LANCOM Support Knowledgebase Document No. 1907.1914.0916.MMÜL - V1.10

Enrolling new access points for management by a WLAN controller


Description:
This article describes how to assign a WLAN profile and certificate to new access points to enroll them for management by a WLAN controller.



Requirements:
  • Any browser for access using WEBconfig



Procedure:

To enroll an access point for management and have it broadcast a wireless LAN, it needs to have a certificate and a WLAN configuration.


1) Automatically accept new access points:

1.1) Automatic certificate assignment:

The certificate is issued if a configuration is available for the new access point (see step 1.2 or step 2).

1.1.1) In the menu WLAN Controller -> General, enable the option Automatically accept new APs (Autoaccept).




1.2) Automatic configuration assignment:

The certificate can be issued either automatically (see step 1.1) or manually (see step 4).

A default profile is specified, and this specifies a WLAN profile. This will be automatically assigned to a new access point.

1.2.1) In the menu WLAN Controller -> General, enable the option Automatically provide APs with a default configuration.



1.2.2) Navigate to the menu item WLAN controller -> AP configuration -> Access point table.



1.2.3) Click the button Default to create an entry with the MAC address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff.

    Info:
    An entry with the MAC address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff is used as the default configuration for all unconfigured access points.



1.2.4) Store the WLAN profile. If required, you can specify further parameters (such as Client steering profile).





2) Manually assign a WLAN configuration to an access point by means of an entry in the access point table (configuration only):

The certificate can be issued either automatically (see step 1.1) or manually (see step 4).

2) Navigate to the menu item WLAN controller -> AP configuration -> Access point table.



2.2) Create a new entry and enter the MAC address of the access point and the WLAN profile.

    Info:
    Specifying the AP name and the Location helps to identify the access point later.




3) Manual acceptance via LANmonitor (configuration and certificate):

3.1) Start a temporary instance of the LANmonitor by right-clicking in LANconfig and choosing the context-menu item Monitor device temporarily.

3.2) In LANmonitor, go to WLAN controller -> New APs, right-click on the access point and assign the desired WLAN profile to it using the function Assign access point to profile. A certificate is assigned too.

    Info:
    An entry is created with the MAC address of the access point and the WLAN profile in the access point table.




4) Certificate assignment via WEBconfig (certificate only):

If the Access point table contains an entry for the access point that includes a WLAN profile (see step 1.2 or step 2), the access point can be assigned the certificate via WEBconfig.

4.1) Use a browser to connect to the web interface of the WLAN controller and go to the menu LCOS menu tree -> Setup -> WLAN management.



4.2) Click on Accept AP and enter the MAC address of the access point under Arguments. Then click Execute to assign a certificate to the access point.





5) Assigning a certificate and configuration via WEBconfig (up to and including LCOS 8.84):

5.1) Connect to the web interface of the WLAN controller with a browser and go to Setup Wizards -> Assign access points to profiles.



5.2.) Click on Next.



5.3) Select an access point and click Apply.



5.4) Select the WLAN profile and then click Apply.



5.5) Click on Next to close the wizard.





6) Assigning a certificate and configuration via WEBconfig (as of LCOS 9.00):

6.1) Connect to the web interface of the WLAN controller with a browser and go to Setup Wizards -> Assign access points to profiles.



6.2) Mark the access point, use the drop-down menu under Profile to select the WLAN profile, and click Accept-AP.




Catchwords: management; enrollment; new ap; wlc
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