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The objective of this document is to show you how to configure the day zero setup of a CBW 150AX Access Point (AP) using the Setup Wizard on your PC running Windows 10.
Applicable Devices | Firmware Version
CBW 150AX AP | 10.2.2.0
CBW APs are administered through a web user interface. To use this interface, your browser must be one of
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or above
Apple Safari version 7 or above
Mozilla Firefox version 33 or above
Google Chrome version 38 or above
A DHCP Server is required for the day zero setup.
Only ONE CBW deployment per LAN is feasible. If you need more than one deployment, it is required to isolate the networks.
All primary-capable APs must be on the same VLAN.
If you are looking to set up your Cisco Business wireless device, you have come to the right place! The
day zero configuration will guide you through setting up your new, out of the box CBW 150AX AP.
The CBW 150AX access points and 151AXM mesh extenders are the next generation of the Cisco Business Wireless Product line.
The major new feature is the implementation of 802.11ax, that uses Wi-Fi 6. These new Access Points provide improved performance by increasing the efficacy of the network and its ability to manage higher numbers of devices.
These APs can be used as traditional standalone devices or as part of a mesh network.
These APs are not compatible with the previous CBW series that include 140AC, 145AC, and 240AC AP, or the 141ACM, 142ACM, and 143ACM Mesh Extenders.
If you are ready to configure your CBW 150AX AP, let’s get you setup!
This toggled section highlights tips for beginners.
Log into the Web User Interface (UI) of the Primary AP. To do this, open a web browser and enter
https://ciscobusiness.cisco. You may receive a warning before proceeding. Enter your
You can also access the Primary AP by entering https:// (of the Primary AP) into a web
If you have questions about a field in the user interface, check for a tool tip that looks like the
Trouble locating the Expand Main Menu icon?
Navigate to the menu on the left-hand side of the screen, if you don’t see the menu button, click
this icon to open the side-bar menu.
To get started, power up the access point. Check the status of the indicator lights. The access point
will take about 8 - 10 minutes to boot. The LED will blink green in multiple
patterns, alternating rapidly through green, red, and amber before turning green again. There may be
small variations in the LED color intensity and hue from unit to unit. When the LED light
is blinking green, proceed to the next step.
The PoE Ethernet Uplink Port on the Primary AP can ONLY be used to provide uplink to the LAN, and NOT
to connect to any other primary-capable or mesh extender devices.
On your PC, click the Wi-Fi icon and choose CiscoBusiness-Setup wireless network. Click Connect.
If your access point isn’t new, out of the box, make sure it is reset to factory default settings for
the CiscoBusiness-Setup SSID to show up in your Wi-Fi options.
Enter the passphrase cisco123 and click Next.
You will get the following screen. As you can configure only one device at a time, Click
Only one device can be connected to the CiscoBusiness-Setup ssid. If a second device
attempts to connect, it will not be able to. If you are unable to connect to the SSID and have
validated the password, some other device may have made the connection. Restart the AP and try
Once connected, the web browser should auto-redirect to the CBW AP setup wizard. If not, open a web
browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. In the address bar, type
http://ciscobusiness.cisco and press Enter. Click
Start on the webpage.
If you do not see the webpage, wait for a few more minutes or reload the page. After this initial
setup, you will use https://ciscobusiness.cisco to log in. If your web browser auto-populates with
http://, you need to manually type in the https:// to gain access.
Create an admin account by entering the following:
Admin username (Maximum of 24 characters)
Confirm admin password
You can choose to show the password by checking the checkbox next to Show Password. Click
Do not use “cisco” or variations of it in the username or password fields. If you do, you will get an
error message as shown below.
Set Up Your Primary AP by entering the following:
Primary AP Name
Date & Time
Mesh should be enabled only if you plan to create a mesh network. By default, it is
Create Your Wireless Networks by entering the following:
(Optional) Check the checkbox to Show Passphrase.
Wi-Fi protected Access (WPA) version 2 (WPA2), is the current standard for Wi-Fi security.
Confirm the settings and click Apply.
Click OK to apply the settings.
You will see the following screen while the configurations are being saved and the system reboots. This
might take 5 - 6 minutes.
Go to the wireless options on your PC and choose the network that you configured. Click
In this example, the network is CBWWlan. The CiscoBusiness-Setup SSID will disappear
Open a web-browser and type in https:://[IP address of the CBW AP]. Alternatively you can type
https://ciscobusiness.cisco in the address bar and press enter. Be sure that you type https and
not http at this step.
If you are using a wired connection after the initial setup, make sure to use https:://[IP
address of the CBW AP] and not https://ciscobusiness.cisco. The latter will only
work in a wireless setting.
Log in using the credentials that were configured. Click OK.
You will be able to access the web-configuration page of the AP.
If you have any issues, check out the following tips:
Make sure the correct Service Set Identifier (SSID) is selected. This is the name that you created
for the wireless network.
Disconnect any VPN for either the mobile app or on a laptop. You might even be connected to a VPN
that your mobile service provider uses that you might not even know. For example, an Android (Pixel
3) phone with Google Fi as a service provider there is a built-in VPN that auto-connects without
notification. This would need to be disabled to find the Primary AP.
Log into the Primary AP with https://<IP address of the Primary AP>.
Once you do initial setup, be sure https:// is being used whether you are logging into
ciscobusiness.cisco or by entering the IP address into your web browser. Depending on your
settings, your computer may have auto-populated with http:// since that is what you used
the very first time you logged in.
To help with problems related to accessing the web UI or browser issues during the use of the AP, in
the web browser (Firefox in this case) click on Open menu, go to Help > Troubleshooting Information
and click on Refresh Firefox.
There you have it! You have now successfully configured the day zero setup of your CBW 150AX AP. Enjoy the
benefits of a reliable and secure device on your network.