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Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

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First Published: 2015-08-31
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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 About Cisco Mobility Express 1
Overview of Cisco Mobility Express 1
Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points 1
Supported Software Images 2

CHAPTER 2 Getting Started 5
Prerequisites for Setting Up and Accessing Cisco Mobility Express 5
Configuring the Switch Port 6
Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard 6
Using the Initial Configuration Wizard 7
Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express
Software 11
Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15.3.3-JBB1 to 15.3.3-JBB5 or
newer 12
Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software 13
Preparing APs to Associate with the Master AP 14
Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express 15
Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface 16

CHAPTER 3 Monitoring the Mobility Express Network 19
About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service 19
Customizing the Network Summary View 21
Viewing and Managing WLAN Users 22
Viewing WLANs 23
Viewing the Details of Configured WLANs 23
Customizing Access Points Table View 23
Viewing Details of Clients 24
Viewing Details of Rogue Devices (Clients and Access Points) 24

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Contents Viewing Details of Interferers 24 Customizing the Access Point Performance View 25 Adding Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View 26 Removing Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View 26 Customizing the Client Performance View 27 Adding Widgets to Customize Client Performance View 28 Removing Widgets to Customize Client Performance View 28 CHAPTER 4 Specifying Wireless Settings 29 Setting Up WLANs and WLAN Users 29 About WLANs in a Cisco Mobility Express Network 29 Adding a WLAN 30 Enabling and Disabling WLANs 33 Editing and Deleting WLANs 33 Viewing and Managing WLAN Users 34 Managing Associated Access Points 35 Administering Access Points 35 Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users 37 CHAPTER 5 Managing the Network 39 Setting the Management Access Interface 39 Managing Administrator Accounts 40 Adding an Admin Account 40 Editing an Admin Account 41 Deleting an Admin Account 41 Setting Date and Time 42 Specifying an NTP Server to Automatically Set Date and Time 42 Configuring Date and Time Manually 42 Updating the Cisco Mobility Express Software 43 Guidelines for Preparing a TFTP Server 43 Performing the Software Update 44 CHAPTER 6 Using Advanced Settings and Operations 47 Managing SNMP 47 Setting Up System Message Logging 47 Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 iv .

1 v . and Information for Advanced Users 51 Cisco Mobility Express Solution Features and Specifications 51 Supported Browsers 52 Cisco Mobility Express Controller Failover and Master AP Election Process 52 How an Access Point is Added to the Cisco Mobility Express Network 53 Predownloading an Image to an Access Point 54 Alternative Method for CAPWAP to Mobility Express Conversion 54 Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type 55 RF Parameter Optimization Settings 55 Related Documents 57 FAQs 57 Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Contents Resetting the Mobility Express Controller 49 Rebooting the Mobility Express Controller 49 Saving Controller Configuration 50 APPENDIX A Concepts. FAQs.

1 vi . Contents Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

page 2 Overview of Cisco Mobility Express The Cisco Mobility Express wireless network solution provides the virtual WLC functionality that is currently bundled into the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Series access points (APs).1 1 . Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points In this Cisco Mobility Express Release . referred to as subordinate APs. The master AP operates as a WLC to manage and control the subordinate APs. page 1 • Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points. The subordinate APs behave as normal lightweight APs to serve clients. associate themselves with this master AP. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. including managing AP groups. besides operating as an AP to serve clients. • Cisco Mobility Services Engine—For providing presence-level data as well as an advanced spectrum solution. In the Cisco Mobility Express wireless network solution. is designated as the master AP. Other APs. The Cisco Mobility Express solution provides most of the features of a WLC and has the capability to interface with the following: • Cisco Prime Infrastructure—For simplified network management. This functionality provides a simplified Wi-Fi architecture with enterprise-level WLAN capability to small and medium deployments. running the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller. one AP. CHAPTER 1 About Cisco Mobility Express • Overview of Cisco Mobility Express. page 1 • Supported Software Images. the following APs are supported. • Cisco Identity Services Engine—For advanced policy enforcement.

About Cisco Mobility Express
Supported Software Images

APs Supported as Masters (support integrated WLC APs Supported as Subordinates
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capability)

• Cisco Aironet 1830 Series • Cisco Aironet 700i Series
• Cisco Aironet 1850 Series • Cisco Aironet 700w Series
• Cisco Aironet 1600 Series
• Cisco Aironet 1700 Series
• Cisco Aironet 2600 Series
• Cisco Aironet 2700 Series
• Cisco Aironet 3500 Series
• Cisco Aironet 3600 Series
• Cisco Aironet 3700 Series

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APs supported as master APs can function as subordinate APs also .

Supported Software Images
AP models that are supported as masters can be ordered with either of the following as the default
factory-shipped software:
• A Cisco Mobility Express software image. These models have model numbers (or Product IDs) ending
in C.
• A lightweight AP software image, based on the Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points
(CAPWAP) protocol, for joining a wireless controller. You can manually convert these models on site
to have a Cisco Mobility Express software image. For information about this conversion, see Converting
from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software, on page 13.

AP models that are supported only as subordinates require a CAPWAP-based lightweight AP software image.
The Cisco Mobility Express software for your AP model can be downloaded from:
https://software.cisco.com/download/navigator.html:
From the Download Software window, browse to your AP model and then select Mobility Express Software
to view a list of currently available software, with the latest the top. The software releases are labeled as
follows to help you determine which release to download:
• Early Deployment (ED)—These software releases provide new features, new hardware platform support,
and bug fixes.
• Maintenance Deployment (MD)—These software releases provide bug fixes and ongoing software
maintenance.
• Deferred (DF)—These software releases have been deferred. We recommend that you migrate to an
upgraded release.

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About Cisco Mobility Express
Supported Software Images

Cisco Mobility Express software for Cisco Wireless Release 8.1 is as follows:
Software Type and Release For AP 1850 For AP 1830
Purpose
Mobility Express 8.1.131.0 AIR-AP1850-K9-8.1.131.0.tar AIR-AP1830-K9-8.1.131.0.tar
controller-capable AP
software to be used for 8.1.122.0 AIR-AP1850-K9-8.1.122.0.tar AIR-AP1830-K9-8.1.122.0.tar
conversion from
Lightweight Access
Points only.

Access Point image 8.1.131.0 AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-131-0.zip AIR-AP1830-K9-ME-8-1-131-0.zip
bundle, to be used for
updating ME 8.1.122.0 AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0.zip AIR-AP1830-K9-ME-8-1-122-0.zip
controller software and
images of supported
access points.

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About Cisco Mobility Express
Supported Software Images

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page 14 • Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express . neither appliance nor virtual. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 5 .3-JBB1 to 15. page 7 • Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software. This is to ensure that this AP can act as the master AP. in the same network.3-JBB5 or newer. page 5 • Configuring the Switch Port. page 16 Prerequisites for Setting Up and Accessing Cisco Mobility Express • You must not have other Cisco wireless controllers. other than the Cisco Mobility Express controller. in the network. page 6 • Using the Initial Configuration Wizard . during setup or during daily operation of a Cisco Mobility Express network. CHAPTER 2 Getting Started • Prerequisites for Setting Up and Accessing Cisco Mobility Express. This will ensure that the pre-defined CiscoAirProvision Service Set Identifier (SSID) is advertised only by the master AP and not by other APs. The first AP to be set up should be one that supports the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller functionality.3. page 11 • Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15. • Decide on the first access point (AP) to be set up. page 12 • Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. page 13 • Preparing APs to Associate with the Master AP. • Ensure that the AP is properly installed as per its Hardware Installation Guide.3. page 6 • Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. Ensure that there no wireless controllers. and the other APs can then connect to it. The Cisco Mobility Express controller cannot interoperate or co-exist with other wireless controllers in the same network. page 15 • Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface.

Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard Step 1 Boot the AP that has controller capability. Once the CiscoAirProvision SSID starts broadcasting. see Supported Browsers. The following is a sample switch port configuration. at this URL: http://www. This AP should either be a 1850 or a 1830 series AP.0/24. Getting Started Configuring the Switch Port • Ensure that a DHCP server is present and accessible in the network. on page 6. Management traffic must not be tagged. Step 2 Connect the Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to the CiscoAirProvision SSID advertised by the AP. on page 6. on page 52. before the APs start serving clients. The Mobility Express controller uses an external DHCP server for IP address management of the access points and the wireless clients. including the Master AP. The laptop gets an IP address from the subnet 192.html. • If your network is using universal regulatory domain access points. and amber. using Wi-Fi. Data traffic must be trunked with appropriate VLANs for local switching as well. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • Your laptop should have a compatible browser. Interface GigabitEthernet1/0/37 description » Connected to Master AP « switchport trunk native vlan 122 switchport trunk allowed vlan 10. The password is password. You require a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to connect to the pre-defined CiscoAirProvision SSID advertised by the master AP. proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. Ensure the following while configuring the switch port: • All access points. After these prerequisites are met. • The switch port to which the Master AP is connected can be a trunk port or an access port and must be configured to trunk Native VLAN for management traffic. For a list of browsers compatible with the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller web interface and the initial configuration wizard.122 switchport mode trunk After the switch port configuration is done. red.cisco.1 6 . in a Mobility Express network should be in the same L2 broadcast domain. proceed to Configuring the Switch Port.1.168. See the Cisco Aironet Universal AP Priming and Cisco AirProvision User Guide.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ wireless/access_point/ux-ap/guide/uxap-mobapp-g. then you will need prime the access point to the right regulatory domain. • The initial setup of the Cisco Mobility Express controller can be done only through the controller configuration wizard and over Wi-Fi.20. You cannot access this SSID through a wired network. Configuring the Switch Port Connect the access points to the switch and power them up. It will be a few minutes before the CiscoAirProvision SSID starts broadcasting after initially powering up the AP. the AP's status LED start cycling through green.

