DIY — Wireless Site Survey Cart

I recently completed a DIY build of a wireless site survey cart and I am pleased with the results. This journey led me to home improvement warehouses more times than I am required by law to admit — BUT I have done most of the R&D for you and you should make less trips than I did if you decide to build a similar cart for yourself.

My goal was to have a sturdy, lightweight cart that would break down to fit in my truck, but also be easily repairable in the field. Additional wants were the ability to hold my bag and Pelican case while transporting the cart around a site.

This design is not perfect — Actually, for my current needs, it is perfect. The cart will probably be refined as I put miles on it. I am also open to improvements that you may be able to suggest, so do not be shy. You can also visit this LESSONS LEARNED link to review my updates and comments.


Cisco Lightweight AP Registration

unclesamThis post is about the lightweight AP (LAP) registration process to the Cisco wireless LAN controller (WLC).

To troubleshoot an AP that will not join, we should first understand the process in which a Cisco LAP will try to register to a Cisco WLC.

Like many network devices, the LAP will request an IP address when you apply power and a network connection, unless you have configured a BVI1 IP address statically. The LAP must have an IP address in order to begin the discovery and join process.


Configure Lightweight AP From CLI

There you are… Gazing at your terminal emulator wondering why you see this

LAB-AP-01#configure terminal
% Invalid input detected at ‘^’ marker.

after you try to configure a lightweight access point from the CLI.

This is a built in safety net to prevent you from doing something stupid from the CLI of a centrally managed AP.

But wait – What if I told you that it is possible to configure from the terminal? If you think you can handle all of the power that comes along with knowing the truth, then take the red pill… Stay in Wonderland, and I will show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.



Logging Terminal Sessions

docHave you ever wanted to go back in time and review output or input from a terminal session? Have you ever wanted to present undeniable proof about your CLI syntax, with time stamps, to your team or a customer?

If your answers to the above questions is yes, then you should be logging your terminal sessions.

Logging your sessions is a simple, yet a very important CYA policy that you should be practicing.