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Aruba Instant AP-277 Access Point
Extending gigabit Wi-Fi to outdoor enterprise environments

Aruba Instant AP-277 Access Point

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Innovative and aesthetically-designed 270 series outdoor wireless access points deliver gigabit Wi-Fi performance to 802.11ac mobile devices under any weather conditions. The 270 series is also the only outdoor AP that enables 802.11n clients to operate three-times faster at greater distances.

Purpose-built to survive in the harshest outdoor environments, 270 series APs withstand exposure to extreme high and low temperatures, persistent moisture and precipitation, and are fully sealed to keep out airborne contaminants. All electrical interfaces include industrialstrength surge protection.

With a maximum data rate of 1.3 Gbps in the 5-GHz band and 600 Mbps in the 2.4-GHz band, 270 series outdoor APs supports concurrent dual-radio operation at speeds that greatly exceed Fast Ethernet.

Simple to buy, simple to install
Simple to buy, simple to install

The 270 series is as simple to install as an outdoor video camera and features integrated antenna options for easy deployment.

Powered with beamforming
Powered with beamforming

Extend the performance benefits of beamforming to outdoor environments, where maximizing the range of Wi-Fi is most critical.

Aesthetic and inconspicuous design
Aesthetic and inconspicuous design

270-series APs - with or without external antennas - are totally unobtrusive and look just like any other common outdoor fixture.

Wi-Fi Client Optimization

To eliminate sticky client behavior and ensure consistently high performance, every Aruba AP includes ClientMatch technology, which gathers session performance metrics that steer mobile devices to the best AP and radio on the WLAN in real time.

Choose your operating mode

The 270 series of outdoor APs offers a choice of operating modes to meet your unique management and deployment requirements.

  • Controller-managed AP or Remote AP (RAP) running ArubaOS. When managed by Aruba Mobility Controllers, the 270 series offers centralized configuration, data encryption, policy enforcement and network services, as well as distributed and centralized traffic forwarding.
  • Aruba Instant AP running InstantOS. In Aruba Instant mode, one AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other APs. Just power-up one Instant AP, configure it over the air, and plug in the other APs - the entire process takes about five minutes.
  • Secure enterprise mesh

In addition to operation mode, the APs can be optionally configured to perform the following functions:

  • Spectrum analysis: Dedicated scan mode identifies sources of RF interference.
  • Air monitoring: Dedicated scan mode provides wireless intrusion protection.
  • Hybrid AP: Serves Wi-Fi clients and simultaneously provides wireless intrusion protection and spectrum analysis.

For large installations with multiple sites, the Aruba Activate service reduces deployment time by automating provisioning, firmware upgrades, and inventory management. With Aruba Activate, Instant APs are factory shipped to any site and configure themselves when powered up.

If WLAN and network requirements change, a built-in migration path allows 270 series Instant APs to become part of a WLAN that is centrally managed by a Mobility Controller.


Innovative industrial design

  • Eliminates installation complexity
  • Inconspicuous design that improves aesthetics
  • Delivers IP66- and IP67-rated protection from the elements

Best-in-class RF management

  • Integrated Adaptive Radio Management technology manages the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radio bands and ensures that APs stay clear of RF interference

Reliable and predictable Wi-Fi performance

  • Patented ClientMatch technology ensures that roaming clients associate with the best AP to maximize performance
  • AppRF technology identifies and prioritizes applications on the network

Spectrum analysis

  • Capable of part-time or dedicated spectrum analysis, which scans the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radio bands to identify sources of RF interference

Limited lifetime warranty

  • An industry first for outdoors

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi:

Solution Benefits

Fastest network

  • Up to 36%* faster than competition at high density.
  • Wi-Fi setup in minutes.
  • Airtime fairness allows more clients to move faster on the network.
  • Always-on scanning avoids performance-slowing interference.
  • Aruba Instant APs optimize Wi-Fi channel use and power to speed-up clients.

Most resilient network

  • 100% functional WLAN without a WAN link.
  • Integrated spectrum management without compromise to identify and self- heal around Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi interference.
  • Redundant ISP uplink and 3G/4G uplink option.

Most flexible architecture

  • Single architecture across headquarters, branch and home.
  • Local, cloud and on-premises management options.
  • AppRF technology performs deep packet inspection and web content filtering.
  • Internal RADIUS server on Aruba Instant AP, plus flexible external AAA options.
  • 100% investment protection to convert to controller-managed APs.

