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DaMaGeINC
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Cisco Aironet 1231 AP - POS!!!

I recently purchased one of these AP's and going thew the web config I found myself to be very disappointed with the available options on security and setup. The only way I found to setup WPA is with a radius server.. No WPA-PSK options. Only WEP.

And forget trying to bridge it with another AP. Other than setting it as a root bridge, I see no other way to select another AP for it to assoc with.

So if anyone thinks they can help me with this, please feel free to do so. Thanks

/end rant
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DaMaGeINC
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DaMaGeINC
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My cheap WRT54GL with Dd-wrt can do 100xtimes the things this expensive AP can do. Its soo sad!



vipergg22

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I think it does a lot more than you think . Have fun digesting all the features.

»cisco.com/en/US/docs/wireless/ac···p1048646


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Don’t be an idiot. It does WPA-PSK. Learn how to read—and be a man and use the CLI.



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Maybe I am just an idiot... But why do I have to setup EAP and all this other BULLSHIT. All I want this thing to do is bridge to another AP, and repeat the signal using WPA-PSK to the clients in the house.

Listen. $50 to whoever wants it. Im done with cisco crap.


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Ok figured out WPA.

CH  1 ][ Elapsed: 36 s ][ 2009-05-04 16:29
 
 BSSID              PWR RXQ  Beacons    #Data, #/s  CH  MB   ENC  CIPHER AUTH ESSID
 
 xxxxxxxxxxx   61  96      348        0    0   1  54 . WPA2 CCMP   PSK  GaMeRs
 
 BSSID              STATION            PWR   Rate   Lost  Packets  Probe
 
 

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DaMaGeINC
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Ok need help.

I have it setup as a root bridge with wireless clients. It is broadcasting my wpa network just fine. Now I need to setup the bridge, but I cant figure out how to set the ssid for the remote ap and the encryption for it. Any help guys?

ps, I guess it would be called a workgroup bridge with wireless clients. Thats what I NEED!
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Does not seem like it will perform this function.
Cheapo linksys with ddwrt will do it in 5seconds flat.

DDWRT 1
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Since you already have a root bridge, set the 2nd AP as a non-root bridge. Note that the GUI has most of the settings you need to configure the APs. Since you are not 'familiar' with the GUI I suggest you use the CLI. Here are the commands to specify the roles the AP can be configured for

!
Cisco1250AP(config-if)#station-role ?
  non-root          Non-root (bridge)
  repeater          Repeater access point
  root              Root access point or bridge
  scanner           Scanner access point
  workgroup-bridge  Workgroup Bridge
!
 

Your 2 APs will essentialy have the same configuration, except for the station-role command noted above to specify root & non-root bridge

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I will admit the web config is pretty crappy and confusing with cisco in general. If you are not familiar with the cisco IOS then i can see why you would not be happy with the device. If you would have looked around on the internet at all before buying im sure you would have seen similar comments.

You seem to be making progress, so just keep asking your questions here and we will do what we can to help



DaMaGeINC
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Thanks for the heads up. Im used to working on routers with cisco, so I know the CLI cmds for those, now I have to relearn it for the AP's. lol.

What I found out, is that the aironet 1231 will only bridge to another aironet with the current firmware I have.(which is the latest....)

So, I guess im outa luck.
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said by DaMaGeINC:

The WGB associates to an AP on your network. An AP in WGB mode can associate only to an Aironet AP or bridge (in AP mode).
»www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/···87.shtml

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I originally purchased two for lab testing on ebay. (dirt cheap bridges) I used them with eachother with great success, i was dissappointed in my testing that i couldnt bridge them into an open wireless network from a linksys box, but all in all they are a good introductory piece of wireless hardware for enterprise class features. Oh well, its important to learn these things so we can apply them in the future. The web interface is trash because cisco would prefer you buy the wireless control systems for the lightweight APs. I have guys in operations that learned the WCS/WLC/WISP interfaces in a few days and are masters at deploying and troubleshooting wireless now.



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"i was dissappointed in my testing that i could bridge them into an open wireless network from a linksys boxk"

You could or could not?


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could not, sry i was sleep-posting last night. I had no luck getting it bridged onto an open wireless 802.11g network.