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Aruba Networks and the
Aruba Mobility System

You should know that as the 802.11n marketplace matured, Connect802 often found that manufacturers other than Aruba Networks often provided a better fit for customer requirements than did the Aruba Mobility System. Connect802 can provide you with an in-depth, intelligent comparison of how we see the Aruba access points in comparison with other products now on the market.

Connect802 is no longer an Authorized Aruba Networks Gold partner. It's our hope that if you found this legacy Aruba Networks web page that you'll contact us to find out why we've migrated to Ruckus Wireless are our premiere WLAN choice!

Aruba Networks, The Mobile Edge Company, builds high-performance, secure wireless mobility. Aruba's Mobility System provides a core feature set with capabilities that are often add-on's to other vendor's wireless LAN switch, centrally managed Wi-Fi systems. This is the industry's most complete line of modular and stackable wireless LAN switching systems. Connect802 is no longer an authorized Aruba Networks reseller and systems integrator, part of the nationwide network of world-class Aruba Networks authorized value-added resellers and system integrators.

People Move. Networks Must Follow.™

Aruba Networks securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam. The Aruba high performance unified mobility solutions are massively scalable, easy to implement, simple to manage, and feature over-the-network diagnostics and software updates. By integrating self-optimizing Wi-Fi networks, identity-based security, remote access and cellular solutions, and multi-vendor network management services, our solutions enable the Follow-Me Enterprise:

  • Follow-Me Connectivity: Adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical information;
  • Follow-Me Security: Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
  • Follow-Me Applications: Remote access solutions and cellular network integration ensure uninterrupted access to applications as users move;
  • Follow-Me Management: Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from both Aruba and its competitors.

The business drivers and application requirements for mobility vary considerably across vertical markets. These disparate needs require a dedicated focus on each industry to serve the unique complexities and nuances that exist. Aruba offers targeted products, features and technology partnerships that provide focused solutions for vertical markets.

Across all of these markets, Aruba delivers a comprehensive mobility solution that serves applications including wireless LAN access, secure enterprise mesh, remote access, wireless intrusion protection, network access control, voice over Wi-Fi and fixed-mobile convergence, video surveillance, real-time location services, and many more.

Connect802 will help solve the wireless data system puzzle!

The Aruba Networks Mobility System Value Proposition

Why you will choose the Aruba Networks Mobility System:

Connect802's 3-dimensional predictive RF CAD modeling and design assures that RF Plan has an optimal design on which to base its automated control decisions. If you're familiar with high-end firewall configuration capabilities then you'll appreciate the depth of features and capabilities built into the Aruba Wireless LAN controller. Extensive configuration options of user access rights, bandwidth and usage policies, user groups, firewall policies, and overall system operation are available. When you need a sophisticated Wi-Fi wireless LAN solution and you want professional RF design and consulting to assure project success, Connect802 is the vendor you'll choose.

         
How you will decide that Aruba Networks provides the best solution:
Aruba Networks provides a massively scalable Wi-Fi wireless LAN switch system. To support very large scale Wi-Fi WLANs, the Aruba Mobility System implements sophisticated management, firewall security, identity-based policy enforcement, and RF control features. When these same sophisticated features and capabilities are required in small- to medium-size Wi-Fi networks the Aruba Mobility System includes small-scale implementations that can have surprisingly attractive price points. The key deciding factor in favor of an Aruba Networks Wi-Fi solution will be the requirement for a broad scope and depth of sophisticated WLAN features and capabilities.  
PUTTING THE VENDORS ON THE RADAR
It's not a question of "better", it's a question of "different." Talk to your Connect802 sales representative about where we see the best fit for your application
 
Where you will see the greatest value with Aruba Networks:
Large enterprise implementations, and deployments across college or university campuses, large hospitals, large warehouse and manufacturing facilities, and other sites of over 500,000 square feet or with over 2000 users will immediately find that the Aruba Networks Mobility Controllers are designed and optimized specifically to support large-scale Wi-Fi systems. Smaller organizations with less than 50,000 square feet of office space will be able to implement the smallest Aruba Mobility Controllers but with the exact same feature set as the largest capacity controllers.
         
When you are ready to buy an Aruba Networks Mobility System:

Contact your Connect802 sales representitive to find out where Aruba fits into today's competitive landscape!

