Include DHCP Reservation Option

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Why not to include the option to reserve a bunch of IP addresses (maybe 10 or 20 IPs) when using internal DHCP option provided by HiveAPs ?

Maybe based on clients MAC address ?
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Elkin Gonzalez

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Posted 5 years ago

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Anupam Upadhyaya

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Hi Elkin,

Thanks for the input.

This is a feature that we are looking at incorporating on our Routers and APs.
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Mike Kouri, Official Rep

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Good idea! Don't be too surprised to see this appear in a future release of our software ;-)
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Bradley Chambers, Champ

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Great idea!
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Scorpio_1899

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Does the HIVEAP supports this feature now in the latest firmware/software release?
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Mike Kouri, Official Rep

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Scorpio_1899 Eddie,
Sorry, no, not yet. It's still on our roadmap, and should appear in a future release.
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Frank

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Oh boy. PLEASE do add this feature soon!

I HAD hoped to do exactly this with a setup intended for our director. Remote site, 3.5 hours away, half dozen devices, all mapped to static IPs via DHCP using MAC addresses. This allows for remote management/etc. It's currently set up that way using a Cisco 877W connected via DSL. But the DSL service has been less than ideal, so we had Comcast Business run a connection there. Problem was the 877W doesn't seem to work well unless it's using the ATM interface for broadband. Translation: we needed to replace the router at the site.

But instead of putting another Cisco in, convinced higher ups to replace it with a BR200-WP (which builds a VPN tunnel back a HiveOS VA we're running as a CVG). The idea was to config things the same (though due to network topology issues, we'd have to assign the site a new subnet... not an issue if you have everything using DHCP and you can statically map IPs to MAC addresses). Then simply have the assistant switch over the ethernet cables from Cisco to BR200-WP and reboot the gear. Now it looks like I'll have to remote in to each device and carefully change the network settings to static IPs. Not quite as resilient, as any screwup and I have no way to set it back remotely.

If Aerohive supported static IP to MAC mapping via the DHCP server, if the new setup didn't work, I would simply have the assistant move the ethernet cables back and reboot again.

Anyway, yes +10 for this feature.
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Is this still on the radar? It's very important to us!
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Mike Kouri, Official Rep

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Yes, this is still on the radar, but due to a variety of reasons, it does not look like it will be incorporated into 6.1rX. We understand the desirability, and we hope to deliver as soon as practical, but other corporate priorities and obligations prevent me from being able to give a definitive timeline.

Much as it pains me to say so, if you need this capability NOW, you should investigate small routers from other vendors.
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Mircea Marin

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it's 3 years later and still is not incorporated in Ver 6.5r6, BR200-WP and BR100 still do not have this basic option
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KatInTX81

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Any update on availability of this feature? We're just about to pull the trigger on purchasing a BR100 and address reservation is an almost-must-have (there are obviously workarounds, but they're uuuugly).
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So, any news on this? Really surprised to find that its not already a feature in this class of device.
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Darius,
I would violently agree with you if these were intended as standalone devices, but we see them as and sell them as components in an overall enterprise package including the centralized management. We don't have branch router developers, we have HiveOS developers. Therefore, seemingly easy features like this contend with all the other requests and backlog of features on our plates, and if the company decides other capabilities or enhancements are more important, things like this get delayed. 

FWIW, this has not totally fallen off of our backlog, we do still have intentions to implement this in an upcoming release.
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This thread is two years old... Just ran into an issue this evening where we needed to set up reservations for 2 printers at a very small branch office. We use a BR200 and a VPN Gateway to provide connectivity to this site. I'm going to put this bluntly... two years for DHCP reservations for a branch router is absurd.

EDIT: Original comment was excessively rude... I'm just tired of defending you guys to my colleagues. It's little things like this that give AeroHive a sour taste when it rolls off the tongue.  
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We've had Aerohive for 18 months, and DHCP reservations for branch offices are the last feature we are waiting on.

During the pre-sales meetings, the topic of DHCP arose and we are were informed that DHCP was included in the product. In that context - an enterprise networking company making a sales pitch in an enterprise - does it not seem reasonable to assume that the product had all the DHCP features expected by an enterprise? When we raised the issue of reservations with our reps after the sale, we were informed that DHCP reservations would be included in the next release after 6.1 - we've now had 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4, all without reservations.

To Mike's point that the BRs aren't standalone devices and are part of bigger package, I submit that at DHCP should be locally available and feature complete at the branch. To accommodate this shortcoming, we are now deploying separate DHCP servers as needed at our branches in order to complete our move off Aruba.
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Mircea Marin

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And like this... another 2 years have pass without this Basic option

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Darius

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I already moved onto a mix of UBNT EdgeMax devices and Open-Mesh.

