Cambium Networks introduced cnMaestro, a platform that is available in the cloud or deployable on premise, for operators to use as a network management and analytics tool to pinpoint which segments of a city or neighborhood are having connection issues.
CnMaestro allows wireless service providers to gain "visibility into the network beyond the router to all devices connected at the premise or home, allowing IT teams to troubleshoot the environment quickly without having to send people on-site to troubleshoot. This can save them a lot of time and money, and more importantly, significantly improve customer satisfaction," according to Vibhu Vivek, SVP of Products at Cambium Networks.
Cambium says cnMaestro includes full visibility across the network, with a single pane of glass to manage the entire network, including backhaul point-to-point (PTP) links, point-to-multipoint (PMP) access and Wi-Fi. It also offers dedicated dashboards for each device, with common and centralized upgrade and device configuration workflows for minimizing the learning curve for network managers.
"Our aim in developing cnMaestro was to resolve as many pain points related to network visibility and management as possible for our customers. We created a cloud-based solution with a simple, one-click real-time view to everything happening in the network," Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Cambium Networks, said in a release. "As industrial, enterprise and residential networks are continually pressed to provide high-quality connectivity, security and scalability to support growth plans, cnMaestro will become a tremendously valuable asset in helping businesses operate more efficiently and profitably."
Moving the Access Controller to the cloud allows wireless operators and Internet service providers to ensure the quality of service (QoS) at unattended public and private hotspots, notes Sue Rudd, director of service provider analysis at Strategy Analytics, in the release. "The ability to guarantee enterprise grade service with a platform that supports Wi-Fi deployment as a managed service opens a new market for mobile network operators (MNOs) and WISPs; and the ability to manage Wi-Fi devices in the cloud allows them not only to keep down their total cost of ownership (TCO) but also enables them to offer new pricing plans for both hot spot owners and end users," she said.
Separately, Cambium also announced cnPilot, a suite of 802.11ac Wi-Fi products for use in home, enterprise and industrial networks. CnPilot is managed through cnMaestro and consists of several Wi-Fi models, including indoor and outdoor access points.
"The segment we are targeting has been historically underserved. We saw a need in the market for a middle ground between complex, expensive solutions geared toward large enterprises, and inexpensive equipment that becomes unreliable to scale," Bhatnagar said in a release. "We are thrilled to fulfill this market need worldwide for WISPs, enterprise vendors and industrial operators looking for a high performance, secure networking solution with cnPilot."
CnPilot is currently running live network traffic with beta customers in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is available through Cambium Networks' global distribution network and will begin shipping in mid-September. CnMaestro will become available globally in mid-September as well.
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