- 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.
Note: Whenever the licensed region changes on the appliance, all APs are changed to Auto Channel Select to prevent possible infractions to local RF regulatory requirements. If this occurs, all manually configured radio channel settings will be lost. Installing the new license key before upgrading prevents the appliance from changing the licensed region, and in addition, manually configured channel settings are maintained.
- If the appliance detects a license violation, such as capacity adoption, a grace period counter starts from the moment the first violation occurred. The appliance generates event logs for every violation. To leave the grace period, clear all outstanding license violations. The appliance can be in an unlicensed state for an infinite period. However, if you install a temporary activation key, the unlicensed state is terminated. After the validity of a temporary activation key expires, the controller 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.