Configuring Uplinks

Most network devices such as APs, wireless routers, switches, and hubs are usually connected to a network backbone using Ethernet Ethernet is a network protocol for data transmission over LAN.. In enterprise networks, APs normally connect to a switch with an Ethernet uplink and at homes, an AP normally connects to an ISP Internet Service Provider. An ISP is an organization that provides services for accessing and using the Internet. modem or a small switch using Ethernet. Though Ethernet is the most common and widespread uplink used for APs, some remote networks in particular have certain special uplink requirements. The following are some of the factors that require the need for an alternative to the standard Ethernet uplink of APs:

  • Redundancy—In remote deployments, organizations have limited or no IT support and require the network to be always up to ensure productivity. Such organizations often require a backup link when the primary uplink fails. Some examples of organizations that require uplink redundancy include:
    • Energy companies having unmanned remote sites that have to be remotely accessible for monitoring purposes.
    • Healthcare and retail companies having remote and satellite offices that are required to be always up and accessible to carry out business.
    • Organizations with remote offices where employees depend heavily on centralized or cloud based services.
  • Lack of Ethernet uplink—Sometimes, extending an Ethernet uplink to a location is expensive or impossible due to geographical factors. In such situations, organizations require alternative uplink capabilities to connect to the internet and corporate resources. Some examples where an alternate uplink is required include:

Configuring AP1X

To configure 802.1X 802.1X 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 on uplink ports of an AP, complete the following steps in the WebUI:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to a group that contains at least one AP.
    The dashboard context for the group is displayed.
  2. Under Manage, click Devices > Access Points.
  3. Click the Config icon.
    The tabs to configure APs is displayed.
  4. Click Show Advanced, and click the Interfaces tab.
    The Interfaces details page is displayed.
  5. Click the Uplink accordion.
  6. In the AP1X section, specify one of the following 802.1X authentication protocols to be used under the AP1X Type drop-down list:
  7. Check the Validate Server box to enable or disable server certificate verification by the AP.
  8. Validate Server will not be available if TPM is selected as Certificate Type.

  1. Click Save Settings.
  2. Reboot the AP for the configuration to take effect.