Cisco Aironet 1200 Notes

I have 10 of these to sell. They are on LA Craigslist for $30 local pickup, and 0.7 bitcoin shipping included on bitcoinclassifieds. I can list on ebay for around $50 shipping included.

Once upon a time, these access points cost $600. Today, they can be had on ebay for under $50, and they're pretty good. I'd rank them around as good as a hacked WRT-54L, though they have distinctly different capabilities. The WRT is more flexible overall, and has a built-in router. The Aironet 1200 series has PoE, what seems like a better signal, better support for multiple SSIDs, VLANs, SNMP, can accept a wireless backhaul network, and generally more "enterprisey" features. The LEDs are actually informative. They make good "add-ons" for a LAN.

They're also built like tanks.

(For admins and geeks, the best part is that they run IOS, so you can use this cheap device to learn IOS and WiFi.)

This sub site aggregates some notes for using these devices, including some recipes for using it in different modes.

Future articles

Console cables.
Power over Ethernet issues.
How to reset the AR-1200.
How to reflash the AR-1200 with new firmware.
Antenna options.
Single antenna operation.
Regular access point mode with a static address.
Wireless bridge mode.
Guest LANs: two SSIDs, each going to a different vlan.
WDS mode, a WiFi extender.
WDS and an extra SSID for a guest LAN.
WDS for two different SSIDs. (Is this even possible?)
Wireless bridge for two different LANs. (Is this even possible?)

Old article slated to be revised

Discover the IP Address of a Cisco Aironet 1200 Series on Linux without IPSU.