What are these settings?
These are the wireless, system, and networking settings that will be given to any devices you add to this site. Other site properties, like Site Name, Alert Email Address, etc can be edited from the Site Menu->Settings->Site Properties page.
These settings will, for the most part, match up to what you'd see if you logged in to the device's web UI and configured the device from there (this is the non-cloud/stand-alone option).
Configuration Setup Options
There are two ways you can configure your site's settings:
- Express Setup
- Manual/Advanced Setup
We will explain what each one of these means below.
Express setup allows you to setup a very basic, WPA2-secured enterprise-type environment for your wireless devices.
This is the country that will be used for wireless regulatory reasons. It will be selected based on what you chose for your site's location on the previous page.
Wireless Network Setup/Network name
This will be the SSID broadcasted from your APs. If your IgniteNet product has 2 radios (2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz), this SSID will show up on both of them. No need to separately configure two radios.
This SSID will be routed on a local network in the subnet range of 192.168.2.x with a DHCP server enabled. You do NOT need to configure an external DHCP server.
Wireless Network Setup/Security (recommended)
Enable this option to turn on WPA2-AES encryption on your wireless network. This is highly recommended. Once you turn this option on, you will be prompted to create a wireless key. Give this key to any of the users who plan to access this SSID.
Do you plan on having guest users on your wifi network? Maybe you don't want them accessing stuff on your main network? If so, enable this "special" SSID. Once you click the guest network button, you'll see the same options as you do for the main wireless network. It is HIGHLY recommended that you enable security on this SSID as well.
This SSID will be routed on a local network in the subnet range of 192.168.3.x with a DHCP server enabled. You do NOT need to configure an external DHCP server.
The Guest Network also has "Smart Isolation" enabled. Smart isolation keeps users who connect to your network on the guest SSID from accessing anything but the internet. This means guests can't access printer servers or other sensitive stuff upstream from your AP. This protects you both downstream AND upstream!
Local Device Access/Password
This is the password that is used to access your devices over SSH or HTTP (local webserver with local web UI). The default username for local access is 'root'. You can disable remote access later if you wish.
Once you're done editing your settings, press the "Save" button at the top of the page. Devices already added to your site will adopt the new configuration settings within a few minutes.
What does Enterprise vs Service Provider mean?
You might have noticed the Enterprise vs Service Provider indicators shown above next to each section on the Express Setup options.
So... what do these mean? Well, each wireless device you add to your site can be configured with one of two types of profiles:
Select this profile type if you want to manage the wireless devices in your site as one unit - this means the majority of your site's settings will be pushed to all of your wireless access points.
You might choose this for a hotel, business, or other similar application. You can designate both indoor and outdoor devices as enterprise! And you can always override site-level settings if you need to! More on that later...
Select this profile type if your devices will be used for infrastructure, backhaul, or will be configured independently from the other devices in your site. For example - if you need to run one of your APs as a wireless client, you might want to choose this option.
How does this affect configuration?
Each configuration section will tell you, via the indicator in the image above, whether or not the types of devices listed on the indicator will inherit the site-level settings for that section.
For example, on the express setup configuration page, you'll notice that Enterprise-type devices will receive all of the wireless settings. This means all enterprise devices added this site will broadcast the SSID(s) you chose for your wireless network name(s).
If you look at the "Local Device Access" section - BOTH Enterprise and Service Provider type devices inherit this local login setting. All devices on this site will inherit these sets of login credentials. This allows you to commonly manage local access to all devices in your network.
You will select device profile type once you add a device to your site.
These configuration options are the same as those available via stand-alone configuration. Please reference the HeliOS configuration manual for detailed configuration options.