Here’s a quick walk through to get a Cisco AP – in my case an 1130AG – from a controller based LWAPP image back to the autonomous image so it can be used as a standalone AP again.
Retrieve the latest IOS image for your AP from Cisco.com
Retreive TFTPD for use as your TFTP server from here
You’ll need a PC with a static IP (10.0.0.1/24 for this example) to wire your AP straight into during the procedure, with the TFTP server running, all firewalls disabled and the IOS image available in the TFTP root.
Step 1: Make sure that the PC contains the access point image file (such as c1130-k9w7-tar.124-10b.JDA3.tar for an 1130 series access point) in the TFTP server folder and that the TFTP server is activated.
Step 2: Set the timeout value on the TFTP server to 30 seconds.
Step 3: On the PC where the TFTP server is located, perform these steps:
a. Disable any software firewall products, such as Windows firewall, ZoneAlarm firewall, McAffee firewall, or others.
b. Ensure all Windows files are visible. From Windows Explorer, click Tools > Folder Options > View; then uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types check box.
Step 4: Connect the PC to the access point using a Category 5 Ethernet cable.
Step 5: Disconnect power from the access point.
Step 6: Press and hold MODE while you reconnect power to the access point.
Step 7: Hold the MODE button until the status LED turns red (approximately 20 to 30 seconds) and then release.
Step 8: Enable LWAPP console CLI allow/disallow debugging
#debug lwapp con cli
Step 9: Enable LWAPP ignore internal reload debugging
#debug lwapp client no-reload
Step 10: Configure IP Address on the fast ethernet interface of the AP
(config-if)#ip addr 10.0.0.2 255.255.255.0
Step 11: Download the image file from the TFTP server to the AP
#archive download-sw /overwrite tftp://10.0.0.1/c1130-k9w7-tar.124-10b.JDA3.tar
Step 12: Reload the unit once the image has been written and the process reports complete.
You’ll now be running an autonomous image which you can work with.