Wi-Fi network management firm Aerohive has unveiled a series of upgrades to its HiveManager Network Management System and the operating system that underpins it, HiveOS, to give IT managers more control over their networks.
Chief among the 4.0 update's enhancements is the ability for firms to make it easier for managers to allow mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to access corporate networks with automatic detection, authentication and enforcement policies.
This means that anything from a tablet such as the iPad to an Android smartphone can access corporate networks, with each device given different levels of access depending on their status.
Devin Akin, chief Wi-Fi architect at Aerohive, told V3.co.uk that the feature had been added to help IT teams manage this growing issue, something they cannot choose to ignore.
"Personal devices are going on networks now whether IT managers like it or not, so to help them manage this we've added new intelligence to the network so policies can be automatically set for all devices - laptops, mobiles and tablets," Akin said.
"This means if a member of staff is using a corporate laptop the policy will let them access whatever they want, but if it's a personal device like an iPad you can offer just internet access or email depending on the policy."
The company has also improved the capabilities of its Spectrum Analysis tool to provide a free software update to existing 802.11n access points for support of the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz spectrum ranges.
"Staff can view and add access points to the Spectrum Analysis tool, which reports into Hive Manager to present insights on any issues on the network in a clear and concise manner to help make it easier to manage these problems," Akin added.
The upgrade will be available free of charge for existing customers from 20 June.
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