Early of 2018, I got a chance to buy a Cisco Wireless Access Point with only $30, which is a great deal for AIR-LAP1142N-x-K9 – Dual-band Controller-based 802.11a/g/n. It is not 802.11ac ready AP, but as a replacement for my home wireless router, it is already enough.
Since this device is enterprise product, the configuration is not that straightforward, even after read some Cisco documents, it is still quite cumbersome to understand.
After a couple of hours working on it, I managed to bring both 2.4G and 5G radio up and set up two SSID for both radios. Here are my steps (Simplest steps to follow) with screenshots and video:
1. Log into Web GUI Interface
Default username and password is Cisco / Cisco.
You should be able to find out your Cisco Wireless AP 1142N’s ip from your router / modem’s DHCP pool. My ip is 192.168.2.141. You can use any browser to open it.
2. Home interface after logged in.
3. Configure your management IP for your device, and configure a Radio 2.4G SSID.
4. Similar step for 5G SSID.
5. Review / Edit your SSID Configuration
That is it, all steps. Of course, there are much more advanced features waiting me to explore. At this moment, it is enough for me to run my home Wireless.
There is one thing I could not do it from GUI is to schedule a time to reboot. Eventually I found it is do-able from command line.
login as: cisco Using keyboard-interactive authentication. Password:Cisco CiscoAP1142> CiscoAP1142> CiscoAP1142>en Password:Cisco CiscoAP1142# CiscoAP1142#reload at 1:30 11 Nov reason CleanSystem Reload scheduled for 01:30:00 -0500 Sun Nov 11 2018 (in 4 hours and 23 minutes) by cisco on vty0 (192.168.2.22) Reload reason: CleanSystem Proceed with reload? [confirm] CiscoAP1142# CiscoAP1142#show run Building configuration... Current configuration : 2439 bytes ! ! No configuration change since last restart version 15.3 no service pad service timestamps debug datetime msec service timestamps log datetime msec service password-encryption ! hostname CiscoAP1142 ! ! logging rate-limit console 9 enable secret 5 $1$IRIR$THbu.Defg3UirZ3ZLddnK1 ! no aaa new-model clock timezone -0500 -5 0 clock summer-time -0400 recurring no ip source-route no ip cef ip name-server 220.127.116.11 ip name-server 18.104.22.168 ip name-server 22.214.171.124 ! ! ! ! dot11 syslog ! dot11 ssid lobby vlan 1 authentication open authentication key-management wpa version 2 guest-mode wpa-psk ascii 7 0512170D701D1F5848544435A5D ! dot11 ssid lobby5G authentication open authentication key-management wpa version 2 guest-mode wpa-psk ascii 7 061F1E231D1F5848544635A5D55 ! ! ! no ipv6 cef ! ! username Cisco password 7 106D000A018 username john privilege 15 password 7 131C0615C59537B ! ! bridge irb ! ! ! interface Dot11Radio0 no ip address ! encryption mode ciphers aes-ccm ! encryption vlan 1 mode ciphers aes-ccm ! ssid Bobby ! antenna gain 0 station-role root ! interface Dot11Radio0.1 encapsulation dot1Q 1 native bridge-group 1 bridge-group 1 subscriber-loop-control bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled bridge-group 1 block-unknown-source no bridge-group 1 source-learning no bridge-group 1 unicast-flooding ! interface Dot11Radio0.11 ! interface Dot11Radio1 no ip address ! encryption mode ciphers aes-ccm ! ssid Bobby5G ! antenna gain 0 peakdetect dfs band 3 block channel dfs station-role root bridge-group 1 bridge-group 1 subscriber-loop-control bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled bridge-group 1 block-unknown-source no bridge-group 1 source-learning no bridge-group 1 unicast-flooding ! interface GigabitEthernet0 no ip address duplex auto speed auto ! interface GigabitEthernet0.1 encapsulation dot1Q 1 native bridge-group 1 bridge-group 1 spanning-disabled no bridge-group 1 source-learning ! interface GigabitEthernet0.11 ! interface BVI1 mac-address 4403.a701.4206 ip address 192.168.2.5 255.255.255.0 ! ip default-gateway 192.168.2.1 ip forward-protocol nd ip http server no ip http secure-server ip http help-path http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/779/smbiz/prodconfig/help/eag ! ! bridge 1 route ip ! ! ! line con 0 line vty 0 4 login local transport input all ! sntp server 0.ca.pool.ntp.org sntp server 1.ca.pool.ntp.org sntp broadcast client end CiscoAP1142#
I also made a quick YouTube Video to present how I did it: