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what is the difference between mobility access controller and access switch?

aruba mobilty access switch is a standalone device? can it control the traffic and the APs?

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Re: what is the difference between mobility access controller and access switch?

Our Aruba Mobility controller acts as an aggregation point of Data Plane and/or Control Plane.  It's used for aggregating Aruba access points.

 

The Mobility access switch in our solution-set is used to bring wired EDGE users and provide them with the similar experience as to what they would have over Aruba access points.     Aruba Mobility access switches can also aggregate up to Aruba controllers in a similar fashion as Aruba access points do.

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Re: what is the difference between mobility access controller and access switch?

The MAS brings a lot of the controller functionality (user roles, policy, etc) from the controller to the wired edge allowing you to have a unified access policy across the network whether wired or wireless.


Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480

Re: what is the difference between mobility access controller and access switch?

Let's back this up a bit.  What are you looking to do, install, architect, etc...?  Think of the access switch as an IDF edge L2/3 switch (with a mobility slant).  The controller is meant for APs mostly but serves other puposes and may not be a necessity depending on your requirements.  We also have Aruba Instant which virtualizes some of the controller's functions into our APs.  That coupled with the access switch really delivers a fantastic solution for smaller deployments.

 

 

Seth R. Fiermonti
Consulting Systems Engineer - ACCX, ACDX, ACMX
Email: seth@hpe.com
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