13 February 2020
It is commonly advised to select and use access points based on price, range, upgradeability, operating temperatures, performance and other distinguishing factors.
However, it is equally important to keep in mind that each company is unique with its own unique infrastructure. To support your company’s growth, you need a network that aligns with your company and fits the needs of your company.
The right network management tools
To make the best use of your limited time, you need the status of your access points displayed in the most straightforward way for your needs at the time. When choosing a network management solution, look for a vendor that provides these three views:
All devices that your organisations manage:
You need to know exactly what access points and switches your organisation owns and manages at all times. This includes devices on all networks under your accounts which is especially helpful for managing multiple networks. Additionally, this information helps when expanding or updating your infrastructure because you may be able to move underutilised devices from another network instead of purchasing new infrastructure. EnGenius Cloud’s Inventory view provides an inventory list of all devices registered under an organisation in an easy to view format.
All devices that are on your network:
If the dashboard indicates a problem or you suspect a problem on a network, you want to quickly get a deep dive on the analytics and performance of all devices in network. When selecting a Network and choosing an access point list or switch list EnGenius Cloud shows you everything you need to know about a group of devices or specific devices. These views quickly show channel utilisation, free ports, output power, throughput and other configuration and resource information.
A customised view of your infrastructure:
Do you have a complex branching network hierarchy? In addition to a group of administrators with total access privileges who manage all the networks, you may have regional IT teams who are responsible for specific networks. These teams have only network management access to their specific network, switches and APs. EnGenius Cloud lets you create a multi-layered group of networks using the Hierarchical view. With the first layer for managed service tenants, you can then add additional layers that give other team members the access to the network that they need.
Secure your network through user roles
Each user accessing your network has different needs. To protect your network and data, it’s important that every user has the correct permissions and access. By choosing a cloud network management solution to manage the access points that allows custom user roles, you give everyone the right level of access.
With EnGenius Cloud, you can choose from two levels: administrators with full-access privileges, and viewers with read-only privileges. Sometimes an administrator may only need full privileges to a specific network, and not all the networks managed in the account. EnGenius Cloud lets you further define access by being able to grant each role permissions on either the organizational level or for a specific network. For example, if a consultant is working on a specific project, you can assign them the Administrator role for the specific network — while your IT team has Administrator access to all networks in the organisation.
Your organisation likely has a complex web of multiple networks and users. You need a cloud management solution that allows you to manage the network most efficiently with the highest level of performance. By using EnGenius Cloud, you can work the way that makes sense for your organisation instead of being forced to change your processes or compromise on your needs.
For SMBs and enterprises who need to easily and securely manage their wireless networks without servers, EnGenius Cloud’s quick installation and configuration provides reliable performance, predictive analysis and real-time insights to enable companies to focus on growing their business.
Sherry Wei, Regional General Manager at EnGenius Networks Europe B.V.