HiveFeed: December 2018

Welcome to this December edition of HiveFeed from Aerohive, the final one of 2018! HiveFeed is your go-to place for monthly insider updates, keeping you in the loop with everything Aerohive. I’m Nathaniel Moore from the Products team and I’ll be spilling the details in this December update. If you have any questions or comments, drop me a message @nathoware on Twitter or email me – hivefeed@aerohive.com

Announcements

Let’s kick off with some announcements.

Maximum Client Capabilities – AVAILABLE NOW!

Wouldn’t it be great to understand not just what clients are on your network, but the capabilities of those clients? Why? Here are some examples…

  1. You’re planning to upgrade corporate-owned clients across the site and have purchased a few clients to test. How can you check they will make the most from your wireless infrastructure?
  2. You want to understand what devices your users & guests are bringing onto your network and if you need to tweak the network configuration to deliver the best service.
  3. You’re considering a new 802.11ax upgrade or wish to evaluate the uptake of a recent 802.11ax deployment. It’s important to understand how many clients on your network support 802.11ax and track that over time.
  4. You’re considering deploying 20, 40, 80 or 160MHz channels, but what clients on your network will benefit from the wider channels?
  5. You want to disable legacy client features including 802.11b basic rates, but are there any clients on your network still reliant on them?

I could probably write another 20 examples of where this kind of insight would be invaluable. That said, we’re giving you the tools to answer all those questions! Enter – Maximum Client Capabilities.

 Maximum Client Capabilities provides you with all the information to understand what capabilities are supported by the clients across your entire network, both as a network-wide view and an individual client view.

Check out some screenshots below:

Client Capabilities – Individual Client:

 

Client Capabilities – Network View:

Maximum Client Capabilities is available now for all HiveManager Public and Private Cloud customers. If you’re a HiveManager Local Cloud customer, stay tuned!

HiveManager Skill for Amazon Alexa – AVAILABLE NOW!

I talked about this in November’s HiveFeed and now it’s available, so go try it out! In case you missed last month’s update, HiveManager Shortcuts is a voice-enabled, virtual assistant for network administration tasks. For a step-by-step guide and to try it out for yourself, go here.

See it in action in this video!

 

Network 360 with Updated Maps View, Device and Application Health – AVAILABLE NOW!

In November’s HiveFeed we discussed a new feature coming to HiveManager – Network 360. In December, phase 1 of this multi-phase rollout is being made available to all cloud customers. See below for some screenshots and be sure to check this out in your own account.

Map View:

Device Health:

Application Health:

Did you know?

Does your organization ever lose stuff? What if I told you HiveManager could help? Did you know that HiveManager can track the whereabouts of iBeacons (there is also an API suite for it)? This means you can stick any form of iBeacon to anything and start tracking it on your Aerohive network right away. iBeacons can be bought cheap from wholesalers, but also from vendors like Estimote or Radius Networks.

The ‘Closest AP’ in the proximity overview can be clicked to view its position on the map. The iBeacon should be really close (couple of feet) if set to broadcast on low power. Description can be customized, and you can import a whole batch of iBeacons including descriptions in one go. And just like that, HiveManager became your helpful solution for asset tracking!

Here is an example using three Estimote iBeacons:

Sneak Peek

In November we added SAE support for our current AP line-up (Atom AP30, AP122, AP122X, AP130, AP150W, AP230, AP245X, AP250, AP550 and AP1130). SAE replaces traditional PSK with numerous security enhancements.

That said, our customers love PPSK. If SAE replaces PSK, what’s going to happen to PPSK? Introducing PSAE. PSAE is the equivalent of PPSK, but it will be the new WPA3-SAE version. We are the first and only vendor to talk about this type of authentication. We’ve been working on PSAE for about 2 years and currently on-track to release in 2019.

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Nathaniel Moore (CWNE #222) is a Product Marketing Manager for Aerohive Networks with experience as a Systems Engineer in computer networking and wireless systems across multi-vendor solutions.

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