Network Management is an Appspace extension that provides a highly integrated management experience that correlates networks to devices. This extension highlights tools that focus primarily on managing networks, player devices, SmartHub ASE devices, and to perform advanced import/export functions.
The primary use cases for the Network Management Extension are as follows:
- Manage networks
- Manage player devices
- Manage SmartHub ASEs
- Perform advanced import/export functions
SmartHub ASE may be listed as a sub-tab within this extension – it is covered in a separate Getting Started Guide. Likewise, the Advanced functions can be found in a separate Knowledge Center article.
The Networks tab presents the user with a dashboard that summarizes the overall network tree/directory and associated statistics. The default view of this tab presents the tree view of the network on the left-hand side, with a network summary view on the right.
The Profiles sub-tab is where an administrator can gather general information about the number of users, the amount (disk space usage) of content, and the number of applications that have been created. Users are also provided with player statistics relating to the device’s online/offline status, total number registered within the network, as well as any notifications (warnings) that require attention.
The Properties sub-tab lists the various network properties for the selected network (or sub-network). Network properties are typically non-visual settings that may include things such as screen burn time, device credentials, or software update configurations. The network properties listed and defined at each level of the network will be applied to all media player devices within the network as well as any of its sub-networks.
The Notifications sub-tab will present the user with detailed information as it relates to any events that have triggered an alert. The page will summarize the network details to include information such as the type of alert that was trigger, when it was last triggered, as well as the recipients that will be notified.
The Players tab is where the majority of the centralized device management and administration processes take place within the Appspace server. The user is presented with a variety of viewing and sorting options such as filters, tags, or groups to populate the main device listings section. Also available are several quick-launch shortcuts to execute device options for the selected device(s).
Some of the most important functions within the Players tab is the registration and management. Once devices/players have established communication and interaction with the Appspace server, users will be able to proceed with applying additional settings, configurations, or group assignments.
Player groups allow users to easily manage, organize, and locate a collection of devices. The groups can be created in a nested hierarchy tree to best reflect the preferred organization and branching of various groups.