I have two Cisco Aironet 1815i Autonomous Access Point connected to the network already and getting IP addresses from the DHCP server. But I am not able to open the web page for the configuration.

When I try to connect to the Access Point using the console port, I keep getting below shown error:

[*04/27/2018 00:25:53.2299] CAPWAP State: Discovery 
[*04/27/2018 00:25:53.2399] Discovery Request sent to, discovery type UNKNOWN(0)

I don't understand one thing when the access point is autonomous, then why it's trying to find the WLC? The firmware on the access point is and model number is AIR-AP1815I-E-K9.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

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If the AP is trying to do a discovery of a controller, then it is NOT an autonomous access point.


See what firmware version it is running. If the firmware is someting like ap3g1-k9w7xxx then is it autonomous mode. If it is ap3g1-k9w8 then it is a lightweight ap.

cisco-ap-02#dir flash:/
Directory of flash:/

    2  -rwx         203   Mar 1 1993 00:00:24 +00:00  env_vars
    3  -rwx        2843   Mar 1 1993 13:17:18 +00:00  config.txt
  215  drwx        1152   Jan 1 1970 00:10:58 +00:00  ap3g1-k9w7-mx.153-3.JD4
    5  -rwx        5483   Mar 1 1993 13:17:18 +00:00  private-config
    6  -rwx        2072   Mar 1 1993 13:17:19 +00:00  private-multiple-fs

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