cache
!
ip default-gateway xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
ip http server
no ip http secure-server
ip http help-path http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/779/smbiz/prodconfig/help/eag
ip radius source-interface BVI1
!
logging snmp-trap emergencies
logging snmp-trap alerts
logging snmp-trap critical
logging snmp-trap errors
logging snmp-trap warnings
!
control-plane
!
bridge 1 route ip
!
!
!
line con 0
 password xxxxxxx
 login
 transport preferred all
 transport output all
line vty 0 4
 password xxxxxxx
 login
 transport preferred all
 transport input all
 transport output all
line vty 5 15
 password xxxxxxx
 login
 transport preferred all
 transport input all
 transport output all
!
end

This only specifies using WEP (which is not recommended) but hopefully this will point you in the right direction.

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0xSaPx0Commented:
1). Read the user manual or quick start guide which tells you the default (192.168.111.111 i think) IP for the HTTP Server
2). Plug cable from WAP's Eth0 to your lan/lan segment
3). Open web browser to http://192.168.111.111

This is all included in the quickstart guide, start there.

- SaP -
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top_rungAuthor Commented:
It should be running Cisco IOS.  Brand new (model AP1231G) from Cisco.

It didn't come with a quickstart guide or any configuration documentation other than warranty information.

192.168.111.111 doesn't seem to work.  I connected to PC with crossover cable, set the NIC in the same address scheme.  


I located the Quickstart guide online, and found this:

------------------
Use a DHCP server (if available) to automatically assign an IP address. You can find out the DHCP-assigned IP address using one of the following methods:

–Connect to the access point console port and use the show ip interface brief command to display the IP address.
–Query the DHCP server using the access point's MAC address to identify the IP address. Your network administrator can do this.
--------------------


I am going through DHCP and will post the results.

Thanks so far.




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grsteedCommented:
According to the Quick Start Guide. version 12.3 doesn't have a default address assigned (version 12.2 uses 10.0.0.1 by default) You either need to use the console port or DHCP

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps430/products_quick_start09186a008027df6e.html

Gary
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top_rungAuthor Commented:
Well,

Using DHCP I was able to connect.

For the other n00bs out there like myself,

-Plug the AP into an active LAN port
-Get the MAC address from the label on the bottom of the AP.
-Open DHCP (whatever server is running it)
-Expand YourSERVERNAME>Address Leases and locate the MAC address and subsequent IP.
-Open a browser window and input the IP in the address bar.

Thanks all for your input.  I assigned points for grsteed because that is about what I found as well.
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grsteedCommented:
Thanks, but why a grade of C???  

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi73

That link had the Setup documentation that you were missing.





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grsteedCommented:
Since you say you found the Quickstart guide online, maybe you should have just said " answered my own question"  and kept your 50 points.



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grsteedCommented:
See this link for answering your own question

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi70
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top_rungAuthor Commented:
Hey sorry for the delay.

grsteed, you are correct, I should have done so.  I just figured that the points were minimal so no huge issue in awarding them.

I gave the C because the post didn't answer my question beyond anything I posted just before it .. "I located the Quickstart guide online, and found this...."

Sorry for the ignorance, but do those gradings "hurt" rankings or are they just indictators of how accurate the help was?

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grsteedCommented:
The C Grade basically says you weren't satisfied with my response.  I'd rather have no points/no grade.

From the EE FAQ

"Remember, the Expert helping you today is probably going to be helping you next time you post a question. Give them a fair chance to earn an 'Excellent!' grade and they'll provide you with some amazing support. It's also true that a "C" is the lowest grade you can give, and the Experts know that -- so use it judiciously."

That says it all.  If you give too many C's you may have a harder time getting your questions answered in the future.
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top_rungAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I learned something today.  I apologize.  

If there is a way to change it, please let me know because I don't think your post deserves to be "knocked" - if anything, it should have been, as you stated, an "I answered it myself" scenario.  

I just thought points outweighed the grades. Again, my apologies.


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grsteedCommented:
No apology needed!  Just trying to make sure you know how it works around here.

At this point you should post to the following area asking for a refund since you answered it yourself.

 * Home > All Topics > Community Support


Also you said  "I just thought points outweighed the grades."   Do you know how expert points are awarded?   See this link http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi20  but basically the grade determines the multiplier.

    * A = 4 times the question points
    * B = 3 times the question points
    * C = 2 times the question points
    * D = the question points (only Moderators and Page Editors can award a D grade)

Cheers,

Gary


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top_rungAuthor Commented:
I submitted a grade change.  Sorry for the mess.
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grsteedCommented:
No Problem
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