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Part No. 10015906
Published June 2007

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This document describes how to quickly install and 
configure a new WX switch running Mobility System 
Software Version 6.0. You can use any of the following 
methods to configure a new switch:

„

Web Quick Start (WXR100, WX1200, or WX2200) 
(see below)

„

Remote configuration by 3Com Wireless Switch 
Manager (3WXM) Management Application (see 
page 2)

„

CLI 

quickstart

 command (see page 7)

You might also need to perform some minor network or 
client configuration tasks. See “Preparing the Network 
for Distributed MAPs” on page 8 and “Preparing 
Clients” on page 9.

Using the Web Quick Start (WXR100, WX1200, 
or WX2200)

1

Use a Category 5 (Cat 5) or higher Ethernet cable to con-
nect the switch directly to a PC that has a web browser. 

„

On WX2200, attach the Ethernet cable to the 
management port only.

„

On WX1200 or WXR100, you can attach the 
Ethernet cable to any 10/100 port.

2

Connect the switch to an AC power source.

If you are configuring a WXR100, do not press the 
Fn switch during power on. Pressing this switch on an 
unconfigured switch causes the switch to attempt to 
contact 3WXM Services instead of displaying the Web 
Quick Start.

3

Ensure the NIC of the PC that is connected to the switch 
is enabled. 

4

Verify that the NIC is configured to use DHCP to obtain 
its IP address. You will not be able to access the Web 
Quick Start if the IP address of the NIC is statically 
configured.

5

Use a web browser to access IP address 192.168.100.1. 

This is a temporary, well-known address assigned to the 
unconfigured switch when you power it on. The Web 
Quick Start enables you to change this address.

The Web View application on the switch opens in a 
browser window. The first page of the Quick Start 
wizard is displayed (as shown on the next page).

If a certificate check dialog appears, click 

Accept

 or 

OK

 

to accept the certificate.

 


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Click 

Start

 to begin. The wizard screens guide you 

through the configuration steps. Each screen has 
online help to guide you through the configuration.

7

After guiding you through the configuration, the 
wizard displays a summary of the configuration values 
you selected. Here is an example:

8

Review the configuration settings, then click 

Finish

 to 

save the changes, or click 

Back

 to change settings. If 

you want to quit for now and start over later, click 

Cancel

.

If you click 

Finish

, the wizard saves the configuration 

settings into the switch’s configuration file. If the 
switch is rebooted, the configuration settings are 
restored when the reboot is finished.

The switch is ready for operation. You do not need to 
restart the switch. 

CAUTION:

On a WXR100, do not press the Fn switch 

for more than four seconds! On a WXR100 that is 
fully booted, the Fn switch erases the configuration if 
held for five seconds or more. If you do accidentally 
erase the configuration, you can use the Web Quick 
Start to reconfigure the switch. 

Remotely Configuring a Switch Using 3WXM 
(any model)

This installation option requires someone to 
preconfigure the switch in a 3WXM network plan and 
someone to physically install and power on the switch.

Preconfigure the Switch in 3WXM

If you know the switch’s serial number, use the 
following procedure to set up the switch’s 
configuration in 3WXM.

1

Start 3WXM Services.

2

Start a 3WXM client and connect to 3WXM Services. 

 


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Remotely Configuring a Switch Using 3WXM (any model)

3

3

Select 

3WXM Services 

Setup

 from the menu bar 

in the main 3WXM window. A browser window 
containing the Setup page appears.

If a certificate check dialog appears, click 

Accept

 or 

OK

 to accept the certificate.

4

Select 

WX Connection Settings

 in the column on 

the left.

5

Select 

Accept Self-signed Certificates

, in the 

Connection Security area.

6

Click 

Save

.

7

Open the network plan for the site, or create a new 
one.

To create a new network plan, select 

Plan 

Management and New Plan

 on the server (in the 

browser window).

8

Access the Create Wireless Switch Wizard:

a

Select the Configuration tool bar option.

b

In the Organizer panel, select the network plan 
name.

c

In the Task List panel, select 

Create Wireless 

Switch

.

9

Enter a name for the switch in the WX Name box.

10

Select the switch model.

11

Enter the serial number in the Serial Number box.

12

Configure other parameters as required for the 
switch’s deployment.

