Linksys has announced Linksys Cloud Manager, a cloud-hosted WiFi Management Platform purpose-built for small business environments that reduces costs and increases operational efficiencies. The solution offers centralized visibility, management and control of a wireless network without the cost and complexity of traditional hardware controllers, overlay software, or annual hosting costs.
Linksys Cloud Manager enables IT administrators and other authorized users to remotely monitor, manage and troubleshoot single or distributed wireless networks in real time via a single dashboard. This plug-n- play platform helps provide secure remote access to Linksys Business Wireless-AC Access Points, which are built with enterprise-grade, high-performance hardware, and is competitively priced with no licensing or maintenance fees for five years. The included cloud license fits any budget and provides a complete solution for IT solutions providers and their SME customers.
“SMEs count for 99% of all businesses operating in Singapore. That said, there is definitely a great need in the market for affordable, business-grade, cloud-based WiFi management platforms designed for SME operating environments,” said Jenny Ng, Vice President, Linksys Asia Pacific.
Simplifying SME Network Management
The Linksys cloud architecture provides a feature set designed to streamline administration and improve productivity, giving users more control over network uptime and the ability to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) in real time.
Users can manage multiple, unlimited client WiFi networks around the corner or around the world from one centralised dashboard with a single login. Visibility of all accounts, sites, access points, and devices.
The platform also provides alerts and real-time statistics so network administrators can anticipate potential network issues without the need for on-site monitoring and troubleshooting. View through a web browser, historical and real-time traffic on the network, at- a-glance analytics about top clients and devices, including uptime, signal strength, connection duration, etc. Built-in troubleshooting tools to identify problems using features such as a Ping Test, Blink LED, RF Environment Scan, and Rogue Access Point Detection.
Users can also configure Access Points (APs) even before unboxing them enabling a quick and simple installation process. After deployment, Linksys APs automatically connect to the cloud over SSL and can be configured remotely. Firmware is automatically updated.
The platform will also provide message alerts and warnings on network and device
connectivity and network health regarding power loss, downtime, or configuration changes. Meanwhile, an intuitive, browser-based dashboard and responsive user interface enables IT administrators to provision networks on the go from a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone, with no additional app to download.
With no vendor lock in, customers can use a local interface to manage Linksys APs if cloud is no longer required. Multi-management level accounts give users the ability to set roles (owner, admin, viewer) and provide key users access to specific networks.