Using the Initial Configuration Wizard The initial configuration wizard helps you configure certain basic parameters on your Cisco Mobility Express wireless LAN controller.1. on page 7. and thereby gets your Cisco Mobility Express network running. on page 11. ensure the following: • The password must contain characters from at least three of the following classes. for example. else proceed to Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software. lowercase letters. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard Step 3 Using a supported browser. Create an admin account on the controller by specifying the following parameters and then clickStart: • Enter an administrative username. Use the following sections as a reference for the data that you enter in the initial configuration wizard. You can enter up to 24 ASCII characters. • No character in the password can be repeated more than three times consecutively. • The new password must not be the same as the associated username or the username reversed. When specifying a password. Cisco Aironet 1830 Series Mobility Express. go to http://192. You can enter up to 24 ASCII characters. then proceed to Using the Initial Configuration Wizard .1 7 .1.168. • Enter a password. The initial configuration wizard’s admin account window is displayed in your browser. and special characters. which is redirected to the initial configuration wizard. What to Do Next If the initial configuration wizard's admin account window is displayed. digits. Initial Configuration Wizard Opening window Figure 1: Cisco Mobility Express Initial Configuration Wizard Opening Window The banner on this window shows the name of the AP model on which the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller is being configured. uppercase letters.

1 8 . In the Employee Network section. or $ for s. you cannot substitute 1. • Guest Network—A Wi-Fi network for guest users. ocsic. • Country—Enter the country where this Cisco Mobility Express network is located. Step 2—Create Your Wireless Networks You set up the following two networks here: • Employee Network—A Wi-Fi network for employees and regular day-to-day users of the network. • NTP Server—Enter the IP address for the Network Time Protocol (NTP) server. • Subnet Mask—Enter the subnet mask for the controller. • Timezone—Select your time zone. This is not meant for guests.1x). Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard • The password must not be cisco. • Security—You can choose either WPA2 Personal that uses pre-shared key (PSK) authentication or WPA2 Enterprise (also called 802. 0 for o. • Date and Time—Specify the date. your device's system time is applied here. which requires a RADIUS server for authentication. if required. Step 1—Set Up Your Controller Figure 2: Setting Up Your Controller Specify the following basic parameters for setting up your controller: • System Name—Enter the name that you want to assign to this controller. You can manually edit the time. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. or ! for i. • Management IP Address—Enter the IP address for managing the controller. By default. In addition. • Default Gateway—Enter the default gateway for the controller. I. or any variant obtained by changing the capitalization of the letters in the word Cisco. specify the following parameters: • Network Name—Specify the SSID for your Employee network.

• Pass Phrase—If you have chosen WPA2 Personal security. • Authentication Server IP Address—If you have chosen WPA2 Enterprise security. Figure 3: Employee Network with WPA2 Enterprise Security Chosen Figure 4: Employee Network with WPA2 Personal Security Chosen In the Guest Network section. specify the PSK here.1 9 . Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • VLAN—Choose Employee VLAN to have the same VLAN as that defined for the Employee Network or create a New VLAN (with a VLAN ID ranging from 1 to 4095). which requires no authentication or WPA2 Personal. enter the IP address of the RADIUS server. • Shared Secret—Enter the password for the RADIUS server. which uses PSK authentication. specify the PSK here. • VLAN—Choose Management VLAN (VLAN 0) or create a New VLAN (with a VLAN ID ranging from 1 to 4095).Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard • Pass Phrase—If you have chosen WPA2 Personal security. specify the following parameters: • Network Name—Specify the SSID for your Guest network. • DHCP Server Address—This is optional. • VLAN ID—Specify the VLAN ID for the new VLAN here. • Security—Choose Web Consent.

• DHCP Server Address—This is optional. Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard • VLAN ID—Specify the VLAN ID for the new VLAN. To know the values that are set when low. or high client density type is selected.1 10 . Figure 5: Guest Network with Web Consent Security Chosen Figure 6: Guest Network with WPA2 Personal Security Chosen Step 3—Advanced Settings Optimize the network's radio frequency signal coverage and quality by indicating the expected client density and traffic type in your network. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. see RF Parameter Optimization Settings. on page 55. typical.

on page 15. Both are case-sensitive. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. follow these steps: Step 1 Connect to the console port of the AP. and vice-versa. and RF traffic type is set to Data (the default value). as shown in the following table: What to Do Next Fields and Their Values in the Output What to do Next AP Image Type: MOBILITY EXPRESS IMAGE No conversion is required. Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software Both the Cisco 1850 Series and 1830 Series APs can be ordered with a factory-shipped CAPWAP lightweight AP software or a Cisco Mobility Express controller software. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs. the access point reboots and the controller restarts. Getting Started Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software Note If you do not enable RF Parameter Optimization during the initial configuration wizard. then client density is set to Typical (the default value). AP Configuration: MOBILITY EXPRESS CAPABLE Reboot the AP and proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. on site. Step 3 Enter the sh version command on the AP console. Step 4 Check the command output for the AP Image Type and AP Configuration fields. Step 2 Log in to the AP using the username Cisco and password Cisco. you can convert a CAPWAP AP to Cisco Mobility Express software. on page 6. Figure 7: RF Parameter Optimization Once you apply these configuration settings. You can now proceed to Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express . To determine if your AP has a Cisco Mobility Express image or CAPWAP Lightweight AP image. There are three possible scenarios. However.1 11 .

0 release. on page 13.3. and hence does not broadcast the the CiscoAirProvision SSID. and hence uses the corresponding software file for the 1850 series access point. Proceed to Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. If and when it is elected as master.3-JBB1 to 15. You will need to upgrade the software to Lightweight AP software release 15. but is running as a CAPWAP AP Configuration: NOT MOBILITY EXPRESS CAPABLE lightweight AP. To enable the Mobility Express controller functionality of this AP.3. This AP is currently not configured to run as Mobility Express controller. and take part in the master AP election process. does not take part in the master AP election process either.122.3-JBB1.3.3-JBB1 to 15. The AP will reboot.111. for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8.0) or newer releases. it will broadcast the CiscoAirProvision SSID.122.3-JBB5 or newer Fields and Their Values in the Output What to do Next AP Image Type: MOBILITY EXPRESS IMAGE This means that the AP has the Cisco Mobility Express software.1. function as a subordinate AP in a Mobility Express network.1. using the following procedure.1.3-JBB5 or newer Your AP is an 1850 series access point with Lightweight AP software release 15. Before You Begin • A TFTP server and a DHCP server should be configured and accessible. This AP can.3. Note The following procedure shows an upgrade to the 8. Ensure that you use the appropriate software file depending on the release you are upgrading to.1 12 . Getting Started Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15. The AP Image Type and AP Configuration fields This means that the AP has a CAPWAP lightweight are not present in the output AP software and not Cisco Mobility Express software.0. however. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. run the command ap-type mobility-express tftp on the AP console. Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15.3.3. come back online.3-JBB5 (released for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8.

Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software Follow this procedure to convert the AP software to Cisco Mobility Express configuration-capable software. and hence uses the corresponding software file. Alternatively.122. for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. or a newer software. note Note The following procedure shows a conversion from the 8.1. to be used for software update and/or supported access points images". The AP must not interface with any other wireless controller while you are performing this upgrade.ZIP file and is labeled. you can use the command ap-type mobility-express tftp://<tftp server ip-address>/ap1g4 The AP reboots from the new Mobility Express software image. Step 5 Enter archive download-sw /reload tftp://<tftp server's ip address>/AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0/ap1g4. on page 13.122.tar software file from Cisco. Before You Begin • Your AP is either a Cisco 1850 Series or a 1830 Series AP with Lightweight AP software Release 15. Both are case-sensitive.com to the TFTP server. Getting Started Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software • Ensure that the AP does not associate itself with an existing WLC while you are performing this upgrade. • A TFTP server and a DHCP server should be configured and accessible.3-JBB5.122. Step 1 Download the AIR-AP1850-K9-8. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs. Unzip the file and extract the contents. Step 3 Log in to the AP console using the username Cisco and password Cisco.1 13 . for a given release. enter enable .0. What to Do Next Proceed to Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. physical or virtual. this is the . in the network while you are performing this upgrade. Step 1 Download the AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0. On the Download Software page.0 Lightweight AP release on an 1850 series AP.3.com to the TFTP server.1.0. Step 4 In the AP console command line interface. "Access point image bundle.1. Ensure that you use the appropriate software file depending on the release you are converting from and the AP model. Step 2 Connect to the console port of the AP. • Ensure that there are no Cisco WLCs.zip file from Cisco.