You can configure an enabled password for the switch 
even if it does not already have one. When sending the 
configuration, 3WXM tries the configured password 
first, then tries a blank password if the enabled 
password does not match the one on the switch. If the 
switch does not have an enabled password, the blank 
password is accepted. 3WXM then sends the 
configuration to the switch, including the configured 
(non-blank) enabled password. 

13

Click 

Finish

 to save the switch configuration and 

close the wizard.

Leave 3WXM Services running, with the network plan 
open. When the switch is powered on at the remote site 
(and the Fn switch is pressed, if a WXR100), the switch 
uses its DHCP client to obtain an IP address, then contacts 
3WXM Services to request a configuration. 

Install the Switch and MAPs and Press the Fn Switch 
(WXR100 only)

Drop ship configuration requires a DHCP server at the 
remote office. The WXR100 uses the DHCP server to 
obtain an IP configuration in order to communicate 
with 3WXM Services in the corporate network. The 
drop ship option also requires an entry in the local 
DNS server that maps the hostname wlan-config-srv 
to 3WXM Service’s IP address. 

1

Add an entry to the local DNS server that maps the host-
name wlan-config-srv to the IP address of 3WXM Ser-
vices. Include the corporate network’s domain name in 
the entry (for example, wlan-config-srv.

example.com

). 

2

Connect WXR100 port 1 to the network. 

 


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Install the MAP access points:

„

To manage a directly connected MAP, physically 
install the MAP and connect it to WXR100 port 2. 

„

To manage a Distributed MAP (a MAP con-
nected to the WX over the network), physically 
install the MAP and connect it to the network 
and to a Power over Ethernet (PoE) source. 

4

Power on the WXR100 and insert a paperclip or similar 
object into the WXR100’s Fn hole to press the switch. 

Figure 1   

Fn Switch on WXR100

5

Keep pressing the Fn switch until the Fn LED (the right 
LED above port 1) flashes. Normally, this LED remains 
solidly lit for three seconds after power on. However, 
when the Fn switch is pressed, the LED 

flashes

 for 

three seconds instead.

The WXR100 contacts 3WXM Services. 3WXM 
Services checks the currently selected network plan 
for a WX configuration with a matching serial 
number and deploys the configuration to the switch. 

If the network plan does not have a configuration 
with a matching serial number, a verification warning 
appears in 3WXM. The warning lists the switch’s 
serial number and IP address. The network 
administrator can upload the switch into the network 
plan, configure switch parameters, and deploy a 
configuration to the switch.

Stage the Switch (any model)

You can use this method of remote configuration for 
any model WX switch, regardless of whether the local 
office (the switch installation site) has a DHCP server 
or DNS server.

Preparing the Network

If the network where the switch will be installed has a 
DNS server, add an entry that maps the IP address of 
3WXM Services to the hostname wlan-config-srv. 
Include the corporate network domain name in the 
entry (for example, wlan-config-srv.

example.com

). 

Alternatively, you can configure an IP alias on the 
switch itself that maps the server IP address to this 
well-known name. (See “Example 2: Deployment Site 
Has No DHCP and No DNS” on page 5.)

Preparing the Switch

Preconfigure the WX with the following information:

„

IP address

„

Default router (gateway) address

„

Domain name and DNS server address

 


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Remotely Configuring a Switch Using 3WXM (any model)

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You can enable the switch to use the MSS DHCP 
client to obtain this information from a DHCP server 
in the local network where the switch will be 
deployed. Alternatively, you can statically configure 
the information. 

The IP address and DNS information are configured 
independently. You can configure the combination of 
settings that work with the network resources 
available at the deployment site. The following 
examples show some of the combinations you can 
configure.

Example 1: Deployment Site Has DHCP and Local 
DNS

The deployment site in this example has a 

DHCP server. The switch is configured to use the MSS 
DHCP client to obtain an IP address, default router 
address, DNS domain name, and DNS server IP 
addresses. 

1

Configure a VLAN:

WX1200# 

set vlan 1 port 7

success: change accepted.

2

Enable the DHCP client on VLAN 1:

WX1200# 

set interface 1 ip dhcp-client enable

success: change accepted.

3

Enable the auto-config option:

WX1200# 

set auto-config enable

success: change accepted.

