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Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

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  • 1.  Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted Apr 29, 2021 01:59 PM
    Hi, I am looking at buying a few IAP-225 to setup a mesh at my home.  I wanted to know if a Aruba IAP-225 allows for mesh vlan IDs?

    I have a Asus internet router running (Tomato).  One of the Aruba devices would be plugged into the wired ethernet port.  Do all systems on the Aruba SSID's have to be configured on the same vlan on the router?

    Is it possible to have the following on the same vlan?
    Aruba 'MyHomeDevices' SSID -  IoT devices
    Asus Router -  IoT physical ethernet port

    Thank you


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  • 2.  RE: Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted Apr 29, 2021 03:00 PM
    The IAPs themselves would have to all be on the same VLAN to create a cluster.

    If you mean true mesh ( At least one wired, and the rest just powered up with no hardwire connection ) then the traffic gets backhauled to the wired AP. 

    On a trunk to an IAP, the management VLAN by default is the untagged VLAN. You can tag traffic from different SSIDs or user roles onto any VLAN, and that can be trunked back to the router.

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  • 3.  RE: Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted May 03, 2021 03:05 PM
    Yes I mean true mesh.  I would only have one wired AP.

    I think what you explained below means that I could have a setup like this:

    ## Aruba ##
    SSID - laptops
    SSID - IoT-devices

    ## HomeRouter ##   (Asus router running Tomato firmware)
    Wired Eth1 - HomeComputer
    Wired Eth2 - IoTWired
    Wired Eth3 - Primary Aruba device

    ## VLANs ##
    VLAN1 = laptops(SSID) + HomeComputer
    VLAN2 = IOT-devices + IoTWired
    VLAN3 = Aruba device

    HomeRouter would manage DNS, DHCP.

    And I believe you explained that any traffic that hasn't been vlan tagged would then go on the same vlan as the Primary Aruba Device.






  • 4.  RE: Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted May 03, 2021 03:40 PM
    Yes. You would have a port with VLAN 3 untagged (AP management VLAN), and VLAN 1 and VLAN 2 can be tagged, and assigned to user roles.

    Like Ariyap said, you must have the APs come up on the wired side first and have them join your VC (Virtual Controller). This is usually your first AP that comes up, but you would want to hard set the AP that will have the wired connection as the Prefered-VC. You don't want a mesh point becoming the VC.

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  • 5.  RE: Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted May 03, 2021 03:45 PM
    Thanks for your help.  I will go check it out.





  • 6.  RE: Aruba IAP-225 - Does it allow vlan id to sync with another router?

    Posted Apr 29, 2021 07:37 PM
    wireless mesh functionality is available for all the APs, just ensure that first you have all the IAPs connected to the wired LAN so they can form their cluster and then disconnect a few and they should create an automatic wireless mesh.
    https://www.arubanetworks.com/techdocs/Instant_86_WebHelp/Content/instant-ug/mesh-network/overview.htm?Highlight=mesh

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    Any opinions expressed here are solely my own and not necessarily that of Hewlett Packard Enterprise or Aruba.
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