Wasted way to much time on these devices. I was over excited/over optimistic about how ideal Aerohive seemed. The sales pitch certainly got me.
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I too was mystified by their "ideals". I've stopped defending them to my co workers. I went to some of their training classes and "drank the koolaid". Now it's giving me an upset stomach. Pitty...
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We provide a MSP model for Aerohive gear.  Guess what one of my customers just emailed me today?  Yep, you guessed it:

"Hello Frank,
I was wondering if you could do a reservation on 2 ip’s on the wireless system up here. They should show [device1] and [device2] on them. If you can locate them, please reserve the IPI’s and send the IP’s to me."

This is NOT some rare feature.  DHCP reservations are used everywhere.

Aerohive, please get off your tuckus and ADD THIS FEATURE.  I have to explain to my customers why their enterprise grade solution doesn't support something that even consumer-grade electronics do.  Enough is enough.
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I do have to agree that if you add DHCP server functionality to something, it certainly appears somewhat bizarre to not add the ability to configure reservations at the same time. I hope that this feature makes it in for those that need it.
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Just to provide an update, we do plan to have this in the next release.
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Frank

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Bill,

Aerohive finally added DHCP reservations to HiveOS v6.6r1.  It's not the simplest (requires writing a .CSV and importing it vs. some pretty UI), but it's there.  I was just reading up on it as I'm about to make use of it myself.  Be sure to read the New Features guide to see how it works.
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Bill W.

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Thanks Frank! I didn't even notice that when I read the New Features guide way back when 6.6r1 first came out. The DHCP Relay option is the route I'll actually investigate. It's a much easier option.
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Mircea Marin

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Ver 6.6r1 is not available for BR200-WP or BR100 so... when will this feature be available for those routers?

And please don't tell me "in the next release" it's been like this since 4 years now

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Bill W.

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6.6r1 and the more current 6.6r2a are available for BR200-WP and BR100. So I'm not sure why you are stating that it isn't.
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Mircea Marin

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I would love if it were true but.... unfortunately is not.... check the support

As you notice that BR200-WP or BR100 is not included but... it is included in...

And this is reflective of what I could try to upgrade in my Hivemanager.

And I'm stating this because it's true and bacause a Basic function of DHCP is not available on an entreprise device.

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Yes, sorry I should have been more specific.  It will be in the BR200 platforms.
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Travis Kaufman, Champ

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Dang - would like the feature right now.... 
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Mircea Marin

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Some time ago a guy asked about a basic feature (that every cheap appliance have) in an enterprise solution to be added

4 years later and that basic thing still not available.

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Bill W.

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But it is available, and has been available since 2015
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Mircea Marin

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I would love if it were true but.... unfortunately is not.... check the support

As you notice that BR200-WP or BR100 is not included but... it is included in...

And this is reflective of what I could try to upgrade in my Hivemanager.


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Frank

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Mircea,

Not sure if I'm "the guy" you were referring to, but if you look up through this thread, I am one of "the guys" if you will, writing 3 years ago adding my voice to those wanting this feature, then again 2 years, then a year ago when I let Bill W. know that DHCP reservations were finally added in HiveOS v6.6.r1.

And it absolutely does work on the BR200-WP, as that's what I specifically needed it for.  Looking in my HiveManager right now (note I am running an on-prem version currently at HiveManager v6.8r7, so if you're using HMOL you may need to see about making sure yours is kept up-to-date, which may require contacting Aerohive Tech Support), my BR200-WP is running HiveOS 6.6r2 Irvine.2309.

Now you are correct that the BR100s do not run this level of code.  The two I'm managing for that are both running HiveOS 6.5r5 Honolulu.136354.  But the BR100s are rather light-weight so not terribly surprised.  (To be honest, my biggest disappointment of late with Aerohive is how they seem to be squandering what I truly consider a differentiating feature, and that's the whole BR line of products, along with removing the routing from their SR switches which was another disappointment.)

But please note you absolutely can run HiveOS v6.6r2 on your BR200-WP.  The key thing is whether you have that version of code uploaded into your HM so you and upgrade your BR200-WP to it.  Now assuming you have licensing/etc. in place, you can try updating HiveManager by going to Home | Administration | HiveManager Operations, Update Software and following steps there to update the entire HM setup in hopes it brings with it the latest HiveOS images.  Or if you have an account on the Aerohive Support Portal, you can login there, navigate on the left to Software Downloads, then select HiveOS Releases | HiveOS Version 6.6 | 6.6r2a, and finally HiveOS Images, and you'll see that there's an image there for

BR200-6.6r2a.img.S
6.6r2a software image for the BR200

Download the image, upload it into HM, and Bob's your uncle.

Also note that, beyond what I wrote back a year ago, while it's true that for a large pile of MAC reservations you're going to want to use the CSV approach, it turns out that you can setup reservations with the HM GUI.  It's just a little non-intuitive.  Instead of modifying the device config, you click on it while in the Monitor tab, then scroll down all the way to where it says Client Reservation Details, and there you can add/edit/remove DHCP reservations for that particular unit.

But it absolutely does work.  I currently have 1/2 dozen reservations in mine, and that BR200-WP is the headend router/AP for a remote office of our director (so it kind of matters that it works :-) ).

Anyway, hope that helps.