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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 .

FAQs.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.

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

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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and the other APs can then connect to it. Ensure that there no wireless controllers.3. in the network.3-JBB1 to 15. page 15 • Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface. This will ensure that the pre-defined CiscoAirProvision Service Set Identifier (SSID) is advertised only by the master AP and not by other APs. during setup or during daily operation of a Cisco Mobility Express network. page 11 • Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15. page 12 • Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. page 5 • Configuring the Switch Port. page 7 • Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software. page 6 • Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. The first AP to be set up should be one that supports the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller functionality. page 13 • Preparing APs to Associate with the Master AP. other than the Cisco Mobility Express controller.1 5 .3. • Decide on the first access point (AP) to be set up.3-JBB5 or newer. page 14 • Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express . neither appliance nor virtual. in the same network. page 16 Prerequisites for Setting Up and Accessing Cisco Mobility Express • You must not have other Cisco wireless controllers. • Ensure that the AP is properly installed as per its Hardware Installation Guide. CHAPTER 2 Getting Started • Prerequisites for Setting Up and Accessing Cisco Mobility Express. page 6 • Using the Initial Configuration Wizard . The Cisco Mobility Express controller cannot interoperate or co-exist with other wireless controllers in the same network. This is to ensure that this AP can act as the master AP. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Getting Started Configuring the Switch Port • Ensure that a DHCP server is present and accessible in the network. The Mobility Express controller uses an external DHCP server for IP address management of the access points and the wireless clients. The laptop gets an IP address from the subnet 192. on page 6. The password is password. including the Master AP. For a list of browsers compatible with the Cisco Mobility Express wireless controller web interface and the initial configuration wizard. Interface GigabitEthernet1/0/37 description » Connected to Master AP « switchport trunk native vlan 122 switchport trunk allowed vlan 10. then you will need prime the access point to the right regulatory domain. Data traffic must be trunked with appropriate VLANs for local switching as well. You cannot access this SSID through a wired network. see Supported Browsers. Configuring the Switch Port Connect the access points to the switch and power them up. the AP's status LED start cycling through green. It will be a few minutes before the CiscoAirProvision SSID starts broadcasting after initially powering up the AP.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ wireless/access_point/ux-ap/guide/uxap-mobapp-g. • Your laptop should have a compatible browser. Ensure the following while configuring the switch port: • All access points. at this URL: http://www. before the APs start serving clients. red. Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard Step 1 Boot the AP that has controller capability.1. The following is a sample switch port configuration.html. in a Mobility Express network should be in the same L2 broadcast domain. Once the CiscoAirProvision SSID starts broadcasting. • The initial setup of the Cisco Mobility Express controller can be done only through the controller configuration wizard and over Wi-Fi. • If your network is using universal regulatory domain access points.1 6 .cisco.168. using Wi-Fi. After these prerequisites are met. on page 52. proceed to Configuring the Switch Port. proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. on page 6. Step 2 Connect the Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to the CiscoAirProvision SSID advertised by the AP.20. You require a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop to connect to the pre-defined CiscoAirProvision SSID advertised by the master AP. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.122 switchport mode trunk After the switch port configuration is done. • 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. See the Cisco Aironet Universal AP Priming and Cisco AirProvision User Guide. Management traffic must not be tagged. This AP should either be a 1850 or a 1830 series AP. and amber.0/24.

Use the following sections as a reference for the data that you enter in the initial configuration wizard. Using the Initial Configuration Wizard The initial configuration wizard helps you configure certain basic parameters on your Cisco Mobility Express wireless LAN controller. • The new password must not be the same as the associated username or the username reversed. Cisco Aironet 1830 Series Mobility Express. for example. • Enter a password. else proceed to Checking if an AP has CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software or Cisco Mobility Express Software. lowercase letters.1. digits. then proceed to Using the Initial Configuration Wizard . which is redirected to the initial configuration wizard. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • No character in the password can be repeated more than three times consecutively. You can enter up to 24 ASCII characters. and special characters.1. When specifying a password. You can enter up to 24 ASCII characters. 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. What to Do Next If the initial configuration wizard's admin account window is displayed. The initial configuration wizard’s admin account window is displayed in your browser. on page 7. go to http://192. Create an admin account on the controller by specifying the following parameters and then clickStart: • Enter an administrative username. Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard Step 3 Using a supported browser. 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.168.1 7 . uppercase letters.

