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AP Configuration Modes

Before you begin to add devices to a site during the initial setup, you must decide the mode in which the APs should be deployed in the network. Aruba Instant On currently supports the following modes in which your Instant On access points can be deployed:

Private Network Mode

The Instant On devices will be part of a private network behind a gateway or a firewall before reaching the internet. Use this mode if you already have a local network infrastructure in place that includes a DHCP server as well as a gateway or a firewall to the Internet.

Pre-Requisites

Before you begin to provision your Instant On AP, ensure that the following pre-requisites are adhered to:

  • A working internet connection.
  • A switch that is connected to the Internet gateway or modem.
  • A DHCP server to provide IP addresses to the clients connecting to the Wi-Fi network. The DHCP server may be offered by the switch or the Internet gateway. This does not apply if you are configuring the network in NAT mode.
  • TCP ports 80 and 443 and UDP port 123 should not be blocked by a firewall.
  • The Instant On APs must be powered on and have access to the internet.

Configuring Your Instant On Devices in Private Network Mode

Follow these steps to add your Instant On devices to the network in private mode:

  1. Connect the E0/PT or ENET port of the Instant On devices to your local network using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Power on the Instant On devices. Alternatively, you can power on the devices using a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch or a power adapter.
  3. Observe the LED lights on the Instant On devices. It may take up to 10 minutes for new devices to upgrade their firmware and boot up. The devices will be ready to be discovered on the Instant On mobile app when the LED lights are alternating between green and amber.
  4. Enable location and bluetooth services and set the Aruba Instant On app permissions to use location and bluetooth services in order to automatically discover nearby Instant On devices.
  5. Review and add the devices to your network.

Router Mode

In the Router mode, an Instant On device will be connected directly to a modem supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and it will be your primary Wi-Fi router in the network. In this mode, the Instant On device will offer DHCP, gateway, and basic firewall services for your network. The Instant On AP also offers a provision to configure and establish a PPPoE connection with the ISP.

Pre-Requisites

Before you begin to provision your Instant On AP as a primary Wi-Fi router, ensure that the following pre-requisites are adhered to:

  • A working internet connection provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • TCP ports 80 and 443 and UDP port 123 should not be blocked by a firewall.
  • The Instant On AP must be directly connected to the internet modem with no other device in between. It must therefore be the only AP connected to the internet. Other APs have to be powered down initially and added later through mesh using the extend network capability.

Configuring Your Instant On Device in Router Mode

Follow these steps to add your Instant On devices to the network in router mode:

  1. Connect the E0/PT or ENET port of the Instant On device acting as a primary Wi-Fi router to your modem using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Power on the primary Wi-Fi router.
  3. Observe the LED lights on the primary Wi-Fi router. It may take up to 10 minutes for new devices to upgrade their firmware and boot up. The router will be ready to be discovered on the Instant On mobile app when the LED lights are alternating between green and amber.
  4. Enable location and bluetooth services on your mobile device and set the Aruba Instant On app permissions to use location and bluetooth services in order to automatically discover nearby Instant On devices.
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