Configuring Device Parameters for an AP

To configure device parameters on an access point (AP), complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, select one of the following options:
    • To select a group in the filter:
      1. Set the filter to one of the options under Groups. Ensure that the filter selected contains at least one active AP.
        The dashboard context for the group is displayed.
      2. Under Manage, click Devices > Access Points.
        A list of APs is displayed in the List view.
        • To select an AP in the filter:
          1. Set the filter to Global.
          2. Under Manage, click Devices > Access Points.
            A list of APs is displayed in the List view.
          3. Click an AP listed under Device Name.
            The dashboard context for the AP is displayed.
          4. Under Manage, click Device > Access Point.
  2. Click the Config icon.
    The tabs to configure APs are displayed.
  3. Click the Access Points tab.
    The Access Points table is displayed
  4. To edit an AP, select an AP in the Access Points table, and then click the edit icon.
  5. Configure the parameters described below.

    Table 1: Access Points Configuration Parameters

    UI

    Parameters

    Description

    System

     

     

     

    Name

    Configures a name for the AP. For APs running 8.7.0.0 or later versions, you can enter up to 128 ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange. An ASCII code is a numerical representation of a character or an action. or non-ASCII characters. For APs running 8.6.0.0 or earlier versions, you can enter up to 32 ASCII or non-ASCII characters.

    You can now modify the name for an AP inline on the Access Points table. Double-click on the Name field and specify the name for the AP.

    IP Address for Access Point

    Select one of the following options:

    Get IP Address from DHCP server—Allows IP to get an IP address from the DHCP Dynamic 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. By default, the APs obtain IP address from a DHCP server.

    Static—You can also assign a static IP address to the AP. To specify a static IP address for the AP, complete the following steps:

    Enter the new IP address for the AP in the IP Address text-box.

    Enter the subnet Subnet is the logical division of an IP network. mask of the network in the Netmask text-box.

    Enter the IP address of the default gateway in the Default Gateway text-box.

    Enter the IP address of the DNS Domain 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 in the DNS Server text-box.

    NOTE: You can configure up to two DNS servers separated by a comma. If the first DNS server goes down, the second DNS server takes control of resolving the domain name.

    Enter the domain name in the Domain Name text-box.

    LACP Mode

    Select one of the following options from the drop-down list:

    Active

    Passive

    Disabled

    If LACP Link Aggregation Control Protocol. LACP is used for the collective handling of multiple physical ports that can be seen as a single channel for network traffic purposes. is enabled, you must specify if the ports on the gateway operate in Active or Passive mode. Passive enables LACP only when a LACP peer device is detected. For the port-channel to become active, one side must be operating in an Active mode.

    WLANS

    WLANS

    From the WLANs Wireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. table, specify one or more group WLANs that the selected AP will advertise.

    Radio

     

    Radio Profile

    You can configure a radio profile on an AP manually. See Configuring Radio Parameters for more information.

    Enable Radio

    Select the Enable Radio check-box under 2.4GHz Band and 5 GHz Band to enable the radio.

    Mode

    Select any of the following options:

    Access—In the Access mode, the AP serves clients, while also monitoring for rogue APs in the background.

    Monitor—In the Monitor mode, the AP acts as a dedicated monitor, scanning all channels for rogue APs and clients.

    Spectrum—In the Spectrum mode, the AP functions as a dedicated full-spectrum RF Radio 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. monitor, scanning all channels to detect interference, whether from the neighboring APs or from non-Wi-Fi Wi-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. devices such as microwaves Electromagnetic energy with a frequency higher than 1 GHz, corresponding to wavelength shorter than 30 centimeters. and cordless phones.

    NOTE: In the Monitor and Spectrum modes, the APs do not provide access services to clients.

    NOTE: In the dual 5 GHz Gigahertz. band Band refers to a specified range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation., the Mode remains as Access and is non-editable. This dual 5 GHz band is only supported on AP-344 and AP that runs on ArubaOS 8.3.0.0. See Dual 5 GHz Radio Mode for more information.

    NOTE: To get accurate monitoring details and statistics, it is highly recommended to reboot the APs once the APs are toggled from the 2.4/5 GHz mode to dual 5 GHz radio mode or vice-versa.

    Channel Assignment

    Select one of the following buttons:

    Automatic—Assign the channel settings automatically.

    Manual—Select the number of channels from the drop-down list.

    Transmit Power Assignment

    Select one of the following buttons:

    Automatic—Assign the power settings automatically.

    Manual—Enter the signal strength measured in dBm Decibel-Milliwatts. dBm is a logarithmic measurement (integer) that is typically used in place of mW to represent receive-power level. AMP normalizes all signals to dBm, so that it is easy to evaluate performance between various vendors..

    Uplink

    USB Universal 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. Port

    The USB Port can be enabled or disabled based on your uplink preferences. If you do not want to use the cellular uplink or 3G Third Generation of Wireless Mobile Telecommunications Technology. See W-CDMA./4G Fourth Generation of Wireless Mobile Telecommunications Technology. See LTE. modem in your current network setup, you can uncheck the USB Port check box to disable the USB Port. By default, the USB Port is enabled.

    Reboot the AP for the changes to take effect.

    USB Power Override

    Check the USB Power Override check box to enable the override. By default, the USB Power Override is disabled.

    Reboot the AP for the changes to take effect.

    PEAP User

    Create the PEAP Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol. PEAP is a type of EAP communication that addresses security issues associated with clear text EAP transmissions by creating a secure channel encrypted and protected by TLS. user credentials for certificate-based authentication. Enter the user name, password, and retype password in the Username, Password, and Retype Password fields to create the PEAP user.

    Installation TypeInstallation Type

    Configure the Installation Type of the AP. The Installation Type drop-down consists of the following options:

    • Default—Select this option to change the installation type to the default mode.
    • Indoor—Select this option to change the installation type to the indoor mode.
    • Outdoor—Select this option to change the installation type to the outdoor mode.

    The options in the Installation Type drop-down are listed based on the AP model.

    MeshMesh enable

    Select the Mesh enable check-box to allow mesh access points to form mesh network. The mesh feature ensures reliability and redundancy by allowing the network to continue operating even when an AP is non-functional or if the device fails to connect to the network.

    The mesh feature is available only on 5 GHz radio band of cloud APs. The manual configuration of mesh roles is not applicable for cloud APs. Only supports same mesh cluster name and key for all APs.

    Clusterless mesh name

    Enter the name of mesh access points that do not belong to any cluster. The Clusterless mesh name field is disabled when the Mesh enable option is enabled.

    Clusterless mesh key

    Enter the key of the mesh access points that do not belong to any cluster. The Clusterless mesh key field is disabled when the Mesh enable option is enabled.

    Retype

    Re-enter the clusterless mesh key. The Retype is disabled when the Mesh enable option is enabled.

    Mesh mobility RSSI threshold

    Fast roaming is triggered on a mobility mesh point when the RSSI Received Signal Strength Indicator. RSSI is a mechanism by which RF energy is measured by the circuitry on a wireless NIC (0-255). The RSSI is not standard across vendors. Each vendor determines its own RSSI scale/values. of the parent is lower than the threshold value.

    Enter the threshold value either in number between 10—50, high, or low.

    You can now specify WLAN groups and radio profile for multiple APs in bulk. Select more than one APs from the Access Points table and click the edit icon on the pop-up window. In the new window, specify multiple WLAN groups from the WLANs table and select the radio profile from the Radio Profile drop-down list.

  6. Click Save Settings and reboot the AP.