Cisco Aironet 1200, how do I intelligently expand my coverage using 2 access points

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by norsak2000, May 24, 2006.

  1. norsak2000

    norsak2000 Guest


    My office currently has 1 cisco 1200 accesspoint for all wireless

    - It uses a local MAC list to restrict access
    - It uses 128bit WEP encryption
    - it has a highgain antena

    This Access point currently functions completely independent of any
    other network components.

    Now I bought a second one, it's twin.
    In plain english: I want these two access points to act as one.
    I want one at each end of the Building, giving us more complete
    coverage using a single MAC access-list, one SSID, and one WEP key.

    Now I need some help on configuring these 2 APs.
    I started by playing with WDS. I'm not even sure if that is the
    correct acronym to be fooling around with given my objective.

    Any advice on what I should configure first would be greatly

    - Martin
    norsak2000, May 24, 2006
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    Chris Guest

    WDS will kind of do what you want, but there are better ways -- I'm not
    sure what they are with specific Cisco equipment, though. Using
    non-Cisco stuff I just gave two APs the same SSID and the same WEP key
    and they integrated flawlessly.

    Chris, May 24, 2006
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    Merv Guest

    If the AP's are going to be on the same subnet then you can use simple
    layer 2 roaming - use same SSID, same WEP key and same MAC address

    Make sure the the channel set for each AP are 5 channels apart.
    Merv, May 24, 2006
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    BG Guest

    you could just copy the exact config file, change the hostname and channel
    and be all set.
    BG, May 25, 2006
  5. norsak2000

    norsak2000 Guest

    Ok, this is workable.

    I have like 40+ MAC addresses already in the first AP, so copying those
    was way more work than I wanted.
    Copying the config is so obvious that it never occurred to me.

    So if I ....
    - copy the config
    - change the hostname and the ethernet IP address
    - switch to a different channel

    Then The only added problem is that new laptops need to have their MAC
    entered into 2 different devices. I can live with that. If I ever
    suspect that the are out of sync I can alwasy copy one config to the

    Thanks for the input, I now know what I going to try.

    - martin
    norsak2000, May 26, 2006
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    Merv Guest

    I have like 40+ MAC addresses already in the first AP, so copying those
    was way more work than I wanted.

    Copying the MAC address filter using CLI should have been very easy or
    were you using some sort of GUI? If so strongly suggest learning the
    Merv, May 26, 2006
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