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  One of the biggest challenges for wireless system integrators and administrators is to configure a simple remote management system in order to monitor and configure their wireless network and Wi-Fi access points.  This, in theory, can be done in a variety of ways, such as public IP, dynamic DNS, VPN or cloud.

Public IPs are the traditional old fashioned way; it was used when internet was a secure place and no other options were available. Every device was associated to an IP and was reachable by any place on the internet.

Then dynamic DNS was born.  It allowed us to save on the cost of every public IP while still giving us the possibility to reach every device remotely.

Both of these systems were made obsolete by the introduction of VPNs.

VPNs can be set up in a variety of ways, but in the end they are all based on the idea that even if you are remotely located, you can act “as if you are in the LAN”. VPNs are much more secure than public IP and dynamic DNS, as they are based on encrypted tunnels. Unfortunately, the drawback of VPNs is the fact that routing is defective: sometimes the IP addressing of the target LAN is the same as the one where you are a guest; this causes problems in setting up routing. In general, VPNs are complex in their configuration; even for the most skilled IT managers and system integrators. In the worse cases VPN remains hung up and a manual operation to reboot them is required.

The definitive solution to remotely configure any kind of device is cloud computing: the device itself can act as a client and securely connect to a “remote server”. This can be done even through standard http and https ports, requiring minimum proxy configuration.

Evolution of wifi ap management

Cloud computing architecture was adopted by Tanaza in order to manage Wi-Fi access points through an agent that connects access points to the “cloud controller”. This solution is really simple and secure; no public IPs or dynamic DNS and complex VPN configurations are required.

The most interesting part of this possibility is that the supported devices are not limited to Tanaza ones (which actually do not exist). In fact Tanaza’s solution is compatible with a big variety of devices, among which Netgear, TP-Link, D-Link and Ubiquiti. This means you can keep your devices, if they are currently supported; if they are not you can suggest implementation of your device.

All of this, of course, can be tried for free according to the best practice of the cloud revolution and evolution.