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How do I convert an Aruba Instant AP to a campus AP?

By AnandKumar Sukumar Unpublished


Product and Software: This article applies to Aruba Instant AP.

You can convert an Aruba Instant AP (IAP) to a controller-based (thin) AP by using the WebUI on the IAP. Navigate to Maintenance > Convert. Simply populate the IP address within the IAP for the controller you want the AP to communicate with, and it will connect and automatically convert itself.

To restore IAP functionality (from thin mode), you must gain physical access to the IAP and press the reset button on the back of the unit with a paper clip or equivalent tool.



Jul 25, 2019 10:41 AM


Thanks for your post. I have used your procedure to my deployment where I need to convert AP's to CAP.


I also need to correct your command below:


"convert-aos-ip CAP <master controller IP address>"


it should be:


"convert-aos-ap CAP <master controller IP address>"

Jun 02, 2017 05:14 PM

Folks, in case there is no reset button, and/or the username/password of the IAP is not known, but there is console access, you can convert IAP to CAP with the follwoing console comands:


Console method.  

  • You need a the console cable is compatible with the IAP.   (USB type A to type A).
  •  You need the USB console driver from the Aruba support site.
  • Connect the IAP to your favorite terminal program.
  • Reboot the controller (can toggle power or ethernet):
  • type "reload" and watch it reboot
  • right after the POST finishes, it gives you a 2 second timer to press enter to abort.  Press enter.
  • at the "apboot>" prompt type:
  • "purgeenv"
  • "clear os"
  • "save"
  • "factory_reset"
  • then reboot the AP.   this is functionally equivalent to pressing the reset button on the other units
  • Log into the Booted up AP (user=admin password= admin) and type the following:
  • "enable"
  • "convert-aos-ip CAP <master controller IP address>"

Nov 29, 2016 10:41 AM

Is it possible to do this conversion from the console (cli) connection?

Feb 23, 2016 05:16 PM

I noticed this only works if you use the ip address for the controller not the DNS name aruba-master which isn't really a problem.