HiveFeed: October 2018

HiveFeed: October 2018

Welcome to this October edition of HiveFeed from Aerohive. 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 October update. If you have any questions or comments, drop me a message @nathoware on Twitter or email me – 

HiveFeed Announcements

Let’s kick off with some announcements.

XR600P SD-WAN Router Launched!

Over the past few weeks, we started shipping the XR600P – the second addition to our growing portfolio of SD-WAN routers powered by HiveOS.

The XR600P forms part of Aerohive’s cutting-edge SD-WAN solution, announced back in December alongside the first SD-WAN router from Aerohive, the XR200P.

The XR600P is built for medium-sized branches requiring extra performance and flexibility over the XR200P. Combining powerful hardware with the extensibility of HiveOS, organizations can benefit from end-to-end QoS, application-aware traffic shaping and performance optimization. On top of that, the XR600P can also function as a L3 IPsec VPN gateway!

More information here.

IoT Detection and Characterization 

For me, this update is really exciting and lays the foundation for some seriously breakthrough plans Aerohive has for the future (sorry, I wish I could talk about it, but I can’t!). In this first update centered around IoT, HiveManager is capable of automatically characterizing a device’s mobility based on information learned from our Client 360-based algorithms. On top of that, the system intelligently assigns a ‘category’ to the device. This category can also be custom-assigned as you can see below from the “AV” and “Guest Registration” examples.

In the end, HiveManager helps identify and manage IoT devices on your network.

This IoT-centric release is all about detection and characterization. We’re going to stop there right? Of course not! Did you know that nearly 20% of organizations observed at least one Internet of Things (IoT)-based attack in the past three years? What can we do when IoT devices start misbehaving or acting in an unorthodox manner? Stay tuned!

Presence Analytics Enhancements 

Back in July we introduced built-in presence analytics for HiveManager. In September, we launched the first of many enhancements. This update delivers an overall interface revamp and adds additional charts and statistical visualizations.

With this new HiveManager release, you can see information pertaining to footfall, customer loyalty, engagement and connectivity stats. Don’t forget that all of this information is retrievable via our open API platform.

The best bit – Presence Analytics is built-in and included with a standard Select license.

More information here.

Massive Update for HiveManager VA

The HiveManager Virtual Appliance just received a very, very big update. As per our release cadence, every few months, the VA receives a big roll-up release featuring many of the updates that have previously debuted in HiveManager cloud. As a result, this September VA update includes a mountain of new features, bug fixes and enhancements, including (but definitely not limited to!):

  • Scalability improvements: The VA now supports up to 5000 devices (APs, switches and routers).
  • Admin RADIUS Authentication:Login to HiveManager via RADIUS (AD credentials for example).
  • 11ax Support:AP630, AP650 and AP650X.
  • ATOM: Configure and manage the ATOM AP30.
  • XR600P:That brand-new SD-WAN we just discussed – supported!
  • PCG 3.0: Benefit from latest enhancements made to our Room Area Network (RAN) solution.
  • Client 360: AI-driven client health and behavioral analysis
  • Client Mode support: Wirelessly mesh Aerohive APs to non-Aerohive networks.
  • Dynamic DNS support(SD-WAN)
  • VGVA gateway HA/failover(SD-WAN)
  • DHCP reservations(SD-WAN)
  • Various platform performance and stability improvements 

Did you know?


Did you know that as a HiveManager admin you can add an extra layer of security to administrative functions with MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)? To enable, navigate to Global Settings> Accounts> Multi-Factor Authentication.

Sneak Peek 

As you may have noticed over the past few months, we’re serious about making our branch routing/SD-WAN solution the best it can be. As part of this effort, we’ll be introducing URL filtering as a built-in feature in HiveManager (included with a standard Select license).

Check out a pre-production design sketch below (subject to change):


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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