Environment : This article applies to all the IAPs running 220.127.116.11_3.2.0
Yes we can boot up an IAP without an actual physical uplink. This is a new feature added in OS version 18.104.22.168_3.2.0. Any version prior to this does not have this capability.
This feature is typically deployed in standalone mode, where user want to establish a spectrum monitor. The spectrum data can be collected by connecting a PC to a downlink Ethernet port.