from AP to LWAP

I will need to convert a few 1200's from AP to LWAP so the controller can manage them. It's my understanding that a 4400 series will not manage AP's with full IOS on them.

I have found the cisco doc explaining teh conversion process but want to see if anyone out here has climbed this ladder and might want to share any gotcha's them came across?

tia
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  • redwarriorredwarrior Posts: 285Member
    I've only gone the opposite direction, converting LWAP to autonomous AP's. In that case, all that was required was installing a 12.3(7) IOS version or earlier. Let us know how it goes.

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  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,261Admin Admin
    You might try asking in our Cisco forums too.
  • netdudenetdude Posts: 4Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Did you ever upgrade your ap's
  • scheistermeisterscheistermeister Posts: 748Member
    redwarrior wrote:
    I've only gone the opposite direction, converting LWAP to autonomous AP's. In that case, all that was required was installing a 12.3(7) IOS version or earlier. Let us know how it goes.

    Cisco says it doesn't work that way and you can only go from autonomous to LW... Unless they started as autonomous.
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  • rbutturinirbutturini Posts: 123Member
    Even though Cisco says it I would tend to disagree...It seems to be dependent on which IOS you use only, not the hardware.
  • tierstentiersten Posts: 4,505Member
    I've converted a couple LAP1242G APs from lightweight to autonomous mode without any problems. They're still recognised as a LAP1242G instead of a AP1242G but it works fine still.

    What I did was to hold down the button, plug in the power whilst leaving the ethernet unplugged. It'll boot into its ROM monitor prompt. Plug in ethernet. Run the init commands to enable ethernet and then enable TFTP. Then I just downloaded the latest IOS image from my TFTP server.
  • shaun5263shaun5263 Posts: 118Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I just did this today actually with an 1100 on a 4402 controller. You will have to login to Cisco's website to download what you need. After logging in, go here :

    http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875243

    and select your model under access points.

    I used the LWAP update utility they offered in this section. It is a TFTP app you run on your pc.

    For this app, you will have to create a txt file that has the ip as well as username, password, and enable password in this format (called ip file):

    ip,username,pasword,enablepassword

    you will then specify your computer or servers ip that hosts the update file as the TFTP server. Next you need to specify the username and password of your wireless controller.

    Before applying this update, please read the release notes for it as you may need your AP to be at a certain IOS release before it can be properly applied. Hope this helps!
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