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  • 1.  What is required to run Aruba APs?

    Posted 10-16-2023 04:31 PM

    Hey ya'll, I'm currently looking into replacing our embarrassing Wi-Fi solution and Aruba was highly recommended, namely the Instant On branch. I started looking at the products and it seems to be that an Aruba switch is always paired no matter what deployment you choose. This brought up a few concerns:

    • How do I manage the Aruba APs? I'm coming from Unifi. They have a software called Unifi Controller that is linked to a specific machine to manage all the APs on that network. Aruba has an app but do they also use a similar management software?
    • Do I need an Aruba switch to actually manage the APs? I have Cisco 24p PoE switches that I'd rather not replace if needed.

    If anyone could take some time to answer, that would be greatly appreicated.



  • 2.  RE: What is required to run Aruba APs?

    Posted 10-19-2023 05:16 PM

    The ION AP are cloud managed. Either over the app or the web portal. Nothing additional is needed for the AP to operate, the management lives completely in the cloud. You manage the settings on the app/portal and the AP are syncing these settings. Local management or a dedicated controller (as known from Unify) is not possible with Aruba ION and internet access is needed (offline site is not possible).

    Any switch with 802.3 PoE works. No aruba switch is needed. Please note the AP22 works on 802.3af (class 3), AP 25 needs 802.3at (class 4). The pairing with the Aruba switches is probably just marketing.

    Have a nice day



  • 3.  RE: What is required to run Aruba APs?

    Posted 11-19-2023 08:58 PM
    1. Aruba Management:

      • Aruba Instant On (IO) uses a cloud-based management approach. You don't need a physical appliance or server like the Unifi Controller. Instead, you manage your Aruba Instant On APs through the Aruba Instant On portal, which is accessible from a web browser.
      • The Aruba Instant On portal provides a user-friendly interface to configure and monitor your wireless network. You can access it from anywhere with an internet connection.
    2. Switch Compatibility:

      • You don't necessarily need an Aruba switch to manage Aruba Instant On APs. Aruba Instant On is designed to work with various network infrastructures, including third-party switches.
      • As long as your Cisco switches support Power over Ethernet (PoE) for the APs, you should be able to use them without any issues. Aruba Instant On APs support standard PoE (802.3af) and PoE+ (802.3at).
    3. Deployment Flexibility:

      • Aruba Instant On is designed to be flexible in its deployment. Whether you have Aruba switches or non-Aruba switches, you can use Aruba Instant On APs.
      • The APs communicate with the cloud portal for management and configuration, so the switches primarily provide network connectivity.
    4. Mobile App:

      • Aruba Instant On does have a mobile app called "Aruba Instant On" that provides a simplified way to monitor your network, receive alerts, and perform basic tasks. However, for more in-depth configuration and management, the web portal is typically used.

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