* Based on internal testing - IAP225 50 client downstream throughput testing.

The undisputable need for users to be productive on their mobile devices is driving organizations everywhere to look for ways to cost-effectively build and support Wi-Fi networks that deliver the best connectivity and user experience.

Controllerless Wi-Fi solutions are simple and affordable. They eliminate the need for additional controller hardware by distributing controller functionality such as authentication and configuration to the access points (AP).

However, not all controllerless solutions are equal. Some solutions may have some serious limitations if speed and reliability associated with business-grade networks are sacrificed in favor of simplicity. The result can be Wi-Fi disruptions, poor performance, and unhappy users.

Business-Grade Wi-Fi in an Instant

Aruba Instant is the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that delivers superior Wi-Fi performance, business-grade security, resiliency and flexibility with the simplicity of zero-touch deployment. Aruba Instant is simple to setup and does not require network expertize to deploy and manage.

One dynamically-elected Instant AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other Instant APs in the network. Simply power-up one Instant AP, configure it over the air or in the cloud, and plug in the other APs - the entire process takes about five minutes.

The free local management interface, unique to Aruba Instant APs, eliminates dependency or required investment in external network management systems. Instant is a turnkey business-grade Wi-Fi solution that works right out of the box.

Even guest access to your network can be secure and uncomplicated for you and all yours visitors. Simply create a guest network (SSID) and determine who gets access, how and what they have access to.

Use the simple built-in captive portal or a customizable externally hosted portal for guests to easily login. And secure the network by authenticating users with built-in guest accounts or integrate with external authentication servers.

Enhance User Experience and Productivity

Aruba Instant's business-grade network performance delivers speeds up to 10-times faster than other solutions in environments with high densities of devices. The Aruba InstantOS comes with integrated Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, which optimizes Wi-Fi behavior and automatically ensures that the Instant APs stay clear of RF interference, resulting in a more reliable, higherperforming wireless network.

It also integrates patented ClientMatch technology, which continuously gathers session performance metrics from mobile devices. These metrics are then used to intelligently steer individual clients to the best AP with the strongest Wi-Fi signal as users move.

The Aruba 802.11ac Wave 2 Instant APs deliver enhanced multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) enhanced ClientMatch. By grouping MU-MIMO capable devices on the same stream, the network can take advantage of the simultaneous transmissions to these devices, increasing its overall network capacity and efficiency. These Wave 2 Instant APs also have an integrated BLE Beacon to remotely manage battery-powered Aruba Beacons for advanced location and wayfinding applications.

Secure and Optimize your Network with Smart Application Handling

AppRF technology in Aruba Instant intelligently monitors application usage and web traffic to secure and optimize network performance.

Deep packet inspection (DPI) monitors mobile app usage and performance while optimizing bandwidth, priority and network paths in real time - even for apps that are encrypted or appear as web traffic. DPI is vital to understanding usage patterns that may require changes to network design and capacity.

AppRF provides insight into over 1,800 apps, including apps like GoToMeeting, Box, Skype for Business, SharePoint, and AppRF technology also provides web content filtering, enabling IT to control what users can browse on the Internet. AppRF redirects web URL requests to a cloud database that contains always-up-to-date content and reputation information about millions of web pages.

This information can be used to determine what types of web browsing and web apps are allowed on the network for different users or different times of day. You can even combine rules that allow Facebook traffic but block other social media or permit Netflix traffic only after business hours.

The AppRF cloud database is updated in real-time with new information about malicious web addresses. Aruba AppRF will catch new types of web attacks before they cause damage. Clients can be configured to use the AppRF web content filter even when they're not connected to an Aruba Instant network, which keeps clients safe no matter where they are.

Whether users are local or remote, AppRF web content filtering is instrumental in protecting the network against viruses and malware and gives IT precise control over which web sites users can access.

Avoid Business Disruptions due to Wi-Fi Failure

Aruba Instant is a resilient network with advanced businessgrade features that keep networks up and running, even if an Internet connection fails. Key capabilities include:

  • Network survivability to the last AP. The controller function of an individual Instant network transitions seamlessly from one AP to the next to the last AP with no disruption or administrator intervention.
  • Dual Ethernet uplinks leverage already-strong uplink resiliency options. Internet connections from two different ISPs can now plug into one Instant AP. This feature gives you the best-possible Internet availability.
  • Supports a variety of 3G/4G USB modems that slot into Aruba APs. Now you have the fastest available cellular uplink, either as a primary connection in hard-to-wire areas or as a backup for mission-critical applications.
  • Flexible image upgrade features let you download firmware now and reboot later during off hours. This lets you leave the office on time and upgrade when no one is using the network.
  • Spectrum load-balancing evens out the client load across channels in a dense deployment. Everyone gets faster access through more efficient use of the available wireless spectrum.

