Aruba: Temporarily enabling BLE beacon, gathering data, and disabling

We have two AP provisioning profiles, the “default” enables the USB port and the “no-usb” disables the port. AP group is currently referencing the “no-usb”  ap provisioning-profile “default” ! ap provisioning-profile “no-usb” usb-power-mode disable ap-poe-power-optimization enabled   ap-group “Warehouse-Lab” virtual-ap “TEST” dot11a-radio-profile “Warehouse-Lab-ARM-a” dot11g-radio-profile “Warehouse-Lab-ARM-g” ap-system-profile “BuildingProfile” provisioning-profile “no-usb”   BLE scanner (android app “BLE…

Using netsh WLAN show interfaces to Monitor Association/Roaming

In April, John Cosgrove (@rtr_man) posted the following way to monitor your WLAN association statistics that I have been using and playing with since: Once you paste from :loop to goto loop into notepad and save as a .bat file, you will see this little icon: Double-click that and it will open up your command…

Aruba: How to Remotely Wipe and Reconfigure an Aruba Controller

I’ve recently been on a project that required me to be able to remotely wipe and reconfigure an Aruba controller without having console access. I have yet to run into this before and had to do some playing around to make it work. I tried making a config file in Notepad and saving it as…

The Consultant

I had a really refreshing conversation with my new boss the other day on the role of a consultant. It was refreshing because we both seemed to agree on what a consultant does and the types of skills they possess. A good consultant has a much broader set of tools than most people think. Here…

The Term “Survey”: Thoughts from a WiFi + Non-WiFi VAR Engineer

The dictionary defines survey as “examine and record the area and features of (an area of land) so as to construct a map, plan, or description”. Some WiFi engineers have monopolized the word “survey” to mean performing a RF survey (with something like Ekahau, AirMagnet, etc). I have always used the word “survey” to mean…

Indoor Arena Design Survey Part 3: Back of House

This is a continuation of Part 2 of the three-part series on performing a design survey for an indoor arena. This will be a short section as it is mostly a checklist of items to keep an eye out for. The “back of house” areas can get a little fuzzy and the areas needing coverage…

Indoor Arena Design Survey Part 2: The Concourse

This is a continuation of Part 1 in a 3 part series on doing a design survey for an indoor arena. This part covers designing for the concourse. The concourse has two main areas of concern: general public and ticketing. Both present unique challenges and things to look out for. Ticketing Ticketing areas are definitely the most…

Aruba: Setting up an Aruba IAP for a Site Survey

Note: This is pre-InstantOS 4.2 I used to do my site surveys with a lightweight AP and a small controller. I have since moved to IAPs. Once you get the initial setup done, you can just power it up and go at each survey point. Here are the steps: Connect a console cable to the…

Indoor Arena Design Survey – Part 1: The Bowl

This post should be used as a quick reference for anyone needing to do a design and site survey for an indoor arena. This was written for WLAN engineers that already have experience in designing and implementing WiFi. This is part 1 of 3 for performing a design focused site survey on an arena. The…

Aruba AP-270 series mesh AP unable to form uplink

Problem: AP-270 (had this happen on a 274 and a 275) does not join the controller. I saw this on both a Mesh Portal and Mesh Point. After verifying proper power, consoling into the ap showed the following logs at the end of the boot cycle: ~ # [   40.013529] wl0: set MESH_ID(mesh-secshack, 13) [  …