Unified wireless: AP template rename

On the Unified Wireless controllers, it is common to enable the auto-ap and auto-persistent features to make it easy to adopt new Access Points.

The new APs will be discovered and auto-registered as AP template based on the AP MAC Address. It is easier if the AP can be given a more user-friendly name.

This post shows how an existing AP template can be renamed.

Review existing templates

Use the display wlan ap all command to review the current AP templates and their serial numbers.

[wifi-830-ac1] display wlan ap all
 Total Number of APs configured           : 2
 Total Number of configured APs connected : 2
 Total Number of auto APs connected       : 0
 Total Number of APs connected            : 2
 Maximum AP capacity                      : 12
 Remaining AP capacity                    : 10
 AP Profiles
 State : I = Idle,   J = Join, JA = JoinAck,   IL = ImageLoad
 C = Config, R = Run,  KU = KeyUpdate, KC = KeyCfm
 M = Master, B = Backup
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 AP Name                          State Model              Serial-ID
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 4431-92ae-d9a0                   R/M   425-WW             CN44G679YK
 4431-92ae-d9c0                   R/M   425-WW             CN44G679YG
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rename the AP Template

Use the wlan rename-ap command to rename an existing template to a new name

[wifi-830-ac1] wlan rename-ap 4431-92ae-d9a0 be-ant-ap01
[wifi-830-ac1] wlan rename-ap 4431-92ae-d9c0 be-ant-ap02

Review the updated AP Template names

[wifi-830-ac1] display wlan ap all
 Total Number of APs configured           : 2
 Total Number of configured APs connected : 2
 Total Number of auto APs connected       : 0
 Total Number of APs connected            : 2
 Maximum AP capacity                      : 12
 Remaining AP capacity                    : 10
 AP Profiles
 State : I = Idle,   J = Join, JA = JoinAck,   IL = ImageLoad
 C = Config, R = Run,  KU = KeyUpdate, KC = KeyCfm
 M = Master, B = Backup
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 AP Name                          State Model              Serial-ID
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 be-ant-ap01                      R/M   425-WW             CN44G679YK
 be-ant-ap02                      R/M   425-WW             CN44G679YG
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 [wifi-830-ac1]

Verify status on the AP

When you access the console of the AP (see previous post on how to enable console/telnet on the AP), you will see that the AP Template name is now configured as the AP sysname.

Open a console session on the AP

******************************************************************************
 * Copyright (c) 2010-2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.          *
 * Without the owner's prior written consent,                                 *
 * no decompiling or reverse-engineering shall be allowed.                    *
 ******************************************************************************

User interface con0 is available.

Please press ENTER.

<be-ant-ap01>
<be-ant-ap01>
%Oct  3 19:20:51:279 2014 be-ant-ap01 SHELL/5/SHELL_LOGIN: Console logged in from con0.
<be-ant-ap01>

Verify updated sysname through LLDP on Switch port

Current firmware of Unified controller enables LLDP support on the APs, so the updated AP sysname will be visible on the connected switch.

This example shows a Provision 2620 switch which provides POE power for the APs

access1# show lldp info remote

LLDP Remote Devices Information

LocalPort | ChassisId                 PortId PortDescr SysName
 --------- + ------------------------- ------ --------- ----------------------
 3         | 44 31 92 ae d9 a0         Gig... Gigabi... be-ant-ap01
 5         | 44 31 92 ae d9 c0         Gig... Gigabi... be-ant-ap02
 18        | 44 31 92 9c 9a f9         Gig... L2-AP-... core
access1# show lldp info remote 3

LLDP Remote Device Information Detail

Local Port   : 3
 ChassisType  : mac-address
 ChassisId    : 44 31 92 ae d9 a0
 PortType     : inte...
 PortId       : GigabitEthernet1/0/1
 SysName      : be-ant-ap01
 System Descr : HP Comware Platform Software HP 425-WW. Product Version R...
 PortDescr    : GigabitEthernet1/0/1 Interface
 Pvid         : 1

System Capabilities Supported  : bridge, router
System Capabilities Enabled    : bridge, router

Remote Management Address
 Type    : ipv4
 Address : 10.0.3.10

Poe Plus Information Detail

Poe Device Type         : Type2 PSE
 Power Source            : Unknown
 Power Priority          : Unknown
 Requested Power Value   : 0 Watts
 Actual Power Value      : 0 Watts
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