Choose a Network Management Option Right for your Business

Manage your Instant network locally, in the cloud or on premises. Instant access points include a free management interface that provides visibility into the network. All capabilities required to manage a single Instant network are available on the local interface.

Additionally, organizations also have a choice of acquiring the Aruba Central services platform, for network management hosted in the cloud or Aruba AirWave for an on-premises management system.

Aruba Central simplifies network operations by providing zero-touch setup, centralized management of multiple Aruba Instant networks and Mobility Access Switches, historical data reporting, PCI compliance monitoring, and troubleshooting for networks located around town or around the world.

Aruba AirWave is a powerful network management system that not only manages Aruba APs and switches, but also wired and wireless infrastructures from a wide range of thirdparty manufacturers.

Make a Smart Investment in a Cost-Effective Solution

Aruba Instant is one of the most cost-effective business-grade Wi-Fi solutions available to day.

  • Low capex
    With Aruba Instant, you get enterprise-grade features and controller functions embedded in the AP. We eliminate the hardware and maintenance expense of a separate controller, but keep all the performance and reliability advantages.
  • Low opex
    Aruba Instant Wi-Fi integrates everything into the AP - controller functions, security, ARM RF management, ClientMatch performance optimization, and AppRF to improve the use of bandwidth, priority and network paths. It's so easy to setup and manage that you won't need a dedicated wireless expert.
  • Investment protection
    Only Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company offers controllerless and controller-managed Wi-Fi with public cloud, private cloud and on-premises management. You can even mix and match between them. You're not locked into one architecture, so when your needs change, you keep 100% of your investment.

No hardware changes. All Aruba Instant APs can utilize VPNs to access centralized resources like guest access or authentication services from corporate headquarters.

At any time, Aruba Instant APs can easily convert to controllermanaged mode, enabling you to mix and match the right solution for the right location - headquarters, branch or home. No matter what you decide, your existing AP investments are fully protected.

The Aruba Instant product family consists of a wide range of APs with a variety of wireless, wired and WAN connectivity options.


IAP-277 Specifications

AP-270 Series Specifications

  • AP-277 and IAP-277
    • 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radios, each with 3x3 MIMO and three integrated 80° H x 80° V beamwidth directional antennas

Wireless Radio Specifications

  • AP type: Outdoor, dual radio, 5-GHz 802.11ac and 2.4-GHz 802.11n
    • In addition to 802.11n data rates, the 2.4-GHz radio supports 802.11ac data rates using 256-QAM modulation. This gives TurboQAM-enabled clients a 33% boost above the maximum supported data rate to deliver up to 600 Mbps.
  • 3x3 MIMO with three spatial streams and up to 1.3 Gbps wireless data rate
  • Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply):
    • 2.4000 GHz to 2.4835 GHz
    • 5.150 GHz to 5.250 GHz
    • 5.250 GHz to 5.350 GHz
    • 5.470 GHz to 5.725 GHz
    • 5.725 GHz to 5.875 GHz
  • Available channels: Dependent upon configured regulatory domain
  • Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) optimizes the use of available RF spectrum
  • Supported radio technologies:
    • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)
    • 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
    • 802.11n/ac: 3x3 MIMO with up to three spatial streams
  • Supported modulation types:
    • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
    • 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM (with TurboQAM clients)
    • 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
  • Transmit power: Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm
  • Maximum (aggregate, conducted total) transmit power (limited) by local regulatory requirements):
    • 2.4-GHz band: +28 dBm (23 dBm per chain)
    • 5-GHz bands: +28 dBm (23 dBm per chain)
  • Advanced cellular coexistence (ACC) feature to minimize interference from cellular systems
  • Maximum ratio combining (MRC) for improved receiver performance
  • Cyclic delay diversity (CDD) for improved downlink RF performance
  • Short guard interval for 20-MHz, 40-MHz and 80-MHz channels
  • Space-time block coding (STBC) for increased range and improved reception
  • Low-density parity check (LDPC) for high-efficiency error correction and increased throughput
  • Explicit transmit beam-forming (TxBF) for increased reliability in signal delivery
  • Supported data rates (Mbps):
    • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
    • 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
    • 802.11n: 6.5 to 450 (MCS0 to MCS23, 1 to 3 spatial streams)
    • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,300 (MCS0 to MCS9, 1 to 3 spatial streams
  • 802.11n high-throughput (HT) support: HT 20/40
  • 802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support: VHT 20/40/80
  • 802.11n/ac packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-MSDU Power
  • Maximum power consumption: 23 watts.
  • Direct AC source: 100-240 Volt AC
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): 48 Vdc (nominal) 802.3at compliant source