com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/access_point/ux-ap/guide/uxap-mobapp-g.zip format (for Windows) or . and is written to the AP's flash memory. Step 2 Connect to the console port of the AP. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. What to Do Next Proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. Step 4 To convert the AP from CAPWAP lightweight AP software to Cisco Mobility Express software. on page 55.ZIP file. on page 54. see Alternative Method for CAPWAP to Mobility Express Conversion. use the ap-type mobility-express tftp://<tftp server ip-address>/<filename of TAR file with path from root on the TFTP server> command. Getting Started Preparing APs to Associate with the Master AP On the Download Software page. for a given release.html Step 1 Download the latest Cisco Mobility Express bundle from Cisco. Preparing APs to Associate with the Master AP Follow this procedure to enable a new AP to associate itself with the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller on the master AP. • If the AP that has to be prepared to associate with the master AP is a universal regulatory domain AP. Step 3 Log in to the AP using the username Cisco and password Cisco. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs. see Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type. on page 6. To convert an AP from Mobility Express type to CAPWAP type. For an alternative to the above conversion process. Step 2 Unzip the software pack to a folder on the TFTP server. using the . Before You Begin • A master AP with Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller should be up and running. 'Software to be used for conversion from Lightweight Access Points only'.cisco. see the Cisco Aironet Universal AP Priming and Cisco AirProvision User Guide at: http://www. and thereby enabling it to join the Cisco Mobility Express network. This pack is either in . this . .com to the TFTP server. The AP reboots with a Mobility Express-capable configuration and starts broadcasting the CiscoAirProvison SSID.TAR file is labeled. For more information. then it should be primed using the Cisco AirProvision mobile application. The software file is downloaded to the AP. Both are case-sensitive. Step 3 Provide the path to the folder in the Management > Software Update > File Path field.tar format (Linux or Mac OSX) and contains the software images for all the supported APs.1 14 . Step 4 Perform a software update.

see About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service. Figure 8: Cisco Mobility Express Wireless LAN Controller Web Interface Login Step 2 Click Login. The Cisco Mobility Express controller uses a self-signed certificate for HTTPs. Therefore.1 15 . all browsers will display a warning and ask you whether you wish to proceed with an exception or not when the certificate is presented to the browser. Getting Started Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express What to Do Next Managing Associated Access Points. For more information. on page 35 Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express Step 1 Open a browser and enter https://<ip address> in your browser's address bar to access the Cisco Mobility Express Wireless LAN Controller login page. This IP address is the one you have specified for managing the Cisco Mobility Wireless Express controller. on page 19. What to Do Next After you log in. the default landing page is the Network Summary window. Step 3 Enter admin user credentials to log in. Accept the warning in order to access the Mobility Express Wireless LAN Controller login page. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

It indicates the AP model of the master AP (on which the integrated controller functionality is currently operating) 3 Search for an AP or client using its MAC address. on page 50.1 16 . Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. For more information. Web Interface Section or Feature 1 The side pane of the web interface. This is main navigational pane using which you can navigate to the various sub-sections in the web interface. 2 The title of the web interface. Figure 9: Mobility Express Controller Web Interface No. see Saving Controller Configuration. 4 Click to save the current controller configuration to the NVRAM. Getting Started Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface The following figure illustrates the opening page and the general layout of the Mobility Express controller web interface.

where you can administer associated APs. 6 The Mobility Express Network Monitoring section. sys log settings. WLAN user accounts. 9 The Advanced section. network time. 7 The Wireless Settings section. Web Interface Section or Feature 5 Click to view the current system information or to log off the controller web interface. on page 47. where you can set management access parameters.Getting Started Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface No. For more information. see Using Advanced Settings and Operations. and guest user accounts. manage admin accounts. and perform a reset to factory default. For more information. see About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service. For more information. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 17 . manage WLANs. on page 39. on page 19. 8 The Management section. see Managing the Network. and perform software updates. For more information. where you can set SNMP settings. see Specifying Wireless Settings. on page 29.

1 18 . Getting Started Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. The Monitoring service offers the following capabilities through the Network Summary and Wireless Dashboard tabs: • View details of configured WLANs. • View details of various interferers in the network on the 2. • View details of clients operating actively at either 2.4GHz and 5 GHz radio frequencies. • Monitor the performance of clients in the network. • Monitor the performance of APs in the network.4 GHz or 5 GHz. • View summary of client device-operating systems and applications running on these devices. page 23 • Viewing Details of Clients. page 27 About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service The Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring service enables the master AP to monitor the WLANs and all the connected and unconnected devices on the network. • View list of top WLANs based on traffic and associated clients. page 24 • Customizing the Access Point Performance View. page 25 • Customizing the Client Performance View. • View detailed listing of rogue clients and APs. CHAPTER 3 Monitoring the Mobility Express Network • About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service. page 23 • Customizing Access Points Table View. page 24 • Viewing Details of Interferers. page 24 • Viewing Details of Rogue Devices (Clients and Access Points). page 19 • Customizing the Network Summary View.1 19 . • View details of APs in the network. page 21 • Viewing the Details of Configured WLANs.

1 20 . Monitoring the Mobility Express Network About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service Note • All the parameters on the Network Summary window are read-only parameters. • This page is automatically refreshed every 30 seconds. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Figure 10: Network Summary Widgets .1 21 . Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Customizing the Network Summary View Customizing the Network Summary View You can customize the Network Summary view by adding or removing widgets.Tabular view Figure 11: Network Summary Widgets . The data displayed in the various widgets can be viewed either in the doughnut format or in the tabular format by toggling the display icon on the top right corner of the individual widgets.Doughnut view Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

in the WLAN Users window. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. If the Security Policy is set to WPA2-Enterprise. To use your Cisco Mobility Express wireless network. To connect to a WLAN. the wireless client will have to use the user credentials set for that WLAN. a wireless client should connect to a WLAN in the network. the user must provide a valid user identity and the corresponding password set in the RADIUS user database. user credentials) for the different WLANs in the Cisco Mobility Express wireless network. Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Viewing and Managing WLAN Users Viewing and Managing WLAN Users You can view and manage WLAN users only for WPA2 Enterprise with Local Server setup.1 22 . then the user must provide the appropriate WPA2-PSK set for that WLAN on the Controller AP. These are local users authenticated by the master AP using WPA2-PSK. If this WLAN uses WPA2-Personal as a Security Policy. You can set up different users (and consequently. Users authenticated by WPA2-Enterprise must have a valid record in the RADIUS database in order to be authenticated since they are not a part of the WLAN Users database.

Customizing Access Points Table View Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary > Access Points. Name. hide or show desired or to filter the table view based on desired parameters. such as the Active status. Step 2 In the Wireless Networks summary window. Step 4 (Optional) Click the downward facing arrow on the top right of the column header to filter the table view based on desired parameters. Step 3 (Optional) Click the downward facing arrow on the top right of the column header to select columns to be hidden or shown in the table view. Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Viewing WLANs Viewing WLANs The WLAN Configuration window lists all the WLANs that are currently configured on the master AP’s controller. see Adding a WLAN. you can browse these pages by clicking the page number links or the forward and backward icons. You can also add new WLANs from this page. A count of the configured WLANs is displayed in the Wireless Networks summary window. The Access Points view page appears. Step 2 In the Access Points view page. If the list of WLANs spans multiple pages. Viewing the Details of Configured WLANs Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Network Summary. For details. and Radio Policy.4GHz and 5GHz tabs to view a tabular listing of the access points operating at the respective radio frequencies.1 23 . Security Policy. along with the following details for each WLAN: • Active—Whether the WLAN is enabled or disabled. on page 30. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. click the status icon or count display icon to view high-level details of the corresponding WLAN. • Name—Name of the WLAN • Security Policy • Radio Policy Tip The total number of active WLANs is displayed at the top of the page. toggle between the 2.

11 a/n/ac clients operating at 5 GHz. Viewing Details of Rogue Devices (Clients and Access Points) Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary. Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Viewing Details of Clients Viewing Details of Clients Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary.1 24 . A summary of all non-WiFi interfering devices is displayed in the Interferers summary window. A summary of rogue APs and clients is displayed in the Rogues summary window. Step 2 In the Rogues summary window. A summary of all active clients is displayed in the Active Clients summary section. Click the downward facing arrow on the top right of the column headers to customize the details displayed in the table either to hide or show desired columns or to filter the table view based on desired parameters.4 GHz or 802. click the count display icon to view high-level details of the rogue devices (unmanaged neighboring APs or clients). Step 2 In the Interferers summary window.4 GHz or at 5 GHz. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Viewing Details of Interferers Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary. These clients are either 802. These interferers may either be operating at 2.11 b/g/n clients operating at 2. click the count display icon to view high-level details of the client device. Step 2 In the Active Clients summary section. click the count display icon to view high-level details of the interfering device.

