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Need help changing a Cisco Access Point 1240AG to broadcast the SSID

Posted on 2016-07-22
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Hello - We have several Cisco WAPs that are hidden from users.  I need to change 1 of them to allow an outside consultant to detect our WIFI network.  I am having trounble doing this when I log into any of them.  I try to "enable guest broadcast" but it doesn't save my changes.  I don't think I'm doing it correctly.  Need some help.

Thank you
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Question by:Damian_Gardner
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More trouble than I wanted with wireless.  For my home based solution with AT&T I discovered they update firmware on the Gateway at their pleasure and I have to relearn and reset things.  They sometimes used to have bugs that I thought were my fault.  Sometimes messing around with all the settings, or deleting an SSID and recreating it fixed the problem.  Maybe some of that applies for you.

Would it be acceptable to approach it by keeping your WAPs hidden?  Give the consultant the SSID and encryption type and key, and have him manually enter it once.  Then can connect automatically from then on in the future.

Like this.

network and sharing control panel
setup a new connection or network
setup a new connection or network dialogue box comes up
select manually connect to a wireless network
Manually connect to a wireless network dialogue box comes up

He can then enter the data you provide for network name, security, encryption, key, and
check the box for start this connection automatically.

Screen Grab of Setting up to Connect to Hidden WAP.
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In CLI, under your SSID type guest-mode.

dot11 ssid SSIDNAME
  guest-mode
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by:Damian_Gardner
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Hi Christopher - thanks for your response.  Unfortunately, the consuyltant is using a device that doesn't allow manual entering of the network - it's by detection only, apparently.  So he doesn't have the flexibility.

SIM50 - how do I access a CLI for my WAPs?  I only know how to get into them via HTTP.

Thank you gentlemen.
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By either connecting through the console or putty to ssh/telnet.
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by:Christopher Jay Wolff
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You may like this step-by-step about the 1240AG SSID broadcast fix.  Please let us know if it's the same issue and this fixes it.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/23741771/Broadcasat-SSID.html
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by:Damian_Gardner
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sorry for the delay.  using the CLI  and the guest-mode command worked.  thank you!
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by:Damian_Gardner
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thanks for your help guys
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