The Device Catalog screen displays a list of devices that are known to an organization site. The list will be empty if no devices have been added to the site. There are three methods for adding a device to a site: import an OmniVista CSV file, import an Excel XLSX file, or manually add a device.
To manually add a single device to a specific Site, click on Create Device to bring up the Create Device form.
The Create Device form is where you specify that the device is going to be managed by OmniVista Cirrus in Full Management Mode, then enter information to identify and describe the device and where that device is located. Selecting the management mode is the first required step for adding a device to the Device Catalog.
The Management Mode Selection option defaults to Full Management. In this mode, you can directly configure the device and view the device configuration from the OmniVista Cirrus R10 user interface. This is different from Analytics Only mode, where you add a device to monitor and analyze from OmniVista Cirrus R10 but the device is configured from a legacy instance of OmniVista (such as OmniVista 2500 NMS or OmniVista Cirrus 4.6).
Once the Management Mode has been selected, you can complete the rest of the Create Device form, which is divided into the following sections:
Complete the required fields and any optional fields in each section, as described below, then click on Create Device.
Click on Create another to return to the Create Device form to fill out for another device. If this box is not checked, the display returns to the Device Catalog screen.
Device Family (Required) - Select the device family to which the device that you want to manage belongs (for example, Stellar Access Points).
Serial Number (Required) - Enter the serial number of the device. If the device specified with this serial number is already managed by a legacy instance of OmniVista or already declared in the inventory of OmniVista Cirrus R10, you won’t be able to add the device.
Description - Enter an optional description for the device.
Software Information and Assigned Site
Desired Software Version - Select a specific software version for the device from the drop-down menu. This will trigger the device to automatically download and install the selected software version as part of the activation process. Note that the selected software version must be higher than the version currently installed on the device. Also note that if the device does not support the selected software version, the "Desired Software Version" field will be set to "Do Not Upgrade" after the device is validated.
Do Not Upgrade - Select "Do Not Upgrade" if you do not want to change the installed software on the device. If the device is part of an existing network, selecting “Do Not Upgrade” will leave your device running its current software version. If this is a new device, updating to the latest release is recommended. In general, you should only select a specific release if you understand the features of the specific release.
System Contact - The contact information for the device (for example, “My Company Inc https://www.mycompany.com”).
Site (Required) - Select the Organization Site where the device is physically located and installed. To select an existing Site, click on the Site name in the drop-down menu or click on Create Site to create a new Site to assign to the device.
When you click on Create Site, a drop-down menu appears from which you can select how you want to access the Create Site screen. See Configure and Manage a Site for steps on how to define a site for an Organization.
Group (Required) - The Access Point group from which the device will get its provisioning configuration. When you selected a Site for the device, a list of Access Point Groups associated with the Site is automatically provided in this field. Select one of the existing groups or the “Mgmt VLAN based automatic grouping” option from the drop-down list. You can also click on Create Access Point Group to create a new group for the Site.
Mgmt VLAN based automatic grouping - If you select this option, the AP device is automatically assigned to an AP Group that is associated with a Provisioning Configuration that specifies VLAN IDs for the Auto-Group VLANs attribute. The assignment is based on the AP management VLAN ID received by LLDP. If the management VLAN matches a VLAN ID specified for Auto-Group VLANs, the AP is assigned to the corresponding AP Group.
If the Access Point Group is associated with more SSIDs than the AP model can support, then you cannot add the AP to the group.
When you click on Create Access Point Group, a drop-down menu appears from which you can select how you want to access the Create Access Point Group screen. See Configure and Manage Access Point Groups for more information.
Building - The name of the building at the Organization Site where the device is physically located. When you selected a Site for the device, a list of building names associates with the Site is automatically provided in this field. Select one of the existing building names from the drop-down menu or click on Create Building to define a new building for the Site.
When you click on Create Building, a drop-down menu appears from which you can select how you want to access the Create Building screen. See Configure and Manage a Building for steps on how to define a building for a Site.
Floor - The name of the floor in the building where the device is physically located. When you selected a building where the device is physically located, a list of floor names associated with that building is automatically provided in this field. Select one of the existing floor names from the drop-down menu or click on Create Floor to define a new floor for the building.
When you click on Create Floor, a drop-down menu appears from which you can select how you want to access the Create Floor screen. See Configure and Manage a Floor for steps on how to define a new floor for the building.
Location and Device Image
Location in the Building
Location - Enter details about where a device is located within a Floor (for example, front desk, Rack-10). This option is not available if the From LDAP option is selected.
From LLDP - When this option is selected, OmniVista will use LLDP to automatically add the location of the device.
Upload an image file (png, jpg, or jpeg) to associate with the device.