Manage your whole network ! Radius server + MikroTik API in Splynx

The core of the Splynx ISP Framework covers two important areas of ISP network management – AAA and bandwidth management. Radius server is used for these technologies : PPPoE, IPoE, DHCP, Hotspot, Static IPs. Mikrotik API can be used for advanced bandwidth management.

1. AAA. 

Authentication, authorization and customer accounting in an ISP network. Splynx has its own stable and scalable Radius server which helps you manage connections, hotspots, redirections, blocking of non-payers and admin access to equipment. More information about AAA in Splynx can be found in the following article: https://splynx.com/3186/splynx-radius-server/

2. Speed limitation and queues. 

Mikrotik RouterOS has a smart system of Queue Trees which can be used for contention purposes, limitation of speed and time-based access.
When you have hundreds or thousands of customers, you should create and maintain many different rules – one rule per customer + setup parent Queues for contentions!  

You can manage all Mikrotik queues centrally from Splynx. You can also upload local authentication rules, such as DHCP bindings, PPPoE users, Firewall entries or Wireless Access List using Mikrotik API. Authentication can be combined with the Radius server. At the same time Splynx supports Radius and Mikrotik API.

We provide a way to divide where authentication is created and where queues are set up. This is used widely in Wireless ISP networks, because authentication is made in the AP closest to the customer, but queues are created in a central point or several central points. Another important feature is its ability to have same queuing rules on different routers in mirroring mode.

Let’s imagine a situation when we are authenticating users in each AP with Radius DHCP and creating queues in our main location via the Internet. But then, we get a second uplink in different location. There is an obvious need for queues in the second Uplink location too, because customers can be routed to both of these routers, it depends on the internal routing protocol. That is shown in the example below:

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Splynx has a solution for setup with Mikrotik routers. As we described above, Splynx can authenticate users in one router, create queues in a second router and mirror them to a third router. This is achieved thanks to a flexible and stable API Framework internal infrastructure.

In the video manual below we describe advanced features and setup of MikroTik API and Radius in the Splynx ISP Framework.

IP address management

IP addresses are used in every corporate or ISP network. They‘re an essential component of the whole networking. There are several ways to manage IP address assignments. Many administrators, even in large companies, are still using Excel sheets due to a lack of smart IP address management tools. We recommend our engine for IP address management. This module is connected to the customer database in Splynx. When IP address or subnet is assigned to a customer for his access, the IPs will be assigned in the IP address management tab as well. The main advantage of this is avoiding IP conflicts, when several customers get the same IP or an IP with the wrong range. Also you can always have an overview of the current situation with subnets.

Our video and screenshots below show a few steps for making this feature work:

 

1. Create a root network – create a larger network and add subnetworks to it. The root network is marked with yellow color.

 

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IP addresses inside the selected subnetwork are shown in the table:

 

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2. You can  statically define what a certain IP address is used for in the tool itself. When you assign IP address to the customer, it’s locked in the IP address management tool, and if you try to assign an IP that is already in use, the system will prevent it.

 

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3. As an extra feature you can send a Mass ping to devices in the selected network, split the network into smaller subnets or merge the network into large one. You can switch to a graphical map view with icons to get quick information. All red icons mean that the IP address is not responding on Mass ping.

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You can find a detailed explanation of IP address management in our video tutorial:

You can customize colors and types of devices, as well as add new types of equipment. Screenshot shows an example of how to visualize small networks /29,/28 etc. in one common /24 network

IPAM customization

Second video tutorial shows, how to customize IP address management module, and add more colors to it:

 

Custom fields

Every company has a lot of unique and essential information for their business. In our Framework we work with the system of custom fields everywhere. Why do we need it ?

For example, if you want to add to the customer’s information his GPS location or contact person, or something else – just define the field in “Additional fields” menu.

Amazing thing is that you can define customizable additional fields to all parts of ISP Framework.

Do you want to write an additional description for each monitoring device? No problem, just write it!

Do you need to add a photo of location or router and store it under “Routers” or “Location” section? Why not, add it there!

System of fields in Splynx Framework is an awesome way to customize the whole system according to your specific needs.

Our video shows how to work with fields on Splynx ISP Framework: