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Aruba Employee
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Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Beacons and IAP

Hi all,

 

I was reading through the beacons VRD. From what i understand, in order to come up with a beacon setup, we must have USB powered Beacons or AP 320 (associated with controller) built-in beacon to communicate with battery powered beacons. So in a nutshell, we must have AP 320 and controller both in place for the entire beacon thing to work right ? (please confirm my understanding)

 

Is it possible to have a beacon setup if we are running aruba instant and there is no controller at all ?

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Re: Beacons and IAP

No, this is not correct. You can run beacons without Aruba APs, you just won't have centralized monitoring and management.


Thanks,
Tim

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
Aruba Employee
Posts: 157
Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Re: Beacons and IAP

But without APs, how beacons will communicate with meridian in cloud ?

Even if it's not Aruba APs, there should be some AP that will connect beacons (battery powered) to internet so that they may connect to meridian and provide location services ?

Best Regards

Ovais Iqbal
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Re: Beacons and IAP

The beacons only need to talk to Meridian for monitoring and management. You can do a full Meridian App deployment without this.


Thanks,
Tim

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
Aruba Employee
Posts: 157
Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Re: Beacons and IAP

Sorry Tim, didn't understand. Sorry if I am being dumb but would appreciate if you can guide me here.

When you say beacons need to communicate with Meridian only, how can they communicate unless they are connected to internet ? and how beacons are connected to internet if access points are not there ?

Best Regards

Ovais Iqbal
HP MASE Infrastructure/ CCIE # 37956 (R&S)
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Registered: ‎09-08-2010

Re: Beacons and IAP

Beacons simply send out BLE advertisements. They're independent of the network. Meridian cloud simply provides monitoring and centralized configuration management (all optional)


Thanks,
Tim

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
Aruba Employee
Posts: 157
Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Re: Beacons and IAP

Ok...

But lets say if we want push notifications and wayfinding, these beacons need to be connected to internet right ?

Best Regards

Ovais Iqbal
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Posts: 8,794
Registered: ‎09-08-2010

Re: Beacons and IAP

No. That's all done via the app on the user's device.


Thanks,
Tim

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
Aruba Employee
Posts: 157
Registered: ‎10-20-2015

Re: Beacons and IAP

Ok.. I am sure I am getting there.

Can you help me understand how wayfinding works with beacons (not connected to internet) and User app ?


1. User can download the company's app which shows the floor plan,

2. But then without beacons connected to internet (meridian), how can the user gets his location pinpointed ?

Best Regards

Ovais Iqbal
HP MASE Infrastructure/ CCIE # 37956 (R&S)
Solution Architect
HP Networking
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
M: +92-321-2960496
Guru Elite
Posts: 8,794
Registered: ‎09-08-2010

Re: Beacons and IAP

Beacons simply send out a unique identifier. The app has the beacons on a map. The app on the client device calculates it's location based on signal strength of the beacons.


Thanks,
Tim

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