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Access Point Details

The following options are available in the expanded view of an access point in the inventory:

Identification

The Identification page provides details of the selected AP, which includes the AP name, IP address, MAC address, serial number, radio, ports, and model type of the AP. This page also provides a summary of the wireless radios including the number of clients that are currently connected. To view the details of the AP, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory() tile on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health() banner and then click on Show inventory.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list. The AP details such as the AP name, IP address of the AP, MAC address, Serial number, SKU, AP type, radio, and the number of the clients connected on each radio channel are displayed.

Access Point Lights

The Access Point Lights section allows you to turn on or off the device status and radio lights. The lights are turned on by default to provide a clear visual indicator of the device’s status at a glance. This setting is available only for Instant On access points.

Follow these steps to modify the status of the access point lights:

  1. Click the Inventory tile on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health banner and the click on Show inventory.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list.
  3. Under Access Point Lights, select one of the following options:
    1. Normal mode (default)— Use this option to turn on the status and radio lights. This option is selected by default.
    2. Quiet light mode—Use this option to turn off the status and radio lights. When this option is selected, the device lights are turned off during normal operation.
  4. Click Save.

Radios

This section provides details on the clients operating on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios of the device:

  • Number of clients connected—Denotes the number of clients connected to the radio.
  • Operation channel—Denotes the radio channel on which the connected clients are operating.
  • Radio transmit power—Denotes the radio transmit power rate (in dBm) for the connected clients.
  • Airtime utilization—Denotes the airtime utilization (in %) detected by the radio.

Connectivity

You can either configure Instant On devices to automatically receive an IP address from an DHCP server running on the LAN or manually configure a Static IP address. To configure IP assignment for the access point, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory() tile on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health() banner and then click on Show inventory. The Inventory page is displayed.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list and then click Connectivity tab.
  3. Select any one of the following options to assign an IP address for the AP:
    • Automatic(default) — The IP address for the AP is assigned by the DHCP server.
    •  Static — Assign a static IP address for the AP and configure the following parameters:
      1. LAN IP —Enter a Static IP address.
      2. Subnet mask—Enter the subnet mask.
      3. Default gateway—Enter the IP address of the Default Gateway.
      4. DNS server—Enter the IP address of the DNS server.
  4. Click Save.

Ports

Every network requires the E0/PT or ENET port of the AP to be connected to the gateway or switch using an Ethernet cable. The Port Details page displays the ENET port, the uplink status, and the upload and download throughput rates. The name of the Ethernet port can be changed by entering a new name in the Port ENET text field.

The Port details link will not be displayed if the AP is connected as a mesh point in the network.

Connected Clients and Devices

On selecting the ENET port, the Clients and devices connected to this port section displays the list of clients and devices connected to the port. By default, the clients and devices for All Networks applicable to the port are displayed. The clients and infrastructure devices directly connected to the port are displayed as a link to the client details page. The indirectly connected clients are displayed by their MAC address. To filter the clients and devices connected to a specific network, select a network from the Show drop-down list.

Radios

The Radios tab provides an option to override the radio settings configured at the site level and allows you to configure 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio settings which are specific to the selected Instant On device.

Follow these steps to override the site level radio settings and configure 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio settings specific to the device:

Instant On APs connected over-the-air do not have the option to override the 5 GHz radio configuration made at the site level. These devices are allowed to configure only the 2.4 GHz radio settings at the device level.

  1. Under Radios, click the Use specific configurations for this radio checkbox for 2.4GHz Radio and 5 GHz Radio respectively to view the device specific radio settings.
  2. Choose a Channel width for each of the following:
    1. 2.4 GHz Radio—20MHz (default) or 20/40 MHz.
    2. 5 GHz Radio—20/40 MHz, 20/40/80 MHz (default), or 20/40/80/160 MHz.
    • The channel width of 160 MHz is supported only on AP25 access points. This includes AP25 access points which are deployed as mesh points.
    • When the channel width is set to 20/40/80/160 MHz, the only corresponding channels available for selection are 36 and 100.
  1. Based on your selection for each radio, the Channel selection options are refreshed. All channels are enabled by default and are displayed in orange. The disabled channels are displayed in gray.
  2. Configure the Transmit power range for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios by adjusting the slider between a minimum and maximum value. For example, if the slider is set between Very high and Max, the radio transmits between 30 dBm and maximum power. The available values are:

    Transmit Power Level

    Threshold for 2.4 GHz Radio (in dBm)

    Threshold for 5 GHz Radio (in dBm)

    Low

    6 dBm

    15 dBm

    9 dBm

    18 dBm

     

    12 dBM

    Medium

    15 dBm

    21 dBm

    18 dBm

    High

     

     

    21 dBm

    24 dBm

    24 dBm

    27 dBm

     

    27 dBm

    Very high

    30 dBm

    30 dBm

    Max

    This is the default setting.

