Aruba Networks

New Aruba Controllers Detailed

FINALLY!!!  The replacement for the aging Aruba Networks 600 series is finally here and we can't wait to get our hands on one.  We've called all of our distributors and it looks like a two week lead time to get one, so you can rest assured that we'll be getting one in the very near future.

Aruba RAP not provisioning

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We recently ran into an issue where a customer had a brand new RAP3 that they were trying to provision on their Aruba controller.  The RAP3 was in Instant mode (default) and we successfully walked the customer through the process of converting from an Instant to a Remote Access Point.

Aruba Airheads 2014

It's that time of year again to make the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to learn about the latest and greatest enterprise wireless solution - Aruba Networks.

A Case for Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System

A recent article from the CIO Journal (see below) discusses the security challenges in the workplace posed by tablet computers.

This is a case where the workplace can benefit from Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System.  (Especially in this ever-expanding mobile landscape, where personal devices have taken the lead!)

Aruba Campus APs: To which am I connected?

Ever wanted to confirm that a specific AP is properly participating in the air?  Or needed to determine which specific AP your mobile device is connecting to?

There’s the “low tech” method... take the device, touch it to the AP, and if the “signal strength” reaches “Excellent” (or dBm is better than -40), then that’s probably your AP, and it is probably functioning just fine.

But, there’s a better way to verify, by comparing BSSIDs.  With a mobile device and a wifi analyzer app, you can see which BSSIDs are nearby / connected to you, and compare that with the Controller.

Troubleshooting Aruba Campus Access Point Deployments

You’re out deploying a Campus AP to your network, and it doesn’t seem to come up -- doesn’t broadcast, repeatedly rebootstraps, never lights up with all green LEDs.  It’s getting power.  Existing APs are working fine. What gives?

 Here’s a list of common causes...

 * The AP does not have a valid IP configuration.  It requests via DHCP by default.  Is DHCP available?  Reachable from that endpoint?  OR, if IP config is statically defined, double check settings.  (see TESTING, below)

Aruba Networks Scottsdale Airheads

I hope that you were able to attend the Scottsdale Airheads conference this week, it was a good time and I actually learned a few things.  All of the attendees received an Aruba RAP-3, which is the latest generation of Aruba's smallest remote access point.  I got my RAP-3 home, unpacked, configured and running in about 10 minutes...piece of cake.  The RAP-3 can be used a a traditional remote access point that tunnels back to an Aruba controller, or it can be used as an "instant" AP.  If you don't know about

How to rename an Aruba AP Group

Recently I ran into a situation where I needed to change the name of the AP Group on the Aruba controller. The only way I have been able to find to do that is via the CLI.

Aruba Networks Clear Pass Guest formerly Amigo Pod

We just got my hands on the latest release of Aruba Networks Clear Pass Guest, formerly Amigo Pod.  So far so good, just getting the pre-configured .OVF imported and running on our ESXi server (tried getting it to work on Citrix Xen for about an hour and then gave up).

I am running this as a proof of concept internally, if you want to register for the demo contact me and I can get you the link.  Below are the initial screen shots taken during the setup on ESXi 5.0.

Updating firmware on Aruba Instant AP-105

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We just fired up our first Aruba Networks Instant AP-105.  Updating the Instant AP-105 to latest recommended firmware revision is a piece of cake.  The AP's "phone home" to the cloud based controller on the Internet and pulsl the latest firmware and finally reboots the AP once it has completed the upgrade.  It literally took us less than 5 minutes to setup the Instant AP-105, create a WPA-2 PSK SSID and start using it.  Nice job Aruba!

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