AyrMesh.com is the control and monitoring portal for the AyrMesh network. You set all the parameters for your network here, and you can monitor your Ayrstone products to ensure they are working properly. Key features include:
- All Ayrstone Devices shown in one table
- Last checkin time shown for all devices
- Ability to manage multiple accounts from one login
Once you log in, you'll see the opening screen (click on any of the pictures to see them at full size):
As you can see, the first thing on the page is the device table. In this table, you'll see all your Ayrstone devices - Routers, Hubs, and Cameras - in one place, along with their IP addresses, names, MAC addresses, and last checkin times. If a device is late checking in or has never checked in, the checkin time will be in RED in that column.
Names are much more easily given and changed to devices - just click on the name to edit it. Names are limited to 35 characters.
For each device, just under the type of device it is, is a link for "Details." Each device will provide different sets of details, depending on its capabilities. For instance, Details for a Hub look like this:
For all devices, the type of device, MAC Address, and name are shown at the top of the page.Next is a table showing all the attached devices (MAC addresses only currently). Below that is the time of the last checkin, the uptime (how long the device has been operating continuously) and the SSID for the WiFi Access Point are shown. This window gives you a brief but very complete view of your devices.
For a Remote Hub, there is one additional piece of information: the bandwidth to the Gateway Hub. For Remote Hubs in the first "circle" around the Gateway, this should be 20-30 Mbps. If it is less, it may be a sign of interference or obstructions.
The uptime is also a potential trouble indicator: AyrMesh equipment should run for a very, very long time (months or years) without needing to reboot; reboots frequently indicate problems with the power, the underlying network, or the AyrMesh device itself.
At the bottom of the page, you'll find the new Network settings
area. Here you can change the SSID, Encryption Passkey, or channel of your AyrMesh Hubs. Just fill in the values and click "Save" to save them.
There is also a link to "Show Advanced Settings (caution)" - if you click that, you can adjust the type of authentication/encryption being used. Select "WPA/WPA2" if you have older devices that require the older WPA (TKIP) style of encryption. For the majority of users, "Strict WPA2" will be the correct setting. There are a few cases where unencrypted networks are appropriate, but we do NOT recommend turning off encryption in general.
Managing Multiple Networks
Finally, I just wanted to show you one other feature several people have asked for: the ability to see several AyrMesh networks from a single login.
Note that, at the top of the screen, it says, "Logged in as bill" and then there's a dropdown that says, "Account: bill"
If I click on "Edit Profile" at the top of the page, there's a link called "Edit Network Permissions" that will allow me to invite someone else to be able to manage my network:
This comes in very handy, for instance, if you have two AyrMesh Networks, one at home and one at your workplace. Up until now, you have had to log out of your home account to log into your work account. However, in the new portal, you can just give permission back and forth, then manage either account from either login.
We think these changes will be extremely valuable in making your AyrMesh network even better and easier to use. Of course, we welcome your comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.