There are two major trends in wireless that exist today. First, mobile devices are the primary way we access WiFi, and two, everything in wireless is constantly changing, from devices and applications to usage and even the RF environment. Based on these two trends it's more important than ever that we measure the performance of our wireless systems to better manage the user experience. In this week's episode, we take a closer look at network management systems and examine 3 critical features you need to look for when choosing an NMS solution.
What's going on everybody. My name is Danny. Welcome back to the WiFi Minute. Today's topic: What To Look For When Choosing A Network Management System? Okay, let's put 60 seconds up on that clock and let's go.
A centralized dashboard. First and foremost is the ability to provide you with meaningful insights in real time. This means having a centralized dashboard where you can see a variety of mission-critical elements all in one place. This could be data such as signal coverage, device connections, and device locations. With wireless networks becoming more and more complex, staying efficient and ahead of potential problems is vital to your success, especially for SMB's and smaller IT teams.
Compliance and reporting. Compliance is a big deal for many industries. Everybody's worried about compliance these days, and a big part of that is having access to detailed reporting. Your management systems should be able to produce various types of reports from historical data and process logs to usage data and performance data from the different devices accessing your network.
Comprehensive compatibility. Deploying a network management system at the end of the day is supposed to make managing your wireless system easier, not harder. Any management system you choose should be able to sit overtop of any vendor or manufacturer out there. This also means being able to support legacy equipment. Bottom line, if it's connected to your network, then you have to be able to see it and control it in real time. It's that simple.
A network management system can have a major impact on your ability to properly support your wireless network. Having the ability to collect data that's being generated throughout your entire network and then organize that information into useful insights is a game changer in your efforts to support a reliable and secure wireless system.
Down in the description, I've included a link to our wireless network design kit which will provide you with everything you need to know before you deploy a large scale wireless network. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time.