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Dell PowerConnect W-AP100 Series Access Point
Installation Guide


The Dell W-AP104 and W-AP105 wireless access points support the IEEE 802.11n 
standard for high-performance WLAN. This access point uses MIMO (Multiple-in, 
Multiple-out) technology and other high-throughput mode techniques to deliver 
high-performance, 802.11n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz functionality while simultaneously 
supporting existing 802.11a/b/g wireless services. The W-AP100 Series access point 
works only in conjunction with a Dell PowerConnect W-Series Controller.

The Dell W-AP100 Series access points provide the following capabilities:

Wireless transceiver

Protocol-independent networking functionality

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n operation as a wireless access point

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n operation as a wireless air monitor

Compatibility with IEEE 802.3af PoE 

Central management configuration and upgrades through a Dell PowerConnect 
W-Series Controller

Package Contents

W-AP104 or W-AP105 access point 

Installation guide (this document)

W-AP100 Series Hardware Overview

Figure 1  

W-AP100 Series Front (W-AP104 shown)


The W-AP100 Series is equipped with four LEDs that indicate the status of the 
various components of the AP.

PWR: Indicates whether or not the W-AP100 Series is powered-on

ENET: Indicates the status of the W-AP100 Series’s Ethernet port

11A/N: Indicates the status of the 802.11a/n radio

11B/G/N: Indicates the status of the 802.11b/g/n radio

For information about the W-AP100 Series’s LED behavior, see 

Table 1 on page 2


External Antenna Connectors

The W-AP104 is designed for use with external antennas and equipped with four 
external antenna connectors. The W-AP105 is equipped with internal antennas.

Figure 2  

W-AP100 Series Rear

Console Port

Use the console port to connect to a terminal for direct local management.

Ethernet Port

W-AP100 Series is equipped with a single 10/100/1000Base-T (RJ-45) auto-sensing, 
MDI/MDX wired-network connectivity port. Supporting IEEE 802.3af Power over 
Ethernet (PoE). This port accepts 48VDC as a standard defined Powered Device 
(PD) from Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) such as a PoE midspan injector, or 
network infrastructure that supports PoE.

DC Power Socket

If PoE is not available, an optional Dell power adapter kit (sold separately) can be 
used to power the W-AP100 Series. 

Reset Button

The reset button can be used to return the AP to factory default settings. To reset 
the AP:
1. Power off the AP.
2. Press and hold the reset button using a small, narrow object, such as a paperclip.
3. Power-on the AP without releasing the reset button. The power LED will flash 

within 5 seconds.

4. Release the reset button.

The power LED will flash again within 15 seconds indicating that the reset is 
completed. The AP will now continue to boot with the factory default settings.

Before You Begin

Pre-Installation Network Requirements

After WLAN planning is complete and the appropriate products and their placement 
have been determined, the Dell controller(s) must be installed and initial setup 
performed before the Dell APs are deployed.

For initial setup of the controller, see the Dell PowerConnect W-Series



Quick Start Guide at support.dell.com/manuals for the software version installed on 
your controller.

AP Pre-Installation Checklist

Before installing your W-AP100 Series AP, ensure that you have the following:

CAT5 UTP cable of required length

One of the following power sources:

IEEE 802.3af-compliant Power over Ethernet (PoE) source

Supports full functionality for W-AP100 Series

The POE source can be any power source equipment (PSE) controller or 
midspan PSE device

Dell power adapter kit (sold separately)

Dell PowerConnect W Controller provisioned on the network:

Layer 2/3 network connectivity to your access point

One of the following network services:

Aruba Discovery Protocol (ADP)

DNS server with an “A” record

DHCP Server with vendor-specific options

Summary of the Setup Process

Successful setup of an W-AP100 Series access point consists of five tasks, which must 
be performed in this order:
1. Verify pre-installation connectivity.
2. Identify the specific installation location for each AP.
3. Install each AP.
4. Verify post-installation connectivity.
5. Configure each AP.

Verifying Pre-Installation Connectivity

Before you install APs in a network environment, make sure that the APs are able to 
locate and connect to the controller after power on.

Specifically, you must verify the following conditions:

When connected to the network, each AP is assigned a valid IP address

APs are able to locate the controller 

For instructions on locating and connecting to the controller, see the Dell 
PowerConnect W-Series ArubaOS Quick Start Guide
 at support.dell.com/manuals.

Identifying Specific Installation Locations

You can mount the W-AP100 Series access point on a wall or on the ceiling. Use the 
AP placement map generated by Dell’s RF Plan software application to determine 
the proper installation location(s). Each location should be as close as possible to the 
center of the intended coverage area and should be free from obstructions or obvious 
sources of interference. These RF absorbers/reflectors/interference sources will 
impact RF propagation and should have been accounted for during the planning 
phase and adjusted for in RF plan.

