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Continuous development of the LANCOM Management Cloud

On this page, we show you what we understand continuous development to be by presenting you the latest highlights from our Cloud development. We regularly integrate new features and functions into the LANCOM Management Cloud to make your work even more efficient. A summary of all of the developments is available in the Release Notes.

Fully automatic device commissioning — Early detailed configuration without the physical presence of the device
(October 13th, 2020)

Fully automatic device commissioning

 

The multiple zero-touch / auto-config functions of the LMC for automatic commissioning of cloud-managed devices are now extended by the possibility of early detailed configuration without the physical presence of the device. The advantage: The devices only need to be connected at the operating site and are immediately ready for operation! Under "Devices > Add Device" you can create "preconfigurations". You can assign the serial number directly in the device table. Then add the device as usual using the activation code or PIN.
A step-by-step guide to using the key feature can be found in the Release Notes.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

Automatic firmware assigment — commission new devices directly with the firmware you require
(September 24th, 2020)

Screenshot LANCOM Management Cloud feature automatic firmware assignment

Automatic firmware assignment

 

With this feature, the administrator controls the automatic assignment of a preferred firmware version during the initial setup of different devices. If a device is connected to the LANCOM Mangement Cloud (LMC), the firmware corresponding to the specification is automatically rolled out to this device.

 

In this way, for example, during commission all devices in a project can be adapted to a uniform software version that corresponds to the project specifications, regardless of the factory delivery status.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

WLAN scheduling — time-based activation and deactivation of SSIDs in your wireless LAN
(September 01st, 2020)

Screenshot LANCOM Management Cloud feature WLAN scheduling

Determination of the times and duration of your Wi-Fi availability on an individual basis

 

The functionality "WLAN scheduling" enables time-based activation and deactivation of SSIDs in the wireless LAN – ideal for Wi-Fi networks that should only be available at specific times. For example, customer hotspots in shopping centers can be switched on during opening hours and then switched off afterwards, or Wi-Fi in educational institutions can be specifically tailored to school breaks and lesson times.

 

In the cloud project defaults, the administrator can easily create different time windows in a weekday view using a slider. This way, it is possible to define differently named schedules with an adjustment accuracy of up to five minutes – if necessary with several switch-on and switch-off times per day.

Finally, a previously created schedule can be assigned to the respective SSID via a practical selection field.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

Offline Acknowledgement — New device status for an improved overview
(August 12th, 2020)

Screenshot LANCOM Management Cloud feature offline acknowledgement

Clear differentiation between known/planned and unplanned offline devices

 

If devices are known to be offline for a long time, or if they are intended to be offline for a longer period of time, or if work is already in progress on troubleshooting, simply assign them an 'offline acknowledgement' from now on, which enables clearer incident management. You can still identify all devices that are offline unplanned by the red filled out display, known faults are only outlined in red. The 'offline acknowledgement' is automatically removed as soon as the device is back online; devices marked as known are not included in the offline statistics of the dashboards.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

Audit Logs — Standardised logging of changes in the LMC
(July 06th, 2020)

Screenshot of LANCOM Management Cloud Feature Audit Logs

Changes in the LMC are now logged in a standardised way

 

These log messages comply with the requirements of PCI conformity and thus create a complete, non-manipulable tracing of events by containing all information about who made which change and at what time. This happens in accordance with data privacy standards. Only project administrators receive the complete information and can download it once a month as a new log archive on the "Log Download" tab. The logs remain stored for one year before being deleted.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

WLAN Anomaly Detection — Fast and targeted troubleshooting in your WLAN
(June 09th, 2020)

Visual of LANCOM Management Cloud feature WLAN Anomaly Detection

Detect and counteract potential interference in the radio field in advance

Keep the overview and control of your WLAN quality at all times! The sooner you know where and why something is wrong with your WLAN, the sooner this anomaly is eliminated.

