To simplify the deployment of mobility and IoT devices, Aruba switches have a mechanism to automatically detect devices based on their LLDP signatures and apply configuration to the port to which they are connected. This reduces the time needed to add, move, or change devices on the network and also eliminates potential misconfigurations on the port.

Device Profiles allow an administrator to create configuration containers for different classes of devices and associate them with certain device types. The configuration containers are stored as part of the config, but do not come into effect until a device with the right LLDP signature is connected to a port on that switch. Device profiles allow network administrators to apply port settings automatically, eliminating configuration mistakes as well as reducing the time taken to connect wired devices.

Organization-specific TLVs and subtypes that come as part of LLDP messages are used to detect and apply profiles to devices. A maximum of 16 devices can be detected and defined using Device Profiles. The following sections talk about the operational steps that need to be followed to add Mobility and IoT devices as well as features such as Rogue AP detection that can be used for mobile-first deployments with Aruba APs.