Selects an interface to configure

A profile‘s interface configuration can be defined to support separate physical Ethernet configurations both unique and specific to device type. Ports vary depending on the platform, but controller or service platform models do have some of the same physical interfaces.

A controller or service platform requires its virtual interface be configured for layer 3 (IP) access or layer 3 service on a VLAN. A virtual interface defines which IP address is associated with each VLAN ID the controller or service platform is connected to.

If the profile is configured to support an access point radio, an additional radio interface is available, unique to the access point‘s radio configuration.

Supported in the following platforms:

  • Access Points — AP505i, AP510i/e, AP560i/h
  • Service Platforms — NX5500, NX7500, NX9500, NX9600, VX9000

Syntax Service Platforms

interface [<INTERFACE-NAME>|fe <1-4>|ge <1-24>|me1|port-channel <1-4>|pppoe1|
radio [1|2|3]|serial <1-4>|t1e1 <1-4>|up <1-2>|vlan <1-4094>|wwan1|xge <1-4>]

Syntax Access Points and Wireless Controllers

interface [<INTERFACE-NAME>|bluetooth <1-1>|fe <1-4>|ge <1-8>|me1|port-channel <1-4>|
pppoe1|radio [1|2|3]|up1|vlan <1-4094>|wwan1|xge <1-4>]


interface [<INTERFACE-NAME>|bluetooth <1-1>|fe <1-4>|ge <1-8>|me1|port-channel <1-4>|
radio [1|2|3]|serial <1-4>|t1e1 <1-4>|up <1-2>|vlan <1-4094>|wwan1|xge <1-4>]
<INTERFACE-NAME> Enters the configuration mode of the interface identified by the <INTERFACE-NAME> keyword
bluetooth <1-1> Selects the Bluetooth radio interface
  • <1-1> – Specify the Bluetooth radio interface index from 1 - 1. As of now only one Bluetooth radio interface is supported.

This interface is applicable only for the AP8432 and AP8533 model access points.

fe <1-4> Selects a FastEthernet interface
  • <1-4> – Specify the interface index from 1 - 4.
ge <1-24> Selects a GigabitEthernet interface
  • <1-24> – Specify the interface index from 1 - 24. .
me1 Selects a management interface
port-channel <1-4> Selects the port channel interface
  • <1-4> – Specify the interface index from 1 - 4.
pppoe1 Selects the PPP over Ethernet interface to configure
radio [1|2|3] Selects a radio interface
  • 1 – Selects radio interface 1
  • 2 – Selects radio interface 2
  • 3 – Selects radio interface 3

The radio interface is not available on wireless controllers or service platforms.

up1 Selects the uplink GigabitEthernet interface
vlan <1-4094> Selects a VLAN interface
  • <1-4094> – Specify the SVI VLAN ID from 1 - 4094.
wwan1 Selects a Wireless WAN interface

This interface is applicable only to AP7161, AP8163, RFS4000 model access points and controllers.

xge <1-4> Selects a TenGigabitEthernet interface
  • <1-2> – Specify the interface index from 1 - 4.

Usage Guidelines

GE ports are available on WiNG controllers and access points, such as the NX9500 service paltform and AP510. GE ports are RJ-45 supporting 10/100/1000Mbps.

The ports available on a device vary depending on the model type. For example, the following ports are available on NX series service platforms:
  • NX7500 - ge1-ge10, xge1-xge2
  • NX9500 series - ge1, ge2, xge1-xge4

ME ports are out-of-band management ports used to manage the controller via CLI or Web UI, even when the other ports on the controller are unreachable.

An UP port is used to connect to the backbone network. An UP port supports either RJ-45 or fiber. The UP port is the preferred means to connect to the backbone as it has a non-blocking 1gbps connection unlike the GE ports.



For a NX7500 model service platform, there are options for either a 2 port or 4 port network management card. Either card can be managed using WiNG. If the 4 port card is used, ports ge7-ge10 are available. If the 2 port card is used, ports xge1-xge2 are available.
The following ports are available on the new super-spec access points:
  • AP510 - GE1/POE (LAN), GE2/POE (LAN)
  • AP505 - GE1/POE (LAN), GE2 (LAN)


To access an AP's interface configuration mode, in the AP's profile or device context, issue the following commands:

ap505-13403B(config-device-94-9B-2C-13-40-38)#interface ?
  WORD          Interface name
  bluetooth     Bluetooth interface
  fe            Select a FastEthernet interface
  ge            Select a GigabitEthernet interface
  me1           Select the management interface
  port-channel  Select a port channel interface
  radio         Select a radio
  up1           Select the Uplink GigabitEthernet interface
  vlan          Select a vlan interface (switched virtual interface)
  xge           Select a TenGigabitEthernet interface

Bluetooth Radio Mode commands:
  beacon       Configure low-energy beacon operation parameters
  description  Configure a description for this bluetooth radio
  eddystone    Configure eddystone beacon payload parameters
  ibeacon      Configure iBeacon beacon payload parameters
  mode         Set the bluetooth opreation mode
  no           Negate a command or set its defaults
  shutdown     Shutdown the selected bluetooth radio interface

  clrscr       Clears the display screen
  commit       Commit all changes made in this session
  do           Run commands from Exec mode
  end          End current mode and change to EXEC mode
  exit         End current mode and down to previous mode
  help         Description of the interactive help system
  revert       Revert changes
  service      Service Commands
  show         Show running system information
  write        Write running configuration to memory or terminal

nx9500-6C8809(config-profile-test510)#interface radio 1
Radio Mode commands:
  adaptivity                  Adaptivity
  aeroscout                   Aeroscout Multicast MAC/Enable
  aggregation                 Configure 802.11n aggregation related parameters
  airtime-fairness            Enable fair access to medium for clients based
                              on their usage of airtime
  antenna-diversity           Transmit antenna diversity for non-11n transmit
  antenna-downtilt            Enable ADEPT antenna mode
  antenna-elevation           Specifies the antenna elevation gain
  antenna-gain                Specifies the antenna gain of this radio
  antenna-mode                Configure the antenna mode (number of transmit
                              and receive antennas) on the radio
  assoc-response              Configure transmission parameters for
                              Association Response frames
  association-list            Configure the association list for the radio
  beacon                      Configure beacon parameters
  bridge                      Bridge rf-mode related configuration
  channel                     Configure the channel of operation for this
  data-rates                  Specify the 802.11 rates to be supported on this

Related Commands

no Removes the selected interface