Cisco AP541N Dual Band Access Point

Good afternoon all,

I recently purchased a Cisco AP451N Dual Band, Single Radio Access Point to ensure that the WiFi in our office is a lot more stable and relaible.   However, after looking at the device and trying to configure it, I am afraid I may have bought the incorrect device.

I am trying to configure this to plug in to a standard cisco switch and then broadcased wireless for the entire office.  Has anyone have experience with these?  Have I purchased the wrong device?

Regards,

Paul
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Craig BeckCommented:
What's the part-code? (written on the sticker on the back of the AP.... something like AIR-LAP451N-E-K9...)
GeminiTechnologyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for coming back to me.

The part-code is:  AP541N
Craig BeckCommented:
You've bought the right thing.  This is a standalone AP which can be connected to any switch.

Use the Cisco Configuration Assistant to configure the AP.  This should have been with the AP when you opened the box, or you can download it from the Cisco website.

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GeminiTechnologyAuthor Commented:
Cool, thanks Craig.

I set it up manually through the web interface, but it doesnt seem to have options like assigning DHCP for clients, etc.  Maybe the Cisco Configuration Assistant does all that?

When I plug it into a catalyst switch (i have tried 3 different switches) the switch light just flashes green every 1-2 seconds (not activity light) and the device seems to fall off the network every few seconds which is strange.  But if I connect it direct to my laptop, it seems fine.

Will give it another try with the Cisco Config Assistant and see what happens.

If its OK with you im gonna leave the questions open until Monday when I can give it a try.

Paul
Craig BeckCommented:
No problem.

If the port is flashing I'd guess maybe the configuration on the port and AP don't match.  This may be a native VLAN mismatch.
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