Setting up a Xirrus Wireless Array…It’s easy!

This post will show you how easy it is to setup your new Xirrus Wireless Array…

If you follow these simple steps, you will have your Wireless Array up and running within minutes. In fact this morning I setup 5 of these arrays in 45 minutes!

I love the Xirrus products, I use them in industrial shipping warehouses as well as at our home office. The technology behind these devices blows away all other access points!

Put it this way, I could have installed 14-20 Aruba, Cisco or HP access points, but with Xirrus I only had to use 4 XR-4430 APs to cover a 100,000 square foot warehouse!

Step 1

Unbox your new Xirrus Wireless Array…DUH!

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Step 2

Plug your power injector into the Wireless Array

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Plug Cat5/6 From the ARRAY on the Power Injector to the Xirrus ARRAY Gigabit POE port (shown in the center).
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Plug Cat5/6 from the Switch port on the Power Injector to your Laptop.

Step 3

Set your Laptop’s Ethernet Connection settings so that you can connect to the array.

I use 10.0.2.15, subnet 255.255.255.0 gateway 10.0.2.1 DNS 8.8.8.8
(DNS not needed it’s a habit of mine)

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Step 4

Log into the Xirrus Array.

The default IP address is 10.0.2.1

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Since you will not have a certificate installed at the beginning of the install, click “Continue to this website (not recommended)”.

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Login to the Array:

Default User = admin
Password = admin (change this during setup or I’ll own you!)

You will be prompted with the following message:
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Step 5

Click on the Express Setup Tab

Insert your Contact information, License Key supplied by your Xirrus Distributor, IP Address/Subnet Mask, Default Gateway.

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Click APPLY, you will receive the following prompts:

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Step 6

Connect your Xirrus Array to your network!

Step 7

Log back into your Xirrus Array using your newly assigned IP Address.

Step 8

Click on the Network Tab to set your DNS settings

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Step 9

Create your SSIDs… I would avoid using WEP at all costs as it is easily hacked no matter how long your password is.
(see my post Wi-Fi…the hacker best friend!)

Step 10

Enjoy your new Wireless Array…

Of course there are MANY, MANY more features, but this will post covers just the basic setup of your new Xirrus Wireless Array!

Comments
  1. Ceril Zilas says:

    That was super easy to follow!

  2. Ed Cain says:

    Great article, it’s nice that you took the time to write this up THANKS!

  3. ugly duckling says:

    I love your writing style, so clean and crisp!

  4. Serge Vertag says:

    Thank you for this, my Xirrus unit did not come with setup instructions.

  5. Jones says:

    how do you reset these things to default. Assuming you don’t know or remember what it is currently configured for?

  6. Rory Pyon says:

    Thanks for the info, stay in touch……

  7. Amelie says:

    I am truly thankful for this web page you have shared, this is a great post. Highly recommended!

  8. Asif Hussain says:

    this article is awesome, but one more question please if any one can solve. i installed xms, when i click on discover its ask an ip, i give the default ip 10.0.2.1. but its discovering failed. can any one please help me.

    • Greetings,
      Please use xirrus software called xirrus connection, it show you all xirrus AP’s connected to your LAN.
      And for discover IP it’s the IP that AP got from your DHCP and can be found in xirrus connection application.

  9. MAR CROMWELL says:

    I’m thinking of buying a used Xirrus via eBay, however, is the License Key transferable? (Or would I need to purchase a new one?) If I don’t do a factory reset, could I use the existing License Key? Please advise.

  10. Willy says:

    Hello! I have a xirrus XN4 that I acquired that had been factory reset. After getting a serial number installed and setting up an SSID I have a fully configured wifi system (WPA, user and pass, IP address, etc.) The problem I am having is that I can see the 2.4 and 5GHz ssidsbut it will not connect to them. Also I have never been able to log into the gui, I’ve had to do everything from the CLI. Any tips or ideas of things to check would be appreciated. My key is valid for all features. Thanks

    • Marek says:

      The XN arrays are aging. In case of WMI access problems I find it to be memory problems the core reason. Please check your RAM chips and eventually replace them. That solves most of XN issues

  11. Tom says:

    I have a Xirrus XR-500 I pulled out of a closed business. Can this device be used as a standalone wireless repeater without any licensing or does it need to be part of a Xirrus network?

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