Generally the IAP's will broadcast the configured SSID from all of its member IAPs in the cluster.
However in order to restrict the SSID on specific IAP we can use zone option available from 4.1.
We can use this feature to restrict the SSID based on location, such as Lobby, Classroom etc..
Mostly used in customer environments, where the type of network users vary based access category.
This article applies to Aruba Instant Access Points running 188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206 and above.
Network Topology : Instant APs in a cluster.
Below Images would explain the step by step configuration.
1. In the IAP GUI, Select the SSID and Click "edit". In the SSID wizard, click on "Show advanced options" (as shown below):
2. Type any keyword in the "Zone" field:
3. Once the keyword is set in SSID, one needs to configure the same on the specific IAPs that they would like the network to be broadcasted.
The IAP's configured with that specific keyword in the zone will be able to broadcast that SSID.
One can verify the configuration either from CLI of the specific IAP:
Cent-IAP-1# show ap-env
Sometimes, there are instances that the SSID might not broadcasted on the IAPs that you specified. In such cases, we recommend to verify if the keyword mentioned in the SSID profile and on the IAP / IAPs are exactly same (Including the case).
NOTE: The keyword is case sensitive.