CNMS All-In-One-Page 2017-06-15

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The Compex Network Management System (CNMS) runs inside a portable app that can be downloaded free from:

Refer to the changelog for CNMS's minimum firmware requirement. CNMS Changelog


Getting Started

Here are some screenshots of the Compex Network Management System (CNMS).

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Clicking on the "i" gives us the version number and build date.

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Adding an AP

Clicking on the button "ADD AP", we get the following screen.

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Please enter the AP's IP Address, Web Username, and Web Password.

Next, click on the "SUBMIT" button.

CNMS Dashboard


The list of APs are shown on the main page. Information about each AP are quickly retrieved:

  • Name,
  • IP Address,
  • MAC Address,
  • SSID,
  • Model, and
  • Firmware Version.

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We can adjust the window size to show all the text.

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Scan AP

This is a new feature where we can bring up the details of Compex APs in our network instantly.

The APs have the orange coloured "LOGIN" icon. This means that we have to enter the username and password which is the same as for the LuCI web page login. The latest firmware is required for login to work. Currently for the CNMS v1.2.0 b170522, the CompexWRT firmware version required is v3.0.6 b170420.

Once we have login, the green coloured "ONLINE" icon appears beside the AP name.

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Network Topology

Clicking on "Network Topology" on the left side menu, we can see how the mesh network is connected. Login to the APs is required for them to show up.

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Here we can see a wavy arrow from a root AP (RAP) to a mesh AP (MAP) connected by the Mesh SSID called "QSDK_Mesh".

If we click on an AP name, we can see some details such as

  • Hostname
  • IP Address
  • AP Model
  • Firmware Version
  • SSIDs

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There is also an "OPEN" button.

Clicking on the "OPEN" button, we can enter into the Status Overview page of the AP.

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Details of Each AP

From the CNMS Dashboard ➤ Devices page, we may click on the AP Name to see more details.

This is the Status Overview page of the AP.

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Depending on the window size, the left menu panel autohides.


We may click on "Clients" in the left navigation menu. This shows up the list of clients connected to the AP.

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Clicking on the "Network" in the left menu, we see the following LAN and WAN interfaces of this AP.

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WAN settings can be configured.

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LAN settings can also be configured.

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Below that, we click on the "Wifi" in the left menu bar. We see the two Wifi radios of this AP.

An overview of each radio is shown.

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On clicking the blue SSID / network name for a radio or virtual access point (VAP), the detailed Network Settings are displayed for editing.

Network Settings

Status, Mesh Setup, General Setup

We can see the sections for Status, Mesh Setup, and General Setup.

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Wireless Security, MAC Filter

We can also see the sections for Wireless Security and MAC Filter.

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Advanced Setup

There is also the section for Advanced Setup.

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Radio Settings

General Setup

Clicking on the Radio Settings at the top menu bar, we see the General Setup section.

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Advanced Settings

We also see the Advanced Settings section.

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AP Wifi Mesh Settings

Now we click again the "Wifi" on the left menu bar.

We click on the 11ac mesh network name this time.

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We can see that Mesh has been enabled and the Mode of this AP is Mesh Gateway.

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These are the some of the Radio Settings for the 11ac radio.

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This is the "VLAN" management page.

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This is the "DHCP" page.

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This is the "Firewall" page.

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This is the "LEDs" page.

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This is the "SNMP" page.

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This is the "QoS" page.

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This is the "Diagnostics" page.

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There are some Network Utilities. For example, we could try Ping.

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Next, we visit the "System" page.

We can choose to Reboot, Backup / Restore, or Flash new firmware.

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This is the "Administration" page.

Here we can set the Web Password for the AP.

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SSH and Telnet

We can see the SSH and Telnet sections.

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Back to Dashboard

We can click "Back to Dashboard" on the left menu bar.

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