         
Connect802 is an authorized equipment and software reseller.
Aruba Networks Mobility System
Equipment and Software Details

Aruba products provide a WLAN platform based on the deployment of "thin" access points connected (directly or indirectly) to main WLAN switches. The access points automatically tunnel communications to the WLAN switches, which in turn provide centralized WLAN services such as encryption/decryption, authentication, packet inspection, etc. When connected to the LAN, the Access Points automatically discover a mobility controller and configure themselves based on the software images managed by the controller.

The Aruba wireless LAN switches, called Mobility Controllers (200/800/2400) and Multi-Service Mobility Controllers (3000 series/6000), provide the centralized control point for the distributed access points. Key services that can be provided by the switch to the WLAN include encryption, authentication, traffic control/prioritization, intrusion detection, active countermeasures, and more.

Access point accessories from Connect802 include optional mounting brackets and external antennas as may be required for an Aruba Networks Wi-Fi wireless LAN system installation.

 

Aruba Access Points and Bridge Radios

Aruba Networks AP-65 Dual-Radio 802.11a + 802.11b/g Access Point

The Aruba AP-65 provides concurrent 802.11a and 802.11b/g connectivity with two separate, built-in Wi-Fi radios. As shown in banner at the top of this page, the AP-65 is not much larger than a coffee cup and it has a built-in T-bar mounting flange on the back to simplify installation. The Aruba AP-65 operates as a centrally managed access point within the Aruba Mobility System and can also be deployed over public and private networks as a Remote/Mobile AP, automatically locating and connecting back to the Aruba Mobility Controller.

  • 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet
  • Either radio can operate as a dedicated Air Monitor

 

Aruba Networks 802.11n + abg Dual-Radio Access Points

AP-124 802.11n + abg Access Point with Fold-Out Dual-Band Integrated Antennas
AP-125 802.11n + abg Access Point with RP-SMA External Dual-Band Antenna

The Aruba AP-124 and AP-125 are high-performance 802.11n (3x3) MIMO, dual-radio (concurrent 802.11a/n + b/g/n) indoor wireless access points capable of delivering combined wireless data rates of up to 600Mbps. These multi-function access points provide wireless LAN access, air monitoring, and wireless intrusion detection and prevention over the 2.4-2.5GHz and 5GHz RF spectrum. The access points work in conjunction with Aruba Mobility Controllers to deliver high-speed, secure user-centric network services in education, enterprise, finance, government, healthcare, and retail applications.

To protect access points installed in unsecured areas, or during use in distributed encryption modes of operation, security credentials can be stored in a TPM microcontroller. The TPM specification was defined by the TPM subgroup of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) for the secure generation and storage of cryptographic keys, and is widely implemented on devices for which high security is paramount. The TPM vault protects the access point against attack and physical theft.

Based on 2nd generation RF chips and high performance MIPS CPUs with hardware accelerated cryptographic processing, these access points can be used for wireless access, intrusion detection monitoring, traffic analysis, secure enterprise mesh, or remote access point applications across the 2.4-2.5GHz and 5GHz RF spectrums.

The mode of operation is determined by network-downloadable software, a feature that allows the access points to be re-purposed and updated without the expense of physically accessing the device.

  • Dual-Radio 802.11b/g/n plus 802.11a/n plus Air Monitor
  • Hybrid combination of WLAN, Air Monitor and Remote AP or secure Mesh Access Point
  • Configurable to support 802.11n HT 20/40 Mhz channels or mixed-mode 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Transmit power configurable up to 100 mW for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 3 X 3 MIMO to support full 802.11n standard three spatial streams (as opposed to many MIMO radios on the market that only support 2 X 3 MIMO and will be limited in their future capacity).
  • Association rates MSC-0 through MSC-15 (6.5 Mbps to 300 Mbps)
  • Standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet with full 3X3 MIMO and full support for next-gen 802.3at plus jack for standard 5 VDC AC adapter
  • 2 RJ-45 auto-sensing Ethernet ports allow device daisy-chaining for ease of installation

 

   

Aruba Networks Dual Band 802.11b/g or 802.11a Access Points

  • AP-60 Single Radio, Dual-Band Access Point with RP-SMA External Antennas
  • AP-61 Single Radio, Dual-Band Access Point with Integrated Antennas

