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Web administration interface

The web administration interface is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. Nonetheless it can be adapted to the administrator needs; whether it's sales functionality for a service desk or point-of-sale, accounting personnel that needs reporting or the IT department troubleshooting the system or network. Each administrator can be limited to the modules they are allowed to work on, they can get full administrative right or read-only access. Additionally each administrator can customize its own dashboard with widgets. There is also a personalized favourites menu with the modules and pages to enable quick and easy navigation through the web-interface.

  • Home
    The home section contains a link to the dashboard and also contains the collection of modules you marked as your favourites.
  • Subscribers
    A list of modules to manipulate the user database as well as to real-time activate and update users.
  • Events
    A list of modules to plan / manage events as well as tools to integrate in the network infrastructure to give the event planner an additional dimension. E.g. create a separate wireless network dedicated for a planned event.
  • Billing
    A list of modules to setup all tiers of service available in the system. The packages / tiers defined are used for billing purposes but also serve as a template with all settings related to the subscriber database (speed / timeout / QoS / …).
  • Layout
    A list of modules to manipulate the portal page look and feel as well as the templates.
  • Network
    A list of network configuration tools, here you configure all network interfaces (both LAN, WAN or management) and configure services such as DNS, 802.1X, DHCP, …
  • Service
    A list of all gateway service oriented modules, (redirection, walled garden, authentication modules)
  • System
    All system wide tools, (backup / restore / reboot / performance / …)
  • Periphery
    All the modules related to external applications / tools / devices and interfaces.
  • Security
    Security related features such as the firewall, intrusion detection and SSL.
  • Tools
    A selection of tools that can be used to troubleshoot or generate reports.

Interface structure

The administrative console consists of multiple sections each with their own items. A short description of the interface structure follows:

Top menu

Site name

The site name allows to easily identify the correct HSMX machine when administering multiple HSMX gateways. The browser title also equates to the site name. The site name can be configured in System / Settings.

Action Menu

The action menu (small upside-down triangle next to Site Name) opens a sub menu that allows you to log-out from the administrative console. If the machine is linked to other HSMX gateways (clustered) web links to other respective HSMX gateway web management interfaces will be shown.

The main menu contains the links to every module on the HSMX, it is logically divided in a number of sections. When you click (or hover) an item, it will open up the submenu related to the main menu.

Counter

Next to the main menu you'll find a counter, this shows you how many authenticated devices there are compared to the amount of connected devices.

Health status

The health status indicator provides a quick overview of the running system state. There are three possible states:

  • healthy: all services operational
  • warning: some services are not operational, not completely service impacting.
  • critical: service impacting errors detected

By clicking the icon you get a list of all services and checks and their respective status. It's possible to get this information e-mailed as well (configurable in System / Settings / Health Report).

Modules

This list of modules depends on the selection in the main menu, the current active module is coloured so you can easily identify your current module.

Actions

This is a list with action icons, the actions depend on the currently opened module so it might be an icon to add a new billing package if you're on the billing module or an icon to add a portal page if you're in the portal page section. Two common actions that can be found on most pages are:

  • add this module to your favourites
  • view the in-line help for this module

Body

The body section content depends on the selected module, it can also be the dashboard.

The informational footer contains the following data:

  • The currently logged-in user
  • HSMX version
  • Uptime
  • System time

Navigating through the administrative console is made easy and efficient by creating an intuitive and logical grouping of all modules. Additionally there are several ways to navigate through the system.

Using the menu

Using the logical structure you can easily navigate through the system, since the sub menu is always visible it also very easy to see all related modules.

Using the search

After having clicked anywhere on the menu, it is possible to start typing the name of the module you search. Results will immediately be shown, either click or use the arrows/enter to navigate to the module.

Using the favourites menu

You can make a collection of your most used modules for quick navigation using the favourites menu. The favourites menu can be opened using the home button in the main menu. To mark your modules as favourite, click on the star that is visible in each module in the sub menu (on the right). This opens up a list of configured favourites, press to add the current module to the list and give it a descriptive name.

manual/webinterface.txt · Last modified: 2014/12/23 12:13 by ewald