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Aruba Microbranch

The Microbranch architecture provides remote teleworkers and small branches with wireless connectivity and secure access to corporate resources.

Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) simplifies Microbranch deployment, requiring only an Internet connection to provision an AP, upgrade firmware, and deploy configuration through Aruba Central.

Microbranch supports three SSID operating models:

  • Routed Layer 3 SSIDs optimize traffic patterns, while allowing access to internal corporate resources.
  • NATed Layer 3 SSIDs provide access to Internet services, but do not allow access to the internal corporate network.
  • Layer 2 Tunneled SSIDs forward all traffic to the data center VPNC, including Internet traffic. Note that tunneling Layer 2 traffic may introduce suboptimal traffic patterns.

Organizational requirements at Microbranch locations should be considered before choosing a deployment model. The following sections demonstrate how to configure a Microbranch AP in all three modes.

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