 

The evaluation of various metrics of the WLAN devices managed in the LMC and the comparison with defined threshold values ensure an immediate and accurate troubleshooting. If a threshold value is repeatedly exceeded at a pre-defined interval, you will receive clear warnings in the LMC and via e-mail.
This allows early problem detection, ideally even before the Wi-Fi users notice it or before a fault occurs. The LANCOM Management Cloud provides direct practical advice, identifies possible causes and shows possible solutions.

 

Learn more about LANCOM WLAN anomaly detection on our technology page.

 

Find more information on features of the LANCOM Management Cloud in our Release Notes.

Device exchange & pre-configuration — Prepare device configurations before connecting devices and transfer configurations to devices of the same model
(May 20th, 2020)

Picture of exchanging two devices in the LANCOM Management Cloud

Quick commissioning of new devices in the LMC thanks to pre-configuration and device exchange

Device replacement has never been easier: With this new feature, you can transfer the complete configuration from an existing device to a new device of the same model with just a few clicks. Simply select the device to be exchanged and enter the serial number of the replacement device — done!

 

In addition, you now have the possibility to completely prepare the configuration for numerous LCOS devices — even before the device is connected to the LMC. Ideal for preparing your infrastructure for the least amount of effort during commissioning.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Rollout Assistant — the quick and easy way to onboard new LANCOM devices in the LANCOM Management Cloud
(March 09th, 2020)

Picture of LANCOM LMC Rollout Assistant App on smartphone

Quick and easy onboarding of new LANCOM devices in the LMC

The initial setup and inventory of new LANCOM devices in the LMC is easy with the new Rollout Assistant and takes just a few clicks. The Rollout Assistant, which was specially designed for mobile use on tablets and smartphones, can be used to perform onboarding to the LMC directly on site, after the new device has been connected to the network. The only requirement is that your smartphone or tablet can access the Internet (LTE, WLAN, etc.) and that you have your LMC login data at hand. During the inventory using the Rollout Assistant, you can follow the current device status live and thus find out during the installation whether the device receives the final status "online" in the LMC.

 

With both iOS and Android, you can drop the Rollout Assistant home page as a quick link on the home screen of your smartphone. Like all other apps you can start the application quickly by clicking on this icon.

 

In addition, a new user role for users of the Rollout Assistant is introduced in the LMC. Thus, for example, service technicians can be authorized to only inventory new devices within the LMC.

 

You are welcome to watch our tutorial video, in which we show you the complete onboarding process via Rollout Assistant.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Secure WEBconfig access — secure access to your LANCOM R&S®Unified Firewall device’s WEBconfig
(January 14th, 2020)

Screenshot of the Secure WEBconfig access to Unified Firewalls in the LMC

Direct remote access to your Unified Firewall's WEBconfig

The new highlight feature "Secure WEBconfig Access" allows direct and secure access to your LANCOM R&S® Unified Firewall device's WEBconfig – securely encrypted and above all usable from within the cloud interface. By this direct remote access to the device's WEBconfig the complete Unified Firewall configuration becomes accessible to a system administrator. A convenient added value which does not only save time, but particularly unifies the global and individual firewall management in the LANCOM Management Cloud.

 

You can access the LANCOM R&S® Unified Firewall's WEBconfig in the LMC via the tab "Detail configuration" in the device's detail view.

One WEBconfig session is supported per device. A previously initiated session is thereby closed.

 

Important information for LMC Private installations:

For the subdomain *.devicetunnel under a Private LMC domain (e.g. *.devicetunnel.customer.tld) the customer needs a wildcard certificate in addition to his LMC domain certificate.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

 

Custom Fields — user-defined views and advanced sorting and filtering capabilities
(December 6th, 2019)

Custom Fields — user-defined views and advanced sorting and filtering capabilities

User-defined columns in the devices overview

It is now possible to extend the devices overview page with additional columns. These columns are freely configurable and can include values which enable the user to sort and filter the overview by further criteria, for instance to find a certain device faster.