The Aruba AP-60 and AP-61 are single radio (dual-band 802.11a or b/g) high performance indoor wireless access points, capable of supporting multiple functions including WLAN access, air monitoring/wireless intrusion detection and prevention, and secure enterprise mesh across the 2.4-2.5 GHz and 5 GHz RF spectrums. The Aruba AP-60 and AP-61 access points support diverse deployment options, delivering secure user-centric network services and applications in enterprise, campus and branch office environments, and remotely over public or private networks as a Remote / Mobile AP. Centrally managed from an Aruba mobility controller, the AP-60 and AP-61 empower the network administrator with unparalleled control over services, security and deployment models. The AP-60 supports external antennas through dual, detachable antenna interfaces and the AP-61 supports dual, integral, high-performance omni-directional multi-band antennas.

  • Single radio transmitter/receiver
  • Software configurable as either an 802.11b/g 2.4 GHz radio or an 802.11a 5 GHz radio
  • Both models implement dual, diversity antennas (AP-60 can be used without diversity with a single directional or omnidirectional external antenna if desired).
  • Dedicated or shared Air Monitor mode
  • Standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet or 5VDC AC Adapter
   

Aruba AP-70 Dual-Radio, Dual-Band 802.11a + 802.11b/g Access Point

The Aruba AP-70 is a dual-radio (dual-band concurrent 802.11a plus b/g) high performance indoor wireless access point capable of supporting a wide range of functions including WLAN access, air monitoring/wireless intrusion detection and prevention, and secure enterprise mesh across the 2.4-2.5 GHz and 5 GHz RF spectrums. The AP-70 access point supports diverse deployment options, delivering secure user-centric network services and applications in enterprise and campus environments, branch offices, retail spaces, and to remote locations over public or private networks as an advanced featured Remote AP. Centrally managed from an Aruba mobility controller, the AP-70 empowers the network administrator with unparalleled control over services, security and deployment models. The AP-70 supports unparalleled interface flexibility in an access point, supporting dual 10/100 Ethernet Interfaces, redundant 802.3af PoE sourcing, and a USB 2.0 interface for service extension. The AP-70 features onboard dual, integral, high-performance omni-directional multi-band antennas and also supports external antennas through quad, detachable antenna interfaces.

Use the Aruba AP-70 with a cell phone modem to create an instant remote hot-zone

The Aruba AP-70 can use a USB-based EVDO or 3G modem to connect to the Internet over a cellular network. The cellular network is used as a transport mechanism to reach the Aruba Mobility Controller and enable all Remote AP capabilities. This eliminates the requirement for a wired Internet connection to extend the network and enables multiple applications including temporary offices in environments where wired Internet connections are not feasible or available, first responder access, disaster recovery and tactical applications. This also allows companies to set up instant branch offices almost anywhere – thus truly utilizing the power of the ubiquitous cellular network.

The Aruba AP-70 Access Point features include:

  • Dual 802.11a/b/g radios each separately software configurable
  • Hybrid WLAN, Air Monitor, Remote AP, and standard 802.11b/g and 802.11a
  • Built-in flip-up antenna panel and four RP-SMA external antenna connectors (2 for each radio for diversity antenna support)
  • Standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet

 

   

Aruba AP-41 Indoor 802.11b/g Access Point

The Aruba AP-41 is a single radio (dual-band 802.11a or 802.11b/g), enterprise class indoor wireless access point, capable of supporting multiple functions including WLAN access and air monitoring/wireless intrusion detection and prevention across the 2.4-2.5 GHz and 5 GHz RF spectrums.

The AP-41 access point delivers secure user-centric network services and applications in small enterprise and remote office environments, as well as for home office workers and telecommuters. Centrally managed from an Aruba mobility controller, the AP-41 provides the network administrator with unparalleled control over services and security. The AP-41 supports 802.3af compliant PoE and has a single integral, omni-directional, multi-band antenna.

The Aruba AP-41 must have TCP/IP connectivity across a Layer 2 Ethernet LAN or through a Layer 3 IP-routed infrastructure to communicate with the Aruba Mobility Controller. The AP-41 will not operate as a stand-alone Remote AP.

