Network Configuration & Zero Touch Provisioning
Configuring and managing Access Points is made simple and easy by creating Network profiles. Network profiles are templates that are pushed to all the access points that are a member of each profile. When you add an Access Point to the profile the configurations are automatically pushed through, with this you will have a consistent image across the entire network on all APs.
Making changes to a profile will automatically propagate to the Access Points included in the profile.
Below we will cover the steps in creating a profile.
Create a Profile. A profile is used to configure SSIDs, VLANs, Uplink Ports, Network Settings, Application Control Policies and more….
Name the profile and optionally an easily discernible description
The system interface is designed to be simple and intuitive, follow a left to right workflow through the configuration tiles to create the desired profile.
Configure IP address, DNS, Ports and VLANs
Create your SSID, Band, Encryption/Authentication, VLAN, Schedule, Access Control
You should create VLAN entries for all the VLANs in your wired network if you wish to make traffic from those VLANs available on the wireless network. Each tagged VLAN should be associated with a SSID. The AP will discard any VLAN-tagged packets arriving on its wired ports, unless the same VLAN has been defined.
Manage applications based on the “SSID Policy”, Active Directory User Group “User Group Policy” like Active Directory or even based on device type “Device Policy”.
Create firewall rules at layers 2,3 & 4 of the TCP/IP protocol stack and Application Control policies at layers 5,6 & 7 are defined in this tab.
Save Configuration allows us to Push Now or Schedule Push.
Push Now sends configurations out usually within 15 – 20 seconds, other competitors will take as long as 2, 3 5 or even 15 minutes.
Schedule Push sends out the configurations at a predetermined time allowing the network administrator to perform changes to the network for example over-night or according to network change policies.
Assign a Default Profile
Assign as Default allows us to ensure all new Access Points installed and added to the Network take on this profile, making this a truly Zero-Touch approach for managing the network.