determining the mode of an Access Point (AP) is crucial for optimizing wireless network functionality. A Python script can simplify this process, utilizing the Netmiko library to interact with Cisco AireOS-based devices and retrieve specific AP information.

Let’s break down the provided Python script step by step:

  1. Setup SSH Connection: The script initiates an SSH connection to the AireOS device with specific credentials (IP, username, password, port, and device type).
  2. Disabling Paging and Retrieving AP Summary: Upon establishing the connection, the script disables paging to retrieve command output without pagination. It then fetches the summary of APs using the ‘show ap summary’ command.
  3. Parsing AP Information: To extract the relevant AP details, the script manipulates the output by discarding the first 9 lines containing headers and unnecessary information. The remaining content represents a list of APs.
  4. Extracting AP Names: Iterating through the AP list, the script isolates only the AP names, ignoring additional details.
  5. Determining AP Modes: For each AP, the script fetches the configuration details (‘show ap config general <AP_name>’) and searches within the obtained data for the line mentioning the ‘AP Mode.’ It extracts and prints the AP name along with its corresponding mode (Flex Connect or Local).

The key functionality lies in the nested loop structure, which navigates through the AP names, retrieves their configurations, and isolates the mode details. The utilization of string manipulation functions such as split(), partition(), and strip() helps in extracting specific information from the executed command outputs.

Remember, before executing scripts in production environments, it’s essential to test them in a controlled setting and ensure they align with the organization’s security and operational guidelines.

Review the python code here: https://github.com/benea11/Cisco-AP-Mode_AireOS/blob/master/flexcheck

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