   

Ruggedized, Outdoor-Rated Aruba Access Points and Bridges

- Aruba AP-80 Wi-Fi Access Point with Detachable Antennas
- Aruba AP-80SB & AP-80MB Point-to-Multipoint WDS Bridge and Access Point

These are fully-hardened, outdoor-rated radio units that are centrally managed from an Aruba Mobility Controller

  • Dual-radio, simultaneous 802.11b/g and 802.11a operation
  • Vertically and horizontally articulating mounting hardware included
  • Standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet
  • Operating Temperature: -40C (-22F) to 55C (131F)
  • Radios supports RFC 2516 PPPoE for deployment over service provider networks
   

Aruba AP-85FX, AP-85LX and AP-85TX Access Points

These fully-hardened, outdoor-rated, dual-radio wireless access points are designed to support diverse deployment scenarios including environments where exposure to corrosive substances may occur, salt water spray may be present, or where excessive moisture or flammable gases are often encountered.

All models support the full range of Aruba Mobility Controller and Aruba Access Point features and capabilities plus support for secure mesh point / mesh portal and Remote AP.

The AP-85FX/LX incorporates a fiber optic multi-mode or single-mode interface and are designed to operate from 90-288 VAC mains power or +12VDC solar or vehicle battery power. The AP-85TX operates from standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet or +12VDC solar or vehicle battery power.

       
Aruba Access Concentrators    

Connect wired devices to the Aruba Mobility System

  • AP-2E - 1@10/100 Ethernet and 1@10/100 Uplink Port
  • AC-800-E - 8@10/100 Ethernet and 1@GigE Uplink Port
  • AC-2400-E - 24@10/100 Ethernet and 2@GigE Uplink Ports

Wired Ethernet devices are plugged into an Aruba Access Concentrator just like they would be into a standard Layer 2 Ethernet switch. The Access Concentrator places each port's traffic into a GRE tunnel and passes it back to the Aruba Mobility Controller. The wired Ethernet client device appears to the controller as if it were a Wi-Fi wireless client device. The user of the wired client device experiences the same user-experience as the wireless users. The same authentication, follow-me connectivity, identity-based access, policies and restrictions, and the same IP and VLAN infrastructure is perceived by the wired device user.

The Aruba Access Concentrators are designed both to support a group of wired users in a conference room or training center as well as being able to provide a front-end interface for a site's legacy, conventional Wi-Fi access points. Legacy (non-Aruba) access points will not be managed by the Aruba Mobility Controller however user's associating through these legacy access points will have the same policies and restrictions enforced on their connections.

 
Aruba Mobility Controllers

Aruba Networks high-performance mobility controllers are built specifically to scale Aruba OS and additional software module capabilities for enterprise networks of all sizes. All Aruba mobility controllers share a common hardware architecture which includes three separate CPU processors: a dedicated control processor, a high-performance programmable network processor unit and a unique programmable encryption engine. This means there is virtually no degradation associated with managing traffic through the centralized wireless LAN controller. Mobility controllers aggregate network traffic from access points, process it using Aruba software controls and deliver it to the network.

All Aruba Mobility Controllers support an identical set of features and benefits which include:

  • Full-featured, high-performance wireless LAN
  • Easy to deploy as an overlay without disruption to the wired network
  • Centralized security, control and management
  • Identity-based security gateway
  • Enforces role-based access control policies
  • Quarantines unsafe traffic
  • Guest access
  • Built-in captive portal
  • Seamless integration with existing corporate VPNs
  • Mobile VOIP capabilities

The Aruba line of mobility controllers includes multiple models, sized and priced to support the varying requirements of different sizes of mobile enterprise networks from large campuses to small branch offices. Software license modules activate specialty features and functions in an Aruba Mobility Controller. The most commonly selected add-on licenses include the Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) module for full, stateful firewall functionality and the Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIP) module for broad intrusion detection and active countermeasures.

IMPORTANT: If you're going to implement 3DES, AESCBC256 or AES-CCM encryption instead of conventional WEP, WPA/RC4 or WPA2/AES be sure to tell your sales representative. Throughput calculations and controller capacity specification are critical for algorithmically complex, Department-of-Defense-level encryption standards.

