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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 8.8.0.0.

New Features and Hardware Platforms

Table 1: New Features in Instant 8.8.0.0

Feature

Description

Automatic Installation of DRTDownloadable Regulatory Table. The DRT feature allows new regulatory approvals to be distributed for APs without a software upgrade or patch. Updates

Instant APs managed by Central can now automatically download and install the latest DRTDownloadable Regulatory Table. The DRT feature allows new regulatory approvals to be distributed for APs without a software upgrade or patch. file available on Activate.

Configuring a Timeout Duration for 802.1X Authentication

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 ap1x-timeout is added to configure a timeout duration for 802.1X802.1X is an IEEE standard for port-based network access control designed to enhance 802.11 WLAN security. 802.1X provides an authentication framework that allows a user to be authenticated by a central authority. authentication when the AP is used as a supplicant for 802.1X802.1X is an IEEE standard for port-based network access control designed to enhance 802.11 WLAN security. 802.1X provides an authentication framework that allows a user to be authenticated by a central authority. authentication

Configuring the Operation Mode of Eth0 and Eth1 Ports

A new setting is introduced to configure the operation mode of the EthernetEthernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. ports. This setting enables you to configure the Eth0 and Eth1 port of the Instant AP as an uplink port or downlink port.

Discovering Disconnected Antennas

The show ap antenna status command has been introduced to display the operational antenna status of APs. This command helps in identifying broken or disconnected antennas and thus, helps in faster troubleshooting.

Dual Uplink Access Points

The Eth0 and Eth1 ports of AP-318, 320 Series, 330 Series, 370 Series, 510 Series, 530 Series, and 570 Series access points operate as uplink ports by default. However, the operation mode of EthernetEthernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. ports can be changed through the webUI and 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..

Enable SFTPSecure File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is a network protocol that allows file access, file transfer, and file management functions over a secure connection. Transfers

Aruba Instant now supports transfer of files using SFTPSecure File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is a network protocol that allows file access, file transfer, and file management functions over a secure connection. from the server to an 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 copy sftp is introduced to support downloading and uploading of a configuration file using SFTPSecure File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is a network protocol that allows file access, file transfer, and file management functions over a secure connection..

Enhancements to 530 Series and 550 Series Access Points

The 530 Series and 550 Series access points are optimized for better power management in the following scenarios:

Enhancements to AP Telemetry

The AP now includes the following information in the telemetry data sent to Aruba Central:

  • Status of uplink interfaces
  • Health of uplink interfaces
  • Uplink failover events with the reason for failover

Enhancements to Fast BSS Transmission

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 is now operational with WPA3-Enterprise CNSA mode with GCM-256 encryption.

Fast Roaming with Mesh APs

Fast roaming feature in mesh APs in now supported on 203H Series, 203R Series, 207 Series, 340 Series, 500 Series, 500H Series, 510 Series, 530 Series, 550 Series, 560 Series, and 570 Series access points.

IoT Support for BLE Data Forwarding for all Device Classes

Aruba Instant now allows forwarding of BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption. data for all device classes.

IoT Support for New Authentication Type

Aruba Instant introduces a new 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. authentication type, Client Credentials. The new authentication type can be configured in 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. transport profile.

IoT Support for Azure IoTHub

Aruba Instant introduces a new transport type, Azure-IoTHub to send 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. data to the Azure 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. Hub. The new transport type can be configured in 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. transport profile.

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. Support for BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption. and 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. Coexistence

Aruba Instant now supports 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. and BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption. coexistence on the radio of an AP. This prevent simultaneous transmissions on the radio of an AP.

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. Support for New EnOcean Sensors

Aruba Instant now supports all sub-1-GHzGigahertz. 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. -based sensors from EnOcean.

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. Support for Google Sensors

Aruba Instant now supports Gogole sensors. Google is a leading provider of BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption.-based electronic devices.

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. Support for Minew Sensors

Aruba Instant now supports Minew sensors. Minew is a leading provider of BLEBluetooth Low Energy. The BLE functionality is offered by Bluetooth® to enable devices to run for long durations with low power consumption.-based electronic devices.

IoT Support for Per-Frame Filtering

Aruba Instant now supports applying transport profile filters to each frame rather than on the device.

IoT Support for SES Imagotag

Aruba Instant now allows an AP to authenticate with SES-Imagotag ESL server and verify the TLSTransport Layer Security. TLS is a cryptographic protocol that provides communication security over the Internet. TLS encrypts the segments of network connections above the Transport Layer by using asymmetric cryptography for key exchange, symmetric encryption for privacy, and message authentication codes for message integrity. FQDNFully Qualified Domain Name. FQDN is a complete domain name that identifies a computer or host on the Internet.. Instant also supports channel 127 for SES Imagotag ESL.

