Netgear Wireless Manager Aimed at Small Businesses
Through the platform, IT departments can manage wireless service set identifiers (SSIDs), configure wireless security settings, and more.Netgear announced Business Central, a secure, cloud-based IT service platform designed to provide small- to midsize- businesses (SMBs) with a way to establish, provision and manage IT networking services and network devices. The first service module to debut under the Business Central umbrella is the Wireless Manager, which enables companies as well as value-added resellers (VARs) and other systems integrators (SIs) to centrally and securely manage a wireless network across multiple borders, cities, buildings and floors, through the cloud. With Wireless Manager, all management is performed remotely through a standard Web browser. Because the management function is hosted on the Web, operational administrative tasks that are relevant to traditional controller architectures are eliminated. The purchase, update, support, renewal, and maintenance of separate hardware are not required. Through the platform, IT departments can manage wireless service set identifiers (SSIDs); configure wireless security settings; control free or fee-paying guest and private WiFi access on the network, and run bandwidth usage reports.
While the company noted final pricing for end customers may vary depending on the reseller and bundled offerings, the price for managing one access point for 12 months is $99. The highest offering listed is 50 access points for 36 months, a plan which costs $11,138.