Upgrade Motorola AP7131 Firmware 4.1.5.0-004R to 5.3.1.0-009R Step by Step

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We have four access point Motorola AP7131 back in 2013 and the firmware version is 4.1.5.0-004R. Now in 2015 i want to upgrade the firmware version to 5.3.1.0-009R so that this access point can be a virtual controller. By having a virtual controller I can manage other AP very easy from this virtual controller. We can add new access point easily without doing any configuration just plug it to the same network where virtual controller exist and it will adopt the configuration from for AP7131 that act as virtual controller.

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updates Motorola Ap7131 firmware

I realize that there are many newer version than 5.3.1.0-009R for AP7131 but since i have access point Motorola 6521 that have firmware version 5.3.1.0-009R, i will fell more friendly with the way interface works. I use CLI command to upgrade the firmware because i can not login via web browser at that time. Please bear in mind when you successfully upgrade the firmware, all configuration will gone except the IP address.

I did everything i write here successfully however i held no responsibility if there is any problem arise from following below steps.

  1. Download the firmware file for AP7131 from here:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0d9kckw2ntjsd4k/ap7131-5.3.1.0-009r.bin?dl=0
  2. Download and setup TFTP server service from here:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/tftp-server/
    Edit file OpenTFTPServerMT.ini in folder C:\OpenTFTPServer on the section [Home] make sure you add the location of firmware file (ap7131-5.3.1.0-009r.bin)
    example:
    [HOME]
    C:\OpenTFTPServer\Image\
    Make sure the service called  OpenTFTPServer is running in you computer.
  3. Using telnet program ( I use hyper terminal in win 7) login as admin, default password is motorola

Admin>system

admin(system)>fw-update

admin(system.fw-update)>

admin(system.fw-update)>set file ap7131-5.3.1.0-009r.bin

admin(system.fw-update)>set server 10.130.5.74 {is the ip address of computer where TFTP server is installed}

{use command show to see the changes you just did}

admin(system.fw-update)>show

automatic firmware upgrade       : enable

automatic config upgrade         : enable

firmware filename                 : ap7131-5.3.1.0-009r.bin

firmware filepath                 :

ftp/sftp/tftp server ip address   : 10.130.5.74

ftp/sftp user name               :

ftp/sftp password                 : ********

 {everything looks good, follow below steps}

admin(system.fw-update)>

admin(system.fw-update)>update tftp

**************************************************************************

System will now download firmware then reset for upgrade. Do not

power off the AP during the firmware upgrade process (5-6 minutes).

***************************************************************************

Start DOWNLOAD script…

{After 5-6 minutes you will see this}

Successfully downloaded 38122636 bytes

Load complete. System will now reset to update

{wait about 5 minutes and your AP7131 is now using firmware 5.3.1.0-009R}

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