Aruba Mobility Controller Model Type
Number of
Access Points
and Users

Ports
Firewall
Throughput

MC-200

6 APs / 100 Users

1@10/100 Enet
1@GigE

1 Gbps

MC-800

16 APs / 256 Users

8@10/100 PoE Enet
1@GigE
1 Gbps

MC-2400

48 APs / 768 Users

24@10/100 Enet
2@Gigabit GBIC or SFP
2 Gbps

MMC-3000 Series

MMC-3200
32 APs / 128 Users

MMC-3400
64 APs / 256 Users

MMC-3600
128 APs / 512 Users

4@GigE
4@Gigabit GBIC or SFP

MMC-3200
3 Gbps

MMC-3400
4 Gbps

MMC-3600
4Gbps


MC-6000 Series

2,048 APs / 32,768 Users

72@10/100 Enet
40@Gigabit GBIC or SFP
80 Gbps
   
   

The Aruba Mobility Controller Built-In Guest Login Captive Portal

The basic Aruba operating system that is part of every Aruba Mobility Controller includes the built-in ability to configure and present a customized captive portal login screen to guests and visitors.

Just like at an airport, hotel, or coffee shop HotSpot - when a guest connects to your wireless LAN you have the built-in option of configuring your system to present them with a login screen where they'll be required to authenticate. Authentication can be as simple as acknowledging your Terms of Use Agreement or you can create a built-in list of userids and passwords, or you can interface to an external RADIUS server. It's as simple or as elaborate as your site requires.

You may have a legal liability if you make an unsecured Wi-Fi connection available. Individuals and companies are being held liable for illegal activities conducted through their open, unsecured Wi-Fi network connections. If you do a web search for "spam porn unsecured Wi-Fi" you may be surprised at what you find!

Always protect yourself with, at a minimum, a requirement that a guest or visitor who uses your Wi-Fi network acknowledges that they have read and agree to your Terms of Use agreement. Add more protection by requiring a userid and password (which could be obtained from the front-desk receptionist, for example).

   
At Connect802 - We've Got You Covered!

Targeted Discussion and Specifications For
the Aruba Networks Mobility System

You'll find numerous Web references and reviews of the Aruba Networks Mobility System. Below are some targeted discussions to provide you with additional perspective on how an Aruba Networks Mobility System solution can be implemented to meet your requirements for a secure, easy-to-manage wireless LAN system.
FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES PROVIDED THROUGH THE ARUBA OPERATING SYSTEM
SECURE AUTHENTICATION, ENCRYPTION & ACCESS CONTROL
SEAMELESS MOBILITY
RF MANAGEMENT, RF PLANNING & TROUBLESHOOTING
NETWORK MANAGEMENT & HIGH AVAILABILITY
QoS, VoIP SUPPORT & LOCATION TRACKING
ADDITIONAL, ADD-IN SOFTWARE MODELS TO EXTEND THE CAPABILITIES AND FEATURES OF THE ARUBA OPERATING SYSTEM

Connect802 is your experienced source for Aruba Networks, the Mobile Edge Company. When you buy Aruba Networks Access Points or Wireless LAN Controllers you know you're getting a full suite of features and capabilities that are not integrated into other vendor's products. Dedicated Air Monitors provide performance analysis and wireless intrusion protection. Because Aruba Access Points are lightweight access points they provide an ideal solution for voice on the mobile edge, wireless security for credit cards, and the WLAN in healthcare operations. These are controlled access points that help assure enterprise investment protection and a lower TCO. Wireless for K-12 schools and guest-access HotSpot access in the hospitality industry are also ideal candidates for an Aruba Networks access point deployment.

Much of the software in Aruba's switching system focuses on security, and the company's access points can double as detectors of rogue equipment. When the Aruba access points are deployed in monitor-only mode, the system becomes a complex security structure. Aruba Wireless Networks ships a number of Wi-Fi multiplexer devices that can eliminate the challenges of integrating legacy access points into wired campus networks. A Wi-Fi mux moves the integration point of legacy APs with wired networks, from the wiring closet to a centralized location such as the backbone or the data center. It acts as a proxy for legacy APs and securely tunnels traffic over IP networks to a centralized Wi-Fi switch. The Wi-Fi switch aggregates traffic from multiple Wi-Fi muxes and enforces security and mobility policies at a central network location.  The Aruba 800 Wi-Fi mux can attach to both the Aruba 5000 and the Aruba 800 Wi-Fi switches.

Aruba's products conform to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) which requires that all health care areas provide for the confidentiality of patient records both for storage and transmission. HIPAA compliance includes use of advanced encryption, access control, and user authentication -- namely "irrefutable" unique identification of the user. Aruba claims the switch's multi-factor authentication meet this requirement. Unauthorized users are summarily rejected by the switch.