Trouble connecting two networks via mesh

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Trouble connecting two networks via mesh. Whatever I try it doesn’t seem to work. Here’s the scenario / setup.

Using free cloud. Aerohive.com

Side A | Aerohive 350 connected to Aerohive switch with internet connection and dhcp server
350 settings
2.4ghz off
5.0ghz mesh on
Channel 36 selected
Power set to 18

Side B | Aerohive 350 connected to Aerohive switch (no dhcp and no internet)
350 settings
2.4GHz off
5.0 GHz mesh on
Channel 36 selected
Power Set to 18

Mesh never connects when side B is brought up without internet connection. Same holds true if I reboot either side.

If side B has internet connection with active DHCP the backhaul shows up on side A 350 with RSSI of -65. Side B never shows backhaul

Not sure what else I need to set to make this work. Appreciate any suggestions s.
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Ben Swaby

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Ended up figuring this out.  One of the ports needs to be in bridge-access.  I forgot about this and ended up taking me a little bit to figure out how to change the port.  Natively in cloud.aerohive.com, there is no drop down or option to change the device port.   By default it looks like it's not even possible and is really confusing compared to the old Aerohive management site. .  

In order to see options, you have to create them first in cloud.aerohive.com.  You do this by going to  when you are on the access point you cannot change the port natively.  In order to change it, you must go to your wireless profile and add a device template with the setting you want for each product your trying to change.  It's kinda a forced way of doing it and if you got a lot of these I can see it being helpful.  

--- Possible coding improvement---- instead of showing no possible way of changing it.. have your profile dropdown on the product to create a new one...

Anyway, here is my configuration on how I got it working

Side A | Aerohive 350 connected to Aerohive switch with internet connection and dhcp server 
350 settings 
2.4ghz off 
5.0ghz mesh on 
Channel 36 selected 
Power set to 20
Port set to backhaul

Side B | Aerohive 350 connected to Aerohive switch (no dhcp and no internet) 
350 settings 
2.4GHz off 
5.0 GHz mesh on 
Channel 36 selected 
Power Set to 20
Port set to bridge-access


One thing I did find interesting is the both 2.4 and 5.0GHz is at -60db and both performed relatively close.  

2.4GHz Performance 62MB/s down 57MB/s Up
5.0GHz Performance @ 20MHz width 52MB/s down  51MB/s up
5.0GHz Performance @ 40MHz width. 83MB/ down 67MB/s up