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How to Manually connect Dell Networking PC Wireless Instant Access Point to Airwave Management Tool

This article explains how to manually connect Dell Networking PC Wireless Instant Access Point to Airwave Management Tool.

  1. Setting up Manual association between Wireless Instant AP and Airwave
  2. Creating your Organization String
  3. Shared Secret Key
  4. Configuring thru GUI
  5. Verifying the Shared Secret Key
  6. Completing the Setup

Setting up Manual association between Wireless Instant AP and Airwave

When setting up Instant AP manually, you will be requested to provide an Organization string, the AMP (Airwave) IP address, and a Shared Key. The steps to create and configure these options please refer to the steps listed below:

Creating your Organization String

The Organization String is a set of colon-separated strings created by the AMP administrator to accurately represent the deployment of each Aruba Instant system. This string is entered into the Aruba Instant UI by the on-site installer.
The format of the Organization String is Org:subfolder1:subfolder2... and so on, up to 31 characters long. Org, the toplevel string, is generally the name of your organization and is used to automatically generate the following (if not already present) in AMP ( Airwave):
To create your Organization String, consider the plan of how your Aruba Instant IAPs are to be physically distributed.

As a best practice, the Organization String should mirror your company's geographical or internal reporting structure. For example, if you plan to deploy Aruba Instant in four stores in two different cities for Acme Corporation, your Organization Strings might look like these:
  • Company Name:New York:Times Square Store
  • Company Name:New York:Queens Store
  • Company Name:San Francisco:Sunset Store
  • Company Name:San Francisco:SOMA Store
Shared Secret Key

The Shared key is used by the administrator to manually authorize the first Virtual Controller for an organization that appears in the APs/Devices > New page in AMP. Any string is acceptable, but this string must be the same for all devices in your organization.

Configuring thru the GUI

For the initial IAP/Virtual Controller set up in each location, the on-site installer logs in to the first IAP's web interface via the Aruba Instant configuration SSID, and navigates to Settings > AirWave. The installer then enters the correct Organization String, the AMP IP address, and the Shared Secret key, as shown in Figure 1. Perform the following steps to set up AMP in Instant.

  1. Log into your IAP.
  2. Click on either the Set up Now at the bottom of the UI or on the Settings tab in the top right corner. This opens the Settings menu.
  3. Locate the Airwave section on the Admins tab.
  4. Enter the Organization string, the AirWave IP address, and the Shared key.
  5. Click OK when you are finished.

Note: IAP will not show as "connected" status until Airwave has completed adding the IAP to a group successfully.

Verifying the Shared Secret Key

After the role is enabled, the Aruba Instant device will appear in the APs/Devices > New page, the admin user should mouse over the value under the Type column to verify the device's Shared Secret with AMP,

If the incoming Shared Secret matches the one you created, select Add, then Save and Apply in the confirmation page.

Completing the Setup

After the first Instant device receives the AirWave server information from the DHCP server, or after AirWave server information is manually configured, the Instant device appears as a new device in AirWave. As shown, this virtual controller is added in Monitor Only mode.

  1. Click Add to add the device. A Group and Folder do not have to be selected. The Instant device will automatically get added to the new group that was created.
  2. Select Apply Changes Now to add the Instant device to the group.

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Article ID: HOW10853

Last Date Modified: 06/09/2016 06:31 AM

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