Once Space management is complete (describing your site and its floors and spaces), the Network management steps begin. Network management enables configuration of the network infrastructure at your site.

The Network management features in the essensys Platform enable network infrastructure monitoring and management, and creating Wi-Fi devices for the operator (printers, personal assistants, and so on).

Important: Your racks and switches will be modeled by essensys and cannot be edited in the essensys Platform. Depending on your agreement with essensys, we will typically model your network on your behalf, including patching your ports and setting up Wi-Fi devices, as part of onboarding.

Network Considerations

You can view network infrastructure in detailed, per-site, views. This allows you to pull live data, understand the current view of your network, patch and manage ports, and to perform some maintenance tasks (for example, power cycling).

Important: If you make updates, it is your responsibility to ensure that the network information in the essensys Platform reflects the actual state of the physical network. For example, if you update the connection (ethernet cable) between your floor port and switch port, you also need to update the connection between your floor port and switch port in the essensys Platform.

How is my network modeled?

How do I access the network management pages?

All of the Network management tasks are performed in the Site pages:

  1. Click Spaces in the main menu to open the Site page.

  2. Click a <site name> in the Site list. The Site Overview opens in the main editor.

Spaces view, Site and Switches options selected.

The tabs enable access to the main network management pages:

  • Click Switches to view the Switches at the selected site.

  • Click Wi-Fi devices to view the Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Tip: You can also click Telephony to manage the phone numbers at the site, and assign those phone numbers to an occupier or the operator manually.

What does network management entail?

  • Switch monitoring and maintenance.
    From the Switches page, you can:

    • View details of switches and switch ports at the site, pulling live data from the switch itself, and drilling into switch port information.

    • Manage switch port details. This includes assigning a role, assigning to an occupier or the operator, connecting to a floor port in a particular space, and adding notes and comments.
      Tip: You can also configure details of the floor ports to switch port connections from the Spaces pages.

    • A center manager can also Power Cycle (restarting the power to the switch port).

  • Adding and Connecting Wi-Fi devices.
    This is any Wi-Fi device that is added to your site for use by the operator. This may include printers, personal assistants, and so on.
    The Wi-Fi device that is added to the site uses the Wi-Fi device network with essensys enterprise security.

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