New to Aerohive and have questions

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I'm new to Aerohive and have a few questions. First, I maintain a large enterprise wireless system at work. I'm looking for something for my home and found some Aerohive gear for a good price. Do I need Hive manager for 2-3 AP's?

Second, is there any licensing that I need to purchase to make them work?

Thanks in advance!
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Jeff Bjorklund

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Crowdie, Champ

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The Hive Manager is a NMS rather than a WLC and is used for updating the configuration on the access points and reporting.  You can do small changes via the CLI but doing a complete configuration is rather ambitious.

The licensing is dependent on the Hive Manager you chose.

If you deploy an on-premise Hive Manager (either a physical appliance or a VM) then you need to purchase an entitlement key for your access points (this is a one off purchase allowing the access points to be managed by the Hive Manager) and support.   The support is for a set period of time and has to be renewed once it expires if you want to remain under support.  The access points will continue to operate whether under support or not.

If you utilise a cloud based Hive Manager (called a Hive Manager Online or HMOL for short) they you need an entitlement key for your access points for a set period of time.  This entitlement key covers the cloud based HMOL and support.  Once the entitlement key expires your access points will continue to operate but you will not be able to access the HMOL. 
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Carsten Buchenau, Champ

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Be careful if you buy devices second-hand. If they were assigned to a customer already, it can be a very formal (and costly) process to change the ownership! Which you'd have to do to buy support.