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Linksys LAPAC1200 Business AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
HARDWARE INFORMATION
 
  1. What is the Linksys LAPAC1200 Business AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point?
  2. What default username and password are used to access the web-based setup page of the Linksys LAPAC1200?
  3. What is the Ethernet port speed of the Linksys LAPAC1200?
  4. Is the Linksys LAPAC1200 dual-band concurrent?
  5. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support Power over Ethernet (PoE)?
  6. How can I reset the Linksys LAPAC1200 to factory defaults?
  7. What power adapter does the Linksys LAPAC1200 use?
  8. Can the antennas be replaced?
  9. What LEDs does the Linksys LAPAC1200 have?
  10. What is the default host name?
  11. What is the default SSID?
  12. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support multiple SSIDs?
 
SETUP & INSTALLATION
 
  1. What is the default IP Address of the Linksys LAPAC1200?
  2. How do I access the web-based setup page of my wireless access point?
  3. Is there a wall mount available for the Linksys LAPAC1200?
 
WIRELESS SECURITY
 
  1. What type of wireless security does the Linksys LAPAC1200 use?
  2. Does it support a RADIUS server?
  3. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support WEP with ASCII format?
  4. How many access point devices can be shown in the Rogue AP detection site survey list?
 
FEATURES & FUNCTIONS
 
  1. Can the access point act as my DHCP Server?
  2. Can I run an application from a remote computer over the wireless network?
  3. What is the IEEE 802.11ac standard?
  4. What IPv6 features are supported?
  5. What is the ISM band?
  6. Would the information be intercepted while transmitting on air?
  7. What is Rogue AP Detection?
  8. How does the Rogue AP Detection feature work?
  9. What is a Workgroup Bridge?
  10. Does the access point function as a firewall?
  11. How many SSIDs can the Linksys LAPAC1200 support?
  12. Can I configure the Linksys LAPAC1200 by HTTPS?
  13. Does Linksys LAPAC1200 support NetBIOS Protocol?
  14. How does it work when the channel is set to Auto?
  15. Can Workgroup Bridge work at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time?
  16. Since the Linksys LAPAC1200 supports dual images, can I swap the firmware between two flashes?
  17. How many MAC Addresses does the Linksys LAPAC1200 have?
  18. How does the bandwidth usage mechanism of the upstream and downstream bandwidth rate limit work?
  19. Does the Linksys the LAPAC1200 support 802.11r fast roaming?
  20. What is the function option of untagged VLAN ID?  When can I use this option?
  21. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support file integrity check for firmware upgrade file?
  22. How does the Linksys LAPAC1200 work when there are power supplied by both PoE source and DC source?
  23. How do I install the Linksys LAPAC1200 for maximum performance?
  24. How do I enable Band Steering?
  25. How do I enable Isolation between SSIDs?
 
TROUBLESHOOTING
 
  1. How do I avoid interference?
  2. How do I reset the access point?
  3. How do I resolve issues with signal loss?
  4. I have excellent signal strength, but I cannot see my network.  What should I do?
  5. What should I do when the LED is not turning ON?
 
FIRMWARE UPGRADE

 
  1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the Linksys LAPAC1200?
 

HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys LAPAC1200 Business AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 Business AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point is a dual-band, IEEE802.11ac Wireless Access Point with Power over Ethernet (POE) support.  It features one (1) Gigabit Ethernet and is backward-compatible with widely deployed 802.11a/b/g infrastructure.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 supports 2x2 streams.  The link rate can achieve 300 Mbps for 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz band.
 
NOTE:  Maximum Performance is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac).  Actual performance may vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage.  Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables which include products used, interference and other adverse conditions.


2. What default username and password are used to access the web-based setup page of the Linksys LAPAC1200?  

The default username and password is admin.

3. What is the Ethernet port speed of the Linksys LAPAC1200?  

The Ethernet speed is 10/100/1000 Mbps.

4. Is the Linksys LAPAC1200 dual-band concurrent? 

Yes.

5. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support Power over Ethernet (PoE)?  

Yes.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 can be powered ON from an IEEE 802.3at-compliant source.

6. How can I reset the Linksys LAPAC1200 to factory defaults?  

To reset your Linksys LAPAC1200 to factory defaults, press and hold the Reset button for longer than 15 seconds.
 
Alternatively, you can also reset the Linksys LAPAC1200 by following these steps:

 
Step 1:
Log in to the access point’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 2:
Click the Maintenance tab then Factory Default sub-tab.
 
Step 3:
Select Yes.
 
Step 4:
Click the Save button.

7. What power adapter does the Linksys LAPAC1200 use?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 adapter uses 12 Volts, 1.5 Amperes.

8. Can the antennas be replaced?  

No.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 has four (4) fixed internal PIFA antennas which cannot be replaced.

