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Mesh Cluster Function

Instant 8.4.0.0 introduces the mesh cluster function for easy deployments of Instant APs. Users can configure an ID and a password, and can provision Instant APs to a specific mesh cluster.

In a cluster-based scenario, each network can support multiple mesh profiles. There is no limit to the number of profiles that can be configured. Mesh cluster function is a per-AP setting and must be configured by the user. When an Instant AP boots up, it attempts to find a mesh cluster configuration. If the Instant AP already has mesh cluster configured, it uses that configuration. Otherwise, it uses the default mesh configuration.

In the default profile, SSIDService Set Identifier. SSID is a name given to a WLAN and is used by the client to access a WLAN network., password, and cluster name are generated by the virtual controller key. Instant APs that belong to the same mesh network can establish mesh links with each other.

In a standalone scenario, Instant APs can establish a mesh link. However, the network role election does not take place. Users can set the same mesh cluster configuration to establish mesh links with other networks. The Instant AP operates as a mesh portal or a mesh point based on the uplink.

 

Mesh role detection remains the same for cluster-based and standalone Instant APs.

You can create mesh cluster configuration in an Instant AP by using the CLICommand-Line Interface. A console interface with a command line shell that allows users to execute text input as commands and convert these commands to appropriate functions..

In the CLI

To configure the key in a mesh cluster:

(Instant AP)# mesh-cluster-key <key>

To configure the name in a mesh network:

(Instant AP)# mesh-cluster-name <name>

To disable mesh functionality in a network:

(Instant AP)# mesh-disable

To view saved mesh configurations, status, and topology:

(Instant AP)# show ap mesh cluster {configuration | status | topology}

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