IoT Zigbee Sniffer

Aruba Instant supports 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. Zigbee sniffer to capture packets and debug zigbee messages. The internal radio and external 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. dongle radio supported by the Instant AP can be used as zigbee sniffers. However, the internal or external radio type must be Nordic-based for this feature to work.

Increase in Maximum Bandwidth Limit

The maximum upstream and downstream bandwidth limit that can be configured on a WLANWireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. SSIDService Set Identifier. SSID is a name given to a WLAN and is used by the client to access a WLAN network. has been increased to 2 GbpsGigabits per second..

Increase in Number of Route Entries for IAP-VPNVirtual Private Network. VPN enables secure access to a corporate network when located remotely. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security, and management policies of the private network. This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two.

The maximum number of static route entries has been increased from 32 to 160.

IoT WebUI Enhancements

WebUI enhancements have been made to the radio profile, zigbee profile, including addition of new vendors.

Modifying the Ageout Time for Client Entries in the PMK Cache

A new setting is introduced to delete client information in the PMKPairwise Master Key. PMK is a shared secret key that is generated after PSK or 802.1X authentication.  cache for fast roaming. Enabling this deletes client information in the PMKPairwise Master Key. PMK is a shared secret key that is generated after PSK or 802.1X authentication. cache immediately after client disconnection or timeout, as opposed to the default ageout period of 8 hours.

Multiple Ethernet Uplink Support

Instant APs support the configuration of multiple EthernetEthernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. ports for uplink. When configured, one EthernetEthernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. port operates as the active uplink and the other EthernetEthernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN. port operates as a backup uplink.

Public Dynamic DNS

Aruba Instant supports the configuration of public Dynamic 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. for AP and DL3 clients. This enables the AP to send 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. update of its IP address and its clients to public DDNS offered by ChangeiP, DynDNS, and No-IP.

Role Derivation When Using Local MPSK Passphrase

For local MPSK configuration, Instant allows you to configure a user role for each passphrase from which the user VLANVirtual Local Area Network. In computer networking, a single Layer 2 network may be partitioned to create multiple distinct broadcast domains, which are mutually isolated so that packets can only pass between them through one or more routers; such a domain is referred to as a Virtual Local Area Network, Virtual LAN, or VLAN. and access rules can be derived.

Single AP Mode

A new AP deployment mode, Single AP mode, is introduced. The Single AP mode is a type of standalone AP deployment that includes additional security features designed for Instant deployments with only one AP in a site.

Support for 802.11mc Standard

802.11mc, also known as 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. Round Trip Time, is supported on 500 Series, 500H Series, 510 Series, AP-518, 530 Series, 550 Series, 560 Series, and 570 Series access points.

Support for Air Slice on Additional Instant AP Platforms

Air Slice is now supported on 500 Series, 510 Series, 530 Series, 570 Series, and AP-555 access points.

Support for Diffie-Hellman Groups 20 and 21 for OWE

Aruba Instant supports Diffie-Hellman Groups 20 and 21 for Enhanced Open security.

Support for Green AP

Aruba Instant supports Aruba Central's green AP feature which puts an AP into deep sleep mode when the services required from the AP are minimal. This helps in reducing power used by the AP and conserves energy whenever possible. When the AP's service is required, Central sends a wake up request to an active AP in the subnetSubnet is the logical division of an IP network.. The active AP forwards this request to the AP in deep sleep mode through LANLocal Area Network. A LAN is a network of connected devices within a distinct geographic area such as an office or a commercial establishment and share a common communications line or wireless link to a server. and awakens it.

Support for New 4GFourth Generation of Wireless Mobile Telecommunications Technology. See LTE. 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.  Modem

Aruba Instant supports GTCGeneric Token Card. GTC is a protocol that can be used as an alternative to MSCHAPv2  protocol. GTC allows authentication to various authentication databases even in cases where MSCHAPv2  is not supported by the database. NETSTICK GLU-194ST 4GFourth Generation of Wireless Mobile Telecommunications Technology. See LTE. 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. Modem for Sprint on Instant APs except for AP-303H.

Support for SoluM ESL GatewayGateway is a network node that allows traffic to flow in and out of the network.

Aruba Instant supports Solu M NEWTON USBG2 GW Zigbee-based 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. gatewayGateway is a network node that allows traffic to flow in and out of the network..

Topology Optimization Scanning

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, optimize-scan-interval, is introduced to configure the interval for topology optimization scans performed by mesh APs to identify better links to the mesh portal.

Uplink MU-MIMO Transmission

Aruba Instant 8.8.0.0 supports the uplink 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. transmission of 802.11ax protocol. Prior to Instant 8.8.0.0, 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. allowed to send data frames only between access points and clients. Now, the uplink 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. transmission allows to send data frames between clients and APs.

Zero-Wait DFS

Instant supports the zero-wait feature which allows seamless change of radio channels, on non-mesh APs.

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