Management Tools

BC Commander

Get Greater Administrative Control with BC|Commander Network Management

Gain confident control of your Kinetic Mesh® network with Rajant's easy-to-use BC|Commander monitoring and management application and optimize long-term management time and costs.

BC|Commander establishes secure, encrypted links to each node in the Kinetic Mesh network, which allows operators to gain a complete view of their BreadCrumb®-based network topology. Available for workstations running either Microsoft Windows® or Linux®, this software enables point-and-click configuration for ease of management and rapid scalability.

Gain Real-Time Views of Your Network

BC|Commander graphically depicts network topology at any given time, whether nodes are fixed, wireless, or in motion. Real-time mapping of BreadCrumbs allows administrators to see exactly where and how their network is connecting even as devices move throughout the environment. It also provides real-time RF status information for mesh and client links, and generates network analysis and configuration reports.

Click to Configure and Scale

Configure features for multiple BreadCrumbs at once—including radio settings, mesh encryption and authentication, VLANs, InstaMesh settings and more—and spin out new nodes almost instantaneously. BreadCrumbs automatically look for peers and will begin communicating immediately, making set up minimal. Client link security can also be configured up to WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.11i Enterprise). BC|Commander makes it easy to monitor and optimize any BreadCrumb-based network as the network evolves.

Visualize Coverage and Connectivity Challenges

Fully integrated in the latest version of BC|Commander, BC|MeshMappper is Rajant's latest network performance active survey utility that illustrates how the Kinetic Mesh connection quality varies by geographic location within a mesh network. This diagnostic tool generates connectivity heat maps to help the end user to analyze, diagnose, and optimize the performances of the Kinetic Mesh network. When implemented immediately and after topography changes, BC|MeshMapper will give the network administrator excellent visibility into how well the current infrastructure placements cover the active area with the metrics that are most important to analyzing the health of InstaMesh links.

BC Enterprise

Prepare for the Future of Your Kinetic Mesh Network with BC|Enterprise

BC|Enterprise delivers strategic data on historical network performance and automatic alerts with live updates to complement the real-time, tactical mesh network views available from Rajant's BC|Commander.

BC|Enterprise (BCE) allows you to view network conditions showing what has transpired on your Kinetic Mesh network. To maximize ease of use and provide relevant information to network managers, data is visualized through a number of customizable dashboards. These dashboards allow you to obtain graphs that illustrate virtually any aspect of your mesh network for any chosen time period-now, a few minutes ago, last week, or a few months ago.

BC|Enterprise Features Overview

  • Web-accessible application to monitor and manage network performance
  • Runs as a background service, low overhead, 'always-on' monitoring and data gathering
  • Network functionality spanning user-defined time slices
  • SNMP Service to alert based on configurable metrics via SMS or email
  • Analysis data for individual nodes or administratively-designated groups of nodes
  • Remote or on-site monitoring and management
  • Creation of individual user accounts to access monitoring functions
  • Weekly and monthly up-time charts in a “Periodic Reports” dashboard
  • “Create Dashboard” button on Actions Screen, which allows user to create a custom dashboard by copying a valid dashboard in JSON formation a text area
  • Radar Detection Charts on the BreadCrumb dashboard for users operating on DFS channels
  • “Historical Metrics Support” dashboard to monitor capacity and performance of the historical metrics database
  • Secure with SSL/TLS

While operators of smaller networks may prefer to monitor and manage their mesh networks using BC|Commander alone, those with larger enterprise networks will find BC|Enterprise indispensable to reduce troubleshooting man-hours and increase productivity.



Add Functionality with BCAPI, Rajant's BreadCrumb® API for Customization

Rajant's BreadCrumb Application Program Interface (BCAPI) provides an added measure of flexibility and customization for customers who require specialized applications on their Kinetic Mesh networks.

The Java-based BCAPI manages configuration and reads the state of any BreadCrumb wireless network node. Leveraging the BCAPI, users can develop customized management and monitoring applications - from graphical displays and configuration utilities and alarms to data management apps.

BCAPI applications include:

Graphical Display Applications
These applications show network topology, connections, maps and parameters such as channel, signal strength, connection, security, etc.

Configuration and Alarm Applications
Set BreadCrumb configurations and create alarms or other functionality based on configurable thresholds for many network and BreadCrumb parameters.

Data Management Applications
Third party applications can be created using BCAPI to log, sort, forward or store network and BreadCrumb parameters.