Mako Dashboard

Overview


Figure 1. Example Mako Dashboard

Mako Dashboard is a secure network visualization tool optimized for display on large monitors or HDTVs in network operations centers that gives centralized support teams a way to monitor the status of their entire network at a glance and to respond proactively to network events as they arise in real time.

Mako Dashboard is a cloud-based tool that is accessible from the Mako Central Management System (CMS) via single sign-on (SSO) integration. Both applications handle data securely in compliance with PCI DSS requirements.

When loading large datasets in Mako Dashboard, you may see a loading message while your data is retrieved.


Figure 2. Example Mako CMS Home Page Quick Links

To access Mako Dashboard, click the Dashboard link in the Management Links quick links on the Mako CMS Home page (Fig. 2). Other links to Mako Dashboard may be available in the Mako CMS layout and navigation in the future.

Single Sign-On

Because you are logged in to the Mako CMS, and the Mako CMS and Mako Dashboard are integrated using SSO technology, you should be able to access Mako Dashboard without logging in again. If you attempt to access Mako Dashboard directly and you are not currently logged in, you will be redirected to the Mako Networks home page for security purposes. Visit the Mako CMS to log in again.

Mako Dashboard user sessions can last longer than Mako CMS user sessions, so you may not need to log in to the Mako CMS every time you visit Mako Dashboard.

Header


Figure 3. Example Header

The header region of the site (Fig. 3) contains basic information and actions for site users.

Mako Dashboard Information

The logo and title of the site appear along with a message indicating the last time Mako Dashboard successfully retrieved data from the Mako CMS.

Home Link

Click the Mako Networks logo on the left side of the header to return to the home page from anywhere in the site.

Refresh Data

Click the blue circular arrows icon button next to the Last Updated message to manually request that the data be refreshed. Under normal operation, the data should refresh automatically once per minute.

User Account Information

Your full name from your user account appears here.

Settings Link

Click the Settings link to manage Mako Dashboard settings for your user account. See the Settings page section below for more information.

Logout Link

Click the Logout link to end your current user session for both Mako Dashboard and the Mako CMS.

Selected Company Information

The logo and name of the selected company appear here.

Change Company

Enter the name of one of your companies. As you type, valid matching options will be suggested to you. Choose the company whose data you would like to view.

Include Clients

After choosing a company, use this checkbox to specify whether or not to include data from that company’s child companies (clients) in the data that displays.

Dashboard

Use the Dashboard home page (Fig. 1) to see the status of the selected company’s network at a glance.

Company Summary


Figure 4. Example Company Summary

The Company Summary (Fig. 4) indicates the name of the selected company, whether or not its clients are included in the data displayed, the total count of active Mako devices, and Summary Cards with additional status information.

Summary Cards

  • WAN Status Counts
    • ON PRIMARY WAN – devices currently running on primary WAN connection
    • ON SECONDARY WAN – devices currently running on secondary WAN connection
    • OFFLINE – devices currently without any WAN connectivity
  • Cellular Status Counts
    • CELLULAR ONLINE – devices currently with cellular connectivity
    • CELLULAR OFFLINE – devices currently without cellular connectivity
  • VPN Cloud Status Counts
    • VPN CLOUD ALL UP – devices currently with full VPN Cloud connectivity
    • VPN CLOUD SOME DOWN – devices currently with some VPN Cloud connectivity
    • VPN CLOUD ALL DOWN – devices currently without any VPN Cloud connectivity
  • IPsec VPN Status Counts
    • IPSEC VPN ALL UP – devices currently with full IPsec VPN connectivity
    • IPSEC VPN SOME DOWN – devices currently with some IPsec VPN connectivity
    • IPSEC VPN ALL DOWN – devices currently without any IPsec VPN connectivity

Summary Card data rows are color-coded in green, yellow, and red, which indicate desirable, mixed, and undesirable status options respectively.

Detail View


Figure 5. Example Summary Card Detail View

Clicking on a data row in a Summary Card opens a Detail View panel (Fig. 5) that lists all the devices counted for that data row. Use the table column headings to sort these devices. Use the “x” icon button to close the panel.

Network Map


Figure 6. Example Network Map

The Network Map (Fig. 6) displays clustered, color-coded pin markers that represent the selected company’s Mako devices. The data that is displayed on the map depends on the selected Network Map Filter values.

Marker Clustering


Figure 7. Marker Clustering Examples

Marker clustering replaces groups of individual markers on the map with circular clusters that display the number of markers in that local region of the map. As you zoom in or out, the clustering changes to match the scale of the map.

