As part of our goal to make cloud-managed networking smarter, simpler and more powerful, we’ve built a brand new CloudTrax from the ground up.
The previous version of CloudTrax (we call it CT3) is starting to show its age, with some components going back nearly as far as our initial launch in 2007. To better support how people are using CloudTrax today, and put in place a foundation for where CloudTrax is going in the future, we decided to start fresh.
Going forward, CloudTrax 4 will enable us to roll out new features faster, increase performance, support multiple languages, and make it easier for partners to integrate or build custom solutions.
Here’s a peek at what’s new.
1. Four SSIDs, any way you want
We’ve added two more SSIDs and made them more flexible than ever. Create multiple public or private networks; turn on and off client isolation and custom DNS per SSID; and use Facebook, splash pages, RADIUS and external captive portals wherever you like. Bridge a single SSID to your LAN automatically, or bridge a many as you want using VLANs and retain all captive portal functionality. Configure > SSID 1-4. (Requires 5xx or later firmware.)
2. Automatic channel configuration
Don't worry about trying to figure out what channels to use for your access points: use the new Auto Channel feature to have CloudTrax do the work for you. The network will perform a full spectrum scan from each access point once per day, then determine the optimal channel settings for all gateways and repeaters to minimize interference. Configure > Radio. (Requires 5xx or later firmware.)
3. Maintenance window
Eliminate maintenance-related network disruptions during critical hours by selecting the days and time period for CloudTrax to perform network upgrades and auto channel configuration. Configure > Maintenance. (Requires 5xx or later firmware.)
4. View and act
Take direct action on your clients, access points and vouchers in the new Manage section, where we've combined editing and viewing functionality. There's no need to navigate to an edit-only section, or hunt for specific access points on a map. Delete, edit, block or reboot individual items, or use the checkboxes to perform actions on multiple items at once. Manage > Access Points / Clients / Vouchers
5. Find networks—and problems—quickly
With the new network dropdown, you can quickly filter your network list to jump to any network. You’ll also see the number of access points down, as a percentage of the total, so you know where to start troubleshooting. It's always handy at the top of every page.
6. See your network at a glance
The new Network Overview page brings the highlights of your top applications,* clients,* devices and access points into a single screen. Manage > Network Overview. (*Requires 5xx or later firmware.)
7. New splash page editor and authentication methods
CloudTrax 4 has a modern splash page editor that allows you to preview what your splash page will look like on laptops, tablets and phones.
We’ve also added support for external RADIUS services* and externally hosted splash pages,* so you can integrate with dozens of popular services or build your own. The CloudTrax 4 RADIUS implementation is a full replacement for CoovaChilli. Configure > SSID 1-4. (*Requires 5xx or later firmware.)
8. Improved voucher management
The Lobby Assistant and regular logins now have the same permissions to create one or many vouchers. Reprint vouchers after they have been created, and bulk renew or delete existing vouchers. You can also export vouchers to CSV or XML. Manage > Vouchers.
9. Rename clients
Edit the name of any client device for clearer, more meaningful names. Less "android-e901aa14bbc094d9" and more "CEO's Android Phone" Manage > Clients.
How to upgrade
CloudTrax 4 is now in production for all networks.
To access all features, you may be required to upgrade to 5xx or later firmware on the Configure > Maintenance page. The firmware upgrade can take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
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