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Device Profiles

You use device profiles like a template, where you configure and save a set of AP settings so they can be reused on other APs within a site. For example, say you are planning a large deployment of APs in a campus or retail location and you need a variety of AP configurations to support the different AP roles. To cover all the scenarios you need, you can create multiple device profiles, such as one for IoT devices, another for high-density environments, and another to restrict access to one or more specified WLANs.

When you associate APs with a given device profile, the APs will automatically inherit the settings defined in that profile. You can use the same method for onboarding new APs – assign the APs to a device profile when you claim them to have them configured when they come online.

You can have settings from a device profile override settings made on the individual APs, or, conversely, you can have the AP-level settings take precedence over those of the profile. The same is true for settings made at the site level. See Templates and Device Profiles.

When you add or remove a Juniper AP from a device profile, the change takes effect immediately. However if you change a configuration setting in the device profile, you need to push the change to the Juniper APs manually, by clicking the Optimize Now button in the Radio Management page. You can also wait a few minutes for the change to occur automatically.

Configurations available through device profiles include radio frequency, 802.1x security, VLAN connections, and Ethernet port settings. You can also attach one or more WLAN Templates to the profile, which has the effect of extending those settings (such as WLANs and/or user access policies) to all APs in the device profile.