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Aruba Instant User Guide

This User Guide describes the features supported in Aruba Instant 8.x.x.x. This guide is intended for system administrators responsible for configuring and maintaining wireless networks and assumes administrator knowledge in Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking technologies.

What is New in the Release

This section lists the new features, enhancements, or hardware platforms introduced in Aruba Instant 8.7.0.0.

New Features and Hardware Platforms

Table 1: New Features in Instant 8.7.0.0

Feature

Description

Air Slice

Aruba Air Slice, based on IEEEInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 802.11ax standard, is similar to 5G network slicing architecture which allows network administrators to build end-to-end virtual networks tailored for specific application requirements.

AP USB Management

Instant supports a new infrastructure to manage any USBUniversal Serial Bus. USB is a connection standard that offers a common interface for communication between the external devices and a computer. USB is the most common port used in the client devices. device that is plugged to an AP. The infrastructure allows describing a USBUniversal Serial Bus. USB is a connection standard that offers a common interface for communication between the external devices and a computer. USB is the most common port used in the client devices. device through either 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. configuration or by using predefined descriptors, USBUniversal Serial Bus. USB is a connection standard that offers a common interface for communication between the external devices and a computer. USB is the most common port used in the client devices. device management through USBUniversal Serial Bus. USB is a connection standard that offers a common interface for communication between the external devices and a computer. USB is the most common port used in the client devices.  ACLsAccess Control List. ACL is a common way of restricting certain types of traffic on a physical port., supports plugin for USBUniversal Serial Bus. USB is a connection standard that offers a common interface for communication between the external devices and a computer. USB is the most common port used in the client devices. devices, and sending notification to other processes.

ARM Settings in Radio Profiles

ARMAdaptive Radio Management. ARM dynamically monitors and adjusts the network to ensure that all users are allowed ready access. It enables full utilization of the available spectrum to support maximum number of users by intelligently choosing the best RF channel and transmit power for APs in their current RF environment. settings can be configured for individual radios in their respective radio profiles. This feature allows you to maximize network efficiency in dense RFRadio Frequency. RF refers to the electromagnetic wave frequencies within a range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz, including the frequencies used for communications or Radar signals. environments by customizing ARMAdaptive Radio Management. ARM dynamically monitors and adjusts the network to ensure that all users are allowed ready access. It enables full utilization of the available spectrum to support maximum number of users by intelligently choosing the best RF channel and transmit power for APs in their current RF environment.  settings for individual radios.

Automatic Update of CA Certificate Bundle

The Instant AP automatically checks for CACertificate Authority or Certification Authority. Entity in a public key infrastructure system that issues certificates to clients. A certificate signing request received by the CA is converted into a certificate when the CA adds a signature generated with a private key. See digital certificate. certificate bundle updates and installs the new version when it is available on Activate.

Configuring IoT

Instant supports a new payload content called Exposure Notification.

Configuring Multiple Mesh Cluster Profiles

A new configuration command is introduced to allow users to create multiple mesh cluster profiles on an Instant AP and assign a priority to each profile.

Disabling AP Factory Reset

A new configuration command is introduced to disable the hard reset to factory default when the AP is operational.

Enabling Low Power Mode on an Instant AP

A new 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. command is introduced to allow you to enable or disable low power mode settings on an Instant AP.

Enhancements to Control Ageout of Valid APs and Interfering APs

Two new 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. parameters, valid-ap-max-unseen-timeout and ap-max-unseen-timeout, are introduced in ids command to control the ageout duration of valid and interfering APs. These parameters enable you to effectively control the RFRadio Frequency. RF refers to the electromagnetic wave frequencies within a range of 3 kHz to 300 GHz, including the frequencies used for communications or Radar signals. environment.

Enhancement to the Instant AP Hostname

The number of ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange. An ASCII code is a numerical representation of a character or an action. characters allowed in the Instant AP hostname is increased to 128 characters.

