Dhcp Option 43 for Aironet Aps

Just a quick hacky script to generate dhcp option 43 for Cisco LAPs to join Wireless Lan Controllers (WLC). This script outputs a line to add to your dhcpd.conf subnet declaration. It takes a list of IPs as arguments and will convert them into a suitable dhcpd.conf entry.

Script invocation example:

[email protected]:~$ ./gen-dhcp-43.py
Please add the following line to the correct subject declaration.
option vendor-encapsulated-options f1:08:c0:a8:0a:05:c0:a8:0a:14;

Example subnet declaration

   subnet netmask {
       range dynamic-bootp;
       option broadcast-address;
       option routers;
       option vendor-encapsulated-options f1:08:c0:a8:0a:05:c0:a8:0a:14;
       max-lease-time 604800;
       default-lease-time 604800;
       host hostname {
         hardware ethernet xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx;


#!/usr/bin/env python3
# Configure Cisco LAPs to join WLC via dhcpd option 43.
# 11/16/2021 [email protected]

import sys

if len(sys.argv) < 1:
    print(f"Usage: {sys.argv[0]} <ip1> <ip2> <...>")

def gen_hex(ip):
    ipsplit = ip.split('.')
    hexxed = ':'.join(hex(int(i))[2:].zfill(2) for i in ipsplit)

def gen_prefix(num):
    type = "f1"
    length = hex(int(num * 4))[2:].zfill(2)

num_ips = len(sys.argv) - 1

prefix = gen_prefix(num_ips)

hexips = []
for ip in sys.argv[1:]:
    iphex = gen_hex(ip)

hexips = ':'.join(hexips)

print("Please add the following line to the correct subject declaration.")
print(f"option vendor-encapsulated-options {prefix}:{hexips};")

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