1 25 . Figure 12: Wireless Dashboard . Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Customizing the Access Point Performance View Customizing the Access Point Performance View You can customize the AP Performance view by adding or removing widgets.AP Performance Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Removing Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Wireless Dashboard > AP Performance. Step 2 Click the Add Widget icon on the top right hand side of the AP Performance window.1 26 . The AP Performance window does not display the deleted widgets. The AP Performance window is refreshed with the new widgets. Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Adding Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View Adding Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Wireless Dashboard > AP Performance. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Step 2 Click the Delete Widget icon on the top right hand side of the widgets that you want to delete. Step 3 Click to select the widgets that you want to add: • Channel Utilization—Top APs • Interference—Top APs • Client Load—Top APs • Coverage—Bottom APs Step 4 Click Close.

1 27 . Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Customizing the Client Performance View Customizing the Client Performance View You can customize the Client Performance view by adding or removing widgets.Client Performance Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Figure 13: Wireless Dashboard .

Step 2 Click the Add Widget icon on the top right hand side of the Client Performance window. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Removing Widgets to Customize Client Performance View Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Wireless Dashboard > Client Performance. The Client Performance window does not display the deleted widgets. The Client Performance window is refreshed with the new widgets.1 28 . Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Adding Widgets to Customize Client Performance View Adding Widgets to Customize Client Performance View Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Wireless Dashboard > Client Performance. Step 3 Click to select the widgets that you want to add: • Signal Strength • Signal Quality • Connection Rate • Client Connections Step 4 Click Close. Step 2 Click the Delete Widget icon on the top right hand side of the widgets that you want to delete.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. page 29 • Managing Associated Access Points. • Each WLAN has a unique WLAN ID. • Radio Policy on WLAN. This list displays the following details for each WLAN: • Whether the WLAN is enabled or disabled. The controller assigns all the configured WLANs to all the connected APs. and an SSID. Choose Wireless Settings > WLAN Users. The total number of active WLANs is displayed at the top of the WLAN Configuration window along with a list of all the WLANs currently configured on the master AP's controller.1 29 . CHAPTER 4 Specifying Wireless Settings • Setting Up WLANs and WLAN Users. Guidelines and Limitations for Setting Up WLANs • You can associate up to 16 WLANs with the Cisco Mobility Express controller. • Name of the WLAN. • The controller uses different attributes to differentiate between WLANs with the same SSID. Cisco recommends a maximum of 4 WLANs. • The WLAN name and SSID can have up to 32 characters. • Security Policy on WLAN. a unique profile name. page 35 • Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users. page 37 Setting Up WLANs and WLAN Users About WLANs in a Cisco Mobility Express Network You can create and manage Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) through the WLAN Configuration window. The APs do not advertise disabled WLANs. • Each connected AP advertises only the WLANs that are in an Enabled state.

Choose one of the following from the Radio Policy drop-down list: • All (default) • 802. The default is Enabled. • Radio Policy—The radio policy allows you to optimize the RF settings for all the APs associated with a WLAN.11a/g • 802. Otherwise choose Disabled. click Add New WLAN. Step 2 To create a new WLAN.4 GHz (the 802. • When creating WLANs with the same SSID. You can set the authentication for guest users by choosing one of the following options in the Guest Authentication drop-down list: Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.11a mode) or both. The WLAN Configuration window is displayed.11a only • 802. The Add New WLAN window is displayed. Step 3 Under the General tab. and you cannot map VLANs 1002 to 1006. Specifying Wireless Settings Adding a WLAN • Peer-to-peer blocking does not apply to multicast traffic.1 30 . create a unique profile name for each WLAN. set the following parameters: • WLAN ID—From the drop-down list. choose Enabled to enable this WLAN. Adding a WLAN Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > WLANs.11b or 802. • You cannot map a WLAN to VLAN0. whether it is on 2. • Admin State—From the drop-down list. To set this WLAN exclusively for guest user access. • Profile Name—Enter up to 32 characters for the profile name to be assigned to this WLAN. Set the RF profiles for APs that are associated with the controller.11g only • 802. • SSID—Enter up to 32 characters for the SSID to be assigned to this WLAN.11b/g Step 4 Under the WLAN Security tab.11g modes) or on 5GHz (802. The profile name must be unique. Each radio policy specifies which part of the spectrum the WLAN is advertised on. choose the Security as Guest. set the following parameters: • Security—Choose one of the following security authentication options from this drop-down list: • Guest—The controller can provide guest user access on WLANs which are specifically designated for use by guest users. choose an ID number for this WLAN.11 radios. • Dual-stack clients with static IPv4 addresses are not supported. The selected radio policy applies to the 802.

WPA2 Personal is a method used for securing your network with the use of a PSK authentication. choose AP in the Authentication Server drop-down list. Step 5 Under the VLAN & Firewall tab. This enables the controller to use the VLAN ID to determine which VLAN to send a broadcast packet to. which removes dependence on an external authentication server. The PSK is configured separately both on the controller AP. An ACL is a set of rules used to limit access to a particular WLAN to control data traffic to and from wireless clients or to the controller CPU to control all traffic destined for the CPU. • WPA2 Enterprise—This option stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. choose Yes to enable VLAN tagging of packets. To enable an ACL-based firewall: 1 In the Enable Firewall drop-down list. RADIUS is a client/server protocol that enables communication with a central server to authenticate users and authorize their access to the WLAN. To have a local authentication method. in ASCII format. Choose this option to authenticate guests using the username and password which you can specify for guest users of this WLAN. under Wireless Settings > WLAN Users. Step 6 If you have chosen to enable VLAN Tagging. then you have an option to enable a firewall for the WLAN based on Access Control Lists (ACLs). For more information. thereby providing traffic separation between VLANs. choose Yes. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • Open—This option stands for Open authentication. which allows any device to authenticate and then attempt to communicate with an AP. Specifying Wireless Settings Adding a WLAN • Require Username and Password—This is the default option. the chosen VLAN ID is inserted into a packet header in order to identify which VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) the packet belongs to. By enabling VLAN Tagging. Upon entering a valid email address. By default VLAN Tagging is disabled. on page 34. WPA2 Personal does not rely on an authentication server on your network. Then. Using open authentication. This is the default option. • WPA2 Personal—This option stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 with pre-shared key (PSK). This option is a Local EAP authentication method that allows users and wireless clients to be authenticated locally. with a local authentication server or a RADIUS server. if you want guest users to be prompted for their e-mail address when attempting to access the WLAN. • Shared Secret—Enter the secret key used by the RADIUS server. To have a RADIUS server-based authentication method. The default value is 1812. to use for the tagging. • Require Email Address—Choose this option.1 31 . choose External Radius in the Authentication Server drop-down list. You can specify up to two RADIUS authentication servers. in the Use VLAN Tagging drop-down list. This option allows guest users to access the WLAN without entering a username and password. For each server you need to specify the following details: • RADIUS IP—IPv4 address of the RADIUS server • RADIUS Port—Enter the communication port of the RADIUS server. choose a VLAN ID from the drop-down list. see Viewing and Managing WLAN Users. under the WLAN security policy. The controller in the master AP serves as the authentication server and the local user database. This option allows guest users to access the WLAN without entering a username and password. • Display Terms & Conditions—Choose this option to allow guests access to the WLAN upon acceptance of displayed terms and conditions. and on the client. This option is used when you do not have an enterprise authentication server. any wireless device can authenticate with the AP. If you choose this option. then specify the PSK in the Shared Key field. access it provided.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. You can find the list of available protocols in the IANA website. 4 If you have chosen TCP or UDP. you will need specify a Destination Port. choose Deny to cause this ACL to block packets or Permit to cause this ACL to allow packets. hence inheriting ACL rules. 5 From the DSCP drop-down list. IP/Mask field. if any. The controller can permit or deny only IP packets in an ACL. 4 To set rules for the ACL. 3 In the Dest. SSH. 2 From the Protocol drop-down list. DSCP is an IP header text box that can be used to define the quality of service across the Internet.1 32 . Note that ACL rules are applied to the VLAN. HTTP. The ACL name must be unique. Configure a rule for this ACL as follows: 1 From the Action drop-down list. Specifying Wireless Settings Adding a WLAN 2 In the ACL Name field. click Add Rule. and so on. You can choose: • Any—Any DSCP (this is the default value) • Specific—A specific DSCP from 0 to 63. If you choose Other. This destination port can be used by applications that send and receive data to and from the networking stack. enter the IP address and netmask of the specific destination. The default is Permit. which you enter in the DSCP edit box 6 Click the Apply icon to commit your changes. Some ports are designated for certain applications such as Telnet. choose one of these options to specify the differentiated services code point (DSCP) value of this ACL. Other types of packets (such as ARP packets) cannot be specified. enter the number of the desired protocol in the Protocol text box. Multiple WLANs can use the same VLAN. These are the protocol options: • Any—Any protocol (this is the default value) • TCP—Transmission Control Protocol • UDP—User Datagram Protocol • ICMP—Internet Control Message Protocol ESP—IP Encapsulating Security Payload • AH—Authentication Header • GRE—Generic Routing Encapsulation • IP in IP—Internet Protocol (IP) in IP (permits or denies IP-in-IP packets) • Eth Over IP—Ethernet-over-Internet Protocol • OSPF—Open Shortest Path First • Other—Any other Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) protocol. choose the protocol ID of the IP packets to be used for this ACL. You can enter up to 32 alphanumeric characters. 3 Click Apply. enter a name for the new ACL.