Fast BSS Transition Support for WPA3

Instant supports Fast BSSBasic Service Set. A BSS is a set of interconnected stations that can communicate with each other. BSS can be an independent BSS or infrastructure BSS. An independent BSS is an ad hoc network that does not include APs, whereas the infrastructure BSS consists of an AP and all its associated clients. Transition for WPA3 in both tunnel forwarding and decrypt-tunnel modes.

Installing Third Party Certificates for Instant AP Applications

A new certificate installation method is introduced that enables installation and use of third party certificates for Instant AP applications. This feature is currently supported only in locally managed Instant networks.

Intelligent Thermal Management

Intelligent Thermal Management dynamically adapts operations of the AP to reduce the internal temperature if it exceeds the maximum threshold. This feature is supported in 570 Series, 570EX Series, and AP-518 access points.

IoT Data Filter

The data filter in the Iot transport profile reduces the traffic in the telemetry interfaces. The data filter is a string of numbers that map to the IoTInternet of Things. IoT refers to the internetworking of devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity features allowing data exchange over the Internet. APIApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software. protobuf fields. Following is the mapping of the data filters and the protobuf fields:

IoT Endpoint Update

When the meridian asset tracking endpoint is configured and the firmware is upgraded to Instant 8.7.0.0, the CACertificate Authority or Certification Authority. Entity in a public key infrastructure system that issues certificates to clients. A certificate signing request received by the CA is converted into a certificate when the CA adds a signature generated with a private key. See digital certificate. certificate should be uploaded in order to connect to the meridian server.

IoT Southbound API

Instant now supports an IoTInternet of Things. IoT refers to the internetworking of devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity features allowing data exchange over the Internet. Southbound APIApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software. that allows interaction with IoTInternet of Things. IoT refers to the internetworking of devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity features allowing data exchange over the Internet. devices and does not require any knowledge of the device by Aruba infrastructure.

Local Multiple PSK Operating Mode

Local MPSK operating mode allows you to define up to 24 pre-shared keys per SSIDService Set Identifier. SSID is a name given to a WLAN and is used by the client to access a WLAN network. on the gatewayGateway is a network node that allows traffic to flow in and out of the network. or the Instant AP without actually requiring an external policy engine like ClearPass Policy Manager.

Mesh Link Radio Selection

A new 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. command is introduced to configure the 5 GHzGigahertz. radio used for mesh links in 340 Series and 550 Series access points.

Support for New Diffie-Hellman Groups in Enhanced Open Security

Aruba Instant supports Diffie-Hellman Groups 20 and 21.

Support for Wiliot Sensor

Aruba Instant supports Wiliot sensors that provide battery-free BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption. tags.

Unified Communications Manager

UCM is the new service module introduced to manage voice and video call traffic in the AP.

Zigbee Service Profile

Instant allows you to configure a zigbee service profile and also set it on the Instant AP.

Zigbee Sockets

ZigBee Socket Device (ZSD) may be configured and applied as a filter in IoTInternet of Things. IoT refers to the internetworking of devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity features allowing data exchange over the Internet. transport. With ZSD, specify the source endpoint, destination endpoint, destination profile ID, or destination cluster ID and the packets between the ZigBee devices and server are transmitted through the Aruba Telemetry Websocket.

