Enterprise Management for Devices on LANs behind 3G/4G/Cellular Routers

Cellular routers often present an unexpected challenge for many enterprise management programs. Although the enterprise management program can easily find the IP address for the cellular router, many enterprise programs can’t find devices located behind the cellular router due to the use of port forwarding or port address translation (PAT.) WTI’s WMU Enterprise Management Solution solves this problem by providing the ability to search a range of port numbers associated with the router’s IP address.

Once the WMU Enterprise Management program has discovered compatible WTI console servers and switched PDUs behind the router, administrators can assign descriptive tags to each device, in order to note the location, function, departmental ownership or other factors regarding the device. In large enterprise networks, this simplifies the task of finding the correct console server or switched PDU when administrators need to reboot a device associated with a specific switched PDU or access console port command functions on a device associated with a specific console server.

To further simplify and speed the process of finding specific WTI devices in a large network infrastructure, the WMU Enterprise Management solution also offers a device grouping function. Once WTI devices have been discovered and added to inventory, they can be assigned to various groups, based on location, rack, function or any other criteria desired. This drastically cuts the time required to find a specific WTI network support element when it is needed, and helps to cut downtime by enabling faster response to network issues. Likewise, ports and plugs on WTI console servers and switched PDUs can also be sorted into groups.

The WMU Enterprise Management Solution can also serve as a centralized collection point for alarm messages generated by the various WTI devices in its inventory. When WTI devices detect high rack temperatures, power supply irregularities, unresponsive devices and other signs of trouble, an alarm notification is displayed in the WMU’s inventory. This also helps to cut the time required to respond to problems that could potentially interrupt network service.

The ability to search a range of port numbers at a cellular router allows the WMU to easily find WTI devices on LANS located behind cellular routers. This feature, coupled with the tagging/grouping and alarm collection functions provided by the WMU, help to make WTI’s WMU Enterprise Management solution the ideal tool for managing devices on remote LANs that are accessible via cellular broadband.

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