Remote Site Automation
Remote site automation for branch offices providing increased uptime and business continuity for business-critical applications via a robust and low-cost monthly cloud service
“All the skills of your very best on-site IT Tech as a low cost automated 24x7 cloud service”
Automated Rules and Actions
Customized rules and automated actions to identify and resolve networking issues remotely providing faster responsiveness and improved uptime and cost effectiveness. Rules and actions can be based on Ping and HTTP tests, WAN/internet monitoring and recovery, LTE failover, and remote power cycling and control.
Remote Power Control
Even when your internet is down, an on-site appliance can trigger remote power cycling and can be configured to initiate power cycles based on activities or events, or at specific times to improve performance and reliability of the network. It is also easy to configure a schedule for when power is available to specific devices to enable customization and better security in the branch office or remote location.
Automated WAN Recovery and Backup
Continuously monitor WAN and internet connectivity and initiate an automated power cycle of the internet modem and router to recover internet access in the event of an internet connectivity issue. Balance or dedicate traffic to specific WAN ports and configure the the solution as a cost effective tertiary backup for an existing SD-WAN connections.
Automated Failover to LTE or secondary WAN
Detect when the primary internet connection is unavailable and automatically redirect business critical traffic to a secondary connection to provide business continuity for important business critical applications. An LTE backup also provides an out-of-band connection even when the primary WAN/internet connection is down.
Device Discovery & Vulnerability Scans
Tallac's SD-Branch Cloud Management provides discovery and reporting of all networked devices in the branch office and allows vulnerability scans to be performed to identify open and possibly vulnerable application services providing improved management visibility and security of branch offices.
Secure Access to Networked Devices
Get secure VPN access to any connected network device. The cloud service can be used for a secure connection to connected user devices allowing the user access to all devices connected to the Tallac gateway. This allows access to the local network and the web UI and console to any type of networked device such as printers, local storage, routers, and security devices.
Typical Remote Site Deployment
Tallac Cloud-Based Solutions
Tallac offers a complete cloud-based solution for your branch offices including WiFi and Mobility solutions, wired Ethernet, and Remote Site Automation solutions that are all managed by Tallac's SD-Branch Cloud management.
Secure Virtual Wired and WiFi Networks
With the Tallac SD-Branch solution it is easy to configure and manage automated policies across WiFi, Wired Ethernet, Gateway and across any AC powered devices enabling intelligence in the cloud and automated action and policies to be implemented in the branch office.
Captive Portals and Social Media Logins
Guest Access allows restricted access to the network using a captive portal and the Tallac Cloud provides the ability to utilize social logins for easy deployment and login to guest access.
The Tallac SD-Branch with Software-Defined Mobility provides distinct secure LAN services for virtual and physical services supporting mobile users, guests, VoIP, security, IoT devices and other networked devices and applications.
Active cloud devices
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FAQ - Key Features
Wi-Fi: Managing Radio Settings
Wi-Fi: Captive Portal
Tallac 24 port POE switches can be managed from the Cloud. Quickly understand the status of each port with green indicating the port is active, additional information includes MAC address(s) of connected clients, VLAN ID’s associated with each port, data throughput and errors. Tallac Management VPN provides easy access to the full switch feature set so that more involved configurations can be implemented without the need to be physically be on site. To enable remote management feature for your account please contact email@example.com
The Tallac Secure Management VPN capability enables a direct, secure connection to the Remote Site Automation device, WiFi Access Point, or Switch from anywhere to access the embedded device management features for additional configuration and troubleshooting. This secure VPN connectivity allows you to establish a secure connection to the LAN allowing access to the local network, web UI, and console of any type of networked device. For more information on how to enable this feature, please contact Tallac support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can self register new devices to your cloud account and then deploy these devices to your sites as needed sites. You can also decommission devices and redeploy to different sites as needed, or leave as decommissioned for future deployment
Automation: Gateway Configuration & DHCP
To operate in gateway mode you need to have a Virtual Network (VNet). A default Virtual Network will be created for you when you set your Device Operating Mode to “Gateway” if you have not created your own Virtual Network(s). To create your own new virtual network (if you want your own virtual network instead of the default virtual network):
- Hit the “+New Virtual Network” button to create a new virtual network
- Enter the VLAN name in the “Network Name” field
o You can select “specify a tagged VLAN” if you want to specify the VLAN as tagged
o After you have completed your selections, hit “Next”
- For the Gateway screen:
o Hit “Save” to save configurations
Once VNETs are established, you now will go the ECP100-5P Device screens to complete your configuration:
- Select your ECP100-5P/Tallac Gateway device under “Devices” on the left navigation bar (under “Sites”).