WiFi Antennas

  • Six integrated multipolarized directional antennas with 80° H x 80° V beamwidths for 3 x 3 MIMO with maximum antenna gain of 6.5 dBi in 2.4 GHz and 5GHz.

Other Interfaces

  • One PoE+ PD port 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet network interfaces (RJ-45)
    • Auto-sensing link speed and MDI/MDX
  • One port 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet network interfaces (RJ-45)
    • Auto-sensing link speed and MDI/MDX
  • AC power interface, power cords sold separately
  • Serial console interface (micro USB)
  • Reset button
  • Visual indicator (LED):
    • Power/system status; automatically disabled after initial operation period


  • Must be ordered separately
  • Optional mounting kits:
    • AP-270-MNT-V1: Aruba 270 series AP long mount kit for pole/wall mounting. Reduces impact of obstruction by pole or extends away from corner.
    • AP-270-MNT-V2: Aruba 270 series AP short mount kit for pole/wall mounting
    • AP-270-MNT-H1: Aruba 270 series AP mount kit for hanging from inclined/horizontal structures
    • AP-270-MNT-H2: Low profile mount primarily for AP-277


  • Dimensions/weight (excluding mount):
    • 23 cm (W) x 22 cm (D) x 13 cm (H)
    • 9.0" (W) x 8.7" (D) x 5.1" (H)
    • 2.1 kg/4.6 lbs


  • Operating:
    • Temperature: -40° C to +65° C (-40° F to +150°F)
    • Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Storage and transportation
    • Temperature: -40° C to +70° C (-40° F to +158°F)
  • Maximum operating altitude: 3000m
  • Chassis rating: IP66 and IP67
  • Wind survivability: Up to 165 mph
  • Shock and vibration: ETSI 300-19-2-4 spec T41.E 4M3


  • FCC/Industry of Canada
  • CE Marked
  • R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • EN 300 328
  • EN 301 489
  • EN 301 893
  • UL/IEC/EN 60950
  • EN 60601-1-1, EN60601-1-2
For more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your Aruba representative.


  • MTBF: 753,457hrs (86 Years) at +25C operating temperature

Regulatory Model Number

  • AP-277 and IAP-277: APEX0102


  • CB Scheme Safety, cTUVus
  • Wi-Fi Alliance certified 802.11a/b/g/n/ac


  • Aruba limited lifetime warranty

Minimum Software Versions

  • Aruba OS 6.4.3
  • Aruba Instant 4.2.0

Wireless Radio Specifications:

RF Performance Table
  Maximum transmit power (dBm) per transmit chain Receiver sensitivity (dBm) per receive chain
2.4 GHz - 802.11b
1 Mbps 23.0 -95.0
2 Mbps 23.0 -93.0
5.5 Mbps 23.0 -90.0
11 Mbps 23.0 -88.0
2.4 GHz - 802.11g and 5 GHz - 802.11a
6 Mbps 23.0 -93.0
54 Mbps 19.0 -75.0
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz - 802.11n HT20
MCS0/8 23.0 -93.0
MCS7/15 18.0 -71.0
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz - 802.11n HT40
MCS0/8 23.0 -90.0
MCS7/15 18.0 -68.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT20
MCS0 23.0 -93.0
MCS9 16.0 -68.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT40
MCS0 23.0 -90.0
MCS9 15.0 -63.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT80
MCS0 23.0 -87.0
MCS9 15.0 -61.0

Maximum capability of the hardware provided. Maximum transmit power is limited by local regulatory settings. RF performance numbers for AP-274 are slightly lower due to additional internal RF circuitry.


Aruba IAP-270 Series Access Points Datasheet (.PDF)

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