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Purchase used equipment for home lab and licensing


I was on ebay today looking through some used Aruba gear and discovered that I can pick up a 3000 series controller for between $150 and $300 dollars CAD. I didn't really like at AP's, but I remember seeing some 105's for pretty cheap.


In terms of licensing for the controller I would need:

  • Access Point (packs of 4 only?)
  • Next Generation Policy Enforcement Firewall Module (packs of 4 only?)
  • RF Protect (packs of 4 only?)

I would eventually like to have a ClearPass server so that I can practise managing the whole wireless environment and prep for my ACCA and ACCP. And then eventually move on to CWNA and CCNA (plan to add a Cisco switch to the mix). Certs may not necessarily go in that order though.


Just curious if anyone else has gone this route?



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Re: Purchase used equipment for home lab and licensing



Good idea !


If you are Aruba Partner, you can ask for have some eval license for ClearPass and controller (AP, PEFNG...)

PowerArubaSW: Powershell Module to use Aruba Switch API for Vlan, VlanPorts, LACP, LLDP... More info

PowerArubaCP: Powershell Module to use ClearPass API (create NAD, Guest...) More info

PowerArubaCX: Powershell Module to use ArubaCX API (get interface/vlan/ports info)

PowerArubaIAP: Powershell Module to use Aruba Instant AP

PowerArubaMC: Powershell Module to use Mobility Controller / Master

ACMP 6.4 / ACMX #107 / ACCP 6.5 / ACSP
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Re: Purchase used equipment for home lab and licensing

licensing has changed now, you can order individual licenses for Ap, pef and rf protect to the quantities you want or you can order an enterprise license which comes with AP, PEF, RF PROTECT and Airwave, again with how many you want. my suggestion is to speak to your SE and see if you can get lab gear at a discount.

Pasquale M. | Senior Network Solutions Consultant
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Re: Purchase used equipment for home lab and licensing

That is awesome that we can purchase singular licenses now! I checked on CDW and found that the licenses aren't all that expensive either. You can create a pretty nice home lab for relatively cheap ($300 - $400).


The big hurdle I will have is the license for ClearPass. Not sure if this is bad to discuss here, but if I could obtain a trial license, would I be able to us that in lab


Unfortunately I don't have a direct SE with Aruba :(

Our equipment is Dell branded so I don't have many contacts with Aruba directly. I would prefer Aruba equipment for my home lab.


If anyone is in the Ontario, Canada and has an Aruba contact they would recommend I would appreciate it!