9. What LEDs does the Linksys LAPAC1200 have?  
  • LED (Green) – The LED will blink green when the device is booting, and will be on solid green when it is turned ON with no wireless device connected.
  • LED (Blue) – The LED will blink blue when system upgrade is in process, and will be on solid blue when it is turned ON with at least one (1) wireless device connected.
  • LED (Red) – The LED will be solid when system is booting or update has failed.
10. What is the default host name?  

The default host name of the Linksys LAPAC1200 is lapxxxxx where x stands for the last five (5) characters of the MAC Address.

11. What is the default SSID?  

The default SSID is LinksysSMB24G for the 2.4 GHz band and LinksysSMB5G for the 5 GHz band.

12. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support multiple SSIDs?  

Yes.  It supports up to eight (8) SSID per radio.


SETUP & INSTALLATION

1. What is the default IP Address of the Linksys LAPAC1200?  

The device acts as DHCP client by default which gets IP Address from DHCP server.  If there is no DHCP server on your network, the device will roll back to default IP Address 192.168.1.252 with 192.168.1.1 default gateway.

2. How do I access the web-based setup page of my wireless access point?  

There are two (2) ways in accessing the web-based setup page of your access point.  For instructions, click here.

3. Is there a wall mount available for the Linksys LAPAC1200?  

Yes, the Linksys LAPAC1200 supports ceiling installation.  For instructions on how to mount your dual-band access point, click here.
 

WIRELESS SECURITY

1. What type of wireless security does the Linksys LAPAC1200 use?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 is compatible with seven (7) wireless security types, including WEP 64/128 bit, WPA2™-personal, WPA™ / WPA2™-personal, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA / WPA2-Enterprise, RADIUS, and None.

2. Does it support a RADIUS server?  

Yes.

3. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support WEP with ASCII format?  

No.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 only supports WEP with HEX format security key. 

4. How many access point devices can be shown in the Rogue AP detection site survey list?  

There is no limit. 

FEATURES & FUNCTIONS


1. Can the access point act as my DHCP Server?  

No.  The access point is nothing more than a wireless hub, and as such cannot be configured to handle DHCP capabilities.

2. Can I run an application from a remote computer over the wireless network?  

This depends on whether or not the application is designed to be used over a network.  Consult the application’s documentation to determine if it supports operation over a network.

3. What is the IEEE 802.11ac standard?  

IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless computer networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi), developed in the IEEE Standards Association process, providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band.  The standard was developed from 2011 through 2013 and approved in January 2014.  This specification has expected multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbit/s) and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s).  This is accomplished by extending the air interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to 8), multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to 256-QAM).

4. What IPv6 features are supported?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 supports the following IPv6 functions:
  • Path MTU discovery (RFC1981)
  • Internet Protocol v6 -IPv6 (RFC2460)
  • IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) (RFC2461)
  • IPv6 Stateless Address autoconfiguration (RFC2462)
  • ICMPv6: Internet Control Message Protocol v6 ICMPv6 (RFC2643)
  • IPv6 Address architecture (RFC3513) Default address selection (RFC3484)
  • Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Ethernet Networks (RFC 2464) IPv6 Node - (RFC4294)
  • Dual IPv4/IPv6 stack - simultaneous access from IPv4 and IPv6 client at the same time
5. What is the ISM band?  

The FCC and their counterparts outside of the U.S. have set aside bandwidth for unlicensed use in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band.  Spectrum in the vicinity of 2.4 GHz, in particular, is being made available worldwide.  This presents a truly revolutionary opportunity to place convenient high speed wireless capabilities for users around the globe. 

6. Would the information be intercepted while transmitting on air?  

WLAN features two-fold protection in security.  On the hardware side, as with Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum technology, it has the inherent security feature of scrambling.  On the software side, the WLAN series offers a variety of wireless security methods to enhance security and access control.  Users can set it up depending upon their needs.

7. What is Rogue AP Detection?   

Rogue AP is an access point that has been installed on a secure network without explicit authorization from a system administrator.  Rogue access points pose a security threat because anyone with access to the premises can ignorantly or maliciously install an inexpensive wireless WAP device that can potentially allow unauthorized parties to access the network.

8. How does the Rogue AP Detection feature work?   

After you enabled the Rogue AP detection feature in the Linksys LAPAC1200 then go to the Rogue AP detection page.  When the site survey is done, it will display the results of all detected access points.

9. What is a Workgroup Bridge?   

The Workgroup Bridge feature enables the access point to extend the accessibility of a remote network.  In Workgroup Bridge mode, the access point acts as a wireless station (STA) on the wireless LAN.  It can bridge traffic between a remote wired network or associated wireless clients and the wireless LAN that is connected using the Workgroup Bridge mode.

10. Does the access point function as a firewall?  

No.  The access point is only a bridge from wired Ethernet to wireless clients. 

11. How many SSIDs can the Linksys LAPAC1200 support?  

This device supports eight (8) BSSIDs on every radio using 8 different virtual MAC Addresses (Total of 16 SSIDs).

