In this video, explore the enterprise wireless configuration and management tools.
- Now I've gotta warn you. We've been going through a lot of wireless in this series, but pretty much everything we've been doing is using SOHO wireless devices. These are devices that have their own individual webpages and if we have, for example, two wireless access points in our house or in our office, we have to go into each one of these devices separately and configure them. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, that works perfectly well, but when you start moving into a more enterprise world, things begin to change quite a bit.
So, what I have right here in front of me is one, two, three wireless access points. Now, there's nothing special about these guys other than the fact that, you can see they're all running power over ethernet, there's no power cords coming into them. And when you move into an enterprise realm, you're dealing with lots and lots and lots of these different wireless access points. Now, in between is something like this. This wireless access point has its own web interface. It does. But if I wanted to, it also has a feature where if I put two or three or four of these together, they will act as a team.
And in this particular situation with these guys, they don't have a web interface. You can't configure these through some web interface on the device itself. Instead, what we tend to use is something known as a wireless controller. A wire controller can be a switch or it could be a piece of software sitting on a server that allows us to control all of our wireless devices simultaneously. If I wanna set up an SSID, I don't go into each and every one of these machines. I set up one SSID and it's propagated out to all these devices.
If I wanna set up WPA2 PSK, I don't go into each of these machines and set it up. I set it up once on the wireless controller and it's propagated out to all the different devices. When you start working in an enterprise level 802.11, the whole concept of going to individual devices to set them up is gone, and instead we do things with a wireless controller. I've got one right here. Now, before we dive into this, understand that when you centralize stuff like this, you have all kinds of extra power that you would not normally see in an individual SOHO based 802.11.
However, all the basics are gonna be there. Setting up an SSID, setting up encryption, putting in MAC filtering or IP filtering, or anything like that can all be done within this interface. So let's dive in and take a look. Now this is actually a demo interface that comes from a company called Ubiquity who I love, they make lots of great stuff. And I'm starting on an arbitrary page. This is a smaller office. Now in this particular example, I actually would have to bring in a graphic like this, or I might be able to build it within the wireless controller software.
But if I wanna make moves or adjustments, I can go ahead and do that and it will give me an idea of where my stuff is. Now it goes a lot further than that. For example, it has a dashboard. In this dashboard, it gives me a quick, snap view, let's make this even bigger, that shows me a lot of stuff that's happening on my particular network right now. I can see what channels are running both on the 2.4 gigahertz and on the five gigahertz band. I can see how many clients I have running.
Looks like there's not much on the five gigahertz band right now. I can see an overall throughput that's measured over time. I can see the number of devices I have in my network. Right now there's only six, there's pretty small one. They types of clients I have and the type of information that it's passing around. But if I want to, I can get a lot more detailed than that. So here's all my different types of traffic. I can sit here and see HTTPS, I've got Win2k Server Message Blocks, I've got all kinds of information that gives me a detailed idea of what people are doing.
There's a lot of people on Tumblr around here. And it helps me understand as an administrator what people are doing. And here's the map again. Then we can actually get a list of the devices themselves. So you'll see here I've got my four access points, then it has just a generic switch, and then this, what you're seeing here, the Gateway, that's actually the screen that you're looking at right here. This is a computer that's running Windows and this application is running on top of it.
The last thing I wanna show you is down here. These are the settings. So here's where I can actually do the configurations to set everything up. So if I wanna set up a wireless network, right now I only have one wireless network with an SSID called company-68. It's running wpapsk. I can edit this, I could even add a new SSID if I wanted to. This particular configuration allows me up to four separate SSIDs for this one network. I can also set up the networks itself.
You see here's my actual LAN and here's my internal ID for that. And then we can go into Services for example. And here I can set up things like my DHCP, I can set up for voice over IP, SNMP, UPNP, any of these, right now there's not much set up. But if I wanted to, I could go ahead and configure the type of services beyond the simply just 802.11 services that would normally be a part of it. So this is just a taste of the power that you can do when you move the idea of 802.11 away from the individual SOHO boxes and into more of an enterprise network.
Understand though that everything you're learning in all these episodes still applies to enterprise except in an enterprise environment, you do it for a whole bunch of WAPs at once, and not just one.
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