Examples for user-defined columns: Contact person, Location (e.g. "Room 4“), Customer number (beneficial in large-scale / individual customer installations)

User-defined columns in the locations overview

In the locations overview, as well, user-defined columns can now be added.

Just like in the devices overview, you have the option to sort the overview by all columns.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

 

Cloud managed firewalls — The entire network within in the LMC
(November 13th, 2019)

The LANCOM R&S®Unified Firewalls are now cloud-ready! Devices are connected to the LANCOM Management Cloud (LMC) by a simple yet secure PIN- or activation code-based pairing procedure. They then appear in the device overview, which offers clearly structured monitoring of the device status and also features an alerting function. On top of that, having a firewall in your network all applications tagged with "LCOS FX" within the feature "Application Management" can be provided with rules. Note: The support for the web-based configuration interface of the LANCOM R&S®Unified Firewalls, as well as the support for the LANCOM R&S®Unified Firewall UF-50 follows in one of the next LMC releases.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

 

SD-WAN performance in focus
(September 11th, 2019)

The LANCOM Management Cloud provides a simple overview of your SD-WAN setup and thus of all VPN connections in a network. For even more control of your SD-WAN, it is now possible to display performance values for a selected VPN connection on the map in addition to a tabular view. This enables end-to-end quality monitoring, e.g. up to VoIP- or application servers in the SD-WAN. The widget ‘Site Interconnection Overview‘ in the WAN / VPN dashboard shows current performance values such as throughput, packet loss, delay, and jitter for all VPN connections.Performance monitoring can be activated in the configuration dialog for each network. The monitoring target for the measurement is also defined there, allowing individual and flexible quality monitoring.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Note: Performance monitoring is supported by all LANCOM VPN Gateways as of LCOS 10.30.n.

Secure Terminal Access - Device access directly from the cloud
(August 19th, 2019)

The LANCOM Management Cloud now provides even more freedom of action. The new highlight feature Secure Terminal Access allows you direct access to the command line of your LANCOM device - securely encrypted and above all without leaving the cloud interface. You are provided with expert functions as well as extensive diagnostic and troubleshooting commands for LCOS-based devices. A practical added value for all system administrators that not only saves time, but above all combines global and individual device management in the LANCOM Management Cloud.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

 

Note: To use Secure Terminal Access, the devices to be configured currently require the LCOS firmware 10.30 RU1 or higher. Administrator rights are required for use in the LMC. Support of the Secure Terminal Access function for the operating systems LCOS LX and LCOS SX is already in preparation.

SD-WAN application routing
(July 18th, 2019)

With the new SD-WAN application routing feature, you can significantly improve the performance of your cloud-based applications such as Office 365 or Salesforce. These applications are recognized by the LMC and directly routed to the internet (local break-out) without any detours. This not only increases the speed, but also relieves the VPN route to and the WAN connection in the head office.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Two-factor authentication
(July 15th 2019)

With two-factor authentication, you increase the security of your LMC login. In addition to your current access data, another time-based one-time password, according to RFC-6238 using a 160 bit key, is used.

The procedure can be activated individually for each user, you enter the scanned QR code by an authenticator (e. g. Google Authenticator) or manual input with the next login after your previous access data.

You manage this function via your user profile.

If you lose your device, reset your password - this will also disable two-factor authentication.

 

In one of the next releases we will extend this function to the users of projects.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

What‘s new dialog
(May 10th 2019)

Innovations in the LANCOM Management Cloud are now displayed via a What‘s new dialog. It will be displayed once for each new version and inform you about the most important news. Of course, you can always deactivate or reactivate this dialog.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Location overview of WIFI /LAN Dashboard
(25th April 2019)

The map in the location overview of the WIFI / LAN dashboard shows the online and offline status of the devices of all locations proportionately, instead of marking the entire location as offline when only one device is offline.

 

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

 

Notification Center released
(March 21th, 2019)

LMC Notification Center

The LMC Notification Center informs you about events in your network. You always have an overview of whether all devices are working correctly and when a malfunction was repaired.