In the example above (Fig. 7), the user sees a cluster containing two devices, then the user zooms in and sees the two previously clustered markers have split into individual markers at this new scale. A cluster containing three markers is also shown, but given the marker positions and the zoom levels of the map, they remain clustered at the scales shown.

Marker Detail View


Figure 8. Example Marker Detail View

Click a marker on the map to view detailed information regarding the Mako device represented by the marker (Fig. 8). Click the name of the Mako to view it in the Mako CMS.

Network Map Filter

The Network Map Filter has two parts: a dropdown for selecting the dataset to use and a dynamic checkbox list that allows you to choose which status options within the dataset should display. The list below shows the dataset options (top level) and their related status options (second level).

  • WAN Status
    • ON PRIMARY WAN – devices currently running on primary WAN connection
    • ON SECONDARY WAN – devices currently running on secondary WAN connection
    • OFFLINE – devices currently without any WAN connectivity
  • Cellular Status
    • CELLULAR ONLINE – devices currently with cellular connectivity
    • CELLULAR OFFLINE – devices currently without cellular connectivity
  • VPN Cloud Status
    • VPN CLOUD ALL UP – devices currently with full VPN Cloud connectivity
    • VPN CLOUD SOME DOWN – devices currently with some VPN Cloud connectivity
    • VPN CLOUD ALL DOWN – devices currently without any VPN Cloud connectivity
  • IPsec VPN Status
    • IPSEC VPN ALL UP – devices currently with full IPsec VPN connectivity
    • IPSEC VPN SOME DOWN – devices currently with some IPsec VPN connectivity
    • IPSEC VPN ALL DOWN – devices currently without any IPsec VPN connectivity
  • Overall VPN Status – combines the previous two datasets (VPN Cloud and IPsec)
    • VPN ALL UP – devices currently with full VPN connectivity
    • VPN SOME DOWN – devices currently with some VPN connectivity
    • VPN ALL DOWN – devices currently without any VPN connectivity

The title of the Network Map indicates the selected dataset option and the total count of devices in that dataset.

Status filter options are color-coded in green, yellow, and red, which indicate desirable, mixed, and undesirable options respectively. The pin marker data points on the Network Map use these same colors, as well.

Zoom

Use the “+” and “-” buttons at the top right of the map to change the zoom setting of the map.

Refocus Map

Use the “Refocus Map” button below the map filter to recenter the map around the center of the selected dataset.

Activity Log


Figure 9. Example Activity Log

The Activity Log (Fig. 9) summarizes changes to each Mako device by tracking key data fields that affect the Mako’s status in the Mako Dashboard visualizations. When any of these values change for a Mako an event is logged.

When you first load the Activity Log, it will not show any data. As changes occur to Mako devices in the estate shown, events will appear in the Activity Log.

Show/Hide

Click the down arrows icon at the top left of the Activity Log to minimize it. You can maximize it again by clicking the up arrows icon on the minimized Activity Log.

Close

Click the “x” icon at the top right of the Activity Log to close it. You can display it again by visiting the Settings page.

Search Filter

Use the search filter at the top of the Activity Log to filter the results using text keywords.

Columns

  • Mako – name of Mako devices that logged the event
  • Timestamp – when the event occurred
  • Old Value – set of Mako status data from before the event
  • New Value – set of Mako status data from after the event

Settings


Figure 10. Example Settings Page

Use the Settings page (Fig. 10) to configure Mako Dashboard settings for your user account. Click the “Update” button to save any changes made here.

Report Settings

Choose whether or not each report should display as a summary card in the Company Summary using the checkboxes in the Display column.

Drag and drop the rows to sort the order in which reports appear in the Company Summary. This feature is coming soon.

Recent Activity Display

Choose whether or not to display the Activity Log.

Minutes of Cache

Enter the maximum number of minutes for a user session, i.e. how long a user account can remain logged in to Mako Dashboard.

Default Map Report

Choose which report is the default report shown in the Network Map after logging in.

Cluster Enable

Choose whether or not to enable marker clustering on the Network Map.

Minimum Cluster Size

Enter the minimum number of markers that can be used to create a cluster on the Network Map. If clustering is enabled, this should be set to an integer greater than or equal to 2.

At the default setting of “2,” any two markers within clustering distance of each other will form a cluster. Changing this to “5” would mean a cluster will not be formed until at least five markers are within clustering distance of each other. The clustering distance depends on the current zoom level of the map.

Update Button

Click the “Update” button to save any changes made here.

Back Button

Click the “Back” button to return to the Dashboard page.

Reset to Default Button

Click the “Reset to Default” button to reset all of these settings to their default values. Use with caution, as clicking this button does not ask for any confirmation before resetting and saving all settings.

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