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Instant APs

Instant APs offer an enterprise-grade networking solution with a simple setup. The WLANWireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. solution with Instant APs supports simplified deployment, configuration, and management of Wi-FiWi-Fi is a technology that allows electronic devices to connect to a WLAN network, mainly using the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio bands. Wi-Fi can apply to products that use any 802.11 standard. networks.

Instant APs run the Aruba Instant software that virtualizes Aruba Mobility Controller capabilities on 802.11802.11 is an evolving family of specifications for wireless LANs developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 802.11 standards use the Ethernet protocol and Carrier Sense Multiple Access with collision avoidance (CSMA/CA) for path sharing. APs and offers a feature-rich enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution. Instant APs are often deployed as a cluster. An Instant AP cluster includes a conductor AP and set of other APs that act as member APs.

In an Instant deployment scenario, only the first AP or the conductor AP that is connected to a provisioning network is configured. All other Instant APs in the same VLANVirtual Local Area Network. In computer networking, a single Layer 2 network may be partitioned to create multiple distinct broadcast domains, which are mutually isolated so that packets can only pass between them through one or more routers; such a domain is referred to as a Virtual Local Area Network, Virtual LAN, or VLAN. join the conductor AP inherit the configuration changes. The Instant AP clusters are configured through a common interface called Virtual Controller. A Virtual Controller represents the combined intelligence of the Instant APs in a cluster.

Supported Deployment Modes

Aruba Instant APs can be deployed in the following modes in Aruba Central:

  • Cluster mode—In this mode, several Instant APs form a cluster when connected to a provisioning network and a conductor Instant AP is elected. In the cluster mode, new Instant AP onboarded to Aruba Central can join an existing Instant AP cluster.
  • Standalone mode—In this mode, individual Instant APs are provisioned in groups and managed from Aruba Central.

Configuration and Management

Network administrators can manage Instant APs through the Aruba Instant UI, Aruba Central, or AirWave management system.

For information on how to configure Instant APs using the Aruba Instant UI, see the Aruba Instant User Guide.

For more information on how to deploy, provision, manage, and monitor Instant APs from Aruba Central, see the following topics: