Strix Element Management SystemStrix Manager/OneThe Strix Access/One Network architecture combines the industry’s unmatched mesh routingintelligence, designed from the ground up to optimize throughput in a dynamic metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh environment, with carrier-grade centralized element management software and apurpose-built management hardware module. The Strix Access/One Network architectureleverages multiple frequencies to enable metro-scale mesh deployments that are not possibleby other mesh vendors. The result: a fast, low-cost and simple wireless broadband solutionavailable anywhere.Strix Systems makes it incredibly easy to deploy and control hundreds or thousands of meshunits for secure, ubiquitous 802.11 coverage over metropolitan areas. Metro-scale networksrequire specialized management that Strix Manager/One already provides including robustnetwork monitoring and granular manageability.Strix Manager/One is a powerful element manager, allowing network operators to perform amultitude of functions, including over the air configuration and updates of Strix Access/OneNetwork units, whole network performance monitoring and statistical capture – includingsimple point-and-click graph creation, real-time link state and client connectivity monitoringand user-defined functions such as MAC address filtering and rogue client black listing.Strix offers centralized web-based, command-line, and SNMP MIB interfaces to Access/One®Network OWS and IWS, providing all the management tools necessary to monitor, manage andconfigure the network for functional efficiency, reliability and security.Strix Manager/One software resides on the Strix hardware based Network Server module andon all wireless modules within the Access/One Network. Strix Network Server Modules – Outdoor and Indoor Models
The web interface uses a tabbed page design with supporting frames, pull-down menus, pop-updialogs, and mouse over features to provide detailed knowledge about the network and itscurrent active state. The network topology view shows a hierarchical view of the network,remote an local unit information, signal strength, data rate, and other parameters. Web GUI Main Screen for Strix Manager/One Network Topology Screen for Strix Manager/One
Manager/One Screen ShotStrix Manager/One key features: • Deployment & Provisioning o Provides mechanisms to deploy any combination of Strix Access/One units from one unit to an entire network in a simple process at both initial installation and in subsequent moves, adds and changes. o Allows units to be provisioned over the air using a simple profile, highly customized profiles, or multiple profiles. o Enables encrypted passwords and Trusted IP access policies for access and security tailored to users. Supports allow/deny lists, MAC address filtering, rogue client deny lists. o Global and incremental software upgrades. Allows the network to be viewed as a single device for upgrade purposes. Designed to meet the unique upgrade needs of metro-scale mesh networks • Monitoring o Offers a unified network view to see and manage the entire network o View, identify and diagnose problems with alarm monitoring tools and root cause diagnostics
o Provides tools for alarm reporting and notification o Fully supports remote access to the network and all Strix Manager/One functionality can be accessed remotely • Managing o Watch, in real time, all network activity through a series of network views o Performance measurement tools to track path throughput o Custom and standard reporting o Capabilities to integrate with network management systems: it can operate as a standalone system, integrate with a customer’s existing NOC, or manage other network devices. Supports 802.11 SNMP MIB (Management Information Base), as well as Strix proprietary MIBs. Any MIB I or MIB II compliant SNMP management console (such as CiscoWorks or HP OpenView) can be used to manage the network on-site or remotely.Deployment & ProvisioningStrix Manager/One is designed to deploy and provision any number of nodes at a time. It isparticularly well-designed for initial implementations. Users can: • Install/mount the units in the field • Discover and log into the IP address of the Strix Network Sever module and Manager/One interface. Globally provision network settings for all units. • Discover all units and auto meshing of Access/One units from Manager/One • One step push network setting to all units and admit into Network and trusted inventory system • Immediately determine global health, monitoring, performance and statisticsUsers can also follow the same process for incremental unit additions or changes in thenetwork.Provision units from a single system level configuration profile, highly customized profiles ormultiple profiles per device. The following screen entitled, Manager/One Global Radio ProfileSettings, shows the list of settings that can be customized. Manager/One Global Radio Profile Settings