Identifying Known RF Absorbers/Reflectors/Interference Sources

Identifying known RF absorbers, reflectors, and interference sources while in the 
field during the installation phase is critical. Make sure that these sources are taken 
into consideration when you attach an AP to its fixed location. Examples of sources 
that degrade RF performance include:

Cement and brick

Objects that contain water


Microwave ovens

Wireless phones and headsets

Installing the AP

Using the Integrated Wall-Mounting Slots

The keyhole-shaped slots on the back of the AP can be used to attach the device 
upright to an indoor wall or shelf. When you choose the mounting location, allow 
additional space at the right of the unit for cables.
1. Since the ports are on the back of the device, make sure that you mount the AP in 

such a way that there is a clear path to the Ethernet port, such as a pre-drilled 
hole in the mounting surface.

2. At the mounting location, install two screws on the wall or shelf, 1 7/8 inches 

(4.7 cm) apart. If you are attaching the device to drywall, it is recommended that 
using appropriate wall anchors (not included).

3. Align the mounting slots on the rear of the AP over the screws and slide the unit 

into place (see 

Figure 3


Figure 3  

Installing the W-AP100 Series Access Point on a Wall

Using the Integrated Ceiling Tile Rail Slots

The snap-in tile rail slots on the rear of the AP can be used to securely attach the 
device directly to a 15/16" wide, standard ceiling tile rail.

1. Pull the necessary cables through a prepared hole in the ceiling tile near where 

the AP will be placed.

2. If necessary, connect the console cable to the console port on the back of the AP.

Hold the AP next to the ceiling tile rail with the ceiling tile rail mounting slots at 
approximately a 30-degree angle to the ceiling tile rail (see 

Figure 4

). Make sure that 

any cable slack is above the ceiling tile.

Figure 4  

Orienting the Ceiling Tile Rail Mounting Slots

3. Pushing toward the ceiling tile, rotate the AP clockwise until the device clicks 

into place on the ceiling tile rail.

Note:  Inform your supplier if there are incorrect, missing, or damaged parts. If 
possible, retain the carton, including the original packing materials. Use these 
materials to repack and return the unit to the supplier if needed.









Caution:  FCC Statement: Improper termination of access points installed in the 
United States configured to non-US model controllers will be in violation of the 
FCC grant of equipment authorization. Any such willful or intentional violation may 
result in a requirement by the FCC for immediate termination of operation and may 
be subject to forfeiture (47 CFR 1.80).

Caution:  EU Statement: 
Lower power radio LAN product operating in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Please refer to 
the Dell PowerConnect W-Series ArubaOS User Guide for details on restrictions.
Produit réseau local radio basse puissance operant dans la bande fréquence 2.4 GHz 
et 5 GHz. Merci de vous referrer au Dell PowerConnect W-Series ArubaOS User 
Guide pour les details des restrictions..
Low Power FunkLAN Produkt, das im 2.4 GHz und im 5 GHz Band arbeitet. Weitere 
Informationen bezlüglich Einschränkungen finden Sie im Dell PowerConnect 
W-Series ArubaOS User Guide.
Apparati Radio LAN a bassa Potenza, operanti a 2.4 GHz e 5 GHz. Fare riferimento alla 
Dell PowerConnect W-Series ArubaOS User Guide per avere informazioni detagliate 
sulle restrizioni.






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Reset Button

Note:  Dell, in compliance with governmental requirements, has designed the W-
AP100 Series access points so that only authorized network administrators can 
change the settings. For more information about AP configuration, refer to the Dell 
PowerConnect W-Series ArubaOS Quick Start Guide and the Dell PowerConnect 
W-Series ArubaOS User Guide.

Caution:  Access points are radio transmission devices and as such are subject to 
governmental regulation. Network administrators responsible for the 
configuration and operation of access points must comply with local broadcast 
regulations. Specifically, access points must use channel assignments 
appropriate to the location in which the access point will be used.

Caution:  RF Radiation Exposure Statement: This equipment complies with FCC RF 
radiation exposure limits. This equipment should be installed and operated with a 
minimum distance of 13.78 inches (35 cm) between the radiator and your body for 
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz operations. This transmitter must not be co-located or 
operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. When operated in 
the 5.15 to 5.25 GHz frequency range, this device is restricted to indoor use to 
reduce the potential for harmful interference with co-channel Mobile Satellite 

Note:  Service to all Dell products should be performed by trained service 
personnel only.

Caution:  Make sure the AP fits securely on the ceiling tile rail when hanging the 
device from the ceiling; poor installation could cause it to fall onto people or