11-27-2011 11:02 AM
I've been reading over the VRD but just wanted to ask the community what they think -
Our building is really three buildings connected together into one big building. It's segmented into a vlan per building.
Junior High Vlan
High School Vlan
Our current AP's ( apple airports ), are on the vlan for the part of the building they are in. With the apple airports, there are times when teachers sitting in their rooms might connect to three different vlans throughout the day. At each change, it takes their network down until it realizes whats going on and renews its IP.
We also run into issues where a user carries a laptop from one part of the building to another.
One of the big things i'm excited about for our move to Aruba is being able to forward that traffic across vlans.
While reading the VRD it sounds like layer 2 doesn't switch across vlans, is that correct? It sounded like layer 3 was the way to go, but the documentation all seems to reference going between controllers - not vlans on a single controller. We only have one controller.
Our controller will be connected directly to our MDF core switch, and each of the aruba AP's will be on the vlan for the part of the building they are in.
Anyone have any suggestions? Should I try layer 2 or go layer 3?
Our building is 99.9% mac, 0-4 year old macbooks.
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11-27-2011 11:18 AM
Since you are new to Aruba, I highly recommend you go through the free Level 0 training videos. They can be found here:
To answer you question, the VLAN is whatever you want it to be. It doesn't matter what VLAN the AP is on. Users get a VLAN at the controller, not at the AP. You can determine the VLAN based on the SSID or the user role (recommended).
Do you use Microsoft AD? If so, I would look into setting up Microsoft RADIUS, and use AD groups to determine which VLAN a user gets on. This would be done in conjunction with a WPA2-AES SSID. Then an Admin would get an Admin VLAN no matter where they are.
I hope this answers your question.
11-27-2011 01:21 PM
Why would they be roaming to a different VLAN? The VLAN is determined at the controller, not where the AP is. A user can connect and obtain whatever VLAN you want. They can then keep that VLAN as long as they are connected, no matter where they roam to.
There are many different options. Go through those videos. They cover the basics on how a thin AP environment works.
11-27-2011 02:53 PM
Ok thanks. I watched them all.
I was having a hard time fully grasping how thin AP's work I guess. Got it now though.
Can't wait till our controller comes in so I can start playing! Should hopefully be on the Fed Ex truck tomorrow... hopefully....
07-21-2015 09:15 AM
Thanks for the training video link, wanted to know if the training videos are free? I could only play:
- Wired Fundamentals (click to play video) gives a brief overview of the wired networking principles used in Aruba products.
- Wireless Fundamentals (click to play video) outlines wireless networking concepts and technology.
Do I have to request/buy those training videos? Can you please share direct links to training videos?
Thanks a lot!