- Go the “Setup” tab at the top of your screen
o To run your ECP100-5P in gateway mode, “Gateway” mode should be selected as the Device Operating Mode
o Configure your “WAN Port IP Configuration” settings (DHCP, static). You will need to use the static configuration when a specific IP address is provided by your WAN circuit provider.
o You can also configure your “Management IP Settings” for your management access here including IP setting (DHCP, Static). (Note: These settings are for your Management IP Configuration and are for management access and are separate from your Gateway/WAN Port IP Configuration rules. If you are using a DHCP server no additional configuration is needed.).
o Configure any “Port Forwarding Rules” for WAN port(s)
o Your Virtual Network that you created should show up under the “LAN Port Setup” at the bottom of the setup screen
o Save your configuration and settings by selecting “Apply Config”
Your device will now reboot and will be configured and operating in gateway mode.
Automation: Port Forwarding
The Port screen tab allows you to view port status and what is connected to each port, to enable/disable networking per port, and to get statistics by port
The Port Screen tab provides port status at the top and on left side per port (green, gray, red)
Toggle switch (green on, gray off) allows you to enable port (networking) on/off at a port level
Friendly names – There is a box next to the port name that allows you to type/add a friendly name to provide a more descriptive name of what is attached to port (i.e. Eth 1 Security Camera, Eth 2 WiFi Access Point, etc.).
Statistics – to the right of the screen for each port there are basic statistics provided for data transmitted, data received, errors and drops
The power screen tab allows you to view power status by port, to turn power on or off by port, to initiate a remote power reboot and configure cycle times, and to get a view of status by port and when it was last updated
On the power screen you are able to quickly view power status by port at the top of the screen and to the left side of the port on the screen (green, red)
You can quickly turn power on or off with the “toggle” button (“Off/On”) by moving the button to the right to turn power on for a given port or by moving the power toggle button to the left to turn the power off for a given port
You can also initiate a remote power reboot for a port by selecting the “start” button and it will initiate a power reboot for that port. You have the ability to customize the cycle time by port by selecting the up/down arrows to adjust the time. The default is set to a cycle time of 15 seconds.
On the right side of the screen, you will see a quick status of when the port was “last changed”
Automation: Rules and Custom Automations
On the “Rules” tab you have the ability to set standard automations and rules and configure custom automation rules.
o Under “Standard Automations” ” and “Modem reboot when internet is not available” switch the toggle to “on” by moving the toggle switch to the right and then select the “Edit” button to configure and set the automated WAN reboot rule.
o Under “Standard Automations” and “WAN assignments & failover” switch the toggle to “on” by moving the toggle switch to the right and then select “Edit” to configure and set automated WAN failover to LTE.
- Select the specific business critical traffic that you want to failover to LTE by selecting specific VNET to failover by switching the specific VNET toggle “on” by moving the toggle switch to the right
- Configure wait time for how long the internet connection is lost before failing over to LTE (default is 15 seconds)
- Configure how long after the internet connection is restored to wait before shutting down the LTE (default is 15 seconds)
- Configure an amount of time connection is lost before sending an alert (default is 30 seconds)
- When you have completed your configuration parameters, hit “Save” to save your configuration.
Custom Automations allow you to set customized rules and actions that can apply to one or more AC/Ethernet/USB ports. Custom animations include: power on, power off and power cycling specific devices/ports, establishing custom power schedules for repeated reboots, and defining custom monitoring rules and actions.