12. Can I configure the Linksys LAPAC1200 by HTTPS?  

Yes.  Access the web-based setup page then go to Configuration > Administration > Management Access.  You have to uncheck HTTP checkbox before checking the redirect checkbox.

13. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support NetBIOS Protocol?  

Yes.

14. How does it work when the channel is set to Auto?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 will check the channel with the lowest amount of wireless interference when the device reboots or user changes the parameters of wireless radio to cause the radio to restart.  The wireless client will connect to this channel with the lowest amount of wireless interference.

15. Can Workgroup Bridge work at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time?  

No.  Workgroup Bridge only works with one (1) radio at the same time.

16. Since the Linksys LAPAC1200 supports dual images, can I swap the firmware between two flashes?  

No.

17. How many MAC Addresses does the Linksys LAPAC1200 have?  

The Linksys LAPAC1200 has three (3) legal global MAC Addresses, one (1) is LAN MAC Address and the other two (2) are Wi-Fi radio interface MAC Addresses for 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz.  The multiple SSID and Workgroup Bridge interface MAC Addresses are temporary and they are calculated base on Wi-Fi radio interface MAC Address.

18. How does the bandwidth usage mechanism of the upstream and downstream bandwidth rate limit work?  

All wireless clients associated to the SSID will share the bandwidth, the SSID have been configured with Rate Limit.

19. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support 802.11r fast roaming 

No.

20. What is the function of the untagged VLAN ID?  When can I use this option?  

Frames belonging to the untagged VLAN ID do not carry VLAN tags when sent over the trunk.  Conversely, if an untagged frame is received on a trunk port, the frame is associated with the native VLAN configured on that port.  The untagged VLAN ID is similar the proprietary term native VLAN of Cisco switch.

21. Does the Linksys LAPAC1200 support file integrity check for firmware upgrade file?  

Yes.

22. How does the Linksys LAPAC1200 work when there are power supplied by both PoE source and DC source? 

The Linksys LAPAC1200 Ethernet port can be powered by PoE and DC source by power injector at the same time.  The PoE should have higher precedence than AC.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 must be able to failover between PoE and AC seamlessly, without any influence to system from user perspective.

23. How do I install the Linksys LAPAC1200 for maximum performance? 

The access point should be installed such that the antenna is facing the maximum usage area.  It can be either ceiling or wall mounted.

24. How do I enable Band Steering? 

Once you have accessed the web-based setup page of your Linksys LAPAC1200, go to Configuration > Wireless > Advanced Settings.  Tick the Enable checkbox next to Band Steering then click Save.

25. How do I enable Isolation between SSIDs?  

Access the web-based setup page of your Linksys LAPAC1200 then go to Configuration > Wireless > Advanced Settings.  Tick the Enable checkbox next to Isolation between SSIDS then click Save.
 

TROUBLESHOOTING


1. How do I avoid interference?  

Using multiple access points on the same channel and in close proximity to one another will generate interference.  When employing multiple access points, make sure to operate each one on a different channel or frequency.

2. How do I reset the access point?  

Press the Reset button on the back of the access point for about 15 seconds.  This resets the unit to its default settings.

3. How do I resolve issues with signal loss?  

There is no way to know the exact range of your wireless network without testing.  Every obstacle placed between an access point and wireless computer will create signal loss.  Leaded glass, metal, concrete floors, water, and walls will inhibit the signal and reduce range.  Start with your access point and your wireless computer in the same room and move it away in small increments to determine the maximum range in your environment.  You can also try using different channels, as this may eliminate interference affecting only one channel. Also, open the access point’s web-based setup page, click Wireless > Advanced Wireless, and make sure the output power is set to 100%.

4. I have excellent signal strength, but I cannot see my network.  What should I do?  

Wireless security, such as WEP or WPA, is probably enabled on the access point, but not on your wireless adapter (or vice versa).  Verify that the same wireless security settings are being used on all devices in your wireless network. 

5. What should I do when the LED is not turning ON?

If the wireless access point has no power and you use a PoE switch to provide power to the wireless access point:
  • Make sure that the Ethernet cable between the wireless access point and the PoE switch is connected correctly at both ends.
  • Make sure that the power cord of the PoE switch is plugged into a working power outlet or power strip.
  • Make sure that the PoE switch is functioning normally.

FIRMWARE UPGRADE

1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the Linksys LAPAC1200?  

 
Step 1:
Access the web-based setup page of your access point.  For instructions, click here.
 
Step 2:
Click on Maintenance > Firmware Upgrade tab, click the Choose File button and select the new firmware file.  To download the latest version of the Linksys LAPAC1200's firmware, click here.
 
Step 3:
Click the Upgrade button.
 
NOTE:  Do not power OFF or press the Reset button while upgrading the firmware of the access point.  The Linksys LAPAC1200 will reboot automatically after the firmware upgrade is completed.

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