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Cisco Aironet Access Point
Hardware Installation Guide
340 Series and 350 Series
Corporate Headquarters
Cisco Systems, Inc.
170 West Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-1706
USA
http://www.cisco.com
Tel:
408 526-4000
800 553-NETS (6387)
Fax: 408 526-4100
Text Part Number: OL-0738-01

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  • Page 1 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 340 Series and 350 Series Corporate Headquarters Cisco Systems, Inc. 170 West Tasman Drive San Jose, CA 95134-1706 http://www.cisco.com Tel: 408 526-4000 800 553-NETS (6387) Fax: 408 526-4100 Text Part Number: OL-0738-01...
  • Page 2 You can determine whether your equipment is causing interference by turning it off. If the interference stops, it was probably caused by the Cisco equipment or one of its peripheral devices. If the equipment causes interference to radio or television reception, try to correct the interference by using one or more of the following measures: •...
  • Page 3 WebViewer are trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc.; Changing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn, Empowering the Internet Generation, are service marks of Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Aironet, ASIST, BPX, Catalyst, Cisco, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Logo, Cisco IOS, the Cisco...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Documentation Feedback xiii Obtaining Technical Assistance xiii Cisco.com xiii Technical Assistance Center Contacting TAC by Using the Cisco TAC Website Contacting TAC by Telephone Overview C H A P T E R Key Features Inline Power Omni-Directional Antennas Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide...
  • Page 6 Multiple Overlapping Networks Coverage Option Site Surveys Unpacking the Access Point Package Contents Connecting the Ethernet and Power Cables Connecting Cables on 340 Series Access Points Connecting Cables on 350 Series Access Points 1-10 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 7 Checking Basic Settings SSID WEP Keys Resetting to the Default Configuration Determining the Boot-Block Version Reconfiguration Steps for Boot Block Version 1.01 or Earlier Reconfiguration Steps for Boot Block Version 1.02 or Later Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 8 European Community, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein Declaration of Conformity with Regard to the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC Declaration of Conformity for RF Exposure Guidelines for Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and Bridges in Japan Japanese Translation English Translation Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide...
  • Page 9: Preface

    Access Point. This publication also provides troubleshooting information and detailed specifications. Audience This publication is for the person installing and configuring a Cisco Aironet Access Point for the first time. The installer should be familiar with network structures, terms, and concepts.
  • Page 10: Conventions

    To see translations of the warnings that appear in this publication, refer to Appendix A in this manual. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 11: Related Publications

    For more information about Access Points and related products, refer to the following publications: Quick Start Guide: Cisco Aironet Access Points describes how to attach • cables, power on, and assign an IP address and default gateway for the Access Point.
  • Page 12: Obtaining Documentation

    Preface Obtaining Documentation Obtaining Documentation The following sections provide sources for obtaining documentation from Cisco Systems. World Wide Web You can access the most current Cisco documentation on the World Wide Web at the following sites: • http://www.cisco.com http://www-china.cisco.com •...
  • Page 13: Documentation Feedback

    Obtaining Technical Assistance Documentation Feedback If you are reading Cisco product documentation on the World Wide Web, you can submit technical comments electronically. Click Feedback in the toolbar and select Documentation. After you complete the form, click Submit to send it to Cisco.
  • Page 14: Technical Assistance Center

    P4—You need information or assistance on Cisco product capabilities, • product installation, or basic product configuration. In each of the above cases, use the Cisco TAC website to quickly find answers to your questions. To register for Cisco.com, go to the following website: http://www.cisco.com/register/...
  • Page 15: Contacting Tac By Telephone

    Preface Obtaining Technical Assistance If you cannot resolve your technical issue by using the TAC online resources, Cisco.com registered users can open a case online by using the TAC Case Open tool at the following website: http://www.cisco.com/tac/caseopen Contacting TAC by Telephone If you have a priority level 1(P1) or priority level 2 (P2) problem, contact TAC by telephone and immediately open a case.
  • Page 16 Preface Obtaining Technical Assistance Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 17: Overview

