Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh Networks and provider of pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions, today introduced RRADS, an advanced network administration, monitoring and diagnostic tool that automates many of the functions typically performed by remote network support personnel.
With the introduction of RRADS, users of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh Networking technology gain ready access to performance and usage data from Rajant BreadCrumb nodes on the network. Armed with this information, users are better able to make necessary adjustments and optimize network performance without consulting technical support.
Each RRADS unit consists of a ruggedized CPU running an array of advanced software tools. Accessible via any web browser, it tracks the performance of network components via native API communications with BreadCrumb nodes. Equipped with up three radios (to match the frequencies of those in the network’s BreadCrumbs), RRADS performs packet capture across the network, and provides a graphic representation of node connectivity.
RRADS leverages Rajant’s robust BC | Commander administrative tool to provide a graphical view of the entire BreadCrumb network. Available for workstations running either Microsoft Windows or Linux, BC | Commander establishes secure, encrypted links to each network node, providing point-and-click BreadCrumb configuration, RF status for mesh and client links, wireless client display, and a real-time view of network topology. Client link security can also be configured up to WPA2-Enterprise through BC | Commander.
A data trend graphing tool allows users to visualize BreadCrumb performance and usage data in a familiar format. Typically used for SNMP, a customized installation of Cacti has been included by Rajant to work with its BreadCrumb API on RRADS.
Another innovative tool, NACK, automates the customer support function by analyzing the network snapshots taken in BC|Commander. After post-processing the data from BC|Commander, NACK generates an HTTP-based report, which allows users to easily analyze BreadCrumb configuration and interconnectivity.
"Rajant BreadCrumb networks are typically deployed in environments where network availability and peak performance are not optional," said Rajant CEO Bob Schena. "The essence of Kinetic Mesh Networking is mobility and scalability, and giving users and administrators immediate access to these administrative, monitoring and diagnostic tools provides an added measure of support."