Cisco AireOS CLI and Importance of AP Name Convention (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2

In this blog we will look at some of the CLI commands you can now run to gain efficiencies when deploying or operating a Cisco Wireless Infrastructure using AireOS.

I just deployed AP(s) in a small remodeled two story office area within a hospital. There are a lot of deployment tasks left. First lets look at what RRM has assigned the power and channel to the AP(s).

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But how do I do that when there are 209 AP(s) on the WLC? One at a time? Yuck. Or all at once? Double Yuck! But since we use a consistent naming convention, we can run a CLI command to limit the output.

grep include “string1|string2” “show advanced 802.11a txp”

grep include “string1|string2” “show advanced 802.11b txp”

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So we see that the deployment hasn’t been optimized. Lets do that now…using UltraEdit.

Here is the config I will be deploying and also the verification. I am just adjusting the channels in 802.11b for right now.

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Here is the output of the script:

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You can see the channels are now set and verified at a fraction of the time it would take to do that task in the GUI especially if each AP was named something confusing. I am going to do the same process with the 802.11a radios and get coffee….Be back soon…

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So now I have the channels set…should I adjust RRM so it doesn’t do something stoooopid? Yes….I will create the AP Group and RF Profiles and then run verification scripts in CLI.

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The RF Profile limits RRM to 2dBm – 5dBm in 2.4GHz and 8dBm to 11dBm in 5GHz. It looks like the RRM Algorithm still has to update a couple radios.

One of my favorite scripts to run is to check AP Uptime and Association to WLC Time.

grep include “string1|string2” “show ap uptime”

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That is it for now. I gotta do work on some sites. Hopefully, I have demonstrated the usefulness of a simple, consistent naming convention for AP(s), WLCs, AP Groups, and RF Profiles, WLANs, and Interfaces. It really will help you and help the next wireless engineer once you get that C-Level gig! 🙂

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