Network access Management tools
Unified access layer for wired and wireless LAN with HP - Part 4
By Gladys Alegre-Kimura, Global Product Marketing Manager, HP Networking
Wouldn’t you like an assistant that doesn’t break the household budget? That’s one of the reasons I like Siri on my iPhone. But what I really like about this feature is the fact that it’s completely integrated with the OS. Applications that are integrated tightly with the OS provide a seamless user experience because you don’t have to re-perform tasks in each app.
Yeah… In general, an integrated experience is usually well designed for personal devices like the PC, tablets or smart phones. But shouldn’t this experience be translated to larger domains – such as business applications, network management and even graphic design?
If you take the paradigm of integration between apps and an OS and translate it to something bigger like network management, the paradigm just falls apart. Why? If you focus on what’s used for the campus/branch, one might find a tool for the wireless network, a tool for the wired network, a tool for network access control, a tool to manage a discrete network device, and perhaps a new tool to manage the access of mobility devices, and on and on. You have no visibility into how one aspect of the network affects the other and the applications, especially those from different vendors and even apps from the same vendor, do not interoperate with each other. The sheer number of required toolsets cloud visibility causing it to be very difficult to correlate the information between all of the tools and find the root cause to fix the underlying issue. This is far from a seamless experience. Are you having issues correlating information from different management applications?
The market continues to offer a fragmented approach for network management by delivering separate management tools for different aspects of the network, which all lends to a poor operations experience. We offer a different strategy with HP Intelligent Management Center, designed to simplify the network management experience and consolidates these discrete tools found across the network. It is a unified management solution based on a platform (liken to an OS) in which modules (like applications) can plug into. The solution provides a seamless experience across various management functions.
Focusing on the campus network for a bit, management across wired and wireless networks are unified within IMC saving precious time when triaging situations, such as slow user access, all because IMC provides improved visibility across many network management functions.\
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Iwconfig gives you this info:
[fgleich@localhost wireless_tools.28]$ `pwd`/iwconfig ath0
ath0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"ACTIONTEC" Nickname:"localhost"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.452 GHz Access Point: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power:9 dBm Sensitivity=0/3
Retry:off RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=11/94 Signal level=-88 dBm Noise level=-99 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
You can see my link quality is low, 11/94
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