    C H A P T E R Overview The Cisco Aironet Access Point is a wireless LAN transceiver that serves as the center point of a stand-alone wireless network or as the connection point between wireless and wired networks. In large installations, wireless users within radio range of an Access Point can roam throughout a facility while maintaining uninterrupted access to the network.
  • Page 18: Key Features

    A switch with inline power, such as the Cisco Catalyst 3524-PWR-XL switch • • A power patch panel, such as the Cisco Catalyst Inline Power Patch Panel Note Cisco Aironet 340 series Access Points rely on a separate power supply plugged into the power port on the back of the Access Point.
  • Page 19: Omni-directional Antennas

    COM 1 or COM 2 port to the Access Point’s serial port. Assign the following port settings to a terminal emulator to open the management system pages: 9600 baud, 8 data bits, No parity, 1 stop bit, and Xon/Xoff flow control. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 20: Indicator Lights

    The radio indicator blinks green to indicate radio traffic activity. The light is • normally off, but it blinks green whenever a packet is received or transmitted over the Access Point radio. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 21: Network Configuration Examples

    Figure 1-2 shows Access Points acting as root units on a wired LAN. Figure 1-2 Access Points as Root Units on a Wired LAN Access Point (Root Unit) Wired LAN Access Point (Root Unit) Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 22: Repeater Unit That Extends Wireless Range

    LAN. The data is sent through the route that provides the greatest performance for the client. Figure 1-3 shows an Access Point acting as a repeater. Figure 1-3 Access Point as Repeater Access Point (Root Unit) Wired LAN Access Point (Repeater) Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 23: Central Unit In An All-wireless Network

    The Access Point serves as the focal point for communications, increasing the communication range of wireless users. Figure 1-4 shows an Access Point in an all-wireless network. Figure 1-4 Access Point as Central Unit in All-Wireless Network Access Point (Root Unit) Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 24: Access Point Specifications

    Less than 1 lb (0.45 kg) Radio Power output 100 mW (30 mW for 340 series only) Frequency 2.400 to 2.497 GHz (Depending on the regulatory domain in which the Access Point is installed) Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 25 Compliance Operates license-free under FCC Part 15 and complies as a Class B computing device. Complies with DOC regulations. Complies with ETS 300.328, FTZ 2100 and MPT 1349 standards (and others). Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 26 Chapter 1 Overview Access Point Specifications Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 1-10 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 27: Installation

    This chapter describes the setup of the Access Point and includes the following sections: • Cautions and Warnings • Installation Guidelines • Unpacking the Access Point Connecting the Ethernet and Power Cables • Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 28: Cautions And Warnings

    FCC recommended limits. Caution Cisco Aironet power injectors are designed for use with 350 series Access Points and bridges only. Using the power injector with other Ethernet-ready devices can damage the equipment.
  • Page 29: Installation Guidelines

    A narrow coverage area with heavy overlap improves network performance and protection against downtime if a component fails. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 30: Minimal Overlap Coverage Option

    Access Point, thereby maintaining a constant connection to the wired LAN. Each device in the radio network must be configured with the same SSID to provide roaming capability. Figure 2-1 Minimal Overlap Coverage Option Wired LAN Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 31: Heavy Overlap Coverage Option

    Access Point. With this architecture, each device in the RF network must be configured with the same SSID to provide the roaming capability. Figure 2-2 Heavy Overlap Coverage Option Wired LAN Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 32: Multiple Overlapping Networks Coverage Option

    SSIDs and different channels, which may (depending on configurations) prevent clients from roaming to Access Points of a different wireless network. Figure 2-3 Multiple Overlapping Networks Coverage Option Wired LAN 2 Wired LAN 1 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 33: Site Surveys

