In certain circumstances it is not feasible or desirable to use wired links for a network distribution layer, for example in temporary setups or in locations with little infrastructure.
A point to multipoint wireless solution makes sense in these scenarios, offering a distribution layer with the minimum of equipment, time, and effort.
This type of setup consist of a wireless root access point and multiple non-root client access points as shown below.
For this configuration we are using Cisco 2602 access points with autonomous IOS software. Cisco differentiates autonomous and lightweight IOS images with the following feature codes:
- k9w7 – Fully Autonomous IOS
- k9w8 – Standard lightweight IOS
Once you have installed the autonomous IOS image, you can use this template to configure the access points.
The APs should show they are connected by changing their status lights to blue, and you can check the association status with the following command.
TEST_NON_ROOT_AP#sh dot11 associations 802.11 Client Stations on Dot11Radio0: SSID [TEST-SSID] : MAC Address IP address IPV6 address Device Name Parent State 189c.5d83.7a40 192.168.0.10 :: bridge TEST_ROOT_AP - Assoc