Configuring Mesh for Multiple Radios

Mesh clusters are grouped and defined by a mesh cluster profile, which provides the framework of the mesh network. The mesh cluster profile contains the MSSID Mesh Service Set Identifier. MSSID is the SSID used by the client to access a wireless mesh network., authentication methods, security credentials, and cluster priority required for mesh points to associate with their neighbors and join the cluster. Associated mesh points store this information in flash memory. Although most mesh deployments require only a single mesh cluster profile, you can configure and apply multiple mesh cluster profiles to an individual AP.

To configure a mesh for multiple radios, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to a group containing at least one 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.

  3. Click the Config icon.

    The tabs to configure the APs are displayed.

  4. Click Show Advanced.
  5. Click the System tab.

    The System page is displayed.

  6. Click the Mesh accordion.
  7. Select the Mesh Role from drop-down list as Point, Portal or Auto mode.
  8. Select the radio band Band refers to a specified range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. to deploy mesh network from the Mesh Band drop-down list.
  9. To add a mesh, click + on the Mesh table.
  10. The Mesh window is displayed.

  11. Configure the following parameters:

    Table 1: Mesh Configuration Parameters

    Data pane item

    Description

    Name

    Name for the mesh cluster profile.

    Range: 8–32 characters

    Key

    Configures a WPA2 Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. WPA2 is a certification program maintained by IEEE that oversees standards for security over wireless networks. WPA2 supports IEEE 802.1X/EAP authentication or PSK technology, but includes advanced encryption mechanism using CCMP that is referred to as AES. PSK Pre-shared key. A unique shared secret that was previously shared between two parties by using a secure channel. This is used with WPA security, which requires the owner of a network to provide a passphrase to users for network access. or passphrase as the cluster key.

    Range: 8–64 characters

    Priority

    Configures the priority of the mesh cluster profile. If more than two mesh cluster profiles are configured, mesh points use this number to identify primary and backup profiles. The lower the number, the higher the priority.

    Range: 1—15

    Opmode

    Configures the operation mode. Select WPA2 PSK or WPA3 SAE from the drop-down list.

  1. Click OK.
  2. Click Save Settings.