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

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

on page 55.1 10 . typical. see RF Parameter Optimization Settings. • DHCP Server Address—This is optional. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. 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. Getting Started Using the Initial Configuration Wizard • VLAN ID—Specify the VLAN ID for the new VLAN. or high client density type is selected. To know the values that are set when low.

on page 6. There are three possible scenarios. on page 15.1 11 . then client density is set to Typical (the default value). and vice-versa. Step 3 Enter the sh version command on the AP console. on site. Figure 7: RF Parameter Optimization Once you apply these configuration settings. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. 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. 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. To determine if your AP has a Cisco Mobility Express image or CAPWAP Lightweight AP image. 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. you can convert a CAPWAP AP to Cisco Mobility Express software. Both are case-sensitive. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs. follow these steps: Step 1 Connect to the console port of the AP. However. the access point reboots and the controller restarts. AP Configuration: MOBILITY EXPRESS CAPABLE Reboot the AP and proceed to Starting the Initial Configuration Wizard. and RF traffic type is set to Data (the default value). You can now proceed to Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express . 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.

3-JBB5 (released for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8.3-JBB1 to 15. The AP will reboot. and hence uses the corresponding software file for the 1850 series access point. Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15. run the command ap-type mobility-express tftp on the AP console. 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.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. does not take part in the master AP election process either. on page 13.3.1. using the following procedure.1. but is running as a CAPWAP AP Configuration: NOT MOBILITY EXPRESS CAPABLE lightweight AP.3-JBB5 or newer Your AP is an 1850 series access point with Lightweight AP software release 15. This AP can. Before You Begin • A TFTP server and a DHCP server should be configured and accessible. Proceed to Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software.111.3-JBB1.122.1. If and when it is elected as master. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8. come back online. You will need to upgrade the software to Lightweight AP software release 15.3.0) or newer releases. it will broadcast the CiscoAirProvision SSID. Note The following procedure shows an upgrade to the 8.3.3.1 12 .3.0 release. function as a subordinate AP in a Mobility Express network.3. Getting Started Upgrading from CAPWAP Lightweight AP Software Release 15.122. Ensure that you use the appropriate software file depending on the release you are upgrading to.3-JBB1 to 15. however. and take part in the master AP election process. This AP is currently not configured to run as Mobility Express controller.0. To enable the Mobility Express controller functionality of this AP. and hence does not broadcast the the CiscoAirProvision SSID.

zip file from Cisco. Step 4 In the AP console command line interface. • Ensure that there are no Cisco WLCs. Step 1 Download the AIR-AP1850-K9-8. What to Do Next Proceed to Converting from CAPWAP Lightweight AP to Cisco Mobility Express Software. Step 1 Download the AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0.122. "Access point image bundle. in the network while you are performing this upgrade. • A TFTP server and a DHCP server should be configured and accessible. Before You Begin • Your AP is either a Cisco 1850 Series or a 1830 Series AP with Lightweight AP software Release 15.122. The AP must not interface with any other wireless controller while you are performing this upgrade. Step 5 Enter archive download-sw /reload tftp://<tftp server's ip address>/AIR-AP1850-K9-ME-8-1-122-0/ap1g4. physical or virtual. Both are case-sensitive. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. On the Download Software page.0.0 Lightweight AP release on an 1850 series AP.com to the TFTP server.ZIP file and is labeled. for Cisco Wireless Controller Software Release 8. Step 2 Connect to the console port of the AP. enter enable .com to the TFTP server.1.1. to be used for software update and/or supported access points images". Step 3 Log in to the AP console using the username Cisco and password Cisco.3.1 13 . Alternatively.122.0. Unzip the file and extract the contents. 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. 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. this is the .3-JBB5. for a given release. or a newer software.tar software file from Cisco. note Note The following procedure shows a conversion from the 8. 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. This is the default factory-shipped username and password on all Cisco Aironet APs.1. and hence uses the corresponding software file. Ensure that you use the appropriate software file depending on the release you are converting from and the AP model. on page 13.

