AP Client Mode Settings

Configure Extreme Networks portal APs and AP mesh client mode options.

Overview

Some Extreme Networks APs can have a radio set to client mode, which allows the AP to connect to existing open and PSK Wi-Fi networks, including third-party networks. This feature allows the client mode AP radio to connect to the network as a generic BYOD client. See " AP Client Mode" for more information.

Do not connect client mode APs until directed to do so. This precaution can make provisioning faster.

The best-practice recommendation is that you use a wired interface to configure client mode APs because the configuration can be much faster than it is with a wireless backhaul.

The methods of configuring APs for client mode are listed below. The first method is the fastest, most complete, and easiest:

These methods are described in the following sections.

Configure Client Mode APs Using Wired Template Provisioning

To use device templates to configure your portal and client mode APs using a wired connection, continue with the procedures described in this section.

Configure a network policy: ExtremeCloud IQ typically uses one or more network policies to manage all switches, routers, and APs in the network. If your network does not have a network policy, then add one now, as described in "Network Policies".

To create a network policy to be used with device templates, select Add or Add Network Policy, and then continue with "Network Policy Settings" .

Configure a wireless network (SSID): Add an Open or PSK wireless network (SSID) without a captive web portal (CWP) to your network policy as described in "Standard Wireless Network Settings" or "Guest Access Wireless Network Settings".

Configure a client mode AP device template: Navigate to the Device Templates tab.

Select Add and select an AP model to use as a client mode AP. In the <AP Model> Template panel, enter a template name.

Configure the WAN-side backhaul (WiFi1 or WiFi0) radio for Backhaul Mesh Link.

Configure the LAN-side client mode radio (WiFi0 or WiFi1) by selecting a Client Mode Profile. There must be at least one client mode profile configured before you can define a LAN-side Extreme Networks AP radio for client mode.

In the <AP Model> Template panel, select the LAN-side client mode radio icon (WiFi0 or WiFi1).

From the Assign drop-down menu, select Radio Usage > Client Mode > Select Client Mode Profile or Radio Usage > Client Mode > New Client Mode Profile.

In the Client Mode Profile dialog box, select a client mode profile from the drop-down list and select Save.
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In the New Client Mode Profile dialog box, enter or select the following:

Client Mode Profile Name: Enter a name, which can contain up to 42 characters without spaces.
Description: Enter an optional description.
Local Web Page: (Enabled by default): Select the Enable Local Web Page check box to have the client mode AP activate its local SSID portal web page, which includes choices to select and connect the client mode AP WAN-side radio to a WAN Wi-Fi network.
Clear the check box to configure more options for the AP client mode profile.
DHCP Server Scope (Default = 192.168.85.1/24): Enter the first IP address of the DHCP server range. The first IP address in your DHCP server range is the IP address used to display the client mode SSID portal web page. Make a note of the first IP address in the DHCP server range for later reference. Select Save Template.

Navigate to Configuration > Interface Settings. In the Wireless and Wired Interfaces section, select WiFi0 and WiFi1 and verify that the wireless interfaces are correctly configured. Open the Wired Interfaces section, and verify that the wired interfaces are correctly configured. Select Save Template.

In the AP Templates window, select the template link. Navigate to Configuration > Advanced Settings. Select the country code, and set the Upload device firmware upon device authentication and Reboot after uploading selections as required. Select Save Template.

Onboard AP Serial Numbers: Connect the client mode AP to your network using an Ethernet cable and power on the client mode AP. Use the Add > Advanced Onboarding option to add the client mode AP serial numbers. Make sure to assign the location and the network policy. Verify that the client mode AP serial numbers now appear in the real devices list, then select Finish. On the Manage tab, verify that the client mode AP serial numbers are included in the device list.

Add Client Mode Administrator Credentials: You must configure a client mode AP administrator login and password for access to the portal web page hosted by the client mode AP. Add a client mode Admin Name and Password. These are the root administrator credentials used to display the client mode SSID portal web page. Note and save these credentials for future reference.

Configure Additional Settings: From the Additional Settings tab, configure any other necessary policy settings such as DNS Server and Device Time Zone. If you have made any changes, select Save.

Update the client mode AP, and select Next. Repeat these procedures for additional mesh client mode APs, as required.

Extend an Existing Wi-Fi Network: See " AP Client Mode" to use your client mode AP to extend an existing Wi-Fi network.

Configure Client Mode APs Using Wired Auto-Provisioning

If you are going to use auto-provisioning to configure your client mode APs over a wired connection, continue with these procedures.

Configure a network policy: ExtremeCloud IQ typically uses one or more network policies to manage all switches, routers, and APs in the network. If your network does not have a network policy, then add one now, as described in "Network Policies".

When you are creating a network policy to be used with auto-provisioning, select Express Policy Setup to create a wireless network policy with an Open or PSK wireless network (SSID), without a captive web portal (CWP)as described in "Standard Wireless Network Settings" or "Guest Access Wireless Network Settings". Client mode APs only work with Open and PSK SSIDs.

