Cisco Aironet activate Mobility Express Mode (Switch from CAPWAP to Mobility Express Mode)

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To switch from CAPWAP (Control And Provisioning of Wireless Access Points) mode to ME (Mobility Express) mode

1 Connect PC and Access Point with console cable.

2 Open Device Manager

3 Under”Ports”, find out what port is used

4 Select “Serial” and put correct port into Putty

Putty - Serial, Serial line (Port)
Putty – Serial, Serial line (Port)

5 Click on Open button from Putty

6 Default Username: “Cisco” Password:”Cisco” for console

7 Follow the prompt to change the default password and finish initial configuration or autoinstallation

8 Type enable then hit Enter key and execute following command

AP#show version

If it shows:


Then continue with:

AP#ap-type mobility-express

(Note: If you are not runing Mobility express image you will need to download the correct image and then setup TFTP server then use following command to update the system)

AP#ap-type mobility-express tftp://<TFTP Server IP>/<path to tar file>

9 Wait for 10 minutes

10 Power cycle the Access Point and wait for 20 minutes.

11 Find out the IP address of the Access Point

12 Access the address from browser with the credential you have set from step 7

Now you have access to Mobility Express (See following image) rather than the simple CAPWAP page.

Cisco Mobility Express Login Page (Wireless LAN Controller)
Cisco Mobility Express Login Page (Wireless LAN Controller)

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