Aruba recently launched their Cloud Wi-Fi offering which basically is SaaS based controller service. This is built on top of their technology named Instant AP, Which was launched earlier. This article would explain the following topics:
- The different Radio operational modes supported by Instant APs managed through Aruba Central dashboard.
- Configuration of these modes through the Aruba Central dashboard.
An Aruba Instant Access Point can be set into following three modes of operation:-
- Access: In Access mode the AP serves clients, and at the same time while also monitoring for rogue APs in the background.
- Monitor: In Monitor mode, the AP acts as a dedicated monitor, scanning all channels for rogue APs and Clients.
- Spectrum Monitor: In Spectrum Monitor mode, the AP functions as a dedicated full-spectrum RF monitor, It scan all channels to detect interference, from neighboring APs or from non-WiFi devices such as microwaves and cordless phones.
Note: In the dedicated Monitor and Spectrum modes, the APs do not serve wireless clients. However, background spectrum monitoring can be enabled under RF -> Radio Settings to ensure that wireless client service is not interrupted.
Steps to configure -
Navigate to Configuration > Access Points and click on the Access Point for the Edit button to appear and click “Edit”.
Click “Radio“ and choose a Radio operational mode from the Mode drop-down list.
You can verify the Radio operational mode of an Instant Access Point by navigating to Monitoring> Access Points. The Access Points section, shows the configured Radio operational mode of individual Instant Access Point as shown in the following figure:
Aruba Central is a key component of Aruba cloud Wi-Fi, which includes Aruba Instant access points that self-organize into wireless LANs (WLANs) managed by a lead access point (AP) with embedded controller functionality. With the Aruba cloud Wi-Fi solution, all user control and data traffic stay local within the Instant WLAN, with network management information going to Aruba Central in the cloud.