This article explains how to configure an IP address on Dell PowerConnect W-IAPs
Setting an IP address thru DHCP
The IAP is set to obtain an IP address thru DHCP by default out of the box.
In order to receive an IP address thru DHCP follow these steps:
1. Ensure that the DHCP service is enabled on the network.
2. Connect the ENET 0 port of the IAP to a switch or router using and Ethernet cable.
3. Connect the IAP to a power source. This could be thru your POE switch connection or a plug in power adaptor that is purchased separately.
The IAP will receive an IP address provided by the DHCP service running thru your switch or router.
If there is no DHCP service on the network, the IAP can be assigned a static IP address. If a static IP Is not set, the IAP obtains an IP automatically within the 169.254 subnet.
Setting a Static IP
In order to set static IP follow these steps:
1. Connect to a PC or workstation running terminal emulation software (i.e. Putty) to the Console port of the IAP.
2. Power on the IAP. An autoboot countdown prompt that allows you to interrupt the normal startup process and access apboot is displayed.
3. Click Enter before the timer expires. The IAP goes into the apboot mode.
4. In the apboot mode, use the following commands to set the IP address:
Hit to stop autoboot: 0
apboot> setenv ipaddr 192.0.2.1
apboot> setenv netmask 255.255.255.0
apboot> setenv gatewayip 192.0.2.2
Saving Environment to Flash...
Un-Protected 1 sectors
Erased 1 sectors
The printenv displays the configuration that was saved in order to confirm the status.
It is highly recommended to use DHCP whenever possible. Setting Static is not a supported option. If required be sure to set a reservation for the IP in your DHCP server.