This blog explains the procedure and requirements to install a new AP in new coverage area.
Site survey must be done prior AP installation to find the suitable locations for the APs.
Approximate user density (Keeping future strength in mind) in the area must be considered during the site survey.
NOTE: Neglecting this point can lead to AP overload issue.
IP subnet for the APs should be identified and allocated in advance, Subnet should be chosen based on number of AP required after the site survey.
Note:If the controller and APs are in different subnet then DHCP option 43 must be configure for AP to discover the controller.
Vlan number must be identified and configure on the relevant switches. Generally vlan XXX is used for APs. Switchport must be identified and configured. where AP needs to be conencted .
If the APs are Lightweight, AP configuration is done via controller. Login to respective WLC and do the below configure.
-Unique and logical name should be given to AP e.g.Site.building.floor.number.
-Click Wireless > Access point > All APs > Select AP > General>type AP Name.
High Availability parameter must be configured in case two controllers are available at the site.
-Click Wireless > Access point > All APs > Select AP >High Availability>configurePrimary and Secondary
Power level assignment method must be set to Global option.
-To select the assignment method click Wireless>Access Point>b/g/n or a/n> Select AP>TX Power Level Assignment
Note.Power level can be manipulated in case of interference/Coverage issues under custom tab.
RF channel assignment method must be set to Global tab.
-To select the assignment method click Wireless>Access Point>b/g/n or a/n> Select AP>RF Channel Assignment
Note.Channel can be manipulated in case of interference issues under custom tab.
Login to WCS and update the APs in the Map.