Aruba IAP 305 access point – A quick review

The Aruba IAP 305 is part of the Aruba 300 series of Wi-Fi 5 access points. It offers two modes to meet your requirements.

Controller-managed mode, for when being managed by Aruba Mobility Controllers. The Aruba IAP 305 offers centralized configuring, data encryption, policy enforcement, and network services. Plus, you get distributed and centralized traffic forwarding.

Aruba Instant mode. In Aruba Instant mode, a single AP automatically distributes the network configs to other IAPs in the WLAN. Simply power-up one Instant AP and configure it over the air. Then, plug in the other APs. The entire process takes about five minutes. And there’s no need to worry if WLAN requirements change. A built-in migration path allows IAP 305s to become part of a WLAN that is managed by a Mobility Controller.

The Aruba IAP 305 is an affordable, entry-level 3×3:3 802.11ac access point. It is excellent for medium density environments. Think schools, retail branches, warehouses, hotels and so on. It is perfect for the cost-sensitive end-user.

Some numbers on the IAP 305

The IAP 305 delivers a concurrent data rate of 1.3 Gbps at 5GHz, and 300 Mbps at 2.4GHz. For that you get an aggregate peak data rate of 1.7 Gbps. Plus, it has an integrated Bluetooth Beacon. This provides advanced location and indoor way finding and proximity-based push notification services. It also simplifies remote management of battery-powered Aruba Beacons.

What to like about the IAP 305

It has great, easy-to-use technology, and great range! It’s easy to set up multiple AP’s, including guest access. There is no dedicated controller needed. Simply power up, plug into your network, and connect.

Even if you are not familiar with Aruba products, they are easy to master quickly. And if you need to reconfigure, using Instant Mode makes configuration straightforward.


Aruba is fabulous for enterprise companies. It is very well suited for organizations requiring lots of wireless access points. Companies that need simple, intuitive management over them. And when it comes to Wi-Fi management, Aruba gives you the flexibility to choose. You can use an Instant access point or a controller to manage an entire cluster of access points. On the other hand, you can manage them with a cloud-based or an on-site network management platform.

Corporate Armor is your best bet if you want to find out more about the IAP 305. We have years of experience with Aruba. And our advice will be driven by your unique needs, nothing more.


Choice of operating modes; Controller mode, and Aruba Instant mode
Supports up to 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band
Supports up to 300 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band
Aggregate rate of 1.7 Gbps