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Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

I've a question regarding the conversion from IAP aruba instant AP to be managed by a mobility controller ,

I've 10 IAP-207 APs running on aruba-os 6.5.2.0 , i can manage them from a webpage through the ip of the master AP , automatically elected

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The 10 APs are connected to Aruba/HP 2920 switch , each port of the switch which is connected to an AP is tagged in vlan 5 , 10 , these vlans are also created on the APs each vlan is for specific SSID wireless network .

 

And on the switch  each vlan has an uplink port "untagged" to the firewall lan ports .

 

Now i will deploy the "aruba controller 7010" to manage these APs , the question here is how the physical connection between the APs , the controller and  the switch be like ?

, also is there a software required for the controller or it will be managed through a webpage , and how i can

 create 2 wireless networks on the controller each with a separate  uplink to the firewall as each port of the 2 firewall lan ports is the DHCP server for each vlan,

 Also can i use the lan ports on the controller as uplinks to the firewall to avoid using the standard uplinks 1000base-x ports ?

 

Guru Elite

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

When you convert IAPs to campus APs, by default they tunnel all of their  user traffic to the controller.  The controller will then send the user traffic out one of its interfaces on the VLAN that they need to be in.

 

For example:

With IAP, you need to trunk all of the user VLANs needed to all of the APs.  

 

With a controller, you just trunk the controller itself to a layer 3 switch and tag any of the user VLANs you need.  All of the Campus APs tunnel all user traffic to the controller and the controller will place the

user VLAN onto the correct VLAN.  The access points would only need to be on an access port, and obtain an ip address that can route/forward the traffic to the controller.  The controller will then send the user traffic out on whatever VLAN is needed for that WLAN...

 

I hope this helps..



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Occasional Contributor II

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

in my situation , the APs ports are tagged in vlan 5 , 10 , and untagged in vlan 15 to get a DHCP ip for management , you mean during the conversion i have to make these switch port only untagged in vlan 15 and make the switch port connected to the controller also untagged in vlan 15 to be in the same subnet and reachable by the AP and tagged in vlan 5 , 15  ? also i will create the WLAN networks again from the controller after the conversion or these networks will automatically appear on the controller's dashbaord , 

Guru Elite

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

Correct.



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

Hi , 

while converting the IAP to AP "managed by mobility controller " , which ip of the controller should i write in the field of "ip or host name fo the mobility controller"  , is it the management ip of the controller which has a defualt value of 172.16.0.254 or it can be any ip reachable by the IAP 
ie an ip of the same subnet and VLAN ID as the IAP management IP ?

Guru Elite

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

An ip address that is routable to the IAP.  If 172.16.0.x is not routable, you need an address that is routable.



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Occasional Contributor II

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

Ok thank you very much ,

and after the conversion to campus AP , the APs will appear in the controller dashboard and i have to go to AP installation and provision them by assigning them to a AP group and then create the wireless SSID . ? also i had to enter the license before the above steps ?
also should i put the access points in a whitelist ?

is there any other steps should i do to complete the conversion process?

Occasional Contributor II

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

waiting for your reply as the conversion process will be tomorrow

Aruba Employee

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

You will need to add the licenses to the controller before trying to convert.  If you are using CPSec then you will need to add the devices to the whitelist before converting.  Once the APs are converted they will come up in the default group.  You will need to provision the access points to the appropriate AP group.

Occasional Contributor II

Re: Converting IAP into controller managed AP

Also i need to configure 2 ssid on vlan 5 and vlan 10 respectively , in this case i will create 2 virtual AP for each ssid  ? also the controller will be connected to a switch using trunk port , the switch is then connecrted to a firewall ,should i configure a gateway/ ip helper address for each vlan on the controller or it is enough on the switch ?

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