Datasat wireless devices do more than recognise different types of traffic, they understand their individual characteristics. This allows the system to actively adapt the management of traffic, in a way appropriate to each application, to deal with changes in the radio environment or changing demands on the network. This distributed Layer 3 intelligence and adaptive traffic handling enables Datasat’s WiFi infrastructure to deliver throughput and performance throughout the coverage area.
Intelligence At The Edge
Layer 3 allows network services such as traffic management and firewalls are executed at an individual router level. There is no need for a central controlling device as there would be in a Layer 2 network. It gives granular control over users, devices and applications. SLAs can be created and enforced across the entire network to meet the individual requirements for that network. Unlike the flooding of packets that can occur with Layer 2, a Layer 3 network is much more bandwidth efficient as well as enabling advanced traffic management and dynamic bandwidth location.
Reducing the Admin Burden
Configuration and management of a Layer 3 network is more straightforward. The network administrator can manage edge routers through web-based or SMTP access. What's more, many Layer 3 protocols are dynamic once implemented. A well designed and implemented Layer 3 network also allows the administrator to set up automatic self-healing routes for data to enable near real time recovery of communications should one device fail.
Quality of Service (QoS) Driven
An intelligent Layer 3 architecture allows the administrator to set stringent Quality of Service (QoS) policies. With policies administered on the individual edge routers, the network can be partitioned into multiple priority levels. The policies will determine priority for different classes of service or the network rights and application access of individual user or user group.