4

Save the configuration changes:

WX1200# 

save config

success: configuration saved.

5

Power off or restart the switch.

Example 2: Deployment Site Has No DHCP and 
No DNS

The deployment site in this example does 

not have a DHCP server or a local DNS server. 
Therefore, IP and DNS information must be statically 
configured. Because no DNS server is available, an IP 
alias is configured to map the IP address of the host 
where 3WXM Services are installed to the well-known 
hostname wlan-config-srv.

1

Configure a VLAN:

WX1200# 

set vlan 1 port 7

2

Configure an IP interface on the VLAN: 

WX1200# 

set interface 1 ip 192.168.1.252 

255.255.255.0

3

Configure a default route through the local default 
router:

WX1200# 

set ip route default 192.168.1.1 1

4

Configure the default DNS domain name:

WX1200# 

set ip dns domain example.com

5

Configure an IP alias to map the 3WXM server IP 
address to the well-known name wlan-config-srv:

WX1200# 

set ip alias wlan-config-srv 

172.16.22.84

6

Enable the auto-config option:

WX1200# 

set auto-config enable

7

Save the configuration changes:

WX1200# 

save config

8

Power off or restart the switch.

 


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Example 3: Deployment Site Has DNS But No 
DHCP

The deployment site in this example does not 

have a DHCP server but does have a local DNS server. 
The configuration is similar to Example 1, but includes 
DNS configuration information instead of an IP alias. 

1

Configure a VLAN:

WX1200# 

set vlan 1 port 7

2

Configure an IP interface on the VLAN. 

WX1200# 

set interface 1 ip 192.168.1.252 

255.255.255.0

3

Configure a default route through the local default 
router:

WX1200# 

set ip route default 192.168.1.1 0

4

Configure the default DNS domain name:

WX1200# 

set ip dns domain example.com

5

Configure DNS server information:

WX1200# 

set ip dns server 192.168.11.2

6

Enable the MSS DNS client:

WX1200# 

set ip dns server enable

7

Enable the auto-config option:

WX1200# 

set auto-config enable

8

Save the configuration changes:

WX1200# 

save config

9

Power off or restart the switch.

Example 4: Deployment Site Has DHCP But Local 
DNS Domain Differs From Corporate DNS 
Domain

The deployment site in this example has a 

DHCP server, so the switch’s DHCP client is enabled. 
Static IP address and default router information are 
not required. The site also has a local DNS server. 
However, the local DNS domain name is different 
from the corporate DNS domain name where 3WXM 
Services are located. The static DNS configuration on 
the switch overrides the DNS configuration from the 
DHCP server.

1

Configure a VLAN:

WX1200# 

set vlan 1 port 7

2

Enable the DHCP client on VLAN 1:

WX1200# 

set interface 1 ip dhcp-client enable

3

Configure the default DNS domain name:

WX1200# 

set ip dns domain examplecorp.com

4

Configure DNS server information:

WX1200# 

set ip dns server 192.168.11.2

5

Enable the MSS DNS client:

WX1200# 

set ip dns server enable

6

Enable the auto-config option:

WX1200# 

set auto-config enable

7

Save the configuration changes:

WX1200# 

save config

8

Power off or restart the switch.

 


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Using the quickstart Command (any model)

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Using the quickstart Command (any model)

To run the quickstart command:

1

Attach a PC to the WX switch serial console port. (Use 
these modem settings: 9600 bps, 8 bits, 1 stop, no 
parity, hardware flow control 

disabled

.)

2

Press Enter three times to display a username prompt 
(Username:), a password prompt (Password:), and 
then a command prompt such as the following: 

WX1200-aabbcc>

(Each switch has a unique system name that contains 
the model number and the last half of the switch’s 
MAC address.)

3

Access the 

enabled

 level (the configuration level) of 

the CLI:

WX1200-aabbcc> 

enable

4

Press Enter at the Enter password prompt.

5

Type 

quickstart

. The command asks you a series of 

questions. You can type 

?

 for more help. To quit, 

press 

Ctrl+C

.

WX1200-aabbcc# 

quickstart

This will erase any existing config. Continue? [n]: 

y

Answer the following questions. Enter '

?

' for 

help. 

