Compex Online AP Controller
Overview of APc2
Here are some screenshots of the upcoming Access Point Controller 2 (APc2).
It runs inside a portable app that can be downloaded free from:
Clicking on the "i" gives us the version number and build date.
Clicking on the button "ADD AP", we get the following screen.
Please enter the AP's IP Address, Web Username, and Web Password.
Next, click on the "SUBMIT" button.
The list of APs are shown. Information about each AP are quickly retrieved:
- IP Address,
- MAC Address,
- Model, and
- Firmware Version.
We can adjust the window size to show all the text.
Please click on the AP Name to see more details.
This is the Status Overview page.
We may click on "Clients" in the left navigation menu. This shows up the list of clients connected to the AP.
Clicking on the "Network" in the left menu, we see the following LAN and WAN interfaces of this AP.
WAN settings can be configured.
LAN settings can also be configured.
Below that, we click on the "Wifi" in the left menu bar. We see the two Wifi radios of this AP.
An overview of each radio is shown.
On clicking the blue SSID / network name for a radio or virtual access point (VAP), the detailed Network Settings are displayed for editing.
We can see the sections for Status, Mesh Setup, and General Setup.
We can also see the sections for Wireless Security and MAC Filter.
There is also the section for Advanced Setup.
Clicking on the Radio Settings at the top menu bar, we see the General Setup section.
We also see the Advanced Settings section.
Now we click again the "Wifi" on the left menu bar.
We click on the 11ac mesh network name this time.
We can see that Mesh has been enabled and the Mode of this AP is Mesh Gateway.
These are the some of the Radio Settings for the 11ac radio.
This is the "VLAN" management page.
This is the "DHCP" page.
This is the "Firewall" page.
This is the "LEDs" page.
This is the "SNMP" page.
This is the "QoS" page.
This is the "Diagnostics" page.
There are some Network Utilities. For example, we could try Ping.
Next, we visit the "System" page.
We can choose to Reboot, Backup / Restore, or Flash new firmware.
This is the "Administration" page.
Here we can set the Web Password for the AP.
We can see the SSH and Telnet sections.
We can click "Back to Dashboard" on the left menu bar.
Most of the features available on the configuration web page of the CompexWRT APs are available on the APc. Customers can use our APc to edit an AP individually, or group them together and edit at the same time.
The APc monitors all the virtual APs (VAPs) of each CompexWRT AP to provide the user with a full overview of what is happening on the AP.
The APc can scan for connected APs.
SNMPv3 authentication is performed while scanning for connected APs.
The Google Map or Custom Map allows customers to place their APs.
The APc displays each individual AP's statistics such as the IP address, MAC address, model of the board, and version of the firmware.
The APc also monitors each individual AP's status such as the virtual AP (VAP) status, uptime, time since the last check-in, and free memory.
Each individual VAP's statistics are also displayed. These include the MAC address, SSID, channel, encryption, and bit rate.
The APc monitors end users (e.g. mobile phone, laptop) connected to the AP as well as CompexWRT stations connected to the AP. The parameters shown include the hostname, IP address, MAC address and SSID that it is connected to. The TX rate, RX rate, and TX CCQ are also included. The list of end users are updated every 15 seconds, while the Stations are updated every 1 minute.
Management (Changing the Settings of Devices)
The settings for each individual radio can be modified.
Up to 16 SSIDs/VAPs can be created for each radio.
The wireless profile, channel, transmit power, and ACK-TimeOut value can be viewed and edited.
You can also change the settings for individual SSIDs, such as the wireless mode, encryption, MAC filter, etc.
The “Group Edit” button allows you to apply settings for multiple selected APs at the same time.
The APc keeps a record of end users (e.g. mobile phone, laptop) connected to all the APs. The parameters shown include the hostname, IP address, MAC address and SSID that it is connected to. The upload data usage, download data usage are also shown. The end users are updated every 15 seconds.
You can view the log of all the users up to 5 days. The MAC Address, check-in time and check-out time are shown.
The APc lets you upgrade multiple selected APs concurrently.
The SNMPv3 is used to manage the upgrade process.
The FTP protocol is used to transfer the firmware image.
The status is also updated to the APc (successful or unsuccessful).
Hardware and Software Components
The APc resides in a small and lightweight hardware. The APc comes pre-installed, tested, and pre-configured for use.
Alternatively, the APc may be installed on a PC or virtual machine, using an 'iso' file.
The APc runs on CentOS.
CentOS (abbreviated from Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide a free enterprise class computing platform which has 100% binary compatibility with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The CompexWRT APs make use of CoovaChilli to offer the Hotspot functionality.
CoovaChilli is an open-source software access controller, based on the popular (but now defunct) ChilliSpot project. CoovaChilli is a feature rich software access controller that provides a captive portal / walled-garden environment and uses RADIUS or a HTTP protocol for access provisioning and accounting.
A RADIUS server resides in the APc.
Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) is a networking protocol that provides centralized Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) management for users that connect and use a network service.
We have demo and license version of APc. The 'iso' file for the APc demo would be available on our website. The customer needs to fill up a form to send an enquiry to us.
APc Demo version is free and unlimited supporting only 3APs, with many reduced features.
US$100 for a license supporting 10 APs
US$150 for a license supporting 100 APs
For more than 100 APs, please discuss with Compex Systems or you can contact sales at 524wifi.com.
Last Updated Software version is 1.07.
The User Manual to the AP Controller is available at APc User Manual
This folder contains all the files and additional documentation for the APc: