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Deploying a Wireless Network with Aruba in Ten Minutes

Anyone who is familiar with Aruba Networks’ wireless networking gear knows they
have a mix of controllers, switches and access points to provide a result of
ubiquitous wireless services within and across an Enterprise footprint.

However they also have controller-less access points that communicate with each
other in a virtual controller mode, called Aruba Instant mode. In Aruba Instant mode, a
single AP automatically distributes the network con guration to other Instant APs in the
WLAN. After powering-up one AP, con guring it over the air, you can plug in the other
APs and have the entire network up and running.

A two node Aruba deployment with no dedicated controller took under ten minutes
from start to nish. I used the Aruba AP-105 access points and I will walk through the
process for you.

First, I plugged the initial access point in. I connected to the "INSTANT" SSID it was
broadcasting, and did the initial con guration. The initial con guration was basically
telling it what SSIDs I wanted to broadcast, and the characteristics of them. I created a
primary SSID (WILHELM) that is on my user network, a secondary SSID
(WILHELM_LAB) that was on my private network for my lab (VLAN 100), and a third
SSID (WILHELM_GUEST) that will be managed by the access point (it will hand out IPs,
NAT, provide the access controls, etc…). The access points receive initial IPs via DHCP
and nd each other (you can statically assign each an IP easily) and you can also de ne
a virtual IP that the web portal can be accessed by (in this case 1/7

while con guring the WILHELM_GUEST network as a AP-driven network you can de ne the splash / landing 2/7 . and even de ne a per-user rate limit (I chose 2Mb/s): Similarly. con guring the WILHELM_LAB SSID and tying it to VLAN 100 was as easy as could be: https://www.Envision Technology Advisors' blog Con guring each SSID is very easy due to the interface…for example.6/30/2017 Deploying a Wireless Network with Aruba in Ten Minutes .envisionsuccess.

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Envision Technology Advisors' blog Con guring all of this was very easy 4/7 . WILHELM and WILHELM_LAB pass tra c back to the switch directly on their respective VLANs. and WILHELM_GUEST throws a splash page and requires the user to access terms and conditions.6/30/2017 Deploying a Wireless Network with Aruba in Ten Minutes . The physical switch ports for the APs just needed those VLANs on them of course. overall (and speci c) throughput and a million other type the SSID. the VLAN it should use on the back-end. You can also drill into a speci c access point with detailed metrics: https://www. which clients are where. and then gives them an IP that is private (AP de ned) and doesn't let them access the main network. I gave the cluster a single management IP and I can see tra c across the cluster.envisionsuccess. and any special requirements.

but a huge amount of con guration parameters hiding behind a simple “Show Advanced Options” link). and have very good performance ranging from home. and other e ciency and optimization initiatives and has also done systems and application development and custom production leveraging computational clusters. The Aruba wireless access points are the right mix of easy and powerful. corporate and non-pro t customers. small business and enterprise use cases.Envision Technology Advisors' blog I am a big fan of simpli ed user interfaces (where there is enough shown by default to get started. healthcare.6/30/2017 Deploying a Wireless Network with Aruba in Ten Minutes . data provisioning across distributed networks and analysis against record-sets in the billions. data analytics. Read other blog articles from Envision About the Author Je Wilhelm Chief Technology O cer Je has 10-plus years’ experience developing large scale enterprise data management platforms for a mix of consumer marketing services. infrastructure virtualization. Connect with Je Wilhelm on Linkedin https://www.envisionsuccess. Je has deep experience with datacenter 5/7 .

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