Getting Started

Step 1

After you fill out a form online at http://cloudeval.arubanetworks.com, within 30 minutes, you will receive an email link with instructions to create an account for Aruba Central.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Find the “click here” link in the email text to log in to Aruba Central, or go to https://portal.central.arubanetworks.com/

  1. Use your existing Aruba web login username and password for Aruba Central
  2. Or, if you are new to Aruba, use the temporary password supplied in the email.

Step 2

Your first time logging into Central, a pop-up window will appear and you will be asked to link your Central licenses with the Instant access points you want to manage.

  1. If you log in within 4 hours of signing up for Central, you will see a “Synch Pending” message as we obtain your Aruba access point list from our records.
  2. When this synch is completed, select up to 50 access points you want to manage with Central and click the “Assign” button.
  3. You can add additional access points that are not pre-populated in your Central subscription. See below for more details.

Step 3

Your first time logging into Central, a pop-up window will appear and you will be asked to link your Central licenses with the Instant access points you want to manage.

  1. If you log in within 4 hours of signing up for Central, you will see a “Synch Pending” message as we obtain your Aruba access point list from our records.
  2. When this synch is completed, select up to 50 access points you want to manage with Central and click the “Assign” button.
  3. You can add additional access points that are not pre-populated in your Central subscription. See below for more details.

Step 4

Once your Instant access points are managed by Aruba Central, their running configurations can be imported and managed.

  1. Click on the “Groups” button, and at the bottom of the list your device will appear under “Unprovisioned.”
  2. Click import.

Step 5

If your access point does not have a running configuration, you will need to setup a new SSID or wireless LAN.

  1. From the Overview screen in Central, click on “create new network” under “Quick Links.”
  2. Follow the 4-Step process for setting up a new network.
  3. For a guided tour of the 4 steps, visit the training page.

Note:

When your evaluation period ends, your Instant access points will revert to management with its local management interface, accessible at instant.arubanetworks.com.

Optional: Manually adding a new device

Aruba tracks the MAC address of access points sold to individual customers in order to match APs with the right Aruba Central account. If this information is incomplete, you can manually add a device.

Step 1

First, obtain a “cloud activation key” from your Instant access point.

  1. Connect your access point to the Internet and power it on.
  2. Connect to instant.arubanetworks.com.
  3. Log in with the username/password of admin/admin or whatever login you previously specified.
  4. Once you are logged in, click the “Maintenance” menu option. In the dialog box that opens, you will see the “cloud activation key.” Copy or write down this cloud activation key.

Step 2

Next, find the MAC address written on the back of the access point. If you cannot find it, you can click “Maintenance” and choose the “Configuration” tab. Scroll down to the text “Allowed AP” and copy the 12 characters that follow.

Step 3

Go back to your Central subscription at portal.central.arubanetworks.com to the “Device Management” dialog box.

Step 4

Enter the MAC address and cloud activation key you retrieved and click “Add Devices.” Your device will now appear in the Device Management screen.

Step 5

Select the newly added device and click the “Assign” button. You have 50 device licenses in your Aruba Central evaluation that you can use.