Instant AP supports Ethernet, 3G/4G USB and Wi-Fi as the uplinks. USB modems and the Wi-Fi uplink can be used to extend the connectivity to places where an Ethernet uplink cannot be configured. It also provides a reliable backup link for the Ethernet based Instant networks.
Wi-Fi uplink lets user configure any accessible wireless network as uplink for IAPs. Users can now build self contained IAP VPN networks in a hotel room to connect all their personal devices and use the existing hotel WiFi connection for uplink.
Wi-Fi uplink is supported only by the master/ virtual controller (VC).
Uplink priority can be configured between Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G.
Allows the master IAP to establish WPA2, WPA and Open Wi-Fi uplinks.
For single radio IAPs, the radio serves wireless clients and the Wi-Fi uplink.
For dual radio IAPs, both radios can be used to serve, clients but only one of them can be used for the Wi-Fi uplink, either 2.4Ghz or 5GHz.
Environment : This article applies to all Aruba Instant Access Points running Aruba InstantOS.
(Support for an IAP associating to an other IAP as Wi-Fi uplink is introduced from 18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124)
Open Instant GUI and login with admin credentials.
Click on "System" from the Main Menu at the top right.
- At the bottom of the "System" window click on "Show Advance Options". As shown below:
- Click on the "Uplink" tab
- Under Wi-Fi Section, configure the settings:
Key Management: Select the type of encryption. WPA-2 Personal, WPA Personal or Open
Passphrase Format: Characters or Hexadecimal.
Passphrase: Password for wireless network that the IAP is connecting to. Password should be minimum of 8 characters.
Band: Wi-Fi radio. 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
Below screenshot would help to configure it via CLI:
essid <Name of the wireless network>
cipher-suite <key management>
- For Open: clear
- For WPA-2: wpa2-ccmp-psk
- For WPA: wpa-tkip-psk
- For 2.4GHz: dot11g
- For 5GHz: dot11a
- Open Instant GUI and login with admin credentials.
- From the top right-menu, point to "More" and then click on "Support".
#show wifi-uplink config
# show wifi-uplink status
- "Show wifi-uplink status" command would help to check the status of the W-Fi uplink. As we see in the below image, the connection is enabled and in running state.
This can verified from GUI as well. Open Instant GUI and login with admin credentials.