To enable Application Visibility. Step 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the WLAN you want to enable or disable. Step 9 Click Apply. Note Clicking Apply after creating a new WLAN or editing an existing one always enables the WLAN irrespective of whether it was previously enabled or disabled. • Bronze (Background)—Provides the lowest bandwidth for guest services. on page 34. In the window that is displayed. Otherwise. Application Visibility enables the controller to detect and recognize more than 1000 applications and perform real-time analysis. • Silver (Best Effort)—Supports normal bandwidth for clients. The WLAN Configuration window is displayed. perform one of the following actions: • To edit a WLAN. The Cisco Mobility Express controller supports the following four QoS levels. Step 4 Click Apply. choose Disabled. The primary goal of QoS is to provide priority. choose Enabled (the default option) from the Application Visibility drop-down list. Step 3 Choose General > Admin State and select Enabled or Disabled. Editing and Deleting WLANs Choose Wireless Settings > WLANs. The Edit WLAN window is displayed. See Viewing and Managing WLAN Users. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. and monitor network congestion and network link usage. • Gold (Video)—Supports high-quality video applications. Under the QoS tab. Specifying Wireless Settings Enabling and Disabling WLANs Step 7 Quality of service (QoS) refers to the capability of a network to provide better service to selected network traffic over various technologies. controlled jitter and latency (required by some real-time and interactive traffic). Step 8 Application Visibility classifies applications using the Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR2) engine. click the Edit icon adjacent to it. and provides application-level visibility in wireless networks. including dedicated bandwidth. What to Do Next You can proceed to creating or editing user accounts for this WLAN. from the QoS drop-down list. Enabling and Disabling WLANs Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > WLANs. This feature contributes to the Applications By Usage statistic in the Monitoring > Network Summary. as required.1 33 . choose one of the following QoS levels: • Platinum (Voice)—Ensures a high quality of service for voice over wireless. and improved loss characteristics.

• WLAN Profile—The WLANs that this user can connect to. To use your Cisco Mobility Express wireless network. the wireless client will have to use the user credentials set for that WLAN. click Add WLAN User. and then fill in the following details: • User name—Specify a name for WLAN user account. then the user must provide the appropriate WPA2-PSK set for that WLAN on the Controller AP. • Guest user—Select this checkbox if this is meant to be a guest WLAN user account. To connect to a WLAN. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • Description—Additional details or comments about the user. see Adding a WLAN. • Description—Additional details or comments on the user. The default value is 86400 seconds (that is. choose a particular WLAN. in seconds. • Password—The password to be used when connecting to a WLAN. • Guest user—If this checkbox is selected. choose Wireless Settings > WLAN Users. The WLAN Users window is displayed. click the Delete icon adjacent to it. You can specify a lifetime value from 60 to 31536000 seconds (that is. 1 minute to 1 year). Viewing and Managing WLAN Users To view and manage WLAN users. a wireless client should connect to a WLAN in the network. Specifying Wireless Settings Viewing and Managing WLAN Users • To delete a WLAN. It also lists all the WLAN users in the network along with the following details for each: • User name—Name of the WLAN user. If the Security Policy is set to WPA2-Enterprise. the user must provide a valid user identity and the corresponding password set in the RADIUS user database. along with the total number of WLAN users configured on the controller. Adding a WLAN User To add a WLAN user. Editing a WLAN User To edit a WLAN user. on page 30. • Password—The password to be used when connecting to a WLAN. or choose Any WLAN to apply this account for all WLANs set up on the controller. This drop-down list is populated with the WLANs which have been configured under Wireless Settings > WLANs. You can view and manage WLAN users only for the WPA2 Enterprise with Local Server setup. then this is a guest user account with a limited validity of only 86400 seconds (or 24 hours) from the time of its creation. You can also specify the validity of this account from the time of its creation. From the drop-down list. For information on adding WLANs. 24 hours). • WLAN Profile—Select the WLAN that this user can connect to.1 34 . the Lifetime field. If this WLAN uses WPA2-Personal as a Security Policy. click the Edit icon adjacent to the WLAN user whose details you want to edit and make the necessary changes.

click the Delete icon adjacent to the WLAN user you want to delete. Specifying Wireless Settings Managing Associated Access Points Deleting a WLAN User To delete a WLAN user. • AP Model—The model number of the access point. • AP MAC—The MAC address of the AP. The number of APs associated with the controller is displayed at the top of the window. and then click Ok in the confirmation dialog box. • Name—Name of the AP. The Edit window with the General tab is displayed. you can edit the following AP parameters: Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 35 . Managing Associated Access Points Choose Wireless Settings > Access Points. Administering Access Points Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > Access Points. The Access Points Administration window is displayed. The Access Points Administration window is displayed. Figure 14: Primary Controller (or Master AP) icon Figure 15: Subordinate AP icon • Location—Location of the AP. Step 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the AP you want to manage. along with the following details: • Manage—The icons shown below indicate whether the AP is acting as Primary Controller (or Master AP) or a subordinate AP. • Up Time—Shows how long the AP has been associated to the controller. Step 3 Under the General tab. You can only administer those APs that are associated to the controller. • IP Address—IP address of the AP.

or choose to have a Static IP address. channel bonding cannot be used to enable multiple non-overlapping channels. 1 to 8. This means that channels are dynamically assigned to each AP. This is a free text field. • Location—Edit a location for the AP. The URL is in the format https://<ip address>. • Transmit Power—Automatic.11 b/g/n tab. However. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. under the control of the master AP. Subnet Mask. This prevents neighboring APs from broadcasting over the same channel and prevents interference and other communication problems. • AP Name—Edit the name of the AP.4 GHz for 802. • Gateway (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected). • Subnet mask (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected). 11 channels are offered in the U. This is a free text field. Channel bonding groups the channels by 2 or 4 for a single radio stream. Step 4 (Only for the master AP) Under the Controller tab.11 b/g/n) • Channel—Automatic. If you change this IP address. This enables or disables the corresponding radio on the AP (2. and Gateway fields.4 GHz can only be 20 MHz. If you choose to have a static IP address.4 GHz radio.4 GHz. Selecting Automatic enables Dynamic Channel Assignment. For the 2. then you can edit the IP Address. Specifying Wireless Settings Administering Access Points • IP Configuration—Choose Obtain from DHCP to let the IP address of the AP be assigned by a DHCP server on the network. 1 to 11. • AP MAC address • AP Model number • IP Address of the access point (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected). For other associated APs. Because the number of channels is insufficient in 2.S.1 36 . this field shows AP & Controller. and up to 14 in other parts of the world. This increases the speed and the throughput. the login URL also changes. The following non-editable AP parameters are also displayed under the General tab: • Operating Mode—For a master AP. Assigning a specific value statically assigns a channel to that AP. you can set the following parameters: • Admin Mode—Enabled or Disabled. • Subnet Mask • Country Code Step 5 Under the 802. only 1-6-11 can be considered non-overlapping if they are used by neighboring APs. this field shows AP Only. you can manually edit the following controller parameters for the integrated Mobility Express wireless LAN controller: • IP Address—This IP address decides the login URL to the controller's web interface. • Channel Width—20 MHz The channel width for 2.

64. 80 MHz The channel width for 5 GHz can be set to 20. if channel bonding is used. and so on. transmit power will be increased as required until the maximum is reached. and so on. transmit power will be increased as required until the maximum is reached. 140. you can set the following parameters: • Admin Mode—Enabled or Disabled. 2 being half of it. 153. 36. 2 Set up a guest user account. This enables or disables the corresponding radio on the AP (5 GHz for 802. 56. Specifying Wireless Settings Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users This is a logarithmic scale of the transmit power. and set up an account with the Guest User check box selected. This allows the transmitter to operate at less than maximum power for most of the time.11 a/n/ac tab. see Viewing and Managing WLAN Users. 161. up to 23 non-overlapping channels are offered.1 37 . • Transmit Power—1 to 8. when fading conditions occur. Selecting Automatic adjusts the radio transmitter output power based on the varying signal level at the receiver. For the 5 GHz radio. 2 being half of it. with 1 being the highest. that is the transmission energy used by the AP.11a/n/ac). or 80 MHz. 40. 157. 104. when fading conditions occur. see Adding a WLAN. 165. Assigning a specific value statically assigns a channel to that AP. • Channel Width—20. 112. 132. 44. Selecting Automatic adjusts the radio transmitter output power based on the varying signal level at the receiver. 3 being 1/4th. on page 34. 52. 3 being 1/4th. 149. For more information. to which you will provide access for guest users. that is the transmission energy used by the AP. Go to Wireless Settings > WLAN Users. This is a logarithmic scale of the transmit power. Step 6 Under the 802. 100. 60. This is done by setting the WLAN Security as Guest for that WLAN. with 1 being the highest. 40. Step 7 Click Apply to save your changes and exit. 136. Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > Guest WLAN. • Channel—Automatic. 116. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. on page 30. 40. 108. 48. This allows the transmitter to operate at less than maximum power for most of the time. You can also specifically set up a WLAN exclusively for guest access. Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users Before You Begin To allow a guest user the access to your network: 1 Set up a new WLAN or decide on an existing WLAN. For more information.

enter the desired text in this field. To create your own message on the login page. Step 2 In the window that is displayed. you do not have an option to display any other logo. enter the desired text in this field. • Redirect URL After Login— To have guest users redirected to a particular URL (such as the URL for your company) after login. set the following parameters: • Display Cisco Logo—This field is set to Yes by default. Please login and put your air space to work.1 38 . To hide the Cisco logo that appears at the top-right corner of the default window. Step 3 Click Apply. This field is set to Yes by default. You can enter up to 254 characters. Specifying Wireless Settings Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users The Guest WLAN page is displayed. choose No. To create your own headline on the login page. However. The number of Guest WLANs currently set up in the network is displayed at the top of the page. • Page Message— The default message is Cisco is pleased to provide the Wireless LAN infrastructure for your network. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. enter the URL in this field. You can enter up to 2047 characters. • Page Headline—The default headline is Welcome to the Cisco Wireless Network. You can enter up to 127 characters.

