Managing AP Firmware Upgrades
Firmware is the software programmed on Instant On APs and switches to make sure the devices run and provide functionality to users. The firmware installed on the Instant On APs is the Instant On software image. When the firmware is upgraded, device performance and functionality is improved through feature enhancements and bug fixes.
Upgrading the Firmware for an Instant On AP or Switch
When an AP or switch is deployed into the network, it joins an Instant On site, which is a group of APs and switches that are configured and managed from a single location. Upon joining the site, the AP or switch automatically syncs its Instant On software image with the software image version configured on the site. Each time the software image is updated on the site, all APs and switches in the site are upgraded to the new software image version.
Instant On Image Server
Every version of the Instant On software image is uploaded and stored in a cloud-based image server that is hosted by Aruba. The image server always contains the latest version of the Instant On software so that you can keep your system up-to-date. See Updating the Software Image on an Instant On Site for more details on updating your APs to the latest version of the Instant On software image.
Instant On allows you to control when a software update on the site needs to take place. This is done by configuring a day of the week and time of your preference for the site on the Instant On mobile app. When a new software update is available, the page will display the new version and the content of the version, the scheduled time for the update, and the update options— or .
To create a schedule for the software update to be installed automatically on the site using the mobile app, follow these steps:
1. Tap the advanced menu () icon on the Aruba Instant On home screen. Select from the menu.
2. Click the tab to view the scheduling options.
3. Select the for the software update to be installed automatically.
4. Select a suitable from the drop-down menu.
When the software is up-to-date, the page will show the current Instant On software version and the date of the last update.
Verifying Client Connectivity During Upgrade
Instant On APs and switches are automatically rebooted with the new version of the Instant On software image during a software upgrade. When an AP goes down during the reboot, the wireless clients connected to that AP are either moved to another AP in the Instant On site or completely dropped from the network. Though this scenario is expected, keep in mind that a firmware upgrade can cause major disruptions for the clients in your network. This is limited to the time-period that the APs take to reboot, which is 3-5 minutes. We recommend that you schedule this activity for when you don't expect users connected to the network actively.
If a software upgrade fails, the Instant On continues to run the software image version currently installed on the APs. You can continue running the current software image version or the upgrade will be retried at the next time set by the schedule.
Instant On Mobile App Compatibility
Though the Instant On mobile app is backward-compatible with older versions of the Instant On software image, the Instant On software image is NOT backward-compatible with older versions of the mobile app. If the mobile app installed on your device is older than the Instant On software image running on your Instant On site, a warning message appears when you attempt to launch the app.
The mobile app can only be launched if it is updated to the latest version. To update the mobile app, click the app store icon that is available below the warning message.