Wireless access to home lab

Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Member Posts: 1,772 ■■■■■■■■□□
Do many people set up there labs to be wireless? My only experience with wireless is my home router.

I was wondering if I could use an old router from my cable internet or if I would need to by something like a Cisco Aironet 1242AG 802.11A/G Wireless Access Point. I figure since it's a cisco lab it probably makes sense to get a POE access point but I don't have any previous knowledge about them so I figured I would inquire about what others have set up.

Currently I'm using an access server with a console cable but I would like to access it with my laptop while moving around the house if possible.

thanks for any input.


  • elderkaielderkai Member Posts: 279
    Well, if you have it attached to your access server you can just access that with your laptop.

    If interested in Cisco Wireless, I'd go with the 1242. No need for WLC, robust looking body, and cheap on ebay. No real need for PoE even though it is convenient.
  • backdoor1backdoor1 Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for posting. If you could share how you configured your access server I would appreciate it.
  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Member Posts: 1,772 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I am still setting up my lab so it's not fully configured yet but here is the basic idea.
    I think this might have been my first config file I was testing with.

    A2511RJ#terminal length 0
    A2511RJ#show run
    Building configuration...

    Current configuration : 659 bytes
    version 12.1
    no service single-slot-reload-enable
    service timestamps debug uptime
    service timestamps log uptime
    no service password-encryption
    hostname A2511RJ
    ip subnet-zero
    no ip domain-lookup
    ip host r1 2001
    ip host r2 2002
    ip host s1 2003
    ip host s2 2004
    interface Loopback0
    ip address
    interface Ethernet0
    no ip address
    interface Serial0
    no ip address
    ip classless
    no ip http server
    privilege exec level 0 clear line
    line con 0
    line 1 16
    exec-timeout 0 0
    no exec
    transport input telnet
    line aux 0
    line vty 0 4

  • m1979m1979 Member Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    If you want sth better (and can spend more) than look for an Aironet which supports 802.11n (eg 1140 or new series). You could use it for your lab and as your real AP later on!
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