Managing Wireless APs
A No-Cost D-Link® Solution

Solution Brief
February, 2009

The widespread use of wireless local area networks (WLANs) has been steadily snowballing. As more and more
enterprises launch WLANs and upgrade older, less secure Wi-Fi installations, challenges abound. IT managers and
network administrators will need better tools to monitor networks, manage changes, modify configurations, and
support growing user populations more efficiently and easily. They will also need to look for solutions without raising
costs, acquiring new skills or impacting support response times.
This solution brief examines the business challenges inherent in WLAN management and presents an overview of D-
Link’s AP Manager II, a wireless access point management software solution that addresses the most pressing Wi-Fi
management issues head-on.

> Wireless Environments Need
D-Link® AP Manager II helps IT managers and
administrators realize the benefits of Wireless
Simple, Comprehensive
networking technology without the headaches of
Management Solution
decentralization and massive changing of Wi-Fi
configurations. The software comes free with D-
As more and more wireless access points make
Link APs to provide easy management over a
their way into companies, the task of managing
broad mix of access points from one computer
wireless networks has grown to become more
across multiple subnet boundaries. With AP
complex. Mobile access in and around corporate
Manager II, regular maintenance checks can be
office spaces and work sites is now expected, and
conducted without wasting resources of sending
organizations find themselves frequently adding
personnel out to physically verify each access
equipment, relocating access points (APs),
point. This software is highly scalable and is built
modifying settings and upgrading firmware just to
with a robust SQL database so it can easily
keep up with the demand.
manage hundreds of APs.

As needs continue to increase, the process of

managing, upgrading and configuring multiple
access points becomes more time-consuming
> Single Centralized Management
and resource-draining. Organizations need a way
environments without increasing management
AP Manager II provides a centralized Web-based
costs or staff overhead. They also need to monitor
management interface for supporting all APs
WLANs in real time to track usage, manage
across a wireless local area network (WLAN). The
coverage and maintain security.
administrator logs in to a PC and all the options to

manage the APs by IP Address, model name,
Some of the key AP management requirements
location or MAC address are available.
include the following:

A single centralized management tool

Group management capabilities

Multi-configuration features

Mass firmware upgrading

Mass configuration

Fault management

Real-time monitoring

Real-time reporting

In order for these tasks to be performed optimally,
a solution is needed to help IT managers and
Centralized Management Console
administrators to manage networks via a simple
The software provides group and multiple
movements and usage trends. With the right
configuration management which allows the
upgrade of firmware across all APs via templates
information and reporting, appropriate priority
designed for specific groups. Maintenance
level for application accessibility, bandwidth
templates can also be applied to groups via
allocation and application response times can be
template. This means less time and resource are
achieved. Management costs can therefore be
needed for manual updating of APs one-by-one.
reduced while maintaining high availability of

network uptime.
The key is to increase management capabilities in
a straight-forward manner without resorting to
expensive, complex, and difficult to deploy

> D-Link’s Free Software Solution –

Easy Group Management
AP Manager II


For example, upgrading firmware by model
Performance management provides Transmit and
number is an easy, two-click process. Select
Station information so administrators can monitor
“Upgrade Firmware” . . .
wireless performance in detail.

Transmit Detail

Indi Indicate the model number. . .

Station Detail

Real-time reports can be exported to text (.txt),
Microsoft Excel (XLS) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files.
Administrators can examine detailed reports on
performance, uptime, usage trends and security
events. Administrators can also drill down on the

information based on AP Association, Security,

Utilization, Channel, Rogue AP, Syslog and more.
.. then review the changes.

Channel Usage

Template updates are just as easy. Simply select
the template to run, apply the configuration to
multiple APs and review the results.

> Fault Management, Performance
Management and Reporting
AP Manager II provides fault management with
StandardTrap, System Threshold and Private event
logs for administrators to manage their D-Link
wireless APs. Notification alerts can be delivered
as pop-ups and/or emails.

Security Level

Fault Management Console


Quick reporting features show critical network
> Easy-to-Use AP Management
statistics at a glance.

Keeps Business in Focus
In order to ensure optimal performance, AP

Manager II has the following system requirements:
With D-Link AP Manager II and D-Link wireless

access points, lesser time is needed for managing

Computer with Windows 2000, Windows
hardware so more time can be spent on key
XP, Windows 2003, or Windows Vista
business initiatives. Even with the proliferation of

An Ethernet adapter
wireless networks presenting more challenges,

RAM memory of at least 128MB
there is no need to add extra cost and resources

CPU processor of at least 500MHz
to address the issues. AP management across

System must be running MySQL Server 5.0
multiple devices and subnets can now be easily
and MySQL ODBC Connector 3.51
done using point and click. AP Manager II is a no-
• APs used with AP Manager II must have
cost solution for these tight economic times.
SNMP enabled

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