When it comes to wireless and mobility, having real-time visibility is critical to support a reliable wireless experience for your end-users. But what about your wired LAN? Shouldn’t you have real-time visibility there as well?
The short answer is yes, of course.
With increasing numbers of devices, increasing amounts of traffic, increasing bandwidth requirements, increasing security threats and rising user expectations, visibility and control is paramount across your entire network to be successful.
This is nothing new when it comes to your wireless system, and why deploying a wireless network management system is becoming a mission-critical component for every reliable WLAN.
However, your wireless system is also dependent upon on the quality of your wired infrastructure, specifically your edge switching, so it makes sense that your switches should also have the capability to integrate with this same NMS solution, right?
In this blog, we want to explain why your edge switching should integrate with your WLANs NMS solution and how this will positively impact the performance of your network and your ability to properly maintain it.
Gaining transparent visibility
Did you know that your wireless network management system can integrate with your wired infrastructure?
No? Well, in many cases it can.
If you’re putting in a wireless NMS and your wired infrastructure can be incorporated into that management system, then your whole WLAN design can be built to give you transparent visibility through the entire connectivity path from your wireless all the way to the wired switch.
This can be very powerful.
Integrating an NMS with your switching allows you to monitor things like:
- Your switches up and down
- How many devices are connected to your switches
- Information about the devices i.e. MAC address, IP, the type of device
- Troubleshooting – being able to see that a specific AP is connected to X switch port
- Traffic information
There’s a wealth of information that you just won’t have access to without this type of application or integration.
Let’s look at a screenshot of an NMS dashboard to see how the connectivity path is visualized using this integration.
From this single view, we can see the client is connected to the SSID being broadcast by the AP which is connected to a switch that then uplinks to a controller which is connected at the core to another switch.
Why is this beneficial?
This gives you an entire path of connectivity through the network. This allows an admin or tech to quickly diagnose where the issue may be and go directly to it instead of starting their troubleshooting back at the controller or edge switch which is on the other end of the path.
Final Thoughts & Next Steps
This helps IT teams make faster, smarter decisions which increases efficiency and decreases help tickets, meaning an overall better user experience.
Using real-time data, you can now have visibility and control across your entire connectivity path (network) which translates into better performance on both the wireless and wired sides of your environment’s infrastructure.
The more switches your environment has the more this integration is necessary to properly manage and maintain optimal performance.
Working with the right wireless service provider is the other part of this equation. Wireless is complex and so too is the wired side of your network, it takes a lot of experience and qualifications to know what’s needed and how it should be properly designed and configured to get it done right the first time.
At SecurEdge, we provide the platform to simplify networking and deliver a reliable, robust, and secure wireless system-–it’s all we do. If you have any questions or would like to discuss an upcoming project, please contact us here.