A new Access Point added to the Plasma Cloud console will need a connection to the Internet to receive its network configuration from the cloud. Typically, this is done by wiring the Access Point to your router using an Ethernet cable - just plug the cable directly into the router, a connected Switch or an Ethernet wall plug and it will setup automatically.
However, in some circumstances the Access Point may need to be installed in a location without any available Ethernet connection. If so, the Access Point will still be able to retrieve its network configuration via Wireless Mesh from other nearby mesh Access Points.
This article guides you through the process needed to add a new Access Point to an existing mesh network. First, please make sure that:
- You have already created an account on the Plasma Cloud console; and
- You have a network with at least one Access Point in it.
You can now proceed with adding a new device to your existing mesh network:
- Log into the Plasma Cloud console;
- Select the organisation and network you want to add your Access Point to from the top right menus;
- Make sure Wireless Mesh is enabled in at least one nearby device belonging to the same network or, alternatively, in the entire network (go to Settings of either one nearby device, or to Network Settings, to enable Wireless Mesh);
- Add the new Access Point to the network either by clicking on the map in the Overview page, or by clicking on the +ADD AP button in the Access Points page;
- Turn on the new Access Point.
The new Access Point will enter "Mesh Recovery Mode" when attempting to connect to a mesh network for the first time. Plasma Cloud mesh networks are encrypted by default, and the "Mesh Recovery Mode" allows the device to retrieve the mesh encryption key, along with its network configuration. Both are needed to ensure safe and successful Internet connectivity through your mesh network. Once a connection has been established, the Access Point will exit "Mesh Recovery Mode" and operate normally.