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

Accept the warning in order to access the Mobility Express Wireless LAN Controller login page. Getting Started Logging in to Cisco Mobility Express What to Do Next Managing Associated Access Points. Therefore. Figure 8: Cisco Mobility Express Wireless LAN Controller Web Interface Login Step 2 Click Login. see About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service. Step 3 Enter admin user credentials to log in. on page 19. For more information. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. What to Do Next After you log in. This IP address is the one you have specified for managing the Cisco Mobility Wireless Express controller.1 15 . 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. 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. the default landing page is the Network Summary window. The Cisco Mobility Express controller uses a self-signed certificate for HTTPs.

This is main navigational pane using which you can navigate to the various sub-sections in the web interface. Web Interface Section or Feature 1 The side pane of the web interface. 2 The title of the web interface.1 16 . Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Figure 9: Mobility Express Controller Web Interface No. 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. 4 Click to save the current controller configuration to the NVRAM. For more information. on page 50. 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. see Saving Controller Configuration.

and perform a reset to factory default. where you can administer associated APs. where you can set management access parameters. 8 The Management section. 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. For more information. WLAN user accounts. manage WLANs. on page 19.Getting Started Understanding the Mobility Express Controller Web Interface No. 9 The Advanced section. see Specifying Wireless Settings. 6 The Mobility Express Network Monitoring section. see Managing the Network. on page 29. manage admin accounts. and guest user accounts. network time. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. on page 47.1 17 . For more information. sys log settings. and perform software updates. where you can set SNMP settings. For more information. on page 39. see Using Advanced Settings and Operations. For more information. see About the Cisco Mobility Express Monitoring Service.

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

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

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • This page is automatically refreshed every 30 seconds.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.

Figure 10: 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.Tabular view Figure 11: 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.

To use your 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. If the Security Policy is set to WPA2-Enterprise. a wireless client should connect to a WLAN in the network. 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.1 22 . the user must provide a valid user identity and the corresponding password set in the RADIUS user database. then the user must provide the appropriate WPA2-PSK set for that WLAN on the Controller AP. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. in the WLAN Users window. To connect to a WLAN. These are local users authenticated by the master AP using WPA2-PSK. user credentials) for the different WLANs in the Cisco Mobility Express wireless network. the wireless client will have to use the user credentials set for that WLAN. If this WLAN uses WPA2-Personal as a Security Policy.

1 23 . 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. 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. Step 2 In the Access Points view page. If the list of WLANs spans multiple pages. Customizing Access Points Table View Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary > Access Points. Viewing the Details of Configured WLANs Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Network Summary. Security Policy. and Radio Policy. You can also add new WLANs from this page. see Adding a 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. 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. 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. A count of the configured WLANs is displayed in the Wireless Networks summary window. hide or show desired or to filter the table view based on desired parameters. on page 30. you can browse these pages by clicking the page number links or the forward and backward icons. Name. For details. Step 2 In the Wireless Networks summary window. toggle between the 2. such as the Active status. The Access Points view page appears. along with the following details for each WLAN: • Active—Whether the WLAN is enabled or disabled.4GHz and 5GHz tabs to view a tabular listing of the access points operating at the respective radio frequencies.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.11 a/n/ac clients operating at 5 GHz.4 GHz or 802. A summary of rogue APs and clients is displayed in the Rogues summary window. These interferers may either be operating at 2. Monitoring the Mobility Express Network Viewing Details of Clients Viewing Details of Clients Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary.1 24 . click the count display icon to view high-level details of the client device. These clients are either 802. click the count display icon to view high-level details of the interfering device. Step 2 In the Active Clients summary section. A summary of all active clients is displayed in the Active Clients summary section. click the count display icon to view high-level details of the rogue devices (unmanaged neighboring APs or clients). Viewing Details of Rogue Devices (Clients and Access Points) Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary.11 b/g/n clients operating at 2. Viewing Details of Interferers Step 1 Click Monitoring > Network Summary. 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. A summary of all non-WiFi interfering devices is displayed in the Interferers summary window. Step 2 In the Rogues summary window. Step 2 In the Interferers summary window.4 GHz or at 5 GHz.

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.1 25 . Figure 12: Wireless Dashboard .AP Performance Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Step 2 Click the Add Widget icon on the top right hand side of the AP Performance window. The AP Performance window does not display the deleted 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. Step 2 Click the Delete Widget icon on the top right hand side of the widgets that you want to delete. Removing Widgets to Customize Access Point Performance View Step 1 Choose Monitoring > Wireless Dashboard > AP Performance. The AP Performance window is refreshed with the new widgets. 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 26 . Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.