Per BSSID Configuration • Configure multiple BSSID’s and VLAN tags, up to 16 BSSID’s and 250 VLANs supported per radio • Suppress BSSID on or off • Enable security encryption and authentication methods, unique per BSSID • Enable if desired, Client Connect Privacy to isolate users and traffic at the radio and throughout the network. This is a per BSSID feature • Select if desired, Manage ACL to configure allow/strict/deny of ACL lists, MAC address filtering and assign to VLAN or a unique encryption keyGlobal and incremental software upgradesManager/One enables global deployment, staging and upgrading all units in the network in asingle step process. It is designed for the special needs of a metro-scale mesh network thattraditional element management systems designed for wired environments do not handle. For
example, path quality can vary so an element management system needs to throttle upgradesto adjust to the available throughput on a path.Strix Manager/One provides powerful health/audit and monitoring of upgrades. In real time,system administrators can monitor the success of upgrades on a device by device basis. Thefollowing screen shot entitled, View Action Status shows an example of a 6 second status takenfrom an actual upgrade. View Action StatusManager/One Health Status and MonitoringOffers a unified network view to see and manage the entire network. The ability to monitor theentire network from a variety of views, including a geographic view of the Strix unitssuperimposed over a map of the installation as shown provides easy identification of problems. Strix Manager/One – Access Point Monitor
Strix Manager/One - Backhaul MonitorView, Identify and Diagnose - Alarm monitoring tools and root cause diagnostics. StrixManager/One or integration with SNMP and Syslog interfaces show total alarms and events bycategory in a single view as well as details on each of those alarms. Real-time visual indicatorsshow units by health state and a correlated color to represent that state.Proactive Notification. Within Strix Manager/One, system administrators can specify alarmsand events that designated staff should be notified of by email or SMS. They can select thealarm type, the alarm threshold and then pre-populate the notification with the target staff’saddresses along with procedures for resolving the alarm type.
ManagementStrix Manager/One provides real time reporting of network performance. Each unit is displayedgeographically and the mesh diagram displays real-time backhaul path location and color codedline based on signal strength. Clicking on units displays real-time backhaul path, alternativepaths, RSSI local and remote, throughput, unit distance, round trip, noise, number of hops tothe wired node, and other metrics. From a tabular view, multiple categories of unit metrics arepossible including active backhaul locations, link status and metrics for those links.Reporting. Strix Manager/One provides standard and custom reporting for a variety of eventsand alarms within the network. For example, it can provide reports on a network or clientbasis. A sampling of the reporting it can provide for client devices includes the following: • Transmit and receive traffic through units • Client counts by node or gateway • Client Signal to Noise Ratio levelsThe following screen entitled, Sample Reporting from … an example of the built-in reportingavailable in Strix Manager/One.Capabilities to integrate with network management systems.Strix Manager/One can be a standalone system, integrate with a customer’s existing NOC. Italso integrates with best of breed SNMP management applications and includes as multitude ofMIBs to manage, monitor and configure the network and devices.
Strix Manager/One Configuration for SNMP List of Strix SNMP Traps
Strix supports 802.11 SNMP MIB (Management Information Base), as well as Strix proprietaryMIBs. Any MIB I or MIB II compliant SNMP management console (such as CiscoWorks, CAUnicenter, HP OpenView or others) can be used to manage the network on-site or remotely.M3 - Mesh Management and Monitoring ToolM3 interfaces mainly with networks servers thereby preventing intensive management trafficon the wireless network.The following are functions and capabilities of M3. • Mapping and Location • Monitoring • Statistics and Historical Information • Troubleshooting • Alarms • Open API • Extend M1 Functionality
The following are the components of M3: • M3 Engine • Database • M3 Server Application • M3 Client Viewer (Web Browser)M3 is an open platform that can run in a stand-alone platform or distributed, in a Windows orLinux environment. The following is a list of the components of the M3 management platform. • SQL Database • Firebird – Database engine • PHP – Runs the engine and the CGI scripts • MAP APIs to display Google maps • SNMP agent • Web server (Apache, IIS…) M3 Screen Shots