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How do I provision a RAP-5WN using zero-touch provisioning and a USB 3G modem?

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Question:  How do I provision a RAP-5WN using zero-touch provisioning and a USB 3G modem?


Product and Software: This article applies to Aruba RAP-5WN and ArubaOS 5.0 and later.

To provision a factory default RAP-5WN with a USB 3G modem using ArubaOS 5.0:

1) Power up the RAP and connect an Ethernet cable to port 1 of the RAP. Set your PC to be a DHCP client. You should receive an IP address in 60 to 90 seconds.

2) Plug in (supported) the USB 3G modem.

3) Open a new browser session. On the RAP Provisioning page, choose Advanced Settings and click the USB tab. (See Figure 1.)







Figure 1: Advanced Settings and the USB tab

4) Enter the IP address or DNS hostname for the Aruba Master Controller for this RAP. Choose the correct 3G device. Click Save. (See Figure 2.)





Figure 2: Choose a modem

5) After the USB device has been saved to the RAP configuration, click Continue. (See Figure 3.)






Figure 3: Continue and Please Wait

The RAP should have rebooted with the new USB modem settings and it attempts to contact the Aruba Master Controller chosen in the previous step. Note: The IP address of ETH0 is the IP address of the modem. (See Figure 4.)






Figure 4: Modem IP address

After the RAP has successfully connected to the controller, it downloads its software image and configuration file. Then the RAP warns you that it needs to reboot to finish the provisioning process. (See Figure 5.) Be patient because the RAP reboots up to three times during this step. When it is finished, the RAP comes online and is ready for service. When the RAP is ready for service, one of the radio LEDs (2.4 or 5 GHz) on the front of the RAP lights.



 6) When you see one of the radio LEDs light, disconnect the Ethernet cable. Enable the WLAN NIC on your laptop to test the connectivity.

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