Client Performance Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Figure 13: Wireless Dashboard . 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.1 27 .

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

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

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. Specifying Wireless Settings Adding a WLAN • Peer-to-peer blocking does not apply to multicast traffic.1 30 . To set this WLAN exclusively for guest user access. click Add New WLAN.4 GHz (the 802. Choose one of the following from the Radio Policy drop-down list: • All (default) • 802. and you cannot map VLANs 1002 to 1006. 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. set the following parameters: • WLAN ID—From the drop-down list. create a unique profile name for each WLAN. choose an ID number for this WLAN.11 radios. Set the RF profiles for APs that are associated with the controller. Otherwise choose Disabled. The Add New WLAN window is displayed.11g only • 802. Each radio policy specifies which part of the spectrum the WLAN is advertised on. • Admin State—From the drop-down list. • Radio Policy—The radio policy allows you to optimize the RF settings for all the APs associated with a WLAN. • Dual-stack clients with static IPv4 addresses are not supported. Adding a WLAN Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > WLANs. • You cannot map a WLAN to VLAN0. The profile name must be unique.11a/g • 802. The default is Enabled. Step 2 To create a new WLAN. The selected radio policy applies to the 802. choose Enabled to enable this WLAN. • SSID—Enter up to 32 characters for the SSID to be assigned to this WLAN. Step 3 Under the General tab.11a mode) or both. • Profile Name—Enter up to 32 characters for the profile name to be assigned to this WLAN.11a only • 802.11b/g Step 4 Under the WLAN Security tab. whether it is on 2.11g modes) or on 5GHz (802. The WLAN Configuration window is displayed.11b or 802. • When creating WLANs with the same SSID. choose the Security as Guest.

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

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

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

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

You can only administer those APs that are associated to the controller. The Edit window with the General tab is displayed. Step 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the AP you want to manage.1 35 . Administering Access Points Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > Access Points. • AP Model—The model number of the access point. and then click Ok in the confirmation dialog box. Managing Associated Access Points Choose Wireless Settings > Access Points. • IP Address—IP address of the AP. The Access Points Administration window is displayed. • AP MAC—The MAC address of the AP. The Access Points Administration window is displayed. click the Delete icon adjacent to the WLAN user you want to delete. • Up Time—Shows how long the AP has been associated to the controller. 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. Step 3 Under the General tab. Specifying Wireless Settings Managing Associated Access Points Deleting a WLAN User To delete a WLAN user. Figure 14: Primary Controller (or Master AP) icon Figure 15: Subordinate AP icon • Location—Location of the AP. The number of APs associated with the controller is displayed at the top of the window. you can edit the following AP parameters: Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • Name—Name of the AP.

