At my school, we are running a Meraki switch with 9 current M16 access points. We are going 1 to 1 this year and will be adding 100 Chromebooks to our devices. We received a donation of Cisco APs (cisco air-cap1602i-a-k9)
I know I need to assign IPs to them through my DHCP, but I wondered if anyone else has dealt with this issue.
I think it is a bit of a false economy to get 100 new chromebooks but not be prepared to invest in the infrastructure to make them work well.
air-cap1602i-a-k9 is a controller based AP. So you need a Cisco WLC with sufficient licenses to bring them online. You can convert a controller based AP to an autonomous AP but it is a bit of a painful time consuming process. You may need to buy a Cisco SmartNet maintenance agreement to be able to get the autonomous AP software legally.
However I see that these have now gone "end of life" - so you can't buy new SmartNet maintenance contracts. Also the current versions of the WLC software no longer support them.
@sjpanther I have no idea what your experience is with IT and I am not trying to offend you in any way but you might want to consider working with a consultant who is able to sit with you and plan the network that you require.
That way you will have a shopping list of what equipment you require, donated equipment can be a mine field, some times the equipment is plug and play and other times is come with expensive licensing that is not mentioned and ends up costing you more than you thought. Its also usually someone elses old hand me downs.
As you are a school you do qualify for Education pricing on Meraki equipment which is WAY cheaper than standard pricing.
Good luck with what you are doing and ask as many questions as you need, we are all here ot help.