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Product Overview

The Wireless Manager Management Extension Application (FortiWLM MEA) web based application suite is an intelligent management system that helps you to easily manage your wireless network. You can manage controllers and access points mapped to the network to provide real-time data that enables centralized and remote monitoring of the network. For more information on feature usage, see the FortiWLM MEA 8.5.2 Configuration Guide.

The FortiWLM MEA container is hosted on the FortiManager integrated platform that provides centralized management of Fortinet products and other devices. You can access FortiWLM MEA to monitor FortiGate controllers from the FortiManager application. You can monitor networks with FortiGate deployments, and stations and access points' usage and diagnostic information (individually and groups) using the FortiWLM MEA.

Note: To ensure a secured Wi-Fi network, Fortinet hardware (controllers and access points) are designed to run only the proprietary firmware developed by Fortinet. Only approved Fortinet access points are configurable with Fortinet controllers and vice versa. Third party access points and software cannot be configured on Fortinet hardware.

FortiWLM MEA supports specific options of the Monitor, Operate, and Administration tabs for FortiGate controllers. You can add and manage FortiGate controllers (with the available options).

Tab

Description

Monitor

  • Overview – Dashboards that provide a summary view of all network statistics. These dashboards provide at-a-glance system information related to APs, AP groups, stations, station groups, application monitoring, fault management, and heat maps. The Network Health dashboard monitors the devices in your wireless network and provides a health summary of the devices.
  • Topology – Illustrated physical and logical placement of devices such as APs, controllers, and stations in your network.

Operate

  • Inventory – Discover and manage controllers and access points.
  • Grouping – Controllers, APs, and stations are grouped for management purpose.
  • Tools – Provides station activity log with station events within the selected time interval, syslog with log details of operations performed on the FortiWLM MEA, and diagnostics with logs and other files.
  • Maps – Create maps to track your APs visually.

Administration

  • User Preference – Create notification profiles to trigger email notifications for specific recipients when a managed controller goes down. A notification filter is provided to indicate the type of error that triggers notification.
  • Licensing – Import license key files, request for a license and then upload it.
  • System Settings – Manage specific system settings such as configuring server parameters, configuring SMTP mail servers for email notification, administering SNMP, and configuring the archival policy for station activity logs.
  • Upgrade – Upgrade the FortiWLM MEA server to a new released version or install a patch

Product Overview

The Wireless Manager Management Extension Application (FortiWLM MEA) web based application suite is an intelligent management system that helps you to easily manage your wireless network. You can manage controllers and access points mapped to the network to provide real-time data that enables centralized and remote monitoring of the network. For more information on feature usage, see the FortiWLM MEA 8.5.2 Configuration Guide.

The FortiWLM MEA container is hosted on the FortiManager integrated platform that provides centralized management of Fortinet products and other devices. You can access FortiWLM MEA to monitor FortiGate controllers from the FortiManager application. You can monitor networks with FortiGate deployments, and stations and access points' usage and diagnostic information (individually and groups) using the FortiWLM MEA.

Note: To ensure a secured Wi-Fi network, Fortinet hardware (controllers and access points) are designed to run only the proprietary firmware developed by Fortinet. Only approved Fortinet access points are configurable with Fortinet controllers and vice versa. Third party access points and software cannot be configured on Fortinet hardware.

FortiWLM MEA supports specific options of the Monitor, Operate, and Administration tabs for FortiGate controllers. You can add and manage FortiGate controllers (with the available options).

Tab

Description

Monitor

  • Overview – Dashboards that provide a summary view of all network statistics. These dashboards provide at-a-glance system information related to APs, AP groups, stations, station groups, application monitoring, fault management, and heat maps. The Network Health dashboard monitors the devices in your wireless network and provides a health summary of the devices.
  • Topology – Illustrated physical and logical placement of devices such as APs, controllers, and stations in your network.

Operate

  • Inventory – Discover and manage controllers and access points.
  • Grouping – Controllers, APs, and stations are grouped for management purpose.
  • Tools – Provides station activity log with station events within the selected time interval, syslog with log details of operations performed on the FortiWLM MEA, and diagnostics with logs and other files.
  • Maps – Create maps to track your APs visually.

Administration

  • User Preference – Create notification profiles to trigger email notifications for specific recipients when a managed controller goes down. A notification filter is provided to indicate the type of error that triggers notification.
  • Licensing – Import license key files, request for a license and then upload it.
  • System Settings – Manage specific system settings such as configuring server parameters, configuring SMTP mail servers for email notification, administering SNMP, and configuring the archival policy for station activity logs.
  • Upgrade – Upgrade the FortiWLM MEA server to a new released version or install a patch