    Building materials – Radio penetration is greatly influenced by the building • material used in construction. For example, drywall construction allows greater range than concrete blocks. Metal or steel construction is a barrier to radio signals. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 34: Unpacking The Access Point

    Cisco Aironet Access Point CD-ROM • • Cisco Information Packet, which contains warranty, safety, and support information Cisco product registration card • If any item is damaged or missing, notify your authorized Cisco Note sales representative. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 35: Connecting The Ethernet And Power Cables

    Step 3 Plug the power adapter into a suitable power receptacle. Plug the power connector into the back of the Access Point. Step 4 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 36: Connecting Cables On 350 Series Access Points

    Step 2 Choose a power option for the Access Point. The 350 series Access Point receives power through the Ethernet cable. Figure 2-4 shows the three power options for the Access Point. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 2-10 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 37 Access Point Power options include: • A switch with inline power, such as a Cisco Catalyst 3524-PWR-XL An inline power patch panel, such as a Cisco Catalyst Inline Power Patch • Panel A Cisco Aironet power injector •...
  • Page 38 Chapter 2 Installation Connecting the Ethernet and Power Cables The operational voltage range for Cisco Aironet 350 Series Access Caution Points and Bridges is 24 to 60 VDC. Higher voltage can damage the equipment. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the device that will supply power.
  • Page 39: Chapter 3 Basic Configuration

    You can also reach the management system through the Access Point’s serial port or through Telnet. Consult Chapter 2 in the Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide for complete instructions on using these interfaces. This chapter includes the following sections: •...
  • Page 40: Before You Start

    Access Point CD. You will follow these steps to enter the Access Point’s basic settings: Connect the Access Point as described in the Quick Start Guide: Cisco Aironet Access Points. Use an Internet browser to open the Access Point’s management system by browsing to the Access Point’s IP address.
  • Page 41: Using The Ip Setup Utility

    Access Point’s IP address, and how to use it to set the IP address and the SSID. Installing IPSU IPSU is on the Cisco Aironet Access Point CD. Follow these steps to install IPSU: Step 1 Put the Cisco Aironet Access Point CD in the CD-ROM drive of the computer you are using to configure the Access Point.
  • Page 42: Finding The Access Point's Ip Address

    Access Point did not receive a DHCP-assigned IP address. Steps for assigning an IP address are included in the “Default IP Address” section in Chapter 3 of the Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide. Step 5 To check the IP address, browse to the Access Point’s browser-based management pages.
  • Page 43: Setting The Access Point's Ip Address And Ssid

    Type the IP address you want to assign to the Access Point in the IP Address field. Type the SSID you want to assign to the Access Point in the SSID field. Step 5 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 44: Entering Basic Settings

    Netscape Communicator, the field is labeled Netsite or Location; if you are using Microsoft Explorer, the field is labeled Address.) Press Enter. Step 3 When theAccess Point’s Summary Status page appears, click Setup. When the Setup page appears, click Express Setup. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 45 The entry 255.255.255.255 indicates no gateway. Clicking the Gateway link takes you to the Routing Setup page, which you use to configure the Access Point to communicate with the IP network routing system. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 46 To automatically configure the Access Point to be compatible with other devices Step 12 on your wireless LAN, select an Ensure Compatibility With option: • 2Mb/sec clients—Select this setting if your network contains Cisco Aironet devices that operate at 2 Mbps. • non-Aironet 802.11—Select this setting if there are non-Cisco Aironet devices on your wireless LAN.
  • Page 47: Using A Terminal Emulator

