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WLAN setup: Stand-alone Access Point Setup and


Submitted by-
Wireless Noise (Group3)


Submitted to-
Dr. Amir Esmailpour

Setting up Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) by Stand-alone access point and configure it.

1. New Cisco Aironet 1230 AG Access Point (2.4G & 5G)
2. Desktop or Laptop
3. PUTTY software for Telnet
4. One switch (in the unlock rack)
5. One switch (in the lock rack)
6. Ethernet LAN cable
7. Console Port

Network Topology:

Figure: Physical Setup of Wireless Access Point

The computer is connected to patch panel of the rack which is unlocked. The connection goes from a
switch inside the unlocked rack, to another switch inside the locked rack. From there, the connection goes
to the Access Point.

If there is no initial configuration on the equipment, the only way to configure the specific piece of
equipment is by way of the console port.

Experimental Procedure:

1. Lab computer are used to do the experiment. Login information for computer is :

Username: administrator Password: dece232

2. We could connect to the Access Points via Telnet or console port. But we used Telnet for this
experiment. For telnet, we used Putty with these following informations:
Our Group no. is 3 and AP name: G3
AP Mode: New Cisco Aironet 1230 AG Access Point IP Address:

Figure: Connecting to Access point via Telnet Using PuTTY.
3. After successfully connection to the Access Point, it required the following username and
password to login:
Username: cisco Password: Cisco

4. We use the Wireless Access Server to connect to the equipment via telnet.
<access-server IP address>* <equipment-port #>** That is <>* <23>**

Figure: Connect to the Equipment via Telnet

Initial Configuration Using Web Interface Setup:
5. Once we logged into the first access point, we typed the command enable (en works fine).
6. Next to setup IP address of the BVI1 , we entered into the configuration menu using the
command config t.
7. The first configuration needs to be made to the BVI1 interface. This interface allows the web
browser GUI to be accessed to edit the configuration of the access point:

a. To access this interface type int BVI. This brings you into the interface configuration.
b. Next type the command ip address <ip address> <subnet mask>. This will set the IP
address used to access the interface via browser.
The command that we used ip address
c. Next type the command no shutdown. This enables the BVI interface.
d. Using the exit command return back to the original enable menu.

Figure: Show the command and step that we follow for web interface

e. Finally we typed the IP address used for the BVI interface into a browser to check that it

Figure: Web Browser Interface of Access Point
Radio Configuration:

8. Before setting up the radio interface we needed to get network access to the AP. To do this
by entering the configuration menu and then the Ethernet interface (int FastEthernet0). Then
we used the no shutdown command to turn on the Ethernet interface so the AP would have
connection to the network.
9. Next we setup the radios to broadcast a signal that could be connected to via wireless device.
Re-enter the configuration menu.
10. First we set the global SSID (Service Set Identifier) of the wireless. This was done by
entering the command dot11 ssid <Grp3>
11. Next we entered the interface for the radio we wish to use. Dot11Radio0 is the standard
2.4GHz radio and Dot11Radio1 is the 5GHz radio. We used Dot11Radio0 for the radio. Now
we set the global SSID to this radio using the command ssid <Grp3>.
12. . Now we needed to set the channel this is going to broadcast on. We used the command
channel <3>. The channels range from 1-11 or we can replace the number with least
congested, this will choose the most open frequency for transmission.
13. Now we turned on the radio with the no shutdown command.

Figure: Putty Command Window for Radio Interface

14. Finally we tested the setup by using a wireless device and connecting to the SSID we gave to
the AP.
15. Contact other groups in your class to set up the 4 access point pod by repeating steps 4-12 on
the other three access points.

Figure: Find Our Network in Wireless Device G3.
Conclusion and analysis:
In conclusion, we setup Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) by using Stand-alone Access Point
(AP) successfully without facing any problem. We have made this configuration using Telnet. For
configuring Telnet we have configured Access Point using PUTTY. For our stand-alone access point
the IP address was and subnet musk After initial configuration we
checked it from the web browser by typing the IP address on the web browsers address bar. After
that we configured the radio interface of the access point. For our group the access point was Cisco
Aironet 1230 AG Access Point which works in 2.4GHz frequency. We have configured this access
point for 3 channels and SSID name is Grp3. We have also checked the wireless configuration by
our iPad and found it was working properly.