How can I disable the lights on an AP?

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Some of my employees work with the lights off and they wanted to disable the lights on the AP. How can I do that with HMOL?
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You can disable the lights on the 120. I do not believe the 121 nor 330 allow the lights to be disabled. This setting is under Utilities>Locate Device.
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LEDs can be controlled on the original 11n APs (320 & 340) as well as the multi-color LED APs (110 & 120, 330 & 350). They cannot be controlled on other devices. It's set in Advanced Configuration -> Management options down at the bottom:

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I have to say changing the LED to flashing red on the 120 is fun, especially during Halloween.
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Matthew Gast

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We did have a staff member (who shall remain nameless -- but was not me) that wrote a script for the burn-in area that changed the colors in sequence on the shelf of APs we were doing pre-shipment testing on. Unfortunately, I do not have a video of the hundreds of APs shifting through the colors.
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Is there a reason why this is not supported on the other devices? I am having a request to disable the lights on all my APs. (121s)

thanks
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I will look into why this isn't supported on the HiveManager side of things, but it seems like you can turn the 121 light off via the CLI (tested in 5.14a). Type:

system led brightness off
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Thanks Andrew

That command did turn off the LED of the 121, but after an upgrade and a couple reboots the lights came on again. Hmmmm

How are the Management Options that Matthew mentioned referenced to the APs? Do they affect all APs in your organization?

Don't want to keep having to turn off the lights.

thanks
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If you save the config after typing the command, the setting should survive subsequent reboots and firmware updates. However, you may need to set it again after pushing a config change, unless you do the "Compare to HiveManager" type of config push.

As for the Management Options, these are set on a per-network policy basis. You can find the setting under Additional Settings > Service Settings > Management Options. Unfortunately, the light settings configured here are not set for the 121/141 APs at this time.
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So this is kind of a petty request, but we've had several request to disable the LEDs on the APs in theater rooms and auditoriums.  The issue here is that the change is made Network Policy wide.  And if we make the change manually, any subsequent update to the AP unless choosing the "Compare to HiveManager" turns them back on.  But even after doing this, eventually, you get the "red !" as there is a config mismatch (no system led brightness). 

Would it be possible down the road to build in the ability to dim/shut down AP LEDs at the AP level that would override any setting set in the Network Policy?
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Brian,
Thanks for the input, we will consider this for future releases.
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system led brightness off
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Then do a config mismatch on the AP.  And if you ever push out another change, it reverts that and turns it back on. 

I can turn them off and dim them (the older 120/320s) at my will, but not a permanent solution on a per device basis.
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save config running current
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Did that.  Do a config audit.  This is the results.  As I said, this is not a permanent solution.

no system led brightness
report statistic period 10
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Any news about the availability to turn off led for the AP121 ?
A per device option will be great
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Have you tried using Supplemental CLI to do this?  As long as you are running 6.2r1 or later, you can do device level override with this tool. Keep in mind, you must push a complete config to push the supplement.

Enable Supplemental CLI
Home > Administration > Hivemanager Settings > Enable Supplemental CLI

Configure Device Override CLI
Modify a device
Expand Advanced Settings
Click + to create a new CLI object
Enter a Name
enter your CLI  - no system led brightness 
Save CLI object

Make sure object is selected in Supplemental CLI drop-down

Save Device Settings
Push Complete Config to AP and reboot.




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As this has been requested before, I was a little surprised that HM-NG didn't implement this in such a way that the global setting could be overriden on a per-device basis. Perhaps it would be worth pinging your point of support to suggest this again? It's definitely something that I would like to see changed.
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Duct tape works ok, alternatively you could clone the Network Policy into a "Corporate Policy with Lights Out" policy with different Management Options, then apply that to all the APs you want to be dark
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Duct tape works ok, alternatively you could clone the Network Policy into a "Corporate Policy with Lights Out" policy with different Management Options, then apply that to all the APs you want to be dark
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NG does not support device level override at this time, we will definitely consider adding this in a future release.
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Terence you're right. That's what I've tried to do.
But unfortunaly the AP121 doesn't accept led control from the HM, while it's working with CLI
So bad !
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One potential workaround:

If you have a server available, you could use something like PuTTY at the command line via a repeated scheduled task to connect and switch off the LED, sending the aforementioned:

system led brightness off

As it should be simple to implement, I do hope that HM-NG allows the brightness to be overridden on a per device basis in the future.
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White insulation tape works here and looks invisible from a distance! If the LED still shines through it, a layer of black then white should do the trick!