Converting an IAP to RAP or CAP

For IAP to RAP or CAP conversion, the Virtual Controller sends the convert command to all the other IAPs. The Virtual Controller along with the other slave IAPs then setup a VPN tunnel to the remote controller, and download the firmware by FTP. The Virtual Controller uses IPsec to communicate to the controller over the internet.

 

A mesh point cannot be converted to RAP because mesh does not support VPN connection.

An IAP can be converted to a Campus AP and Remote AP only if the controller is running ArubaOS 6.1.4 or later.

The following table describes the supported IAP platforms and minimal AOS version for IAP to CAP/RAP conversion.

Converting IAP to RAP

To convert an IAP to RAP, follow the instructions below:

1. Navigate to the Maintenance tab in the top right corner of the Instant UI.
2. Click the Convert tab.
3. Select Remote APs managed by a Mobility Controller from the drop-down list.
4. Enter the hostname (fully qualified domain name) or the IP address of the controller in the Hostname or IP Address of Mobility Controller text box. This information is provided by your network administrator.

 

Ensure the Mobility Controller IP Address is reachable by the IAPs.

5. Click Convert Now to complete the conversion.
6. The IAP reboots and begins operating in RAP mode.
7. After conversion, the IAP is managed by the Aruba controller which has been specified in the Instant UI.

 

In order for the RAP conversion to work, ensure that you configure the Instant AP in the RAP white-list and enable the FTP service on the controller.

 

If the VPN setup fails and an error message pops up, please click OK, copy the error logs and share them with your Aruba support engineer.

Converting an IAP to CAP

To convert an IAP to Campus AP, do the following:

1. Navigate to the Maintenance tab in the top right corner of the Instant UI.
2. Click the Convert tab.
3. Select Campus APs managed by a Mobility Controller from the drop-down list.
4. Enter the hostname (fully qualified domain name) or the IP address of the controller in the Hostname or IP Address of Mobility Controller text box. This is provided by your network administrator.

 

Ensure the Mobility Controller IP Address is reachable by the IAPs.

5. Click Convert Now to complete the conversion.