^C

 to break out

System Name [WX1200]: 

WX1200-Corp

Country Code [US]: 

US

System IP address []: 

172.16.0.21

System IP address netmask []: 

255.255.255.0

Default route []:

 172.16.0.20

Do you need to use 802.1Q tagged default VLAN 
[Y/N]? Y: 

y

Specify the port number that needs to be tagged 
[1-2, <CR> ends config]: 

2

Specify the tagged value for port [2] [<CR> ends 
config:] 

100

Specify the port number that needs to be tagged 
[1-2, <CR> ends config]:
Admin username [admin]: 

wxadmin

Admin password [optional]: 

letmein

Enable password [optional]: 

enable

Do you wish to set the time? [y]: 

y

Enter the date (dd/mm/yy) []: 

08/01/07

Is daylight saving time (DST) in effect [n]: 

n

Enter the time (hh:mm:ss) []: 

18:58:00

Enter the timezone []: 

PST

Enter the offset from GMT for 'PST' in hh:mm [0:0]: 

-8:0

Do you wish to configure wireless? [y]: 

y

Enter a clear SSID to use: 

public

Do you want Web Portal authentication? [y] 

y

Enter a username with which to do Web Portal, 
<cr> to exit: 

user1

Enter a password for user1: 

user1pass

Enter a username with which to do Web Portal, 
<cr> to exit: 
Do you want to do 802.1x and PEAP-MSCHAPv2? [y]: 

y

Enter a crypto SSID to use: 

corporate

Enter a username with which to do PEAP-MSCHAPv2, 
<cr> to exit: 

bob

Enter a password for bob: 

bobpass

Enter a username with which to do PEAP-MSCHAPv2, 
<cr> to exit: 
Do you wish to configure access points? [y]: 

y

Enter a port number [1-2] on which an AP 
resides, <cr> to exit: 

2

Enter AP model on port 2: 

ap3750

Enter a port number [1-2] on which an AP 
resides, <cr> to exit:
Do you wish to configure distributed access 
points? [y]: 

y

Enter a DAP serial number, <cr> to exit: 

0422700351

Enter model of DAP with S/N 

0422700351

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Enter a DAP serial number, <cr> to exit:
success: created keypair for ssh
success: Type “save config” to save the 
configuration 
WX1200-aabbcc# 

save config

6

Optionally, enable Telnet and enable the admin user 
to use Telnet.

WX1200-aabbcc# 

set ip telnet server enable

WX1200-aabbcc# 

set user wxadmin attr 

service-type 6

7

Verify the configuration changes.

WX1200-aabbcc# 

display config

8

Save the configuration changes.

WX1200-aabbcc# 

save config

Preparing the Network for Distributed MAPs

A MAP that is not directly connected to a WX switch 
is considered a Distributed MAP. Distributed MAPs 
require the following support in order to find a WX 
switch to configure and manage the MAP:

„

Power—Power over Ethernet (PoE) must be 
provided on one of the Ethernet connections to 
the MAP. Use a PoE injection device that has been 
tested by 3Com. Providing PoE on both of the 
Ethernet connections allows for redundant PoE.

„

DHCP—By default, a Distributed MAP uses IP for 
communication, and relies on DHCP to obtain IP 
parameters. Therefore, DHCP services must be 
available on the subnet that the MAP is connected to. 

DHCP must provide the following parameters to 
the MAP:

„

IP address

„

Default router address

The DHCP server might also need to supply the fol-
lowing DNS parameters, unless the WX switch is in 
the same subnet as the MAPs, or DHCP option 43 
is used to supply a list of WX IP addresses or host-
names in the DHCP message.

„

Domain Name

„

DNS Server address

„

Static IP configuration—If DHCP is not available in 
the network, a Distributed MAP can be configured 
with static IP information that specifies its IP 
address, as well as the WX switch uses as its boot 
device. See the 

Wireless LAN Switch and Controller 

Configuration Guide

 for more information.

„

DNS—If the intermediate network between the 
WX switch and Distributed MAP includes one or 
more IP routers, do one of the following:

„

Configure DHCP option 43 on the DHCP server 
(see above).

„

Create a 3COMWX.

mynetwork

.com entry on 

the DNS server. 

