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Wired Network

The wired network is suitable for users whose network infrastructure is focused mainly on the onboarding of Instant On switches. Choosing the wired-only option during the initial setup automatically creates a default wired network. The default network has a management VLAN whose value is read-only. The default wired network that was created during initial setup cannot be deleted unless you choose to delete the site entirely from your account. Once the initial setup is complete, you can use the following procedure to create up to a maximum of 22 wired networks for a site.

The following procedure creates a wired network:

  1. Tap Networks on the Instant On home screen. The Networks screen is displayed.
  2. Tap to create a new network. The Create Network screen is displayed.
  3. Select Wired as Network type. This tab appears only when your site has both wired and wireless networks.
  4. Enter a Network name for the network.
  5. Enter a VLAN for your network.
  6. Tap Done.

Modifying the Network Name or VLAN ID

The following procedure is used to modify an existing wired network:

  1. Tap Networks on the Instant On home screen. The Networks screen is displayed.
  2. Select the wired network from the Networks list to view the Network Details screen.
  3. Under Identification, enter a new name under Network name to change the network name or enter a new VLAN to change the VLAN ID.
  4. Tap Done.

If the selected wired network is a default network, then you cannot modify your Management VLAN.

Enabling or Disabling a Wired Network

The following procedure enables or disables a wired network:

  1. Tap Networks on the Instant On home screen. The Networks screen is displayed.
  2. Select the wired network from the Networks list to view the Network Details screen.
  3. Under Identification, slide the toggle switch to the right to set the network to Active (), or to the left to set the network to Inactive ().

The default wired network is used to manage the Instant On device does not have the option to be enabled or disabled.

Important Points to Note:

  • Deactivating the wired network means that no wired network station will be able to connect. The network will be shut down at the port level and would not be able to pass traffic anymore. The network is removed from all the wired ports.
  • Deactivating a wired network that has one or more associated wireless-network(s) displays a dialog box indicating that all the wireless networks and associated clients will be disconnected from the network. Tap Deactivate to continue this operation.
  • Re-activating a wireless-network on a wired-network that was previously deactivated displays a dialog box indicating that the associated wired-network will also be activated. Tap Activate to continue this operation.
  • Re-activating a wired-network that has one or more associated wireless-networks, activates the associated-wireless networks as well. Tap Activate to continue this operation.

Configuring a Voice Network

Instant On allows you to configure a VLAN on the switch to prioritize voice traffic over all other traffic. The voice traffic is tagged to have higher priority over other data by using Class of Service (CoS) values.

To configure a wired network VLAN as a Voice VLAN, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Networks on the Instant On home screen. The Networks screen is displayed.
  2. Select the wired network from the Networks list to view the Network Details screen.
  3. Under Identification, slide the Voice network toggle switch to the right () to allow clients with voice capabilities to be automatically redirected to this network.
  4. Tap Done.

Important Points to Note:

  • Only one Voice network can be configured per site.
  • The Voice network cannot be assigned to the management VLAN.
  • The Voice network feature is available only for IP phones that are directly connected to the switch.
  • If you connect a phone on a dedicated port with restricted access, the restricted access configuration will also be applied to the Voice VLAN.

Energy Efficient Ethernet

Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) or Green Port Management reduces power consumption on switch ports when data activity is low or idle. Regular heartbeats are sent to gauge port activity. Ports are fully enabled when data activity resumes. This function operates in the background and does not display a configurable option or activity status in the Instant On mobile app.

Instant On currently supports only a subset of the EEE feature (802.3az). The ability to detect copper and optical link length and reduce power accordingly is not supported.

More Options

The More options drop-down in the Aruba Instant On mobile app allows you to configure following settings for clients on wired networks:

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