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Controller assign address after provision with other DHCP server

I'm trying to make my life a little easier in the long run and am using Spiceworks to scan the network for down APs, network utilization, etc.

The end goal is when we plug in an access point to be provisioned, it get an address from the master DHCP server, then once the AP receives configuration from the controller, the controller assigns it a different address outside the main DHCP range so that we can scan it. 


The network is /20, so let's just say main DHCP is 

Wanted sequence:

  1. Plug in AP
  2. AP receives address in the main range from the master DHCP server (not the controller)
  3. AP finds the controller (DNS entry)
  4. Controller provisions and sends configuration
  5. AP reboots and requests new address
  6. Controller responds and gives address in different range, say

In this case, the controller would only be authoritative for the 91.1-254 range

The other way I was thinking is very similar. New subnet, /24, that the APs are on. More or less the same sequence as above, but now the APs are not reachable from the main subnet.


Since the subnet is so large, it would take a very long time to scan the entire thing with any ease; not to mention we'd be inadvertently collecting information about devices that are transient and don't belong to us (security/privacy concerns). 


Any suggestions on how to achieve this?

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Re: Controller assign address after provision with other DHCP server

In an Aruba Controller-based system, the access points themselves do not offer much information or even answer to SNMP reads, so an external system would not be able to tell if they were "up" by pinging them.  Access points can have ip addresses and answer to pings but they would not necessarily be up or even connected to a controller.


 It is probably far easier to look at SNMP traps from the controller itself to see if an access points goes down or not.  You can also use SNMP on the controller's ip address to see what APS exist, etc.  A record of access points up and down ip address are kept by the controller.

*Answers and views expressed by me on this forum are my own and not necessarily the position of Aruba Networks or Hewlett Packard Enterprise.*
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Re: Controller assign address after provision with other DHCP server

Just to echo the legendary cjoseph-


You cannot directly interact with controller based AP's. All communication traverses either the controller or Airwave. You may still be able to utilize SpiceWorks by having Airwave relay traps (


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