    Entering Basic Settings You can define other SNMP communities with User Management. The “Security Setup” section in Chapter 3 of the Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide describes User Management. Click OK. The Setup page appears. If you changed the Role in Radio Network Step 14 setting, your Access Point reboots.
  • Page 48 Press pr and then press Enter to select Config Server Protocol. Press n to select none; press b to select BOOTP; press d to select DHCP. Press Enter after you make your selection. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 3-10 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 49 Access Point radio: Throughput—Press t and then press Enter to select this setting. Maximizes • the data volume handled by the Access Point but but might reduce the Access Point’s range. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 3-11 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 50 Point to be compatible with other devices on your wireless LAN: • 2Mb/sec clients—Press 2 and then press Enter to select this setting. Select this setting if your network contains Cisco Aironet devices that operate at 2 Mbps. non-Aironet 802.11—Press no and then press Enter to select this setting.
  • Page 51: Default Basic Settings

    IP address 10.0.0.1 IP Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway 255.255.255.255 SSID tsunami Role in Radio Network Access Point/Root Optimize Radio Network For Throughput Ensure Compatibility With — SNMP Admin. Community admin Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 3-13 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 52 Chapter 3 Basic Configuration Default Basic Settings Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 3-14 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 53: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This chapter provides troubleshooting procedures for basic problems with the Access Point. For the most up-to-date, detailed troubleshooting information, refer to the Cisco TAC website at http://www.cisco.com/tac. Select Wireless LAN under Top Issues. Sections in this chapter include: Checking the Top Panel Indicators •...
  • Page 54: Checking The Top Panel Indicators

    The radio indicator blinks green to indicate radio traffic activity. The light is • normally off, but it blinks green whenever a packet is received or transmitted over the Access Point’s radio. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 55 Blinking red Ethernet cable is disconnected Blinking General warning amber Failure Steady Steady Steady red Firmware failure; disconnect power from the unit and reapply power Firmware Steady Unit is loading new upgrade firmware Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 56: Checking Basic Settings

    The Access Point does not need to use Key 3 as its transmit key, however. Refer to the “Security” section in Chapter 3 of the Cisco Aironet Access Point Software Configuration Guide for instructions on setting the Access Point’s WEP keys.
  • Page 57: Determining The Boot-block Version

    “Reconfiguration Steps for Boot Block Version 1.01 or Earlier” section on page 4-6. If your boot block version is 1.02 or later, follow the instructions in the “Reconfiguration Steps for Boot Block Version 1.02 or Later” section on page 4-7. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 58: Reconfiguration Steps For Boot Block Version 1.01 Or Earlier

    Copy the Access Point’s installation key to the Access Point’s DRAM by Step 9 pressing c to select Copy file, then 1 to select DRAM, then the selection letter for the AP Installation Key. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 59: Reconfiguration Steps For Boot Block Version 1.02 Or Later

    Use a straight-through cable with 9-pin male to 9-pin female connectors to connect the COM 1 or COM 2 port on your computer to the RS-232 port on the Access Point. Open a terminal-emulation program on your computer. Step 2 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 60 Copy the installation key back to the configuration memory bank by pressing c Step 11 to select Copy file, then 2 to select Config, then the selection letter for the AP Installation Key. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 61 The message “Inflating [firmware file name]” appears while the Access Point starts the firmware. When the Express Setup screen appears, begin reconfiguring the Access Point Step 13 using the terminal emulator or an Internet browser. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 62 Chapter 4 Troubleshooting Resetting to the Default Configuration Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide 4-10 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 63: Appendix

    A P P E N D I X Translated Safety Warnings This appendix provides translations of the safety warnings that appear in this publication. These translated warnings apply to other documents in which they appear in English. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 64: Explosive Device Proximity Warning

    Não opere o dispositivo de rede sem fios perto de cápsulas explosivas não protegidas ou num ambiente explosivo, a não ser que o dispositivo tenha sido modificado para se qualificar especialmente para essa utilização. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 65 Varning! Använd inte den trådlösa nätverksenheten i närheten av oskyddade tändhattar eller i en explosiv miljö om inte enheten modifierats för att kunna användas i sådana sammanhang. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 66: Lightning Activity Warning

