Convert Cisco Lightweight AP to Autonomous

I recently picked up two AIR-LAP1142N access points from eBay that had previously been used with a Cisco Wireless LAN controller. As such they were configured with CAPWAP and do allow for independent operation. Cisco access points have three different image types available:

  • Lightweight (Files matching cXXX->k9w8.tar.xxx)
  • Lightweight Recovery (Files matching cXXX-rcvk9w8.tar.xxx)
  • Autonomous (Files matching cXXX-k9w7.tar.xxx)

In order to use the access point without a wireless LAN controller (WLC), the Autonomous image must be installed onto the access point. Thankfully there is a process to convert a lightweight access point to an autonomous one.
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