The Tarana Cloud Suite (TCS) is a cloud-hosted system to monitor, manage, and troubleshoot Tarana Base Nodes and Remote Nodes. TCS makes it easy to plan, install, provision, and manage Tarana's radio network infrastructure. TCS provides network management, business operations, and control-plane functions. As a cloud-based offering, TCS takes advantage of cloud architecture, including high availability and redundancy, data security, and auto (cloud) scaling.
TCS has been architected using best practices for cloud-native applications, providing:
High availability/high redundancy
Auto (cloud) scaling
TCS supports multiple levels of access and privilege. This allows partners (operators) to manage business operations.
To log into TCS, open a browser with an internet connection and enter https://cloud.taranawireless.com into the URL bar. For the username and password, contact the TCS system administrator.
Chrome is the recommended and supported browser.
Figure 5: Logging into TCS
TCS allows secure user access and network management using a role-based access control (RBAC) approach. Three user roles are available within TCS. A user role defines what the user is allowed to see and do from TCS.
These are defined as follows:
NOC L1 User - Read-only access. A NOC L1 User may do any of the following:
View Dashboard, Map, Devices, Performance, Alarms, Events, Single Device pages
View or edit own user profile information
NOC Operator - Includes all permissions given to a NOC L1 User as well as:
OP Admin - Includes all permissions given to a NOC Operator as well as:
Create or configure networks and network wide policies
Create or configure users and assign roles
Certain menu items and functionality will be different depending on the user role assigned to the account that is logged in to TCS.
The TCS dashboard appears after a user successfully logs into TCS.
Figure 6: TCS Dashboard
The menu in the upper left shows or hides the navigation pane, which is just below. The navigation pane on the left has the following options:
Dashboard: displays the home dashboard
Map: displays the selected infrastructure on a map
Performance: displays Key Performance Indicator (KPI) metrics
Devices: displays information about selected devices in a tabular format
Alarms: displays system alarms
Events: displays system events
Admin: displays administrative operations (requires OP Admin rights)
Each of these will be explained in later sections throughout this guide.
Figure 7: Menu and Navigation Pane
In the top right-hand side of the dashboard are two icons. The alarm icon indicates if there are any active alarms in the selected network entities. Filtering the network entities is discussed later in this section. Alarms are discussed in a later section.
Next to the alarm icon is the user profile button.
Figure 8: Alarm Indicator and User Profile Button
Click on the user profile button to see the user profile information. The user’s profile, time zone, and password can be changed here.
Figure 9: User Profile Information
For CBRS installations, a certified installer is required to sign off on the installation parameters. For users with a CPI certificate, edit your profile to enter your CPI ID and upload your certificate.
Figure 10: Enter CPI ID and Certificate
Click Change Timezone to set appropriately.
Figure 11: User Profile Time Zone Settings
Click Change Password to update a user profile password. The new password must have at least 8 characters and include at least one number, one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one special character.
Figure 12: User Profile Password Change
If the user password has been forgotten, a user can reset their password. To do so, go to the TCS login screen and click the Forgot Password link. Enter the email address of the account registered with TCS and click Submit. An email will be sent to this address with a one-time passcode and instructions on how to reset the password.
Figure 13: Reset Forgotten Password
Thousands of devices can make up a Tarana G1 network. For this reason, deployed devices are grouped in TCS under an umbrella structure of entities. In general, these entities pertain to the geography of the deployments. Each entity assigns particular attributes to all deployed devices under its umbrella and is found from highest to lowest in hierarchy at the top of the dashboard.
Entities are created and named in the Admin → Network Configuration section of the Tarana Cloud Suite (TCS). After each entity is created and named, related attributes can then be assigned or edited, as needed. Note: See the Configuration section for information about configuring these entities. OP Admin rights are required for configuration.
A region is typically a large geographic area. It can be an entire country or part of one, such as a state.
A Site is a single geographical point within the Market. This is typically a tower where a single BN or a BN cluster (multiple BNs) are installed. A Market can contain numerous sites.
A Cell is an array of sectors used to service a distribution of RNs in the proximity of a Site. A Cell is typically composed of 3-4 BNs. It is important to note that multiple cells can exist at a single site. Multiple factors define a cell:
Cell ID: This is a numeric value used to distinguish BNs that belong to different cell sites.
Frequency Band: This can be either 5 GHz or 3 GHz.
Network Profile: The network profile defines the maximum distance an RN can be from its BN and the ratio of the downlink rate to the uplink rate. Note: Network Profiles 5 and 6 require device software release 0.975 or higher.
Max Cell Range
A Sector refers to an individual BN and all of its connected RNs. It is important to note that a BN does not define a Sector. A Sector is defined as an abstract via TCS. This allows a BN and RNs to be swapped out of Sector while the Sector name and attributes stay the same even though the actual hardware has changed.
A Region may contain multiple Markets, Markets may include multiple Sites, and Cells may include multiple Sectors depending on the specific deployment requirements. Each hierarchical entity assigns attributes to all deployed devices in the hierarchy beneath it.
Understanding the structure of network entities is vital as this is how TCS determines which devices/networks to display or operate on.
The drop-down menu selections at the top of the screen allow the selection of a specific network entity based on Region, Market, Site, Cell, and Sector. Changing these selections and clicking Apply will change the information displayed in any of the navigation page windows except Admin.
Selecting individual entities from Region through Sector creates the most granular filter for network devices.
Figure 14: Granular Filter of Network Entities
For the least granular view, select “All Regions”.
Figure 15: All Network Entities
There is a limitation of 1024 entities that can be shown in any one network area. For a very large deployment, not all RNs may be seen under All Regions and more granular filtering may be required.
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