Setting up Aerohive WiFi test environment Part 1

In this blogpost I describe I’ve taken to setyp my Aerohive WiFi whitebox environment. In my case I used the following products :

  • HP 1910 POE Switch (ofcourse you can choose another POE Switch)
  • 2x AP130 Aerohive Accesspoints incl. licenses
  • and 2 cigars while building. 🙂


First I powerd up the HP 1910 POE (power over ethernet) switch. When the fans are making less noise the Switch is bootend. First plugin an ethernetkabel to your core switch or ISP modem. I used Angry IP Scanner to locate the switch on my subnet.

Angry IP Scanner

In my case I found the DHCP IP address taken by the switch. Now let’s login to the webinterface. Use your favourite browser and go to the IP address you found.

HP Switch menu

By Default use Admin as username with no password and the specified Captcha. When logged on change the password ofcourse and go through the wizard to change your IP Address and device name etc. Download the latest firmware for the HP1910 switch here.

Ok. now we have our Switch in working order. Check! Now we are going to configure the WiFi devices. First we must create a working Hive Manager account (Cloud). Go here to create your account. Log in when you are able to.


Congrats! We are going places!


Now we are going to create a location. A location is the specification where your Office and devices are present. There are 2 options. When you have floorplan of your building/office then you can easily import that file. But it’s also possible to draw your own plan. It’s based on google maps. So you can specify the address and then draw on top of the building.


I choose the Create a New Network Plan option. It’s pretty straightforward.

After creating your location (and floorplan, just specify the locations of your floor) you see something like this:


Now it’s time to add our devices. In my case I choose for 2 AP 130 devices. I want to test roaming for example. Go to the monitor/devices/add device option, see below.


Specify your serial number and go to the next-next-next steps while creating a network policy.


Voila! You added your device and created your first Network Policy.

Now connect your AP130 device. Watch the red light turn white. When you see that your AP is registred correctly! Now let’s check in the Hive Manager.


You can see that the AP is green and that means everything is correct!

Wrap up

What we have just did is to quickly configure the POE Switch (in my case HP1910), created an Hive Manager Cloud account and configured our first Network Policy with one device.

Let’s connect to the Accesspoint using the credentials you’ve just specified. And check if the connection is working.


In my case everything is working. My mobile phone has a working connection!








  1. Great article, I have really enjoyed your article. You show how to setup Aerohive WiFi whitebox environment. It is really helpful. I have done by the help of your article. Thanks for sharing. The way you explained step by step is really great. Thank once again for sharing.

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