Onboard Client Mode AP Serial Numbers: If you are going to use auto-provisioning to configure your portal APs, continue with this procedure. If you are going to use device templates to configure your portal APs, complete the required settings and then complete this procedure.

Use the Add > Quick Add Devices option to add the client mode AP serial numbers.

Create auto-irovisioning rules for client mode APs: Add a new auto-provisioning rule to ExtremeCloud IQ common objects using the following steps:

Name: Enter a name for the auto-provisioning policy.

Device Model: Select the client mode AP model.

Serial Numbers: Enable serial numbers, and then choose Select Serial Numbers.

In the Identify Devices for Provisioning dialog box, move the client mode AP serial numbers into the Selected column, and then select Save.

In the New Auto-Provisioning Rule panel, select the correct network policy and country code.

In Advanced Settings, enable Upload configuration automatically.

In Interface Settings: Select Enable.

Wireless Interfaces: If the client mode AP mesh future backhaul will be 2.4 GHz, select the WiFi0 tab. If the client mode AP future mesh backhaul will be 5 GHz, select the WiFi1 tab.
Make sure to use the same client mode AP band, not the same radio, as you configured on the portal AP or APs. See the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide for more information.
For the backhaul radio, on the WiFi0 or WiFi1 tab, clear the Client Access check box and select the Backhaul Mesh Link check box.
For the client mode radio, in the WiFi0 or WiFi1 tab, select the Client Mode check box.

Select Save.

In the Auto Provisioning panel, enable the client mode AP auto-provisioning rule.

Wired client mode AP auto-provisioning: When you power on a client mode AP, it searches for a portal AP, connects through the backhaul as a mesh AP, discovers ExtremeCloud IQ, downloads its predefined configuration, and then automatically extends wireless coverage to its surrounding area. The following steps describe the process for client mode APs.

Plug your AP into a power outlet.

Plug the AP into the network using a twisted-pair Ethernet cable. The discovery and provisioning process normally takes 3 to 10 minutes.

The AP automatically establishes a mesh connection and obtains an IP address.

The amber light changes to white when a CAPWAP protocol connection is established with ExtremeCloud IQ.

The AP automatically downloads its configuration file and begins broadcasting its assigned SSID.

Repeat these steps for additional client mode APs, as required.

Configure Client Mode APs Using Wireless Template Provisioning

To use device templates to configure your portal and client mode APs over a wireless connection, continue with the following procedures:

Wireless Auto-Provisioning Global Setting: Configure this setting to allow auto-provisioning of the client mode AP over a wireless mesh connection, regardless of the AP model that is configured for client mode. Navigate to   admin_name > Global Settings > Administration > VHM Management. In the VHM Management window, enable AP Out-of-the-Box Wireless Onboarding.

Configure Network Policy: ExtremeCloud IQ typically uses one or more network policies to configure and manage all network devices. If your network does not have a network policy, then add one now, as described in "Network Policies". Select Add or Add Network Policy, and continue with "Network Policy Settings" to create a wireless network policy.

Configure a Wireless Network (SSID): Add an Open or PSK wireless network (SSID) without a captive web portal (CWP) to your network policy as described in "Standard Wireless Network Settings" or "Guest Access Wireless Network Settings".

Configure a Portal AP Device Template: You must configure at least one portal AP (an AP that uses a wired backhaul) to allow auto-provisioning of the client mode AP over a wireless mesh connection, regardless of which AP model is used in client mode.

  • A portal AP must have a wired backhaul or it cannot be configured as a portal, as described in the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide. One or more APs must be configured as portal APs to support Extreme Networks mesh operation.

When you are configuring the portal AP, consider using a static-channel link for the mesh AP backhaul link, which, although not required, may improve connectivity.

  • Some APs can have the WIFI 0 radio configured to use the 5 GHz band. For the mesh backhaul link, make sure to use the same band, not the same radio, on the portal APs and the mesh client mode APs. See the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide for more information.

After you have created a wireless network SSID, select the Device Templates tab, and add a portal AP template as described in "AP Device Template Settings".

Select Add and select an AP model to use as a portal AP. In the <AP Model> Template panel, enter a template name.

Select the radio to be used for the client mode AP mesh backhaul. Select the WiFi1 icon if the 5 GHz radio will be used for backhaul. Select the WiFi0 icon if the 2.4 GHz radio will be used for backhaul.

Select Assign and select Radio Usage > Backhaul Mesh Link.

Scroll down to Radio Settings and verify that Backhaul Mesh Link radio usage is assigned to the selected radio. Select Save and then verify that the Portal AP Template is listed.

Configure a Client Mode AP Device Template: Configure a device template for the client mode AP.

  • For some Extreme Networks APs, you can configure the WIFI 0 radio to use the 5 GHz band. For the mesh backhaul link, make sure to use the same band, not the same radio, on portal APs and mesh client mode APs. See the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide for more information.

In the Device Templates window, select Add and select an AP model to use as a client mode AP.

Name: Enter a name for the template.

Select the WiFi1 icon if the 5 GHz radio will be used for backhaul.

Select the WiFi0 icon if the 2.4 GHz radio will be used for backhaul

Select Assign and Radio Usage > Backhaul Mesh Link.

