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Wireless LAN FlexConnect Configuration Example

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Tue, 10/13/2015 - 02:02

Introduction

FlexConnect is a wireless solution for branch office and remote office deployments. Prior to
WLC Release 7.2, FlexConnect was referred as Hybrid REAP (HREAP). Now it is called
FlexConnect.

FlexConnect feature enables customers to configure and control Access Points through a wide
area network (WAN) link without deploying a controller in each branch office. The FlexConnect
access points can switch client data traffic and perform client authentication locally when their
connection to the controller is lost. When they are connected to the controller, they can also
send traffic back to the controller. In the connected mode, the FlexConnect access point can
also perform local authentication.

FlexConnect is supported on the Cisco Aironet 1130AG, 1140, 1240, 1250, 1260, AP801, AP802,
AP3550, and Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend Access Points on the Cisco WiSM, Cisco
5500, 4400, 2100, 2500, and Flex 7500 Series Controllers, the Catalyst 3750G Integrated
Wireless LAN Controller Switch; the Controller Network Module for Integrated Services Routers.

Information About FlexConnect


FlexConnect (previously known as Hybrid Remote Edge Access Point or H-REAP) is a wireless
solution for branch office and remote office deployments. It enables customers to configure
and control access points in a branch or remote office from the corporate office through a wide
area network (WAN) link without deploying a controller in each office. The FlexConnect access
points can switch client data traffic locally and perform client authentication locally when their
connection to the controller is lost. When they are connected to the controller, they can also
send traffic back to the controller. In the connected mode, the FlexConnect access point can
also perform local authentication.

Figure shows a typical FlexConnect deployment.


Configuring the Wireless LAN Controller for FlexConnect (GUI)
1. Choose WLANs from Controller web interface to open the WLANs page.

2. From the drop-down list, select Create New option and click on Go to open the WLANs
> New page.

3. From Type drop-down list, choose WLANS.


4. In the Profile Name text box, enter a unique profile name for the WLAN. In this example
Profile Name is Flexcon.
5. In the WLAN SSID Text box, enter a name for WLAN. In our example, SSID is FlexWIFI.
6. From the WLAN ID drop-down list, choose the ID number for this WLAN. Here WLAN ID
is 4.
7. Click on Apply to save your changes.

8. Once we apply the changes, Edit page appears. The controller can be configured for
FlexConnect in both centrally switched and locally switched WLANs. In this example, lets
configure the controller for FlexConnect in a locally switched WLAN.
9. In the General tab, select the Status check box to enable the WLAN.

10. In the Security > Layer 2 tab, select WPA+WPA2 from the Layer 2 Security drop-
down list and then set the WPA+WPA2 parameters as required.
11. In the Advanced tab, select the FlexConnect Local Switching check box to enable
local switching for the WLAN. Click Apply to save your changes. Click Save Configuration to
save your changes.

1. We can verify the configuration of the FlexConnect in WLANS tab


Configuring an Access Point for FlexConnect (GUI)

1. Select Wireless to open the All APs page. And click the name of the desired access
point. In our example click on AP_3500E. The All APs >

Details page appears.

1. Select FlexConnect from the AP Mode drop-down list to enable FlexConnect for
AP_3500E access point.

2. Click Apply to save your changes and the AP will reboot


3. After the reboot the AP will have Flexconnect Tab. Click on FlexConnect tab to open the
All APs > Details for (FlexConnect) page. Note: If the access point belongs to a
FlexConnect group, the name of the group appears in the FlexConnect Name text box.

Select the VLAN Support check box and enter the number of the native VLAN on the
remote network (such as 100) in the Native VLAN ID

text box.
1. Click Apply to save the changes. The access point temporarily loses its connection to
the controller while its Ethernet port is reset.
2. Click the name of the same access point and then select the FlexConnect tab.
3. Click VLAN Mappings to open the All APs > Access Point Name > VLAN Mappings page.

Enter the number of the VLAN from which the clients will get an IP address when doing
local switching (VLAN 61, in this example) in the VLAN

ID text box
1. Click Apply to commit your changes.
2. Click Save Configuration to save your changes

Verifying the client connectivity


Choose MONITOR > Clients or MONITOR > Summary to verify whether the clients are
getting associated to the Flexconnect AP.

More Information
Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Configuration Guide - Configuring FlexConnect [1]

Cisco WLC Configuration Guide, Release 7.5 - Configuring FlexConnect [2]

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