1. Custom Power Schedules – allow you to quickly configure ongoing power reboot schedules to improve ongoing network health and/or set specific schedules for powering on or off devices in the branch office.
To configure custom power schedules:
o Under the “Power Schedule” section, select the “+New” button to configure a new power schedule rule.
- Add a “Name” for the Power Schedule rule
- Select the ports to apply the Power Schedule rule to
- Select the action to take for the Power Schedule rule (Turn power On, Off, or Power Cycle)
- Select the specific time to turn power On
- Select the specific time to turn power Off
- Select the specific day(s) to repeat the Power Schedule rule
o When you have completed your configuration parameters, hit “Save” to save your configuration.
actions for Ping or HTTP tests for any port in addition to allowing easy customization of policies for test intervals, retries, and thresholds and alerts.
o Go to the “Rules” tab
o Under the “Monitoring Rules” section, switch the toggle to “on” by moving the toggle switch to the right and then select the “+New” button to configure new monitoring rules and actions.
- Select the “Test Type” – Ping or HTTP
- Enter the “Ping Address”
- Enter the “Test Interval” to set the time interval between tests
- Enter the “Test Timeout” to set the amount of time allowed for the test to complete
- Enter the “Test Retries” to set the number of failures before taking action
- Select the “Interface” from the pull down menu
- Select the port(s) to apply the monitoring rule to
- Enter the “Restart Interval” to set how long to wait between power cycles
- Enter the “Retry Interval” to set how long to wait between retries
- Enter the “Retry Maximum” to set how many failed reboots to allow
- Set the “Alert Threshold” to set how many failed reboots to allow before sending an alert
The Discovery capability will discover and display a list of any connected devices. This can be very helpful for knowing what devices are connected for better manageability and security.
To enable Discovery, go the “Action” tab at top right of the dashboard screen and select “Discovery” to discover and view connected devices.
Automation: Vulnerability Scans
Vulnerability scans perform a scan/penetration test to identify open and possibly vulnerable application services. The vulnerability scan scans devices on the network to determine what application ports are open and closed, does OS fingerprinting, and identifies the version of services that are running in addition to evaluating those services for vulnerabilities. The scan provides a detailed report that can be exported and archived to support security, compliance and auditing.
To run vulnerability scans:
- Go to the “Site” level on the left navigation bar
- Go to the “Discovered Clients” tab
- Hit the “Start” button under the “Client Scan” column to start a vulnerability scan on a specific device
- Once the scan is complete you will see a “View” button to the right of the “Start” button. Hit the “View” button to view the results of the vulnerability scan. Select the buttons to download or print the vulnerability scan if desired.
WAN/Internet statistics reports provide WAN reports showing WAN clients, average usage, and specific usage by client. The reports offer customizable options to filter clients and select specific time period snapshots for reporting by hour, day, week or month views.
To view WAN/internet statistics:
- Go to the “Site” level on the left navigation bar
- Go to the “Internet Traffic” tab
- Select the specific time period view you would like – hour, day, week or month view
- Select client view desired (all or filtered)
LTE Out of Band Device Access
The Tallac Remote Site Automation device with LTE enabled provides the ability to remotely access the device via LTE (out of band access) even when the WAN and internet is down. This provides remote access and the ability to remotely diagnose and manage the issue at the branch office even when the WAN and internet is down.
UPS Connectivity and Status
A UPS device can be connected to a USB port on the ECP100-5P for power backup/redundancy.
To connect a UPS device to the ECP100-5P:
- Connect the UPS device to a USB port on the ECP100-5P
- Go to Device Setup Screen (Select device under “Site” on left hand navigation bar, and go to the “Setup” screen tab)
- USB information will show up under “USB Information” on the “Setup” screen and will display device description, type of device, manufacturer of the device, and will provide status information for the UPS device (UPS status, battery status and percent charge, battery time remaining). The same status information will also show up on the Port screen for the connected USB port.