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First look at the Aruba CX Mobile App

The Aruba CX Mobile App has recently been released to enable low-touch deployment of the 8xxx range of ArubaOS-CX switches. This is facilitated via a Bluetooth USB dongle.

 

New CX switches such as the 8325 will ship with a dongle in most regions (as always, there is paperwork to do regarding homologation, emissions, etc). New shipments of the 8400 and 8320 may also start getting a dongle.

 

Bluetooth USB Dongle

If you already have an 8320 or 8400, you can also try it out. The 8xxx switches should work with many variants of bluetooth dongle; YMMV:

 

  • recommended: a model based on the Broadcom BCM20702A0
  • cheapy one from eBay/Amazon/Corner store: the one I bought was based on BCM20702

Setup

 

Useful commands

show usb
show bluetooth

bluetooth on 8320.png

 

Use
Now you can launch the app and get stuck in. For a new device, you would deploy a previously created template config.

 

My switch already has a working config, so I had to log in with the existing credentials. Multiple elements can be configured from the mobile GUI (eg NTP, interfaces), or you can view the CLI directly. I would go and get my laptop rather than use my phone if I wanted to do anything serious at the CLI, but a decent tablet would be OK. The point is, you can do it right there.

 

 

CX App - connected and logged in.png

 

CX App - configure devices.png

 

CX App - interface config.png

 

 

The locator LED (orange, far right) turned on from the app.8320 lasers.jpg

 

 



Richard Litchfield, HPE Aruba
Regional Category Manager, APJ – Campus Switching