Part 4: Configuring Radio, Maintenance, Display and Advanced Settings

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Configure > Radio

The Radio settings controls network-wide access point settings. The main items you'll want to set are Channels and Internet Check.

Channels: Auto Channel will let Datto optimize channel settings daily for your network, taking into consideration mesh repeaters, nearby access points, and sources of interference. Auto Channel respects the Maintenance Window setting in Configure > Maintenance to avoid disruptions during critical times. If Auto is selected then the ability to specify channels, on either a per-network or per-access point basis, is disabled.

Manual lets you specify a single channel per band to use for all access points. You can override individual access points in Manage > Access Points. 

Internet Check: When selected, the wireless network will only be available when there is an active Internet connection. This allows access points to recover quickly when they lose a connection and is the recommended setting. When deselected, the wireless network will stay up even when there is no Internet connection. This allows local resources such as printers and shared drives to continue to function, but access points may take longer to recover when they lose a connection.

Configure > Maintenance

Automatic Upgrades: When enabled, your network will automatically upgrade to the latest firmware version as new stable upgrades become available.

Maintenance window: Select the period of time each day when Datto can perform maintenance on your network. This maintenance includes firmware upgrades and Auto Channel scanning and configuration. 

Configure > Display

The Display section allows you to customize the look and feel of Datto Networking, and enable external embeds. 

Display Name: Used to display a more descriptive name on reports. When none is entered, the network name will be used.

Update Logo: Load your own logo to replace the Datto logo in the top left corner of the application.

Allow Read-Only: Click to enable the password-free read-only view of the network status. When enabled, read-only view can be accessed by entering just the network name without a password. The password will still be required to change any network settings.

Enable 12 Hour Display: Check to display time in 12 hour (am/pm) format.

External embeds: Use the HTML snippet to embed Datto Networking reporting pages on an external site like a client portal.

Configure > Advanced

The Advanced Settings page has a variety of settings that most users won't change. This section will touch on the more common settings.

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Mesh Encryption: Encrypts all mesh traffic with WPA2 protection. Access points not belonging to this network won't be able to join the mesh due to the encryption. 

Alternate DNS: Alternate DNS server IP address for your network, such as OpenDNS. OpenDNS provides several additional features such as content filtering that you may find helpful. This setting applies to all SSIDs and can be overridden by setting an Alternate DNS for each individual SSID. 

Share Vouchers: When enabled, vouchers created on this network will be usable on all other networks under this account.

Bridge wired clients: When a wired client is connected to an access point, it will use settings from this SSID.

Bridge SSID: Select an SSID to bridge to the LAN. This gives clients access to LAN resources such as file servers and printers, disables NAT and lets your LAN assign all client DHCP addresses. You can bridge additional SSIDs by using a VLAN tag on each SSID settings page.

Application Reporting (DPI): Disable this if you want higher Wi-Fi performance (speed). Disabling this will cause application data (pie chart and table) in the clients page to not be displayed and application data in the networks overview page to display all traffic as 'unclassified.'

Delete Network: Select to delete this network from Datto Networking.

 


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