Overview of APc2
Here are some screenshots of the upcoming Access Point Controller 2 (APc2).
It runs inside the browser e.g. Google Chrome. Please open this URL: http://apc2.compex.com.sg/.
Compex APc2 Changelog
Compex APc2 FAQ
Clicking on the button "ADD AP", we get the following screen.
Please enter the AP's IP Address, Webpage Username, and Webpage Password.
Next, click on the "SUBMIT" button.
The list of APs are shown. Information about each AP are quickly retrieved:
- IP Address,
- MAC Address,
- Model, and
- Firmware Version.
Please click on the AP Name to see more details.
This is the Status Overview page.
We may click on "Clients" in the left navigation menu. This shows up the list of clients connected to the AP.
Clicking on the "Network" in the left menu, we see the following WAN and LAN interfaces of this AP.
WAN settings can be configured.
LAN settings can also be configured.
Below that, we click on the "Wifi" in the menu. We see the two Wifi radios of this AP.
An overview of each radio is shown.
On clicking the "EDIT" button for a radio or virtual access point (VAP), the detailed settings are displayed for editing.
Next, we visit the "System" page.
By clicking on the "i" icon in the top right corner, we can see the APc2 version and build date.
Access Point Controller 1 (APc1) - older version, iso file
Effective Centralized Management for
All Your Access Points
The Compex AP controller (APc) is a software that provides centralized management for all CompexWRT Access Points (APs) within your network.
The APc utilizes the SNMPv3 protocol to manage and monitor the APs. It can be accessed through any supported device with a web browser. A single APc running on a dedicated server can manage multiple APs.
- Secure Remote Protocol L2TPv3
- Guest Login
- Remote Firmware Upgrade
- Monitor Virtual AP
- Google Maps and Custom Maps
- Real-time Monitoring
- User Activity Records
Secure Remote Connectivity
The APc software is designed to remotely access APs on a different network by utilizingLayer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TPv3), also used on Virtual Private Network.
Guest Login and Hotspot Support
Easy configuration and advanced customization for Hotspot setup options. Supporting various types of hotspot options, Office, Guest, Prepaid, or Postpaid. Bandwidth rate limits can be set for user.
|Contact us for Customization Options.
Request for APC brochure available here
View our full range of Wireless AccessPoints here and Wireless Embedded Boards here.
Most of the features available on the configuration web page of the CompexWRT APs are available on the APc. Customers can use our APc to edit an AP individually, or group them together and edit at the same time.
The APc monitors all the virtual APs (VAPs) of each CompexWRT AP to provide the user with a full overview of what is happening on the AP.
The APc can scan for connected APs.
SNMPv3 authentication is performed while scanning for connected APs.
Adding APs and using the Discovery Page (APc)
The Google Map or Custom Map allows customers to place their APs.
The APc displays each individual AP's statistics such as the IP address, MAC address, model of the board, and version of the firmware.
The APc also monitors each individual AP's status such as the virtual AP (VAP) status, uptime, time since the last check-in, and free memory.
Each individual VAP's statistics are also displayed. These include the MAC address, SSID, channel, encryption, and bit rate.
The APc monitors end users (e.g. mobile phone, laptop) connected to the AP as well as CompexWRT stations connected to the AP. The parameters shown include the hostname, IP address, MAC address and SSID that it is connected to. The TX rate, RX rate, and TX CCQ are also included. The list of end users are updated every 15 seconds, while the Stations are updated every 1 minute.
The (Management) Page, Monitoring
Management (Changing the Settings of Devices)
The settings for each individual radio can be modified.
Up to 16 SSIDs/VAPs can be created for each radio.
The wireless profile, channel, transmit power, and ACK-TimeOut value can be viewed and edited.
You can also change the settings for individual SSIDs, such as the wireless mode, encryption, MAC filter, etc.
The “Group Edit” button allows you to apply settings for multiple selected APs at the same time.
The (Management) Page, Change Setting of AP
The APc keeps a record of end users (e.g. mobile phone, laptop) connected to all the APs. The parameters shown include the hostname, IP address, MAC address and SSID that it is connected to. The upload data usage, download data usage are also shown. The end users are updated every 15 seconds.
You can view the log of all the users up to 5 days. The MAC Address, check-in time and check-out time are shown.
The Users Page (APc)
The APc lets you upgrade multiple selected APs concurrently.
The SNMPv3 is used to manage the upgrade process.
The FTP protocol is used to transfer the firmware image.
The status is also updated to the APc (successful or unsuccessful).
The Upgrade Page (APc)
Hardware and Software Components
The APc resides in a small and lightweight hardware. The APc comes pre-installed, tested, and pre-configured for use.
Alternatively, the APc may be installed on a PC or virtual machine, using an 'iso' file.
The APc runs on CentOS.
CentOS (abbreviated from Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide a free enterprise class computing platform which has 100% binary compatibility with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The CompexWRT APs make use of CoovaChilli to offer the Hotspot functionality.
CoovaChilli is an open-source software access controller, based on the popular (but now defunct) ChilliSpot project. CoovaChilli is a feature rich software access controller that provides a captive portal / walled-garden environment and uses RADIUS or a HTTP protocol for access provisioning and accounting.
A RADIUS server resides in the APc.
Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) is a networking protocol that provides centralized Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) management for users that connect and use a network service.
Getting Started with the APc
We have demo and license version of APc. The 'iso' file for the APc demo would be available on our website. The customer needs to fill up a form to send an enquiry to us.
APc Demo version is free and unlimited supporting only 3APs, with many reduced features.
US$100 for a license supporting 10 APs
US$150 for a license supporting 100 APs
For more than 100 APs, please discuss with Compex Systems or you can contact sales at compexshop.com.
Last Updated Software version is 1.07.
The User Manual to the AP Controller is available at APc User Manual
This folder contains all the files and additional documentation for the APc:
AP Controller folder