Table 2: New Hardware Platforms in Instant 8.7.0.0

Hardware

Description

570 Series Access Points

The Aruba 570 Series access points (AP-574, AP-575 and AP-577) are high performance, multi-radio, outdoor access points that can be deployed in either controller-based (ArubaOS) or controller-less (Aruba Instant) network environments. These APs deliver high performance concurrent 2.4 GHzGigahertz. and 5 GHzGigahertz. 802.11ax Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. (Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. 6) functionality with MIMOMultiple Input Multiple Output. An antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both source (transmitter) and destination (receiver). The antennas at each end of the communications circuit are combined to minimize errors and optimize data speed. radios (2x2 in 2.4 GHzGigahertz., 4x4 in 5 GHzGigahertz.), while also supporting 802.11a802.11a provides specifications for wireless systems. Networks using 802.11a operate at radio frequencies in the 5 GHz band. The specification uses a modulation scheme known as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) that is especially well suited to use in office settings. The maximum data transfer rate is 54 Mbps., 802.11b802.11b is a WLAN standard often called Wi-Fi and is backward compatible with 802.11. Instead of the Phase-Shift Keying (PSK) modulation method used in 802.11 standards, 802.11b uses Complementary Code Keying (CCK) that allows higher data speeds and makes it less susceptible to multipath-propagation interference. 802.11b operates in the 2.4 GHz band and the maximum data transfer rate is 11 Mbps., 802.11g802.11g offers transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 Mbps, compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum of 802.11b standard. 802.11g employs Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), the modulation scheme used in 802.11a, to obtain higher data speed. Computers or terminals set up for 802.11g can fall back to speed of 11 Mbps, so that 802.11b and 802.11g devices can be compatible within a single network., 802.11n802.11n is a wireless networking standard to improve network throughput over the two previous standards, 802.11a and 802.11g. With 802.11n, there will be a significant increase in the maximum raw data rate from 54 Mbps to 600 Mbps with the use of four spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz., and 802.11ac802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family that provides high-throughput WLANs on the 5 GHz band. wireless services.

Additional features include:

For complete technical details and installation instructions, see Aruba 570 Series Access Points Installation Guide.

570EX Series Access Points

The Aruba 570EX Series access points (AP-575EX and AP-577EX) are high performance, multi-radio access points suitable for harsh and hazardous outdoor locations. They can be deployed in either controller-based (ArubaOS) or controller-less (Aruba Instant) network environments. These APs deliver high performance concurrent 2.4 GHzGigahertz. and 5 GHzGigahertz. 802.11ax Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. (Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. 6) functionality with MIMOMultiple Input Multiple Output. An antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both source (transmitter) and destination (receiver). The antennas at each end of the communications circuit are combined to minimize errors and optimize data speed. radios (2x2 in 2.4 GHzGigahertz., 4x4 in 5 GHzGigahertz.), while also supporting 802.11a802.11a provides specifications for wireless systems. Networks using 802.11a operate at radio frequencies in the 5 GHz band. The specification uses a modulation scheme known as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) that is especially well suited to use in office settings. The maximum data transfer rate is 54 Mbps., 802.11b802.11b is a WLAN standard often called Wi-Fi and is backward compatible with 802.11. Instead of the Phase-Shift Keying (PSK) modulation method used in 802.11 standards, 802.11b uses Complementary Code Keying (CCK) that allows higher data speeds and makes it less susceptible to multipath-propagation interference. 802.11b operates in the 2.4 GHz band and the maximum data transfer rate is 11 Mbps., 802.11g802.11g offers transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 Mbps, compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum of 802.11b standard. 802.11g employs Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), the modulation scheme used in 802.11a, to obtain higher data speed. Computers or terminals set up for 802.11g can fall back to speed of 11 Mbps, so that 802.11b and 802.11g devices can be compatible within a single network., 802.11n802.11n is a wireless networking standard to improve network throughput over the two previous standards, 802.11a and 802.11g. With 802.11n, there will be a significant increase in the maximum raw data rate from 54 Mbps to 600 Mbps with the use of four spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz., and 802.11ac802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family that provides high-throughput WLANs on the 5 GHz band. wireless services.

Additional features include:

For complete technical details and installation instructions, see Aruba 570EX Series Access Points Installation Guide.

