Initial configuration using the Aruba CX mobile app

This procedure describes how to use your mobile device to connect to the Bluetooth interface of the switch to connect to the switch for the first time so that you can configure basic operational settings using the Aruba CX mobile app.

  • You have obtained the USB Bluetooth adapter that was shipped with the switch. Information about the make and model of the supported adapter is included in the information about the Aruba CX mobile app in the Apple Store or Google Play.

  • The Aruba CX mobile app must be installed on your mobile device.

  • Bluetooth must be enabled on your mobile device.

  • Your mobile device must be within the communication range of the Bluetooth adapter.

  • If you are planning to import the switch into NetEdit, your mobile device must be able to use a Wi-Fi connection—not Bluetooth—to access the NetEdit server.

    If your mobile device does not support simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, you must use the NetEdit interface to import the switch at a later time. You can use the Devices tab to display the IP address of the switches you configured using your mobile device.

  • The switch must be installed and powered on, with the network operating system boot sequence complete.

    For information about installing and powering on the switch, see the Installation Guide for the switch.

    Because you are using this mobile application to configure the switch through the Bluetooth interface, it is not necessary to connect a console to the switch.

  • Bluetooth and USB must be enabled on the switch. On switches shipped from the factory, Bluetooth and USB are enabled by default.

  1. Install the USB Bluetooth adapter in the USB port of the switch.

    For switches that have multiple management modules, you must install the USB Bluetooth adapter in the USB port of the active management module. Typically, the active management module is the module in slot 5. On the 6400, the active management module is typically installed in slot 1. When configuring a stack, a USB Bluetooth adapter must be installed on each 6300 switch in the stack.

    Switches shipped from the factory have both USB and Bluetooth enabled by default.

    For information about the location of the USB port on the switch, see the Installation Guide for the switch.

  2. Use the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device to pair and connect the switch to your mobile device.

    If you are in range of multiple Bluetooth devices, more than one device is displayed on the list of available devices. Switches running the AOS-CX operating system are displayed in the following format:


    For example: 8325-987654X1234567 or 8320-AB12CDE123

    A switch supports one active Bluetooth connection at a time.

    On some Android devices, you might need to change the settings of the paired device to specify that it be used for Internet access.

  3. Open the Aruba CX mobile app on your mobile device.

    Aruba CX mobile app icon

    The application attempts to connect to the switch using the switch Bluetooth IP address and the default switch login credentials. The Home screen of the application shows the status of the connection to the switch:
    • If the login attempt was successful, the Bluetooth icon is displayed and the status message shows the Bluetooth IP address of the switch. In addition, the connection graphic is green. You can continue to the next step.

    • If the login attempt was not successful, but a response was received, the Bluetooth icon is displayed, but the status message is: Login Required.

      You can continue to the next step. When you tap one of the tiles, you will be prompted for login credentials.

    • If the login attempt did not receive a response, the Bluetooth icon is not displayed, and the status message is: No Connection.

  4. Create the initial switch configuration:
    • You can deploy an initial configuration to the switch. Through this process, you supply the information required by a configuration template that you choose from a list of templates provided by the application. Then you deploy the configuration to the switch and, optionally, import the switch into NetEdit.


      When you deploy a switch configuration, it becomes the running configuration, replacing the entire existing configuration of the switch. All changes previously made to the factory default configuration are overwritten.

      If you plan to both deploy a switch configuration and customize the configuration of switch features, deploy the initial configuration first.

      To deploy an initial switch configuration, tap: Initial Config and follow the instructions in the application.

    • Alternatively, you can complete the initial configuration of the switch by tapping Modify Config and then selecting the features and settings to configure.
    • You can also use the Modify Config feature to configure some switch features after the initial configuration is complete. For more information about what you can configure using the Aruba CX mobile app, see the online help for the application.