 


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Preparing Clients

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Preparing Clients

MSS uses 802.1X for access to secure (encrypted) 
SSIDs. For a client to access an encrypted SSID, 802.1X 
must be configured on the client. Depending on the 
type of encryption used for the SSID, additional 
configuration on the client might be required. 

The following sections describe how to configure a 
Windows XP (Service Pack 2) client for access to an 
unencrypted (clear) or encrypted SSID. The exact 
procedure and the options that are supported depend 
on the Windows version installed on the client and 
might also depend on the wireless adapter card. See 
the Release Notes for 3Com Mobility System Software 
for additional client recommendations and a list of 
supported wireless adapters.

To configure a Windows XP SP2 client to access an 
SSID and use dynamic WEP encryption:

1

Access the Network Connections dialog box. (Select 

Con-

trol Panel

 > 

Network and Internet Connections

.)

2

Select 

Network Connections

.

3

Right-click on the wireless network connection and 
select 

Properties

.

4

Click the Wireless Networks tab.

5

Click 

Add

 to display the Wireless network properties 

dialog box.

6

Type the SSID name in the Network name field. (If you 
are using the SSIDs in this document, type 

public

 for 

nonsecure access, or 

corporate

 for secure access.)

7

In the Wireless network key group box, select 
Network Authentication type 

Open

 or 

WPA

.

8

Select Data encryption type: 

WEP

 for open network 

authentication, 

TKIP

 for WPA network authentication, 

or 

AES

 for RSN/WPA2 network authentication. For 

unencrypted SSIDs, select 

NONE

 instead

.

9

Select 

The

 key is provided for me automatically

, if 

not already selected.

Make sure 

This is a computer-to-computer (ad 

hoc) network

 is not selected.

10

Click the Authentication tab. (If the data encryption 
type is Disabled, the Authentication tab is not 
applicable and is not configurable. Click 

OK

 to 

complete this procedure.

11

If the SSID is encrypted, select 

Enable IEEE 802.1X 

authentication for this network

. 802.1X is 

required for access to a dynamically encrypted SSID.

12

If 802.1X is enabled, select 

Protected EAP (PEAP)

(If 802.1X is disabled, EAP is not used.)

13

Leave the 

Authenticate as computer

 and 

Authenticate as guest

 options disabled. 

14

Click 

Properties

.

15

Deselect 

Validate server certificate

16

Select 

Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)

 as the 

authentication method. 

17

Click 

OK

 to close the Properties dialog for the SSID.

18

Click 

OK

 to close the Network Connection dialog 

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Configuring a Mobility Domain for Roaming

This procedure configures multiple WX switches to 
form a Mobility Domain. A Mobility Domain allows 
users to seamlessly roam from one WX switch to 
another. A Mobility Domain uses one seed switch. 
The other switches are members. 

Add the switches to the same VLAN. Users can be in 
the same or different VLANs, and the user VLANs do 
not need to be configured on all the switches. Users 
can log on and roam the network from the seed 
switch, or from any member switch, by tunnelling 
through any other switch that contains their VLAN. 

For simplicity, the 

quickstart

 command assigns all 

users to the default VLAN. 

Figure 2   

Mobility Domain Deployment

Configuring the Seed

1

Configure WX1200-Corp as the seed:

WX1200-Corp# 

set mobility-domain mode seed 

domain-name Corp

WX1200-Corp# 

set mobility-domain member 10.10.90.4

2

Verify and save the configuration changes on 
WX1200-Corp.

WX1200-Corp# 

display config

# Configuration nvgen'd at 2005-1-09 00:42:46
# Image 6.0.1.0.64
...
set mobility-domain mode seed domain-name Corp
set mobility-domain member 10.10.90.4
WX1200-Corp# 

save config

Configuring a Member

1

Use the 

quickstart

 command to configure basic system 

parameters on a second switch (WX1200-Corp2). 

2

Configure WX1200-Corp2 as a member of the 
Mobility Domain. 

WX1200-Corp2# 

set mobility-domain mode member 

seed-ip 10.10.10.4

3

Verify and save the configuration changes:

WX1200-Corp2# display config
# Configuration nvgen'd at 2007-1-09 00:42:46
# Image 6.0.1.0.64
set mobility-domain mode member seed-ip 10.10.10.4
WX1200-Corp2# save config

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