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WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

This is a short demo guide (18 pages) for demonstrating the long awaited WiFi uplink feature on Instant 11ac APs. Now with Instant version 8.5 we have it.

 

In this guide I’ll demonstrate this feature in two scenarios, one using a WiFi uplink to a WiFi hotspot and the other using WiFi uplink to connect to an existing Instant cluster.

 

Hope you’ll find it useful and as always please send through your feedbacks to improve it.

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

Hi Ariya,

 

I understand that I cannot enable mesh and wifi upliink on the same AP, but would it be possible to use this to extend the 2-hop limitation for IAP mesh links into 3 hops?

I'm thinking:  "WiFi link > mesh point > mesh point > mesh portal" (3 mesh ap's in a cluster and the last wifi uplink one standalone) to get client access with an additional hop?


Koen (ACMX #351 | ACDX #547 | ACCP)

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

I would be very surpsied if that is supported (I don't think it is or will be), and even if it were, it would require the wifi uplink IP on the end NOT be a part of the mesh/instant VC so it would be managed separately, etc, etc.

 

Nevermind, no the mode is STA, so the IAP on the end in wifi uplink would only work in standalone mode and show up as a station in the user table. 


Jerrod Howard
Distinguished Technologist, TME
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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

no I dont think this is supported.

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5


@jhoward wrote:

Nevermind, no the mode is STA, so the IAP on the end in wifi uplink would only work in standalone mode and show up as a station in the user table. 


Yes it would act as a client to the mesh point ahead but since it is a standalone AP and the WiFi uplink doesn't prohibit users connectign to either radio I am guessing this will work.

Whether Aruba supports the setup is indeed another matter. 

Guess I will have to test to be sure.


Koen (ACMX #351 | ACDX #547 | ACCP)

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

Ariya,

 

Can you comment on what APs are supported? The manual says the following but that list seems rather small?

AP-203H, AP-203R, AP-203RP, AP-207, 300
Series, 310 Series, 320 Series, and 330 Series access points, 

 

Is support for other platform coming? Any ETA?

If the config options are there, does that mean anything?  On an IAP365 the config options are there, but the IAP would not connect. 


Koen (ACMX #351 | ACDX #547 | ACCP)

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

The AP models supported are very small. Some of the other 300 platforms will come on later, as may some others (that is currently still being worked on), so it's TBD. 


Jerrod Howard
Distinguished Technologist, TME
Aruba Employee

Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

The list there is accurate. the new addition is all the 11ac APs.

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

As far as I know an AP-365 is an 11ac wave2 AP. :)


Koen (ACMX #351 | ACDX #547 | ACCP)

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Re: WiFi Uplink feature with Instant 8.5

that list also includes AP-370 series.

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