    This is the default setting.

The changes made in the above procedure are saved automatically.

Actions

The Actions tab provides the following configuration options.

Locate

Instant On allows you to locate your device when there are many devices in the site.

To locate your device, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory () tile on the Instant On web application home page or click the Site Health banner and then click on Show inventory. The Inventory page is displayed.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list and then click on Actions tab.
  3. Slide the Activate lights toggle switch to right () to turn on the locator light in the device. The locator light will be active for 30 minutes after you turn on the toggle switch. The light is turned off by default.

Network Tests

The Network tests option is used to test the reachability of an Instant On device. To perform a network test, you need to select a Source device on which the commands will be executed, and a Destination to be reached.

To run a network test on an Instant On access point, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory () tile on the Instant On web application home page or click the Site Health banner and then click on Show inventory. The Inventory page is displayed.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list and then click on Actions tab.
  3. Click the Connectivity tests tab beside Network tests. The Connectivity test screen is displayed.
  4. Under Source, select an Instant On device from the drop-down list.

    Only active devices of a site can be selected in this field. It could be a Switch or an AP.

  5. Under Destination, enter the hostname or IP address of the device to which the source device should connect.
  6. Click Start connection test.

The table below shows the possible test results from the network tests:

Connectivity Rating

Roundtrip Time

Test Results Format

Good

All network tests passed with a latency of less than 150 milliseconds.

Line 1: Fast connectivity to <host / IP address>

Expandable row: More details

Fair

Some network tests passed with a latency between 150 and 400 milliseconds.

Line 1: Intermittent connectivity to IP address

Line 2: <IP address>

Line 3: Slow connectivity to <host / IP address>

Line 4: <hostname / IP address>

Expandable row: More details

Poor

Ping network passed with a latency greater than 400 milliseconds.

Line 1: Unable to reach IP address

Line 2: <IP address>

Line 3: Very slow connectivity to <host / IP address>

Line 4: <hostname / IP address>

Expandable row: More details

Restart

Aruba allows you to restart the device if you suspect any problem with it.

To restart your device, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory() tile on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health() banner and then click on Show inventory.
  2. Click the () arrow next to an AP in the Inventory list and then click Actions tab.
  3. Click Restart.

Remove from Inventory

Follow these steps to remove an AP which is still online:

  1. Click the Inventory() tile on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health() banner and then click on Show inventory.
  2. Select the AP you want to remove from the inventory by clicking the () arrow next to the device name.
  3. In the Actions tab, click Remove next to Remove from inventory.
  4. Click Remove in the popup window that appears on the screen.

Follow these steps to remove an AP which is offline:

  1. Navigate to Inventory. Select the AP you want to remove from the inventory by clicking the () arrow next to the AP name. In the Actions tab, a rectangular bar appears below the device name when an alert is triggered. The color of the rectangular alert bar will appear according to the alert type.
  2. Click the Alerts link. You will be directed to the Alert Details page which provides more information about the unusual activity. The Advanced menu does not appear on the title bar when the status is down.
  3. If the Instant On device is removed from the network, you can choose to remove the device from the inventory by clicking Remove from inventory in the Actions tab. A pop-up box appears on the screen requesting your confirmation.
  4. Click Remove to delete the device from the inventory.

Replacing a Failed AP from the Inventory

Instant On allows you to replace an AP from the inventory in the unlikely event of a failure. A new AP or any existing AP from the site can be used to replace the failed device. During this operation, the current configuration of the failed device is also transferred to the replaced device.

It is recommended to replace the failed AP with a working AP of the exact same model to successfully restore all configurations. Replacing the failed device with a different AP model may not restore the same configurations as the old AP. For example: Replacing a Wi-Fi 6 AP with a Wi-Fi 5 AP will result in the Wi-Fi 6 specific configurations not being transferred to the Wi-Fi 5 AP.

To replace a failed AP from the inventory, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inventory tile () on the Aruba Instant On home page or click the Site Health() banner and then click on Show inventory. The Inventory page is displayed.
  2. Click the arrow () next to the failed AP you want to replace from the Inventory list. A rectangular bar appears below the device name when an alert is triggered.
  3. Click the Alerts link. You will be directed to the Alert Details page which provides more information about the unusual activity and a link to replace the AP.
  4. On the Alert Details page, click on the replace link. The Replace Access Point page is displayed. Alternatively, you can perform this action by clicking the Replace button next to Replace device in the Actions tab.
  5. Unplug the AP you want to replace and plug in your new AP to the network. When your device’s lights are alternating between green and amber, click Continue.
  6. Enter the serial number located on your new Instant On AP and click Search.
  7. Once your AP is detected, select Replace.
  8. Click Finish when your new AP is added to your network.
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