CHAPTER 5 Managing the Network • Setting the Management Access Interface. choose Disabled. The management interface has the only consistently pingable in-band interface IP address on the controller. which allows you to access the controller GUI using http://<ip-address> through a web browser. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. The default value is Disabled. Note HTTP access mode is not a secure connection. choose Enabled from the HTTP Access drop-down list. page 40 • Setting Date and Time. The number of enabled management types are displayed at the top of the window. page 39 • Managing Administrator Accounts. It is also used for communication between the controller and access points (APs). You can access the web interface of the controller by entering the management interface IP address of the controller in your browser's address bar. by choosing the appropriate option from the drop-down list: • HTTP Access—To enable HTTP access mode. To enable or disable the different types of management access to the controller: Step 1 Choose Management > Access. page 42 • Updating the Cisco Mobility Express Software.1 39 . the controller requires one management interface to control all inter-controller communications and one AP manager interface to control all controller-to-access point communications. page 43 Setting the Management Access Interface The Management Access Interface is the default interface for in-band management of the controller and connectivity to enterprise services. Step 2 You can enable or disable the following types of management access to the controller. For APs. regardless of the number of ports. The Management Access window is displayed. Otherwise.

and for viewing configuration information. The default value is Enabled. Managing Administrator Accounts You require administrative (or admin) user accounts for logging in to the controller user interface. Otherwise.1 40 . • Telnet Access—To enable Telnet access mode. Note Telnet access mode is not a secure connection. and lists all the admin accounts present on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. Otherwise. which allows you to access the controller GUI using http://ip-address through a web browser. choose Enabled from the SSHv2 Access drop-down list. The default value is Enabled. The Admin Accounts window is displayed. The default value is Disabled. • Access—Set one of the following access privileges for the administrator: • Read-Only—This option creates an administrative account with read-only privileges. Adding an Admin Account Step 1 Choose Management > Admin Accounts. choose Disabled. which allows remote access to the controller’s CLI using your laptop’s command prompt. which is a more secure version of Telnet that uses data encryption and a secure channel for data transfer. Note The SSHv2 access mode is a secure connection. for configuring the controller. choose Disabled. The admin user can view the controller configuration but cannot make any changes to the configuration. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • SSHv2 Access—To enable Secure Shell Version 2 (SSHv2) access mode. Note HTTPs access mode is a secure connection. This prevents unauthorized users from accessing or configuring the controller. The total count of admin accounts on the controller is displayed at the top of the window. Step 3 Set the following parameters as required: • Account name—The login user name used by the administrative user. Step 3 Click Apply to save your changes. choose Enabled from the Telnet Access drop-down list. choose Disabled. Managing the Network Managing Administrator Accounts • HTTPs Access—To enable HTTPS access mode. choose Enabled from the HTTPS Access drop-down list. Admin account names must be unique. Step 2 Click Add New User to add a new admin user. Otherwise.

• The password should not contain the word Cisco or a management username. • The password should contain a minimum of eight characters from at least three of the following classes: lowercase letters. Step 2 Click the Delete icon adjacent to the account you want to delete. and special characters. Deleting an Admin Account Step 1 Choose Management > Admin Accounts. or by changing the capitalization of letters. or ! or substituting 0 for o or substituting $ for s. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 41 . • No character in the password can be repeated more than three times consecutively. The password should not be any variant of these words. Editing an Admin Account Step 1 Choose Management > Admin Accounts. based on the following rules: • Passwords are case sensitive. Step 4 Click Apply to save your changes. Step 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the account you want to edit. Step 3 Click Ok in the confirmation dialog box. Managing the Network Editing an Admin Account • Read-Write—This option creates an administrative account with read and write privileges. • Password—Enter a password for the administrative user account. The Admin Accounts window is displayed. see Adding an Admin Account. |. along with the list of all the admin accounts present on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. The admin user can view and make changes to the controller configuration. Step 4 Click Apply. The Admin Accounts page is displayed. as required. digits. Step 3 Modify the admin account parameters. uppercase letters. The total count of admin accounts on the controller is displayed at the top of the page. obtained by reversing the letters of these words. The total count of admin accounts on the controller is displayed at the top of the page. on page 40. or by substituting 1. along with the list of all the admin accounts present on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. For descriptions of these parameters.

1 42 . Note The current date and time in theSet Time Manually field cannot be edited if the NTP State is set to Enable. Managing the Network Setting Date and Time Setting Date and Time The date and time on the Cisco Mobility Express controller is first set when running the initial configuration setup wizard of the controller. Note These fields cannot be edited if the NTP State is set to Enable. To change the date and time that has already been set. Step 2 From the NTP State drop-down list. with the set time zone shown at the top of the page. The Time Settings window is displayed. The current date and time are displayed in the Set Time Manually field. you should follow either one of the procedures listed below: • Configuring Date and Time Manually. Step 2 From the NTP State drop-down list. with the set time zone shown at the top of the page. specify the polling interval. Configuring Date and Time Manually Step 1 Choose Management > Time. which the controller can use to automatically set the date and time. in seconds. DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Step 1 Choose Management > Time. on page 42 Specifying an NTP Server to Automatically Set Date and Time You can specify a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server. choose your local time zone. on page 42 • Specifying an NTP Server to Automatically Set Date and Time. Step 3 In the NTP Polling Interval field. When you choose a time zone that uses Daylight Saving Time (DST). choose Disable. Step 5 Click Apply.. In the U. The synchronization of the date and time with the NTP server will occur every time the controller reboots and at each user-defined polling interval.S. Step 4 In the NTP Server field. Step 3 From the Time Zone drop-down list. The current date and time are displayed in the Set Time Manually field. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. enter the server’s IPv4 address. choose Enable. the controller automatically sets its system clock to reflect the time change when DST occurs. The Time Settings window is displayed. You can either enter the date and time manually or you can specify a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server that sets the time and date.

Guidelines for Preparing a TFTP Server Follow these guidelines while preparing the TFTP server for hosting the Cisco Mobility Express software file: • Ensure that the TFTP server supports extended TFTP for file sizes greater than 32 MB. with the current software version number displayed at the top. Managing the Network Updating the Cisco Mobility Express Software Step 4 Select the Set Time Automatically from Current Location check box to set the time based on the time zone specified. Step 5 In the Set Time Manually field: • Click the calendar icon and choose the month. Downloading a newer version of the Cisco Mobility Express software image from the TFTP server to the Cisco Mobility Express network that has to be upgraded can take around 5 minutes per AP. The upgrades are automatically sequenced to ensure that the network performance is not impacted by software update. during the software update process. Note Ensure that the TFTP server always has the same Cisco Mobility Express software bundle as that on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. • Choose Management > Software Update. in hour and minutes. You can update the Cisco Mobility Express controller software using the controller's web interface. An AP joining the controller compares its Cisco Mobility Express software version with that on the master AP and if a mismatch is detected. and then click System Information. and year. A software update ensures that both the internal controller software and the AP software on all the associated APs are updated. without impacting the network. or the latest software bundle. Some TFTP servers that support files of this size are tftpd32 and the TFTP server within the Cisco Prime Infrastructure. This displays the Software Update window. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. APs that have older Cisco Mobility Express AP software. Updating the Cisco Mobility Express Software To view the current software version of your Cisco Mobility Express controller: • Click the gear icon at the top-right corner of the web interface. Step 6 Click Apply. This is because. on joining the master AP after the software upgrade are automatically upgraded to the latest Cisco Mobility Express AP software. The master AP facilitates the transfer of the new software from the TFTP server to the new AP.1 43 . This will prevent the current configurations on the Cisco Mobility Express controller from being deleted. the new AP requests for a software upgrade. • Click the clock icon and specify the time. the latest Cisco Mobility Express software for all Cisco Mobility Express-supported APs that are associated with the controller is also downloaded. The software download happens in the background. day.