You decide for yourself on which topics you are notified and how often. Further addressees can also be defined, if desired. If there is more than one piece of information on a topic, it is combined into one message.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Complete Auto Updater Support
(December 13th, 2018)

LCOS Auto Updater Ansicht

For LCOS devices with activated Auto Updater an Auto Updater icon is now displayed in the firmware

column of the device table. If there are updates available for one or more devices based on their Auto Updater settings, the user receives a summarizing notification and an optional e-mail about this event. As is usual, the user is made aware of available firmware updates for devices without activated Auto Updater visually in the device table, too. These firmware updates can then be installed manually.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Alerts, that reassure
(November 21th, 2018)

LMC Notification Center

The LANCOM Management Cloud automatically informs you when your system is malfunctioning. The practical notification center helps you keep track of important network events at all times: Be informed on device- and other failures and notice once a problem has been solved. You can individually configure which events are notified to whom at what time. Furthermore, related events are consolidatedly displayed — without the risk of spam.This feature is currently in beta status. More functionality is yet to come.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Security & Compliance Dashboard
(October 29th, 2018)

The new Security & Compliance Dashboard Shows at a glance whether the devices in the network are configured according to corporate security policies. Intuitive, color-coded status Information makes it easier than ever to meet security and compliance requirements in cloud-managed infrastructures.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Bulk import: Time savings on a large scale
(October 15th, 2018)

In large-scale scenarios, the creation of sites, the allocation of networks or the addition of new devices

can be laborious. Instead, prepare your large scenario with a spreadsheet program and import the information via CSV into the LANCOM Management Cloud.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Searching, sorting, and filtering in lists
(September 19th, 2018)

You are managing multi-site projects? As a Managed Services Provider, you are managing a big amount

of projects? The new functions for page-spanning sorting and filtering in lists make it easier and much

more comfortable to find the desired entry.

This convenient function is available for site-, user-, and project lists.

 

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Efficient troubleshooting with extended monitoring functionalities
(August 13th, 2018)

Problems in the network? With the extended monitoring functionalities you can now examine them even more precisely and more intuitively: Simply draw and select with the mouse cursor the desired spot in the history graphs for zooming in. From the individual device monitoring you can also retrieve the time span under examination (e.g. Friday evening to Monday morning) from the new user-defined time span selection. This way you keep in control of everything that happened in your network up to one week in the past.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Focus your project
(June 18th, 2018)

Do you focus exclusively on particular LANCOM products? For example, you operate Wi-Fi compo-nents only? Then you can focus your project in the LANCOM Management Cloud exclusively on this group of products. You activate only those subareas of the software-defined applications that you need for that particular project. There is no need to enter unnecessary information, such as the VPN configuration.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Automated VPN configuration for redundant central-site VPN gateways
(May 8th, 2018)

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Multi-site VPN infrastructures at numerous different locations demand that the central site offers supremely stable networks and high bandwidths. Consequently, one central VPN gateway alone is often not enough: If a gateway fails, all network activity goes down with it. This makes it well worthwhile to use not just one central VPN gateway, but several of them in a cluster. In conventional networks, adding one more gateway means that IT admins face twice the effort to configure the VPN tunnels on all of the deployed devices. The LANCOM Management Cloud enables you to create multiple, redundant central-site VPN gateways with just a few clicks. Thanks to SD-WAN, the otherwise extremely time-consuming configuration and rollout of the VPN tunnels between all of the VPN endpoints is now completely automatic.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Monitoring tools
(March 20th, 2018)

Those who set up complex networks with feature-rich Hardware really need one thing: clear and quickly available information. A look should suffice to make sure that all devices work exactly the way you want.

In the LANCOM Management Cloud, you can find useful tables that provide you with clear and simple information, without any complex queries, to any desired device. For example, you can view tables of WAN links, DHCP clients, and services used, in the monitoring interface of your devices (e.g. SSH, HTTP, SNMPv2).