    No operar el sistema ni conectar o desconectar cables durante el transcurso de descargas eléctricas en la atmósfera. Varning! Vid åska skall du aldrig utföra arbete på systemet eller ansluta eller koppla loss kablar. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 67: Installation Warning

    Leia as instruções de instalação antes de ligar o sistema à sua fonte de energia. ¡Advertencia! Ver las instrucciones de instalación antes de conectar el sistema a la red de alimentación. Varning! Läs installationsanvisningarna innan du kopplar systemet till dess strömförsörjningsenhet. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 68: Circuit Breaker (15a) Warning

    Sicherung oder ein Unterbrecher von nicht mehr als 240 V Wechselstrom, 10 A (bzw. in den USA 120 V Wechselstrom, 15 A) an den Phasenleitern (allen stromführenden Leitern) verwendet wird. Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 69 Denna produkt är beroende av i byggnaden installerat kortslutningsskydd (överströmsskydd). Kontrollera att säkring eller överspänningsskydd används på fasledarna (samtliga strömförande ledare) för internationellt bruk max. 240 V växelström, 10 A (i USA max. 120 V växelström, 15 A). Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 70: Power Injector Warning

    Power Injector Warning Power Injector Warning Warning The Cisco Aironet power injector is designed for use with Cisco Aironet 350 series Access Points and 350 series wireless bridges only. Using the power injector with other Ethernet-ready devices can damage the equipment.
  • Page 71: Power Injector Warning

    El dispositivo de alimentación Aironet de Cisco está diseñado para ser utilizado únicamente con puntos de acceso y puentes inalámbricos de la serie Aironet 350 de Cisco. Si se utiliza con otros dispositivos para Ethernet, el equipo puede dañarse. Varning! Cisco Aironets strömförsörjningsenhet är utformad för att endast...
  • Page 72 Appendix A Translated Safety Warnings Power Injector Warning Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide A-10 OL-0738-01...
  • Page 73: Appendix

    European Community, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, page B-4 Declaration of Conformity for RF Exposure, page B-6 • Guidelines for Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and Bridges in Japan, • page B-7 Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 74: Manufacturers Federal Communication Commission Declaration Of Conformity Statement

    Increase separation between the equipment and receiver. • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician. • Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 75: Department Of Communications - Canada

    The Part 15 radio device operates on a non-interference basis with Caution other devices operating at this frequency. Any changes or modification to said product not expressly approved by Cisco could void the user’s authority to operate this device. Department of Communications – Canada...
  • Page 76: European Community, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, And Liechtenstein

    Appendix B Declarations of Conformity and Regulatory Information European Community, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein European Community, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein Declaration of Conformity with Regard to the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 77 For the 340 series, the following standards were applied: • Radio: ETS 300.328 EMC: ETS 300.826 • Safety: EN 60950 • The following CE mark is affixed to the 340 series equipment: Cisco Aironet Access Point Hardware Installation Guide OL-0738-01...
  • Page 78: Declaration Of Conformity For Rf Exposure

    This equipment is intended to be used in all EU and EFTA countries. Note Outdoor use may be restricted to certain frequencies and/or may require a license for operation. For more details, contact Cisco Corporate Compliance. Note Combinations of power levels and antennas resulting in a radiated...
  • Page 79: Guidelines For Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points And Bridges In Japan

    Appendix B Declarations of Conformity and Regulatory Information Guidelines for Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and Bridges in Japan Guidelines for Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and Bridges in Japan This section provides guidelines for avoiding interference when operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and bridges in Japan.
  • Page 80: English Translation

    Appendix B Declarations of Conformity and Regulatory Information Guidelines for Operating Cisco Aironet Access Points and Bridges in Japan English Translation This equipment operates in the same frequency bandwidth as industrial, scientific, and medical devices such as microwave ovens and mobile object identification (RF-ID) systems (licensed premises radio stations and unlicensed specified low-power radio stations) used in factory production lines.

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