This article will explore the UISP application's latest innovation—a comprehensive dashboard offering a wide variety of network management tools. Here are just a few we're excited to introduce:
Wireless Performance Tab
The dashboard's main section is a real-time wireless link map. Each link is represented by a dot, positioned on the graph based on its connection distance (X-axis) and signal strength (Y). The size of the dot also grows as its link is utilized, allowing you to quickly identify where your network is most active.
Each dot is color-coded based on its link potential, which is assessed by comparing a connection's real-world throughput to its theoretical maximum capacity. Blue indicates that a link is operating at full capacity while orange means a link can be improved, likely by adjusting the broadcast device's antenna. Red dots are links experiencing an outage. For a little more detail, hover over each dot to see additional connection and device insights.
You can also narrow your map browsing with the filters in the All Network field, located in the top-left corner. This field offers multiple search categories, including device model, low link potential, PtP links, and stations. The number of links/devices associated with each category is also shown in the field for at-a-glance reference.
Frequency Spectrum (2)
This dashboard section conveniently breaks down traffic on your 2.4, 5, and 60 GHz frequencies. Each is labeled with a blue rectangle. As a band's usage increases, the color of its respective rectangle will saturate, giving you a simple way to assess and compare network utilization. You can also hover over each rectangle for more usage details.
Network Health (3)
This calculation evaluates the condition of the network and provides an overall picture of its current state. In order to calculate Network health, each device has a specific value assigned to it. One point for itself and one more point for each connected data link. UISP then sums points for all active and disconnected devices and the resulting Network Health is equal to (active summary) / (active + disconnected summary).
Gateway Details (4)
If your network includes multiple gateways, you can switch between them in this section. Simply click on a gateway's icon to see its utilization histogram, which outlines its usage over the past 24 hours. Dragging your cursor along the line will also show how long certain levels of utilization last.
Update Notifications (5)
Your new dashboard also serves as a central update hub to ensure that all of your devices are running their latest firmware. Not only will you receive device-specific update notifications, but you can also view the total percentage of network devices ready to update.
Clicking Manage will allow you to automate all updates, perform specific ones, or update certain device groups.
View outage details across an entire network or for specific devices/groups.
Network Health (7)
View your current and average Network health values. For more information see the previous section.
Outage Counter (8)
The left value shows the number of active outages; the right represents the number of outages that have occurred in the graph’s specified time frame. Clicking the counter will take you to the Notifications page, where all past and current outages have been reported.
Main Outage Graph (9)
Each square represents a single outage. A square’s position on the X axis indicates when its corresponding outage took place; its position along the Y axis shows how much of your network is/was affected. Finally, each square’s color saturation indicates outage duration. Please cross-reference with the Outage Duration legend above the main graph. You can also hover your cursor over a square for additional details, or click it to view even-deeper insights in a dedicated side panel.
Disconnected Device Summary (10)
Here, you can see how many devices/sites/subscribers are currently disconnected from your network. Hover your cursor over each value to see additional pertinent information.
This section provides a complete analysis of your network’s topology, which maps all device connections. Color coding allows you to see where outages occur, so you can assess whether connectivity issues are isolated or widespread. Red values indicate the number of devices within each category currently experiencing an outage.
How Outages Occur: When a device connects to the UISP application, a WebSocket channel is opened between them, and both exchange periodic “monitoring pings” to assess ongoing connection strength. The corresponding device is disconnected if a ping doesn’t receive a response within 30 seconds.
How Outages Are Declared: The UISP application starts a timer once a device disconnection occurs. If the device doesn’t reconnect before the timer elapses, an outage is declared. The timer’s duration can be adjusted in Settings > Devices > Outage Settings.
Outage Notification: You can also configure email and SMS outage notifications. Please note, though, that you must opt in for desired notifications (e.g., Outages, Power Source Errors, Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS), and Gateway NetFlow Errors) via Settings > Users.
By default, outage reporting is disabled for subscriber devices. Site device outages, however, are reported. To change the reporting logic for specific devices, simply click on them, select the Management tab in their side panel, and open the Notifications section.
Finally, please note that, when a device is in maintenance mode, its outages will not be reported and email notifications will not be sent.