AccessPoint Radio Details Test

This test auto-discovers the radios available in the access points that are associated with the Ruckus ZoneDirector and measures the resource utilization and data transmitted and received by each radio. This test also reveals the rate at which the packets were transmitted and received and the rate at which the failed transmitted packets were retransmitted. Besides, this test reports the number of authentications that were performed successfully and the number of authentications that failed.

Using these statistics, administrators can easily figure out the reasons behind the bottle-neck condition in the radios, can isolate the transmission failures and authentication related issues and can fix those issues quickly.

Target of the test : A Ruckus ZoneDirector

Agent deploying the test : An external agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each radio available in the access points that are controlled by the target Ruckus ZoneDirector being monitored

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameters Description

Test period

How often should the test be executed

Host

The host for which the test is to be configured.

SNMPPort

The port at which the monitored target exposes its SNMP MIB; the default is 161.

SNMPversion

By default, the eG agent supports SNMP version 1. Accordingly, the default selection in the SNMPversion list is v1. However, if a different SNMP framework is in use in your environment, say SNMP v2 or v3, then select the corresponding option from this list.

SNMPCommunity

The SNMP community name that the test uses to communicate with the firewall. This parameter is specific to SNMP v1 and v2 only. Therefore, if the snmpversion chosen is v3, then this parameter will not appear.

Username

This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) is an extensible SNMP Framework which supplements the SNMPv2 Framework, by additionally supporting message security, access control, and remote SNMP configuration capabilities. To extract performance statistics from the MIB using the highly secure SNMP v3 protocol, the eG agent has to be configured with the required access privileges – in other words, the eG agent should connect to the MIB using the credentials of a user with access permissions to be MIB. Therefore, specify the name of such a user against this parameter. 

Context

This parameter appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPVersion. An SNMP context is a collection of management information accessible by an SNMP entity. An item of management information may exist in more than one context and an SNMP entity potentially has access to many contexts. A context is identified by the SNMPEngineID value of the entity hosting the management information (also called a contextEngineID) and a context name that identifies the specific context (also called a contextName). If the Username provided is associated with a context name, then the eG agent will be able to poll the MIB and collect metrics only if it is configured with the context name as well. In such cases therefore, specify the context name of the Username in the Context text box.  By default, this parameter is set to none.

Authpass

Specify the password that corresponds to the above-mentioned Username. This parameter once again appears only if the SNMPversion selected is v3.

Confirm password

Confirm the Authpass by retyping it here.

Authtype

This parameter too appears only if v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. From the Authtype list box, choose the authentication algorithm using which SNMP v3 converts the specified username and password into a 32-bit format to ensure security of SNMP transactions. You can choose between the following options:

  • MD5 – Message Digest Algorithm
  • SHA – Secure Hash Algorithm

Encryptflag

This flag appears only when v3 is selected as the SNMPversion. By default, the eG agent does not encrypt SNMP requests. Accordingly, the this flag is set to No by default. To ensure that SNMP requests sent by the eG agent are encrypted, select the Yes option. 

Encrypttype

If this Encryptflag is set to Yes, then you will have to mention the encryption type by selecting an option from the Encrypttype list. SNMP v3 supports the following encryption types:

  • DES – Data Encryption Standard
  • AES – Advanced Encryption Standard

Encryptpassword

Specify the encryption password here.

Confirm Password

Confirm the encryption password by retyping it here.

Timeout

Specify the duration (in seconds) within which the SNMP query executed by this test should time out in this text box. The default is 10 seconds.

Data Over TCP

By default, in an IT environment, all data transmission occurs over UDP. Some environments however, may be specifically configured to offload a fraction of the data traffic – for instance, certain types of data traffic or traffic pertaining to specific components – to other protocols like TCP, so as to prevent UDP overloads. In such environments, you can instruct the eG agent to conduct the SNMP data traffic related to the monitored target over TCP (and not UDP). For this, set this flag to Yes. By default, this flag is set to No.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Resource utilization

Indicates the percentage of resource utilized by this radio.

Percent

A utilization value close to 100% is a cause for concern.

Data Transmitted

Indicates the rate at which the data was transmitted from this radio.

MB/sec

 

Data received

Indicates the rate at which the data was received by this radio.

MB/sec

 

Packets transmitted

Indicates the rate at which the packets were transmitted from this radio.

Packets/sec

 

Packets Received

Indicates the rate at which the packets were received by this radio.

Packets/sec

 

Multicast packets transmitted

Indicates the rate at which the multicast packets were transmitted from this radio.

Packets/sec

 

Multicast packets transmitted

Indicates the rate at which the multicast packets were received by this radio.

Packets/sec

 

Failed transmitted packets

Indicates the rate at which the packets were failed during transmission.

Packets/sec

 

Retry transmitted packets

Indicates the rate at which the packets were retransmitted by this radio after transmission failure.

Packets/sec

 

Success authentication

Indicates the number of authentications that were performed successfully by this radio.

Number

 

Failed authentication

Indicates the number of authentications that failed.

Number

Ideally, the value of this measure should be zero.

Transmit power of radio

Indicates the current transmit power status of this radio.

 

The values reported by this measure and its numeric equivalents are mentioned in the table below:

Measure value Numeric Value
Full 0
Half 1
Quarter 2
Eighth 3

Note:

By default, this measure reports the Measure Values listed in the table above to indicate the current transmit power status of this radio. The graph of this measure however, represents the current transmit power status using the numeric equivalents only.

Power management status

Indicates the current power management status of this radio.

 

The values reported by this measure and its numeric equivalents are mentioned in the table below:

Measure value Numeric Value
Enabled 1
Disabled 0

Note:

By default, this measure reports the Measure Values listed in the table above to indicate the current power management status of this radio. The graph of this measure however, represents the current power management status of this radio using the numeric equivalents only.