on page 43. f) Read Cisco’s End User Software License Agreement and then click Agree. the TFTP server can be on the same subnet or a different subnet because the distribution system port is routable. Step 1 Get the controller software image by following these steps: a) Using a computer. Performing the Software Update Before You Begin • A TFTP server should be configured and accessible. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. click Update Now. You do not have to enter these parameters afresh for the next software update. the following error message appears: TFTP failure while storing in flash. Step 6 You can choose to perform the update right away or schedule it for a later time. • If you are upgrading through the distribution system network port. along with the name of the file. with the current software version number. b) Browse to your AP model and click Mobility Express Software to view the list of currently available software. or the latest software bundle. Step 4 In the File Path field. browse to the Cisco Download Software page at: http://www. The Preimage Download Section on the page indicates the status of the download. Step 3 In the IP Address (IPv4) field. Step 2 From the Cisco Mobility Express controller web interface. g) Save the file to your computer's hard drive.cisco. • To proceed with the update right away. Step 5 Click Save Tftp Parameters to save the TFTP parameters that you have specified. These parameters will remain saved unless you specifically change them in future.com and the TFTP server should be available. Do not manually power down or reset the controller or any AP during this process. enter the TFTP server directory path of the software file. See Guidelines for Preparing a TFTP Server. The Software Update window.com/cisco/software/ navigator. h) Copy the file from your computer's hard drive and extract them to the default directory on your TFTP server. enter the IP address of the TFTP server. e) Click Download. Note Ensure that the TFTP server always has the same Cisco Mobility Express software bundle as that on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. with the latest release at the top.1 44 . Managing the Network Performing the Software Update • If you attempt to download the controller software and your TFTP server does not support files of this size.html. choose Management > Software Update. c) Choose a software release number. d) Click the filename. is displayed. • A computer that can access Cisco.

1 45 . the controller automatically reboots. Step 7 Log in to the controller and verify the controller software version in the Software Update window. For more information on the Preimage Download feature. Managing the Network Performing the Software Update otherwise. see Predownloading an Image to an Access Point. click Restart to reboot the controller. After the preimage download is complete. • To perform the update at a later time. on page 54. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. After the download is complete. you might corrupt the software image. and then click Schedule Later. specify the later date and time in the Set Reboot Time field. up to a maximum of 5 days from the current date.

1 46 . Managing the Network Performing the Software Update Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

in the Read-Only Community field. and displays SNMP traps sent from network devices. and configuring and managing all the devices in the network. page 50 Managing SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol Version 2 (SNMPv2) is a protocol for network management. page 49 • Rebooting the Mobility Express Controller. in the Read-Write Community field. The default is Public. To enable SNMPv2 Access. The default is Disabled. page 47 • Resetting the Mobility Express Controller. The default is Private. enter a name for the community. It is used for collecting information from. If the System Message Logging feature is enabled. Each system event triggers a Syslog message containing the details of that event. To configure an SNMP community with read-only privileges. page 49 • Saving Controller Configuration. choose Enabled from the SNMPv2 Access drop-down list. To enable the SNMP Trap Receiver tool that receives. The default is Disabled. the controller sends a syslog message to the syslog server configured on the controller.1 47 . specify the IP address of the server in the SNMP Server IP field. choose Enabled from the SNMP Trap drop-down list. Setting Up System Message Logging The System Message Logging feature logs the system events to a remote server called a Syslog server. page 47 • Setting Up System Message Logging. CHAPTER 6 Using Advanced Settings and Operations • Managing SNMP. To connect to an SNMP server. enter a name for the community. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. To configure an SNMP community with read-write privileges. Otherwise. choose Disabled. logs.

Step 5 To set the facility for outgoing syslog messages to the syslog servers.1 48 . only messages with a severity equal to or more than the set level are sent to the syslog server. Step 2 From the Syslog Logging drop-down list. The default is Disabled. Step 1 Choose Advanced > Logging. The System Message Logging feature is enabled. choose Enabled. set the severity level by choosing one of the following (given in the order of severity): • Emergencies (Highest severity) • Alerts • Critical • Errors (Default) • Warnings • Notifications • Informational • Debugging (Lowest severity) After a syslog level is set. enter the IPv4 address of the server to which the syslog messages are to be sent. Using Advanced Settings and Operations Setting Up System Message Logging Before You Begin Set up a Syslog server in your network before starting with the following procedure. Step 3 In the Syslog Server IP field. From the Logging Level drop-down list. Step 4 Set the severity level for filtering syslog messages to the syslog server. The Logging Setup window appears. choose one of the following options from the Syslog Facility drop-down list: • Kernel = Facility level 0 • User Process = Facility level 1 • Mail = Facility level 2 • System Daemons = Facility level 3 • Authorization System = Facility level 4 • Syslog = Facility level 5 (default value) • Line Printer = Facility level 6 • USENET = Facility level 7 • Unix-to-Unix Copy = Facility level 8 • Cron = Facility level 9 • FTP Daemon = Facility level 11 • System Use 12 = Facility level 12 • System Use 13 = Facility level 13 Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Using Advanced Settings and Operations Resetting the Mobility Express Controller • System Use 14 = Facility level 14 • System Use 15 = Facility level 15 • Local Use 0 = Facility level 16 • Local Use 1 = Facility level 17 • Local Use 2 = Facility level 18 • Local Use 3 = Facility level 19 • Local Use 4 = Facility level 20 • Local Use 5 = Facility level 21 • Local Use 6 = Facility level 22 • Local Use 7 = Facility level 23 • Authorization System (Private) = Facility level 24 Step 6 Click Apply. To reset your Cisco Mobility Express wireless LAN controller to its default factory-shipped parameters: 1 Choose Advanced > Reset to Factory Default. Rebooting the Mobility Express Controller At any time. • Reset and reboot the master AP to it's default factory-shipped configuration. and then clicking Restart. After the Mobility Express Controller reboots. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. 2 Click Continue to: • Erase the Cisco Mobility Express controller configuration parameters to their factory default values and reboot the Cisco Mobility Express wireless LAN controller. This opens the RESET MOBILITY EXPRESS CONTROLLER TO FACTORY DEFAULT window. proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. Resetting the Mobility Express Controller This operation can be performed only by Admin users.1 49 . on page 6. you can reboot the controller by choosing Management > Software Update.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. the controller can restart with the last saved configuration.1 50 . During normal operation. RAM. and then click Ok. the current configuration of the Cisco Mobility Express controller resides on the RAM of the master AP. the volatile RAM is completely erased. but volatile. Upon successful saving of the configuration. This ensures that in the event of a reboot. click Save Configuration at the top-right corner of the Cisco Mobility Express web interface. but the data on the NVRAM is retained. a message conveying the same is displayed. At any time. you can save the Cisco Mobility Express controller's configuration from the RAM to the NVRAM of the master AP. Using Advanced Settings and Operations Saving Controller Configuration Saving Controller Configuration Access points have two kinds of memory. and the nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM). During a reboot. To save the controller's current configuration from the RAM to the NVRAM. the active.

com/c/en/us/td/docs/ wireless/controller/release/notes/crn81mr2.1 51 . page 51 • Supported Browsers.120. page 54 • Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type. see the Release Notes for Cisco Wireless Controllers and Lightweight Access Points for Cisco Wireless Release 8. page 55 • Related Documents. page 52 • How an Access Point is Added to the Cisco Mobility Express Network.html Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. page 52 • Cisco Mobility Express Controller Failover and Master AP Election Process. page 55 • RF Parameter Optimization Settings.0.cisco. page 53 • Predownloading an Image to an Access Point. APPENDIX A Concepts. FAQs. and interoperability information. page 57 • FAQs. at this URL: http://www. and Information for Advanced Users • Cisco Mobility Express Solution Features and Specifications.1. supported and unsupported features. page 57 Cisco Mobility Express Solution Features and Specifications For a full listing of the Cisco Mobility Express Solution's technical specifications. page 54 • Alternative Method for CAPWAP to Mobility Express Conversion.

and Information for Advanced Users Supported Browsers Supported Browsers Operating System Supported Browsers and Versions Microsoft Windows • Internet Explorer 10 and later • Mozilla Firefox 33 and later • Google Chrome 38 and later Apple Mac OS • Safari 7 and later • Mozilla Firefox 33 and later • Google Chrome 38 and later Cisco Mobility Express Controller Failover and Master AP Election Process Mobility Express Controller Redundancy for Failover In a Cisco Mobility Express network. on page 1 to know which AP models are capable of working as a master AP. not all the APs may have the capability to work as a master AP. not all the APs may have the capability to work as a master AP. This forced failover of the master AP to another master-capable AP of your choice can be performed both using the GUI and the CLI. You can manually force any AP. Concepts. FAQs. See the Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points. on page 1 to know which AP models are capable of working as a master AP. The newly elected Master will have the same IP and configuration as the original Master. your network must have two or more active APs with master AP capability. there will be no difference between the original Master and the newly elected Master in case of a failover. From an administrator perspective. one of these other APs will automatically be elected as a master. To perform a forced failover using the GUI: Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Note Clients that connect to the master AP will lose connectivity during a failover. that has the capability to work as a master AP. to become the master AP. In the event of a failover. Mobility Express Controller Forced Failover In a Cisco Mobility Express network.1 52 . See the Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points. In order to have Cisco Mobility Express controller redundancy to enable a failover.