Find more information in our Release Notes.

LMC Config Sync
(February 13th, 2018)

The LANCOM Management Cloud radically simplifies the work required to setup your overall network infrastructure. At the same time, you may need to carry out detailed configurations of individual devices by means of other configuration tools, such as LANconfig, WEBconfig or the CLI. This affects no end of situations; whether you are setting up a complex VoIP infrastructure by means of a LANconfig wizard, or a site-specific hotspot user management. These adjustments on the individual devices are now detected by the LANCOM Management Cloud. You can specify whether the LMC automatically adopts these configurations, detects and logs them, or immediately resets them on the device.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Wi-Fi Hotspot
(January 29th, 2018)

Guests, customers, and business partners want uncomplicated Wi-Fi access, but in reality they often have to go through a complicated registration procedure. On the other hand, there is an IT admin who wants to set up a secure WLAN network while creating an appealing login page. With the LANCOM Management Cloud, these tasks are easy as never before. Simple customizing makes your Wi-Fi hotspot unique – in seconds. Auto-trim will instantly upload your own images in the right format. See in the preview whether the login mask corresponds to your wishes and add individual welcome texts. The guest access can be securely separated from other networks at a mouse click. As hotspot access methods, a 1-click login as well as the authentication via username/password combination for all users are supported.

Find more information in ourRelease Notes.

Link Layer Detection Protocol and SD-LAN
(November 29th, 2017)

For us, it as absolutely essential to develop practical tools that help you to streamline your workflow. So not only can switch ports be given a name manually, they can also be labeled fully automatically with the help of the Link Layer Detection Protocol. The LMC activates LLDP on every managed LANCOM access point, router, and switch and uses the information gained to label the switch ports automatically.

Another innovative implementation: With SD-LAN you distribute the desired networks globally to the specified ports on all of the switches in your project. With this basic VLAN configuration in place, you can then customize the settings for individual devices or entire projects. A graphic, colored representation of your networks is a further help. And you have the best possible overview as the devices connected to the ports are displayed in plain text. This functions can be reached via Project > Devices > “<Your device>” > Overview.

Find more information in our Release Notes.

Custom fields – individualize your Cloud
(October 10th, 2017)

Clarity and easy operability are core characteristics of the LANCOM Management Cloud. Customers can specify their own, company-specific properties and use these to store custom information. Freely definable text fields optionally contain customer IDs, contact persons, project status, and much more. They can be specifically defined for an overview of the organization or for the various project views. You are the master of your cloud.

These settings are available under “Organization / Project”> “Management” > “Properties”.

More about the improvements and further information is available in ourRelease Notes.

Floor plans & location filters
(September 12th, 2017)

A great overview for convenient troubleshooting: Upload floor plans for your individual locations and you can position your devices for realistic results (“Locations > Floor plan”). You see an approximation of the signal coverage provided by the Wi-Fi devices, including channel load and reception quality (dashboard “Wi-Fi / LAN”). In an instant you will understand the coverage at your site and get an accurate impression of the load and quality of the wireless network. One useful feature: If necessary, you can instantly change the Wi-Fi channels used by the devices after positioning them. The dashboard also contains a location filter. This feature offers a drop-down menu in the map view, which filters the network information by location.

For more information about these and other innovations, see theRelease Notes.

Active Radio Control goes Cloud
(August 4th, 2017)

An important component for best possible LANCOM WLAN is our Active Radio Control (ARC), a Wi-Fi optimization concept that intelligently combines well-matched features to sustainably improve the performance of your wireless network. Two top ARC functions are now also available with the LANCOM Management Cloud:

Band Steering

Optimized load balancing throughout the Wi-Fi by actively redirecting clients to the less congested and higher performance 5-GHz frequency band

 

Adaptive RF Optimization

For improved Wi-Fi robustness by dynamically selecting the best Wi-Fi channel in an ever-changing radio field.

More about ARC and the other useful new features is available in the Release Notes.

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