Category Archives: Cisco Wireless

Using Cisco Smart Licensing and Deploying a Satellite Device On-Prem

Cisco are slowly moving away from the traditional method of manual license management and activation, newer devices utilise a feature called Smart Licensing to help manage, register and activate Cisco network devices. This is achieved ultimately by allowing the network device to communicate to the Cisco Cloud and “Call Home”. Smart Licensing is linked to… Read More »

Cisco Wireless – Central Authentication using EAP-TLS with vWLC as the AAA Server

EAP-TLS can be deployed a number of ways in  “Deploying EAP-TLS Wireless Solution in an Enterprise Environment” we demonstrated RADIUS authentication using a Microsoft Server 2012 R2 as a AAA server. In this example we will use the WLC to perform the authentication centrally instead of forwarding the requests. Although it is better and more secure to… Read More »

Deploying EAP-TLS Wireless Solution in an Enterprise Environment

EAP TLS is one of the most secure methods of deploying wireless solutions in an organisation. It uses certificate based authentication both on the server side and client side to authenticate each other, the internal CA is responsible for issuing certificates to the users and computers. There are a number of ways to deploy EAP-TLS, using… Read More »

Cisco Wireless – Central Authentication using EAP-FAST with vWLC as the AAA Server

EAP-FAST – Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunnelling is a proprietary 802.11X authentication method from Cisco. FAST does not require certificates, the protocol creates a tunnel between the user and AAA server and uses PAC – Protected Access Credentials as part of the algorithm, clients must support this in order to be compatible. Not all clients will… Read More »

Cisco Wireless – Setting up FlexConnect aka “H-REAP” with Local Switching of Multiple VLANs

FlexConnect also known previously as H-REAP – “Hybrid Remote Edge Access Point” is usually set-up for branch sites which are connected via a WAN link, FlexConnect access points have the ability to perform local switching and authentication, which means they can make layer 2 forwarding decisions without having to send them up to the WLC… Read More »

Cisco 2600 Series AP – LAP to AAP Conversion “Could not discover WLC using static IP. Forcing AP to use DHCP”

If you have statically configured your BVI1 interface with an IP address, you may come across this issue while attempting to transfer the IOS image.  During the the extraction process the connection breaks and displays the following error message: “Could not discover WLC using static IP. Forcing AP to use DHCP”       This issue… Read More »