AP-505H Access Point

The Aruba AP-505H access points are entry-level, dual-radio wireless AP that can be deployed in either controller-based (ArubaOS) or controller-less (Aruba Instant) network environments. These APs delivers high performance concurrent 2.4 GHzGigahertz. and 5 GHzGigahertz. 802.11ax Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. (Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. 6) functionality with 2x2 MU-MIMOMulti-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output. MU-MIMO is a set of multiple-input and multiple-output technologies for wireless communication, in which users or wireless terminals with one or more antennas communicate with each other. radios, while also supporting 802.11a802.11a provides specifications for wireless systems. Networks using 802.11a operate at radio frequencies in the 5 GHz band. The specification uses a modulation scheme known as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) that is especially well suited to use in office settings. The maximum data transfer rate is 54 Mbps., 802.11b802.11b is a WLAN standard often called Wi-Fi and is backward compatible with 802.11. Instead of the Phase-Shift Keying (PSK) modulation method used in 802.11 standards, 802.11b uses Complementary Code Keying (CCK) that allows higher data speeds and makes it less susceptible to multipath-propagation interference. 802.11b operates in the 2.4 GHz band and the maximum data transfer rate is 11 Mbps., 802.11g802.11g offers transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 Mbps, compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum of 802.11b standard. 802.11g employs Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), the modulation scheme used in 802.11a, to obtain higher data speed. Computers or terminals set up for 802.11g can fall back to speed of 11 Mbps, so that 802.11b and 802.11g devices can be compatible within a single network., 802.11n802.11n is a wireless networking standard to improve network throughput over the two previous standards, 802.11a and 802.11g. With 802.11n, there will be a significant increase in the maximum raw data rate from 54 Mbps to 600 Mbps with the use of four spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz., and 802.11ac802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family that provides high-throughput WLANs on the 5 GHz band. wireless services.

Additional features include:

For complete technical details and installation instructions, see Aruba AP-505H Access Point Installation Guide.

AP-518 Access Point

The Aruba AP-518 access points are high performance, multi-radio, outdoor access point that can be deployed in either controller-based (ArubaOS) or controller-less (Aruba Instant) network environments. These APs deliver high performance concurrent 2.4 GHzGigahertz. and 5 GHzGigahertz. 802.11ax Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. (Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. 6) functionality with MIMOMultiple Input Multiple Output. An antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both source (transmitter) and destination (receiver). The antennas at each end of the communications circuit are combined to minimize errors and optimize data speed. radios (2x2 in 2.4 GHzGigahertz., 4x4 in 5 GHzGigahertz.), while also supporting 802.11a802.11a provides specifications for wireless systems. Networks using 802.11a operate at radio frequencies in the 5 GHz band. The specification uses a modulation scheme known as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) that is especially well suited to use in office settings. The maximum data transfer rate is 54 Mbps., 802.11b802.11b is a WLAN standard often called Wi-Fi and is backward compatible with 802.11. Instead of the Phase-Shift Keying (PSK) modulation method used in 802.11 standards, 802.11b uses Complementary Code Keying (CCK) that allows higher data speeds and makes it less susceptible to multipath-propagation interference. 802.11b operates in the 2.4 GHz band and the maximum data transfer rate is 11 Mbps., 802.11g802.11g offers transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 Mbps, compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum of 802.11b standard. 802.11g employs Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), the modulation scheme used in 802.11a, to obtain higher data speed. Computers or terminals set up for 802.11g can fall back to speed of 11 Mbps, so that 802.11b and 802.11g devices can be compatible within a single network., 802.11n802.11n is a wireless networking standard to improve network throughput over the two previous standards, 802.11a and 802.11g. With 802.11n, there will be a significant increase in the maximum raw data rate from 54 Mbps to 600 Mbps with the use of four spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz., and 802.11ac802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family that provides high-throughput WLANs on the 5 GHz band. wireless services.

Additional features include:

For complete technical details and installation instructions, seeArubaAP-518 Access Point Installation Guide.

Deprecated Hardware Platforms

The following Instant AP platforms are no longer supported from Aruba Instant 8.7.0.0 onwards:

  • 210 SeriesIAP-214 and IAP-215
  • 220 SeriesIAP-224, IAP-225, and IAP-228
  • 270 SeriesIAP-274, IAP-275, and IAP-277
  • RAP-155 and RAP-155P
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