Cisco Right to Use (RTU) Licensing

Cisco AP licensing on wireless lan controller was always a little bit “messy”. You need to add AP-adder licenses to your current license by activating a PAK (Product activation key) on with your Cisco CCO ID, downloaded the lic file and upload it to your controller AND (!) restarting the whole machine. The last days, I installed a Cisco 5520 HA WLC cluster to one of my customer and was always asking the Cisco support where I can find the PAK. After several mails, I found out, that Cisco is going a new way to license the access points on WLCs. You now buy Cisco “Right to Use” (RTU) Licenses and just configure the AP license count at “Management / Software Activation / Licenses”:


You can read more information about it here. There is also the possibility to add this via CLI:

show license summary

license add ap-count (1-200)

and you don’t need to restart your WLC 🙂 thanks Cisco… finally!

3 thoughts on “Cisco Right to Use (RTU) Licensing”

  1. Is there a price difference between the old and new licenses? And you can now increase the licensing without paying? How will Cisco handle these situations?

    • Hi Christian,

      yes technically you can add licenses without paying. In case of a license audit from Cisco, you need to show the bought AP adder licenses.


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