Resurrecting an Aerohive, I mean Extreme Networks AP121

You can find some of my original Aerohive AP121 blog posts here. Since then Aerohive has been acquired by Extreme Networks. So I ended up activating an AP230 to the Aerohive HiveManager cloud and was also curious if I could resurrect my old AP121. Low and behold, the AP121 was still supported in HiveManager. I was able to get the AP serial number registered to my new account and added to my HiveManager cloud portal.

The AP121 showed up after a reset by pushing in the physical reset button on the AP for at least 15 seconds while powered on. However, I couldn’t manage the AP121 because the software needed updating according to the devices pane. I tried pushing new firmware from HiveManager but had no success. After digging around the Aerohive support pages and emailing technical support, I found that the AP121 required at minimum software version 6.5r3.

To check the current software version on the AP121, SSH into the access point. The default username should be admin, and the password is aerohive.

Run

#show version

The software version shown was 6.1r6 release build1779, so I had to get to 6.5r3 and load it manually.

I preferred the SCP option, which requires an SCP server. I used my Macbook after I enabled remote login sharing in the OSX sharing preferences.

SSH back into the AP and Run

#save image scp://user@scpserverIPaddress:/directory/AP141-6.5r3.img.S

#reboot

The AP showed up in HiveManager with the new version 6.5r3. Then I was able to push 6.5.r12 (latest supported software) through the HiveManager cloud portal.

One of my favorite features I found off the bat within HiveManager was the time-lapse feature. Here’s an example of clients moving from my AP230 over to the AP121.

HiveManager client time lapse

I’ve been waiting for a feature like this for years. You’ll be able to watch clients move across different APs in a highly dense wireless deployment. Something I looked for in the past when working in a large Higher Ed environment to determine new AP placement. You could potentially identify sticky client issues easier through this type of visual representation. Quite frankly, every wireless vendor that provides floor maps with APs showing current client statistics should have a time-lapse feature. I’m glad it’s in Aerohive, I mean Extreme Networks.

@javi_isolis

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