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Issues with Instant APs and InstantON APs in the same Network?

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  • 1.  Issues with Instant APs and InstantON APs in the same Network?

    Posted Mar 16, 2021 02:09 PM
    Hello community,

    we have been asked if it is possible to install serveral new Aruba InstantON Accesspoints in a existing
    Network already running an Instant Cluster with multiple 305 IAPs.

    Im aware best practise is to add more instant APs of the 300 Series.
    Im also aware that these systems are not compatible at all, since Instant APs are an Enterprise product while InstantON APs are not.

    However im very concerned about running both products in the same network will cause issues for the existing Instant cluster or renders the InstantON not working at all.  Especially since we have been asked to provide SSIDs which are already running on the Instant Cluster over the InstantONs aswell.
    One of them is zoned aswell. (Afaik zones are not supported on the InstantON Series)

    Anyone made experienced with a similar, mixed setup?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Best Regards
    Tobias
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  • 2.  RE: Issues with Instant APs and InstantON APs in the same Network?

    Posted Mar 16, 2021 03:29 PM
    Your best course of action if you have to keep both would be to create a different SSID name. If you have two separately managed systems in the same location, the clients will bounce back and forth between them. Each time, this would be considered a hard roam, and the client would have to start from scratch (association, authentication, DHCP, etc...) on each roam. Not a good idea :)

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    Dustin Burns
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