The ECA can be in the following licensing modes:
- Unlicensed — (DEMO) When the appliance is not licensed, it operates in demo mode. In demo mode, you can operate as many devices as you want, subject to the maximum limit of the platform type. In demo mode, you can use only the b/g radio, with channels 6 and 11. 11n support and Mobility are disabled in demo mode.
- Licensed with a temporary activation key — (Evaluation) A temporary activation key comes with a regulatory domain. With the temporary activation key, you can select a country from the domain and operate the APs on any channel permitted by the country. A temporary activation key allows you to use all software features. You can operate as many devices as you want, subject to the maximum limit of the platform type.
A temporary activation key is valid for 90 days. Once the 90-day period is up, the temporary key expires. You must get a permanent activation key and install it on the appliance. ECA will warn you to obtain a permanent license seven days before the expiration date. If you do not install a permanent activation key, the appliance generates event logs every 15 minutes, indicating that an appropriate license is required for the current software version. In addition, you will not be able to edit the Network Service parameters.
- Licensed with permanent activation key — (Permanent) A permanent activation key is valid for an infinite period. Use an activation key with a capacity key to license the devices.