• AP MAC address • AP Model number • IP Address of the access point (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected).11 b/g/n) • Channel—Automatic. Assigning a specific value statically assigns a channel to that AP. Step 4 (Only for the master AP) Under the Controller tab. • Transmit Power—Automatic. • Subnet Mask • Country Code Step 5 Under the 802. and Gateway fields. and up to 14 in other parts of the world. 1 to 11. If you change this IP address. channel bonding cannot be used to enable multiple non-overlapping channels. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. This is a free text field. Channel bonding groups the channels by 2 or 4 for a single radio stream. Selecting Automatic enables Dynamic Channel Assignment.S. or choose to have a Static IP address. • Gateway (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected). The following non-editable AP parameters are also displayed under the General tab: • Operating Mode—For a master AP.1 36 . then you can edit the IP Address. Subnet Mask. This means that channels are dynamically assigned to each AP. • Channel Width—20 MHz The channel width for 2. However. If you choose to have a static IP address.4 GHz. This enables or disables the corresponding radio on the AP (2. Because the number of channels is insufficient in 2. only 1-6-11 can be considered non-overlapping if they are used by neighboring APs. This prevents neighboring APs from broadcasting over the same channel and prevents interference and other communication problems. For other associated APs. this field shows AP Only. For the 2.11 b/g/n tab.4 GHz can only be 20 MHz. The URL is in the format https://<ip address>. this field shows AP & Controller. • Subnet mask (non-editable only if Obtain from DHCP has been selected). • AP Name—Edit the name of the AP. the login URL also changes. 11 channels are offered in the U. 1 to 8. under the control of the master AP. • Location—Edit a location for the AP. 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. This increases the speed and the throughput. you can set the following parameters: • Admin Mode—Enabled or Disabled.4 GHz for 802. 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. This is a free text field.4 GHz radio.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. up to 23 non-overlapping channels are offered.11a/n/ac). transmit power will be increased as required until the maximum is reached. 52. 157.1 37 . when fading conditions occur. This is a logarithmic scale of the transmit power. 36. on page 34. 112.11 a/n/ac tab. 153. 40. when fading conditions occur. 44. Specifying Wireless Settings Creating a Customized Login Page for Guest WLAN Users This is a logarithmic scale of the transmit power. 2 being half of it. 2 Set up a guest user account. 80 MHz The channel width for 5 GHz can be set to 20. transmit power will be increased as required until the maximum is reached. This allows the transmitter to operate at less than maximum power for most of the time. 60. and so on. 136. with 1 being the highest. or 80 MHz. For the 5 GHz radio. 40. see Viewing and Managing WLAN Users. 40. and so on. Step 6 Under the 802. that is the transmission energy used by the AP. 104. that is the transmission energy used by the AP. 100. see Adding a WLAN. Go to Wireless Settings > WLAN Users. Assigning a specific value statically assigns a channel to that AP. 108. 132. This enables or disables the corresponding radio on the AP (5 GHz for 802. 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. This is done by setting the WLAN Security as Guest for that WLAN. This allows the transmitter to operate at less than maximum power for most of the time. For more information. 149. to which you will provide access for guest users. For more information. 165. 116. 2 being half of it. 56. 3 being 1/4th. you can set the following parameters: • Admin Mode—Enabled or Disabled. • Channel Width—20. 48. 3 being 1/4th. Selecting Automatic adjusts the radio transmitter output power based on the varying signal level at the receiver. and set up an account with the Guest User check box selected. Step 7 Click Apply to save your changes and exit. • Transmit Power—1 to 8. Selecting Automatic adjusts the radio transmitter output power based on the varying signal level at the receiver. 140. You can also specifically set up a WLAN exclusively for guest access. • Channel—Automatic. 161. 64. with 1 being the highest. on page 30. if channel bonding is used. Step 1 Choose Wireless Settings > Guest WLAN.

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

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

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

Step 3 Modify the admin account parameters. • No character in the password can be repeated more than three times consecutively. or by changing the capitalization of letters. see Adding an Admin Account. and special characters. Step 4 Click Apply to save your changes. Step 4 Click Apply. obtained by reversing the letters of these words. The password should not be any variant of these words. |. The total count of admin accounts on the controller is displayed at the top of the page. The total count of admin accounts on the controller is displayed at the top of the page. The Admin Accounts page is displayed. Deleting an Admin Account Step 1 Choose Management > Admin Accounts. based on the following rules: • Passwords are case sensitive. • The password should not contain the word Cisco or a management username. as required. along with the list of all the admin accounts present on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. uppercase letters. Editing an Admin Account Step 1 Choose Management > Admin Accounts. or by substituting 1.1 41 . For descriptions of these parameters. Step 2 Click the Delete icon adjacent to the account you want to delete. or ! or substituting 0 for o or substituting $ for s. Step 2 Click the Edit icon adjacent to the account you want to edit. The admin user can view and make changes to the controller configuration. • Password—Enter a password for the administrative user account. Managing the Network Editing an Admin Account • Read-Write—This option creates an administrative account with read and write privileges. digits. along with the list of all the admin accounts present on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. The Admin Accounts window is displayed. on page 40. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. • The password should contain a minimum of eight characters from at least three of the following classes: lowercase letters. Step 3 Click Ok in the confirmation dialog box.

