Aruba Central Online Help

Sites and Labels


A site in refers to a physical location where a set of devices are installed; for example, campus, branch, or venue. Aruba Central allows you to use sites as a primary navigation element. For example, if your devices are deployed in a campus, you could create a site called CampusA. You can also tag the devices within CampusA using labels. For example, if the campus consists of multiple buildings, the devices deployed in the campus can be labeled as Building1 or Lobby. If the devices in a specific location or an area within a specific location must have similar configuration, the devices can be grouped together.

For more information, see Managing Sites.


Labels are tags attached to a device provisioned in the network. Labels determine the ownership, departments, and functions of the devices. You can use labels for creating a logical set of devices and use these labels as filters when monitoring devices and generating reports.

For example, consider an Instant AP labeled as Building 25 and Lobby. These tags identify the location of the Instant AP within the enterprise campus or a building. The Instant APs in other buildings within the same campus can also be tagged as Lobby. To filter and monitor Instant APs in the lobbies of all the campus buildings, you can tag all the Instant APs in a lobby with the label Lobby.

For more information, see Managing Labels.

Device Classification

Devices can also be classified using Groups and Sites.

  • The group classification can be used for role-based access to a device, while labels can be used for tagging a device to a location or a specific area at a physical site. However, if a device is already assigned to a group and has a label associated with it, it is classified based on both groups and labels.
  • The site classification is used for logically grouping devices deployed at a given physical location. You can also convert labels to sites.