Provisioning Instant APs through Central

The Aruba Central Central UIUser Interface. provides a standard web-based interface that allows you to configure and monitor multiple Aruba Instant networks from anywhere with a connection to the Internet. Aruba Central supports all the Instant APs running Instant 6.2.1.0-3.3.0.0 or later versions.

Using Central, individual users can manage their own wireless network. This UIUser Interface. is accessible through a standard web browser and can be launched using various browsers.

Central supports automatic ZTPZero Touch Provisioning. ZTP is a device provisioning mechanism that allows automatic and quick provisioning of devices with a minimal or at times no manual intervention. and manual provisioning. There are three different methods of manual provisioning.

By providing the Activate credentials of the customer.

By providing cloud activation key and MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the Instant AP.

By providing the serial number and MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the Instant AP.

For provisioning Instant APs through Central, the Instant APs must obtain the cloud activation key.

Prerequisites for Obtaining the Cloud Activation Key

To ensure that the Instant APs obtain the cloud activation key from the Aruba Activate server, perform the following checks:

The serial number or the MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the Instant AP is registered in the Activate database.

The Instant AP is operational and is able to connect to the Internet.

Instant AP has received a DNSDomain Name System. A DNS server functions as a phone book for the intranet and Internet users. It converts human-readable computer host names into IP addresses and IP addresses into host names. It stores several records for a domain name such as an address 'A' record, name server (NS), and mail exchanger (MX) records. The Address 'A' record is the most important record that is stored in a DNS server, because it provides the required IP address for a network peripheral or element. server address through DHCPDynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A network protocol that enables a server to automatically assign an IP address to an IP-enabled device from a defined range of numbers configured for a given network.  or static configuration.

Instant AP is able to configure time zone using an NTPNetwork Time Protocol. NTP is a protocol for synchronizing the clocks of computers over a network. server.

The required firewallFirewall is a network security system used for preventing unauthorized access to or from a private network. ports are open. Most of the communication between devices on the remote site and the Central server in the cloud is carried out through HTTPSHypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is a variant of the HTTP that adds a layer of security on the data in transit through a secure socket layer or transport layer security protocol connection. (TCPTransmission Control Protocol. TCP is a communication protocol that defines the standards for establishing and maintaining network connection for applications to exchange data. 443). However, you may need to configure the following ports:

TCPTransmission Control Protocol. TCP is a communication protocol that defines the standards for establishing and maintaining network connection for applications to exchange data. port 443 for configuration and management of devices.

TCPTransmission Control Protocol. TCP is a communication protocol that defines the standards for establishing and maintaining network connection for applications to exchange data. port 80 for image upgrade.

UDPUser Datagram Protocol. UDP is a part of the TCP/IP family of protocols used for data transfer. UDP is typically used for streaming media. UDP is a stateless protocol, which means it does not acknowledge that the packets being sent have been received. port 123 for NTPNetwork Time Protocol. NTP is a protocol for synchronizing the clocks of computers over a network. server to configure timezone when factory default Instant AP comes up.

TCPTransmission Control Protocol. TCP is a communication protocol that defines the standards for establishing and maintaining network connection for applications to exchange data. port 2083 for RADIUSRemote Authentication Dial-In User Service. An Industry-standard network access protocol for remote authentication. It allows authentication, authorization, and accounting of remote users who want to access network resources.  authentication for guest management. If 2083 port is blocked, the HTTPSHypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is a variant of the HTTP that adds a layer of security on the data in transit through a secure socket layer or transport layer security protocol connection. protocol is used.

If a cloud activation key is not obtained, perform the following checks:

If the Instant AP IP address is assigned from the DHCPDynamic Host Configuration Protocol. A network protocol that enables a server to automatically assign an IP address to an IP-enabled device from a defined range of numbers configured for a given network.  server, ensure that the DNSDomain Name System. A DNS server functions as a phone book for the intranet and Internet users. It converts human-readable computer host names into IP addresses and IP addresses into host names. It stores several records for a domain name such as an address 'A' record, name server (NS), and mail exchanger (MX) records. The Address 'A' record is the most important record that is stored in a DNS server, because it provides the required IP address for a network peripheral or element. server is configured.

If the Instant AP is assigned a static IP address, manually configure the DNSDomain Name System. A DNS server functions as a phone book for the intranet and Internet users. It converts human-readable computer host names into IP addresses and IP addresses into host names. It stores several records for a domain name such as an address 'A' record, name server (NS), and mail exchanger (MX) records. The Address 'A' record is the most important record that is stored in a DNS server, because it provides the required IP address for a network peripheral or element. server IP address. For more information, see Specifying a Method for Obtaining IP Address.

Viewing the Cloud Activation Key Using the Old WebUI

If Instant AP has already obtained the activation key, complete the following steps:

1. Connect to the Instant SSIDService Set Identifier. SSID is a name given to a WLAN and is used by the client to access a WLAN network. and type http://instant.arubanetworks.com in the web browser.

2. Log in to the website by using the default username admin and the default password admin.

3. In the Instant AP WebUI, navigate to Maintenance > About and copy the cloud activation key.

4. To view the MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address of the master Instant AP, click the device name under the Access Points tab of the main window. The MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address will be displayed in the Info section.

Viewing the Cloud Activation Key Using the New WebUI

If Instant AP has already obtained the activation key, complete the following steps:

1. Connect to the Instant SSIDService Set Identifier. SSID is a name given to a WLAN and is used by the client to access a WLAN network. and type http://instant.arubanetworks.com in the web browser.

2. Log in to the website by using the default username admin and the default password admin.

3. In the Instant AP WebUI, navigate to Maintenance > About. You can view the cloud activation key in the Cloud Activation Key field.

4. To view the MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address of the master Instant AP, navigate to Dashboard > Overview and select the device from the Dashboard > Access Points. The MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address will be displayed under Overview > Info. Alternatively, go to Dashboard > Access Points and select the device from the list of Access Points. The MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address will be displayed under Overview > Info.

You can also check the cloud activation key of an Instant AP by running the show about and show activate status commands. For more information on these commands, refer to the Aruba Instant CLI Reference Guide.

 

If the Instant AP is deployed in the cluster mode, the slave Instant APs do not obtain the activation key. You must use the cloud activation key and MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.  address of the master Instant AP for provisioning through Central.