Previously I have talked about how to claim and add access points to the site. In this post, I want to talk about claiming/provisioning/naming Mist access points from the web dashboard. Very simple and easy process. Using templates I can literally set-up and provision a site with 100’s of access points in a matter of min. I can also rename all the access points based on predefined criteria such as site name, AP#, MAC address. I can also assign the access points to a site, which means once they are provisioned everything will be configured and access points will be ready to serve the clients.
This simple method can allow provisioning of multiple access points in a matter of mins. There is one caveat with this process. If you want the Room#’s and/or other information added in here such as Rack#, patch panel#, etc and the numbering is not in a sequence you will have to manually add that information. I will need to see if I can find a way this can be done using a python script or some way to import a CSV file with that information. There already is a way to add sites using a python script and a CSV file so very possible that the same can be accomplished for access point provisioning.