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Posts: 19
Registered: ‎04-03-2007

Urgent - 651 Controller Capability Question

I have a couple quick questions on the 651s. I have a customer that has 3 of them and they want to connect them all together. I can't seem to separate the marketing spill from the actual tech specs on this one.

1. Can they intercommunicate without another controller, or do they need a master somewhere in the mix? Or can one of the (3) 651s act as a master and the other two as locals?!?

2. Is there any additional licensing (besides the base licensing on the 651's) in order to do this? If an additional controller is required (like an 800) do you need the VPN license to make site-to-site work? Or is it more like RAP and you need RAP licensing?!?

-k
Aruba
Posts: 760
Registered: ‎05-31-2007

Urgent - 651 Controller Capability Question

Good afternoon k.

To assist you:

1. Can they intercommunicate without another controller, or do they need
a master somewhere in the mix? Or can one of the (3) 651s act as a
master and the other two as locals?!?

JF --> Any Aruba controller can 'intercommunicate' with any other
Aruba controller using IPSEC VPN to transfer data between sites, AND any
Aruba controller can participate in a Master and Local combination.

Your application sounds like the site to site VPN connectivity case
(from reading your description), thus you don't need to configure as
'master and local', instead just put a VPN license (like the one
specified below) onto each controller and configure routing between all
sites for connectivity. The three controllers will interoperate
together as needed.


2. Is there any additional licensing (besides the base licensing on the
651's) in order to do this? If an additional controller is required
(like an 800) do you need the VPN license to make site-to-site work? Or
is it more like RAP and you need RAP licensing?!?

JF --> In order to link multiple 651's together I would recommend the
VPN license reside on each controller. You can use a very small license
(e.g. LIC-VPN-32) on each controller to facilitate. This license would
introduce in the neighbourhood of $200 one-time cost to each site.
FYI, RAP licensing is not required (nor is it required on any other
Aruba platform to do site-to-site VPN)

Editors note :) --> I assume that there is a PEF license already on
each 651 for WLAN users and policy control, so I assume/hope the
customer has this already as a best practice.

Hope that helps!

Regards,

JF
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