Scroll down to Radio Settings, and verify that Backhaul Mesh Link radio usage is assigned to the selected radio. Select Saveand then verify that the mesh client mode AP Template is listed.

Select Next to see the Additional Settings tab.

Configure additional settings: On the Additional Settings tab, configure any other necessary policy settings such as DNS Server and Device Time Zone.

If you have made any changes, select Save.

Select Nextto see the Deploy Policy tab.

Onboard AP serial numbers: Use the Add > Advanced Onboarding option to add the portal and client mode AP serial numbers. Make sure you also assign the Location and the network policy created earlier.

Verify that the portal and client mode AP serial numbers now appear in the real devices list.

Select Finish to save your changes.

On the Manage tab, verify that the portal AP and client mode AP serial numbers are included in the Devices table.

Wireless portal and client mode AP provisioning using templates: See " AP Client Mode" for more information about how to use your client mode AP to extend an existing Wi-Fi network.

  • Do not make a wired connection of any type when wirelessly provisioning a client mode AP, as wired connections take precedence over wireless connections.

Repeat these procedures for additional mesh, portal, and client mode APs as required.

Configure Client Mode APs Using Wireless Auto-Provisioning

To use auto-provisioning to configure client mode APs over a wireless connection, continue with the following procedures.

Enable Wireless Auto-Provisioning: You must enable wireless auto provisioning to allow auto-provisioning of the client mode AP over a wireless mesh connection, regardless of which AP model you are configuring for client mode.

Navigate to   admin_name > Global Settings > Administration > VHM Management. Enable AP Out-of-the-Box Wireless Onboarding.

Configure Network Policy: ExtremeCloud IQ typically uses one or more network policies to configure and manage all network devices. If your network does not have a network policy, then add one now, as described in "Network Policies". Select Add or Add Network Policy, and continue with "Network Policy Settings" to create a wireless network policy.

Select Express Policy Setup to create a wireless network policy with an Open or PSK wireless network (SSID), without a captive web portal (CWP)as described in "Standard Wireless Network Settings" or "Guest Access Wireless Network Settings". Client mode APs only work with Open and PSK SSIDs.

Configure the Portal AP: You must configure at least one portal AP (an AP that uses a wired backhaul) to allow auto-provisioning of the client mode AP over a wireless mesh connection, regardless of this which AP model you auto-provision for client mode.

  • Each AP must have a wired backhaul or it cannot be configured as a portal AP, as described in the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide. One or more APs must be configured as portal APs to support Extreme Networks mesh operation.

When you configure the portal AP, you may want to consider using a static-channel link for the mesh AP backhaul link, which, although not required, may improve connectivity.

  • For some Extreme Networks APs, you can configure can have the WIFI 0 to use the 5 GHz band. For the mesh backhaul link, make sure to use the same band, not the same radio, on the portal APs and the mesh client mode APs. See the Extreme Mesh Deployment Guide for more information.

Assign a network policy to the AP. For the portal AP backhaul wireless mesh link radio, select the Radio Usage Backhaul Mesh Link mode as described in "Interface Settings".

To select a static channel for the backhaul mesh link radio (optional), enable Exclude Channels and select the required static channel. Select Save .

After you select Save, to update your device directly from this window, select the UPDATE NOW.

Onboard client mode AP serial numbers: If you are going to use auto-provisioning to configure your portal APs, continue with this procedure. If you are going to use device templates to configure your portal APs, complete the required device template settings and then complete this procedure. Use Add > Quick Add Devices to add the client mode AP serial numbers, which then appear in the devices list.

Create an auto-provisioning rule for client mode APs: Add an auto-provisioning rule to ExtremeCloud IQ common objects (see "Auto Provisioning Settings"). Use the following procedure:

Name: Enter a name for the auto-provisioning policy.

Device Model: Select the model of the client mode APs.

 Serial Numbers: Enable serial numbers, and then select Select Serial Numbers.

In the Identify Devices for Provisioning dialog box, move the client mode AP serial numbers into the Selected column and then select Save.

In the New Auto-Provisioning Rule panel, select the correct network policy and country code. Make the following additional changes:

Advanced Settings: Enable Upload configuration automatically.

Interface Settings: Enable.

Wireless Interfaces: Select WiFi0 for a 2.4 GHz mesh backhaul, or the . Select WiFi1 for a 5 GHz mesh backhaul. Make sure to use the same client mode AP band, not the same radio, as you configured on the portal AP or APs.

For the backhaul radio, in the WiFi0 or WiFi1 tab, clear the Client Access check box and select the Backhaul Mesh Link check box.

For the client mode radio, in the WiFi0 or WiFi1 tab, select the Client Mode check box.

Select Save.

In the Auto Provisioning panel, enable the client mode AP auto-provisioning rule.

Wireless portal and client mode AP provisioning using templates: See " AP Client Mode" for more information about how to use your client mode AP to extend an existing Wi-Fi network.

  • Do not make a wired connection of any type when wirelessly provisioning a client mode AP, as wired connections take precedence over wireless connections.

Repeat these procedures for additional mesh, portal, and client mode APs, as required.

 


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