What’s new in Peplink InControl version 2.9.0

On 25 January 2021, the production environments of InControl will be upgraded to release 2.9.0.
Here is a list of the new features that are implemented in this new release.

Users will be able to sign-in with their Peplink ID (to be rolled out in February 2021)

A Peplink ID allows you to use one account to log in and access different Peplink systems.
Besides the Peplink Forum, The Peplink Store and the Peplink Training portal, InControl is one of the Peplink systems compatible with a Peplink ID.

Added: Local Service Firewall Rules.

The local services firewall rules allow you to block access to the ports used by local services, such as the SpeedFusion handshake and data ports, DNS server and Web Admin Access.
You can also allow access to these ports from certain IP addresses only. Or force the local services to use a certain WAN connection only.
This was already supported on the local web interface but is now available in InControl too.

Supported enabling/disabling Air Monitor mode for products with a built-in AP. Require AP One firmware 3.6.2, 3.7.3, and 3.8.1 or above, and Balance/MAX firmware 8.1.1 or above.

Wi-Fi Air Monitoring turns an Access Point in a Wi-Fi monitoring device.
Very useful for your installs and when you are fault finding issues.
We discussed this in more detail in this article.

Added “Locate Device Position by Cell ID and Signal” settings in Organization Settings.

Devices’ location could be looked up from cell ID and signal strength every five minutes when GPS location data is unavailable but cellular signal data is available.

This is especially useful for cellular models that do not have a GPS module like the MAX BR1 IP55, MAX BR2 IP55 or MAX Br1 M2m,but also for devices that lost their GPS connection.

InControl Options: added a “WAN quality data sampling interval” setting.

The WAN Quality Data sampling interval is 10 seconds by default.
From now on you can configure the setting from 10 seconds up to 60 minutes in the InControl options menu.

Search for devices by name, s/n, model name or product code among all organizations and groups that you manage.

For users who are an administrator of multiple organizations, on the organization and group listing screen showing after logging in, they can now search for devices by name, s/n, model name or product code among all organizations and groups that they manage.

This is especially useful for large Internet Service Providers that manage several organisations and groups in InControl.

Other Enhancements

As always with a new version, there are too many features to look into in depth, without writing a book.
Have a look at the other enhancements taht did not make it to our list of favourites this time.

The following enhancements have been made for VLAN Network settings.

  • If the Default VLAN setting in a group’s VLAN Network Management page has not been configured, the default VLAN on the SD Switches will now be left unmanaged instead of setting to VLAN ID 1
  • Added: VLAN network management can be disabled for SD Switches.
  • When IP clash is detected when adding a VLAN to a device, instead of auto picking another subnet, the VLAN will now be skipped.
  • The VLAN ID field on the SSID Settings screen can now be selected from one of the defined VLAN Networks.

Other

  • Added auto channel selection schedule for Wi-Fi APs under group-level Radio Settings.
  • Added a Tags item under group levels reports. It shows what tags are applied to and allows you to add descriptions to them.
  • Moved “OOBM Web Console” item out from the Settings menu to an “OOBM” button on the Device Details page top. Multiple serial ports are supported.
  • Added a custom “Service provider” field to Ethernet and Wi-Fi WANs. Devices can be searched by this field in the device list.
  • For SIM cards with no MTN provided by the carrier, a custom MTN can now be defined for them in WAN details. Remarks for SIM cards can now also be defined under SIM Card Reports.
  • Group listing in the Group Management page can be downloaded as a CSV file.
  • Added API endpoints for creating, updating and deleting SIM Pool profiles.
  • Device IP Settings: add DHCP reservation support.
  • Display SpeedFusion Cloud service status on Device Details.
  • On Organization and Group Level Settings screens, the user list can be downloaded as and uploaded from a CSV file.
  • Added “Nautical metric” to the Unit field in Organization Settings. Changed “Nautical” to “Nautical imperial”.
  • Event Log: added types “AP Controller” and “RADIUS”.
  • InControl Options: added a “WAN quality data sampling interval” setting.
  • Added: Imported grouped networks and Outbound Policy with grouped networks from a config file.

Operation Log

  • Filtered events could be downloaded as a CSV file.
  • Added time zone setting.
  • Added source IP address to all sign-in’s events.
  • When live status queries are disabled on the InControl Options screen, the Real-Time Bandwidth chart in device-level Bandwidth and Usage Reports is no longer displayed.
  • Added notifications for “Device starts up” and GPIO events.
  • Device Web Admin Management settings can now be applied to selected devices in a group only.
  • SIM Reports: Add support of using ICCID to identify a SIM card.
  • PepVPN / SpeedFusion Cloud: PepVPN status is now shown on device lists.
  • The number of connected and configured PepVPN and SpeedFusion Cloud connections is now shown on device details and device list.
  • Fixed: For non-FusionHub devices, the “PepVPN Layer 3 Isolation option” under “Device Details > Edit” was not working on non-FusionHub devices. It has now been replaced by a new option “PepVPN Route Isolation”.
  • Device Devices screen shows whether the device is inside or outside a geofence.
  • Device System Management: added “CLI SSH & Console” settings for SD Switches. The “Web Admin Access” settings also cover AP One devices.
Erik de Bie
Erik de Bie joined Slingshot6 in 2020 after working for Peplink as a Technical Consultant. Over the years he has supported network engineers working for big global brands as well as every shape and size and type of managed service provider, reseller and end user.

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