and Information for Advanced Users How an Access Point is Added to the Cisco Mobility Express Network 1 Choose Wireless Settings > Access Points. this forced failover causes some downtime in the Mobility Express network. The Edit window with the General tab is displayed. FAQs. • Among APs with a similar client load. Concepts. next to the Operating Mode field.1 53 . For other associated APs. when the master AP shuts down. with the IP address and configuration as the previous master. Note For a master AP. this field shows AP Only. use the following command: config ap next-preferred-master cisco-ap-name forced-failover When you force the failover of the master to an AP of your choice. The Cisco Mobility Express controller running on Master AP will respond to the advertisement and the new AP will go through Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • The AP with the least load in terms of the number of associated clients associated. one of the other master-capable APs in this deployment is automatically designated as the master AP. 3 Under the General tab. During this downtime. Clients of APs that do not have the Standalone functionality enabled will be affected. the AP with the lowest MAC address. Master AP Election Process In a Cisco Mobility Express AP network. How an Access Point is Added to the Cisco Mobility Express Network When a supported AP that is running a CAPWAP lightweight AP software is added to the Cisco Mobility Express network. it will start with the CAPWAP State: Discover advertisements on boot up. click Make me Controller. after rebooting. The Access Points Administration window is displayed. This process is used to both detect the failure of the master AP and to designate the new master AP among the eligible APs. The Make me Controller button is available only for subordinate APs that are capable of participating in the Master Election process. based on the following parameters listed in the order of descending precedence: • The AP configured as VRRP master. The automatic selection of the master AP among the Cisco Mobility Express-enabled APs is as per an internal automatic master election process. comes back online and joins the new master AP as a subordinate AP. 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the AP you want to set as master. using the VRRP command config ap next-preferred-master on the controller's CLI. the current master AP reboots while the new AP takesover as the controller. The previous master. clients associated to APs that have the Standalone feature enabled will not face any disruption in service. To perform a forced failover using CLI. Note Like any failover. using the GUI or CLI methods. This process is based on Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) and algorithmically determines the next master AP. the Operating Mode field shows AP & Controller.

Alternative Method for CAPWAP to Mobility Express Conversion Note • The recommended method is Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. Step 2 Unzip the contents of the ZIP file to a directory on the TFTP server.ZIP file is labeled. and Information for Advanced Users Predownloading an Image to an Access Point the process of joining the Cisco Mobility Express controller. and tries to join a controller for about 5 minutes.122. Both are case-sensitive. For information on performing a software update. If the AP being added is running the same version. On the Download Software page. the controller will download the corresponding Cisco Mobility Express-capable AP image from the TFTP server. After this. comes back online. When the controller reboots. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs.0 Lightweight AP release on an 1850 series AP. However. Concepts. for a given release. What to Do Next Proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. it will straightaway join the Cisco Mobility Express network. The following is an alternative only in case the recommended method does not work. The AP reboots. this . the AP continues to boot into Mobility Express mode and starts broadcasting the CiscoAirProvison SSID. • The following procedure shows a conversion from the 8.1 54 . Predownloading an Image to an Access Point To minimize network outages.1. on page 43 . Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Step 4 Log in to the AP using the username Cisco and password Cisco. to be used for software update and/or supported access points images''.zip software file from Cisco. on page 6. all with their upgraded images. and hence uses the corresponding software file. FAQs. if the AP is running an image older than the one running on the Cisco Mobility Express. the access point sends a join request. first the upgrade image to the controller is downloaded and then the image is downloaded to the access point while the network is still up. Once the controller responds to the discovery request sent by an access point with its discovery response packet. This means that. on page 13. The controller comes up first. an upgrade software image is downloaded to the access point from the controller without resetting the access point or losing network connectivity. followed by the access points. Step 5 Use the command ap-type mobility-express tftp://<tftp server ip-address>/<filename of ap1g4 TAR file with path from root on the TFTP server> command. Step 1 Download the AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0. the access points are disassociated and reboot. Ensure that you use the appropriate software file depending on the release you are converting from and the AP model. ''Access point image bundle. Step 3 Connect to the console port of the AP.com to the TFTP server. see Updating the Cisco Mobility Express Software.

and rejoin the controller as a CAPWAP AP. you must change its ap-type from mobility-express to capwap. Note If you do not enable RF Parameter Optimization during the initial configuration wizard. or high client density type is selected. and Information for Advanced Users Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type To convert a Mobility Express AP into a CAPWAP AP. 4 Login to the AP console using the username Cisco and password Cisco. Concepts. and they come back up in local mode. The above command converts all APs to AP Configuration: NOT MOBILITY EXPRESS CAPABLE. as given in this procedure: 1 Connect to the Console Port. the AP will not start its Mobility Express controller functionality and does not participate in the Mobility Express master AP election process.e.1 55 . reboot. of the WLC to which the APs need to be migrated to. 5 Enter enable. There the AP will join that controller. RF Parameter Optimization Settings When making the RF Parameter Optimization settings. The following table shows the default values when low. in a non-Mobility Express network). FAQs. Once the AP type is CAPWAP. Dependency Typical High Density Low Density (For enterprise (Where throughput (For coverage in deployments. typical. 3 In the Mobility Express controller console. the AP will request a CAPWAP image from the controller. Both are case-sensitive. use the command apciscoshell to connect to the AP console. though the CLI. then client density is set to Typical (the default value). 6 Enter the command ap-type capwap. and confirm .) TX Power Global per band Default Higher Highest Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. The APs are then reloaded. use the information in the following table to select the right settings for your deployment. Telnet or SSH to the AP. respectively. is most important) open spaces) Default profile. and RF traffic type is set to Data (the default value). This AP can then be deployed in a physical wireless controller-based network (i. To convert multiple access points running Mobility Express image to CAPWAP simultaneously from the Mobility Express controller CLI. execute the following command: (Cisco Controller) > config ap unifiedmode <switch_name> <switch_ip_address> The arguments <switch_name> and <switch_ip_address> are the name and IP address. 2 Login to the Mobility Express controller console. and as the image on the controller will be different.

5. 5. 12 RF Profiles Mbp enabled 1. Concepts.11 a only (hidden) RF Profiles Coverage RSSI Global per band Default (Data: -80 Default (Data: -80 Higher (Data: -90 Threshold Voice: -80) Voice: -80) Voice:-90) Data and voice RSSI RF Profiles Coverage Client Global per band Default (3) Default (3) Lower (2) Count (Coverage Lower (1 to 3) Exception) RF Profiles (Coverage Hole Detection) Data Rates Global per band 12 Mbp mandatory 12 Mbp mandatory CCK rates enabled (network) 9 Mbp supported 9 Mbp supported 1.4 Power) GHz GHz TPC Min: +7 dB TPC Min: -10 dB TPC Max: Default TPC Max: Default at 30 dB at 30 dB RX Sensitivity Global per band Default (Automatic) Medium (RX-SOP) Low (Advanced RX-SOP) RF profiles CCA Threshold Global per band Default (0) Default (0) Default (0) 802. is most important) open spaces) Default profile.1 56 . 9.5.5.4 • -65 dB for 2. 11.2. 11 Mbp disabled disabled Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. and Information for Advanced Users RF Parameter Optimization Settings Dependency Typical High Density Low Density (For enterprise (Where throughput (For coverage in deployments. 5. 11 Mbp 1.2.2. FAQs. 6. and TPC per band -10 dB max • -65 dB for 5 • -60 dB for 5 TPC Max: Default GHz GHz (These parameters at 30 dB are equivalent to TX • -70 dB for 2.) TPC Threshold. Specific RF profile TPC Min: Default at TPC Threshold: TPC Threshold: TPC Min. 6.5. 6.

If my deployment needs to downsize to 25 access points or less. For detailed information. on page 55.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/access_point/1830/quick/guide/ap1830getstart. such as Cisco Aironet 1850 or 1830 series access points. You can convert your wireless controller-based deployment to Mobility Express. similar to the AireOS FlexConnect mode. and Information for Advanced Users Related Documents Related Documents Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Points Hardware Guide http://www. Can I expand the scale of access points and convert to a wireless controller deployment? Yes. What are the licensing requirements for Mobility Express? The Cisco Mobility Express solution does not require any licenses for access points. This is independent of modes. The WLAN controller will push the right AP image and respective configuration. Concepts. can they convert from existing controller-based deployment to Mobility Express? Yes.1 57 . FAQs. Where can I get more information on the Cisco Mobility Express solution? Go to http://www.cisco. you can simply point the Access Points to the WLAN controller IP address as the primary controller.html Cisco Aironet Universal AP Priming and Cisco AirProvision User Guide http://www.html FAQs Which access points can host the Mobility Express wireless LAN controller function and which access points can be managed by it? See Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points.cisco.com/go/mobilityexpress.cisco.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/access_point/1850/hardware/guide/ap1850hwguide. see Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type. What controller-based modes does the Mobility Express wireless LAN controller function support? Access points managed by the Mobility Express solution will operate with Centralized Control Plane and Distributed Data Plane. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.html Cisco Aironet 1830 Series Access Points Hardware Guide http://www.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/access_point/ux-ap/guide/uxap-mobapp-g. as long as your deployment has access points capable of hosting the Mobility Express controller functionality. on page 1.

Concepts. and Information for Advanced Users FAQs Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 58 . FAQs.