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

in hour and minutes. or the latest software bundle. The master AP facilitates the transfer of the new software from the TFTP server to the new AP. the new AP requests for a software upgrade. The upgrades are automatically sequenced to ensure that the network performance is not impacted by software update. 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 software download happens in the background. and then click System Information. Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. with the current software version number displayed at the top. • Click the clock icon and specify the time. A software update ensures that both the internal controller software and the AP software on all the associated APs are updated. day. Note Ensure that the TFTP server always has the same Cisco Mobility Express software bundle as that on the Cisco Mobility Express controller. the latest Cisco Mobility Express software for all Cisco Mobility Express-supported APs that are associated with the controller is also downloaded. Some TFTP servers that support files of this size are tftpd32 and the TFTP server within the Cisco Prime Infrastructure. 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 5 In the Set Time Manually field: • Click the calendar icon and choose the month. without impacting the network. Step 6 Click Apply. and year. 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. This is because. You can update the Cisco Mobility Express controller software using the controller's web interface. This displays the Software Update window. An AP joining the controller compares its Cisco Mobility Express software version with that on the master AP and if a mismatch is detected. on joining the master AP after the software upgrade are automatically upgraded to the latest Cisco Mobility Express AP software. This will prevent the current configurations on the Cisco Mobility Express controller from being deleted. APs that have older Cisco Mobility Express AP software. during the software update process.1 43 . • Choose Management > Software Update. 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.

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

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

Managing the Network Performing the Software Update Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8.1 46 .

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

choose Enabled. 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. Step 4 Set the severity level for filtering syslog messages to the syslog server. The System Message Logging feature is enabled. From the Logging Level drop-down list. The Logging Setup window appears.1 48 . The default is Disabled. enter the IPv4 address of the server to which the syslog messages are to be sent. Step 3 In the Syslog Server IP field. Step 2 From the Syslog Logging drop-down list. 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. 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. only messages with a severity equal to or more than the set level are sent to the syslog server. Step 5 To set the facility for outgoing syslog messages to the syslog servers. Step 1 Choose Advanced > Logging.

Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. Rebooting the Mobility Express Controller At any time. and then clicking Restart. you can reboot the controller by choosing Management > Software Update. Resetting the Mobility Express Controller This operation can be performed only by Admin users. To reset your Cisco Mobility Express wireless LAN controller to its default factory-shipped parameters: 1 Choose Advanced > Reset to Factory Default. 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. 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. on page 6. • Reset and reboot the master AP to it's default factory-shipped configuration. After the Mobility Express Controller reboots.1 49 .

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

FAQs. page 52 • Cisco Mobility Express Controller Failover and Master AP Election Process. page 55 • RF Parameter Optimization Settings.120. page 54 • Alternative Method for CAPWAP to Mobility Express Conversion. page 53 • Predownloading an Image to an Access Point. and interoperability information. page 52 • How an Access Point is Added to the Cisco Mobility Express Network. at this URL: http://www. see the Release Notes for Cisco Wireless Controllers and Lightweight Access Points for Cisco Wireless Release 8.0.1 51 . and Information for Advanced Users • Cisco Mobility Express Solution Features and Specifications.html Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. page 51 • Supported Browsers.1. page 57 • FAQs.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ wireless/controller/release/notes/crn81mr2. page 57 Cisco Mobility Express Solution Features and Specifications For a full listing of the Cisco Mobility Express Solution's technical specifications. page 54 • Converting an AP from Mobility Express to CAPWAP Type. page 55 • Related Documents. supported and unsupported features.cisco. APPENDIX A Concepts.

not all the APs may have the capability to work as a master AP. Concepts. 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. one of these other APs will automatically be elected as a master. In order to have Cisco Mobility Express controller redundancy to enable a failover. See the Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points. The newly elected Master will have the same IP and configuration as the original Master. See the Supported Cisco Aironet Access Points. From an administrator perspective. there will be no difference between the original Master and the newly elected Master in case of a failover. Note Clients that connect to the master AP will lose connectivity during a failover. your network must have two or more active APs with master AP capability. on page 1 to know which AP models are capable of working as a master AP. To perform a forced failover using the GUI: Cisco Mobility Express User Guide for Release 8. You can manually force any AP. In the event of a failover. not all the APs may have the capability to work as a master AP. Mobility Express Controller Forced Failover In a Cisco Mobility Express network. 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. that has the capability to work as a master AP.1 52 . FAQs. to become the master AP.

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

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

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

FAQs. 6.11 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. 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.2.) TPC Threshold. 9. 11.4 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) 802.5. 5. is most important) open spaces) Default profile. 6.2. 11 Mbp 1.4 • -65 dB for 2. 5. 5. 6.5. 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 2.1 56 . Specific RF profile TPC Min: Default at TPC Threshold: TPC Threshold: TPC Min. 12 RF Profiles Mbp enabled 1.5. Concepts.2.

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

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