The policies and business logics that are defined in the Aptilo Service Management Platform (SMP) must be enforced in the data path by access gateways (Wi-Fi), packet gateways (3G/LTE), or DPI nodes. Aptilo SMP has proven interoperability with leading third-party gateways through customer deployments and our ever-growing list of ecosystem partners.
Aptilo Access Controller – carrier-class policy enforcement in Wi-Fi networks
For Wi-Fi networks, the Aptilo Service Management Platform is optimized for working hand-in-hand with the Aptilo Access Controller™ (AC) delivering true unique capabilities. However, Aptilo SMP also works seamlessly with third-party access gateways.
The difference between a Wi-Fi access point controller and a Wi-Fi access gateway
The Aptilo AC can sometimes be mistaken as a Wi-Fi access point controller, but it is not. The Aptilo AC is a carrier-class Wi-Fi access gateway with the primary task to admit access for users, handle online/offline charging and control the user-experience through policy enforcement including outbound QoS control towards the Internet. A Wi-Fi access point controller has its primary task to control the Wi-Fi access points (often so called lightweight APs) in a very granular way and centralize some functionality that otherwise need to be present on each access point. It also enforce inbound QoS towards the Wi-Fi radio network. Some access point controllers have Wi-Fi access gateway functionality, but it is often limited functionality that will work in very specific scenarios.
Hybrid deployment with Aptilo Access Controller and third party access gateway
The Aptilo AC can be deployed behind third-party Wi-Fi access gateways and Wi-Fi access point controllers to enable functionality that cannot otherwise be achieved, in these cases the Aptilo AC becomes a critical service enabler.
This type of hybrid deployment can bring the best of two worlds together. Examples of value added functionality that the Aptilo AC can bring include:
- Built-in Web Server for local captive portal and WiSPr login
- Built-in DHCP/DNS server
- A number of “extra” functions derived from more than 120 demanding service provider customers world wide such as plug-and-play support for clients, MAC-address authentication, DHCP Option 82 support, firewall rules, policy-based routing, traceability of end-user activities and more.
- In some cases policy enforcement
- In some cases online and/or offline accounting