IAPs

Instant Access Points (IAP)s offer an enterprise-grade networking solution with a simple setup. The WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. solution with IAPs supports simplified deployment, configuration, and management of 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. networks.

APs run the Aruba Instant software that virtualizes Aruba Mobility Controller capabilities on 802.11 802.11 is an evolving family of specifications for wireless LANs developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 802.11 standards use the Ethernet protocol and Carrier Sense Multiple Access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA) for path sharing. APs and offers a feature-rich enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution. IAPs are often deployed as a cluster. An IAP cluster includes a conductor AP and set of other APs that act as member APs.

In an IAP deployment scenario, only the first AP or the conductor AP that is connected to a provisioning network is configured. All other IAPs in the same VLAN Virtual 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. join the conductor AP inherit the configuration changes. The IAP clusters are configured through a common interface called Virtual Controller. A Virtual Controller represents the combined intelligence of the IAPs in a cluster.

Supported Deployment Modes

Aruba IAPs can be deployed in the following modes in Aruba Central:

  • Cluster mode—In this mode, several IAPs form a cluster when connected to a provisioning network and a conductor Instant AP is elected. In the cluster mode, new IAP onboarded to Aruba Central can join an existing Instant AP cluster.
  • Standalone mode—In this mode, individual IAPs are provisioned in groups and managed from Aruba Central.

Configuration and Management

Network administrators can manage IAPs through the Aruba Instant UI, Aruba Central, or AirWave management system.

For information on how to configure IAPs using the Aruba Instant UI, see the Aruba Instant User Guide.

For more information on how to deploy, provision, manage, and monitor IAPs from Aruba Central, see the following topics: