Have an Aironet 1231 i want to configure as a standalone access point, without Enterprise authentication/radius.Â There are several ways this should be simple, and it is, but in a certain order.
I found it easier to set up a DHCP reservation on my server to make sure it gets the same IP address if/when I need to zero the config.Â That way I can just hook it up to my network and not worry about having to change IPs, or console in and reset the network config.Â Second thing is even though the most recent firmware says it became compatible with Firefox, it sucks.Â IE was /way/ faster to work with, which is tragic.
- First, zero the config.Â Cisco has factory reset instructions if you don’t have the password, otherwise you can telnet in, enable, then write erase.Â The usual config wipe.
- Once it’s reset log in through the web UI.Â No username, password is Cisco .Â The eth interface will be up, both radios will be down.
- Open the Express Security menu on the left.Â This takes you to the quick config page for a new SSID.Â Enter the name of your soon-to-be network, check Broadcast SSID in Beacon if you want it advertised.
Most simple home networks won’t need a VLan, some corporate networks might.Â For my purposes I leave it on No VLAN. Here’s the key part: Check “No Security”. .Â Yes, check “No Security”.Â We”ll fix it later.Â Hit apply, this will create your network.Â It still won’t be live because the radios aren’t activated, so no worries about someone “hacking” (ha) in through your unsecured network.
- Open the Security menu on the left, then go to the Encryption Manager.Â Set the Cipher to TKIP , then apply (either to one radio or all.)
- Open the SSID Manager under the Security menu.Â Your SSID should be listed, select it on the first window.Â Pick the interfaces you want activated (I’m just using the b/g radio, not a).Â For WPA-PSK mode, these are your settings:
- Client Authentication Settings:
Open Authentication CHECKED, No Addition selected.
Shared Authentication/Network EAP are UNCHECKED.
- Server priorities:Â Use defaults on all.
- Client Authenticated Key Management
Key Management: MANDATORY
WPA: CHECKED ((THIS IS CRITICAL))
WPA Pre-Shared Key: <Enter your Wifi passphrase here> .Â Select ASCII.
Leave all other settings to default.Â Click the first Apply button you reach (others won’t apply settings from the first few pages.)
This should have set the SSID to use WPA, and you’ve configured your passphrase.Â Your network should be rigged and ready, now lets light it up.Â (Some of the options here, especially on the last page, are customizable as you need.Â I list what I used, and it worked for me right away.)
- Open Network Interfaces from the menu on the left.Â Pick the radio you’re activating (G or A, or repeat these steps on both.)
- Click the Settings tab at the top.Â Give it a minute to load the options (it seems to take a while on mine), then select the Enable button.Â The “Role in Radio Network” should be set to Access Point by default – if you’re doing something a bit more complicated as a repeater, bridge, etc, pick your options.
- Pick your data rates options (I left it on Default to maintain OFDM compliance and allow me to use 802.11b devices).Â Under Default Radio Channel, I picked Least Congested Frequency and selected 1, 6, and 11 (they’re the most separated frequencies).
- I’m also using an external antenna, so I enabled that option and set the gain.
Everything else I left on default.Â Hit Apply.
This should activate your radio with your newly configured SSID/wifi network set up for WPA-PSK.Â This took me most of the day to get straightened out, hope it helps you.Â Good luck.