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How to onboard UXI sensors using WiFi Easy Connect or DPP

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Written by Mandar Ghogale
Updated over a week ago

The focus of this article is to introduce a new approach for onboarding UXI sensors using Wi-Fi Easy Connect or Device Provisioning Protocol (DPP). The Wi-Fi Easy Connect solution enables seamless onboarding of sensors without the need for an ethernet or cellular connection. However, these traditional methods of onboarding are still available as described here.
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In addition to onboarding, your sensor can also use Wi-Fi Easy Connect as a backhaul mechanism for the sensor to reach the UXI cloud by leveraging the DPP network.

This will add a redundant mechanism for the sensor to report results when there is an outage with a wireless or wired environment.

UXI Wi-Fi Easy Connect Requirements:

  • UXI Sensor Models: G6/G6C and G6E/G6EC.

  • AP Software Version: AOS 10.4

  • Aruba Central Cloud 2.5.6

  • The WLAN used for DPP in Aruba Central can reach the required URLs for UXI.

Steps to enable Wi-Fi Easy Connect Onboarding:

If one or more DPP-capable sensors have been associated with your account and Central Integration is not set up, then you will see the following pop-up.

If one or more DPP-capable sensors have been associated with your account and Central Integration is set up, then you will see the following pop-up.

Step 1: Configure Aruba Central Integration with your UXI dashboard by referring following help article:

Step 2: Wi-Fi Easy Connect must also be enabled on Aruba Central. You can refer to this help article from Aruba Central for more details:

Please ensure the WLAN configured in central used for DPP has reachability to the required URLs for UXI. https://help.capenetworks.com/en/articles/2351825-which-urls-do-i-need-to-make-accessible-for-my-sensor-to-function

Step 3: Validate the integration

Once the UXI and Central integration is complete, the status of the integration is displayed as shown below.

a. Successful sync is shown as "green"

b. Syncing in progress is displayed as "blue".

c. Syncing error is shown as "red" and the error message is displayed.

Once the integration is set up and running, capable sensors will be onboard when in proximity to Aruba APs running AOS 10.4 or better managed by Aruba Central 2.5.6.

Once the sensors are onboarded, they can also use the Wi-Fi Easy Connect network as backhaul to upload the test results and issues data to the UXI cloud.

Limitations:

  • Sensor models G5C, G5E, F-series, and older do not support Wi-Fi Easy Connect.

  • We support all Aruba AP models except AP-1xx and AP-6xx. It supports AOS version 10.4 and onwards.

Troubleshooting:

Things to check from the Aruba UXI side:

  • Make sure under integrations > Aruba Central >WiFi Easy Connect (DPP) key sync should show "Sync complete". The integration gets synced once every day but you can manually force a sync using the manual force option.

  • UXI sensor needs to be powered ON using an external power supply in order to send chirps to AP so make sure we do not have it powered ON using a PoE Ethernet cable.

Things to check from the Aruba Central side:

  • Make sure we are seeing Acess Requests coming from the sensor under Security > Authentication & Policy and the status should say "Accepted".

  • Under Clients > we should see the sensor is connected to a DPP-enabled SSID and it has gotten the IP address.

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