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Netspan Product Release Note

Release 6.1
This document forms the release note relevant to the specific product release as stated above. It covers new features, performance and any limitations of the product known at the time of release.
Title Author Approved Prod Management Approved Engineering Approved Product Verification Name Andy Hobbs Signature Date

Paul Trubridge Krzysztof Dudzinski Simon Lockyer

This is the unpublished work, the copyright of which vests in Airspan Networks Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein is the property of Airspan Networks Inc and is supplied without liability for errors or omissions. No part may be reproduced or used except by contract or other permission. The copyright and the foregoing restriction on reproduction and use extend to all media in which the information may be embodied.

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Revision Draft 1.0 Rev A Originator A Hobbs A Hobbs Date 18/09/07 20/09/07 Description 1st Draft Released

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Contents
1 2 3 ABBREVIATIONS....................................................................................................................................... 5 PRODUCT OVERVIEW............................................................................................................................. 6 OVERVIEW OF CHANGES (SPECIFIC TO THIS SYSTEM RELEASE) .......................................... 7 3.1 BASE STATION & BASE STATION SECTOR NAMING ................................................................................. 7 3.2 INTRODUCTION OF LICENSING ................................................................................................................. 7 3.3 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT AND PROVISIONING CHANGES TO 802.1Q VLAN BRIDGE PROVISIONING ..................................................................................................................................................... 7 3.4 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT AND PROVISIONING SUPPORT FOR BROADCAST CONTROL OF TRAFFIC WITH UNKNOWN DESTINATION ADDRESS ............................................................................................. 8 3.5 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT AND PROVISIONING SUBSCRIBER STATION MANAGEMENT ............... 8 3.6 CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT AND PROVISIONING SUPPORT FOR INTEGRATED WIFI ACCESS POINT 9 3.7 SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT ...................................................................................................................... 9 3.8 PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT - STATISTICS ........................................................................................... 9 3.9 SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ..................................................................................................................... 11 3.10 NORTHBOUND INTERFACE ..................................................................................................................... 11 3.11 MULTIPLE SNMP TRAP DESTINATIONS ................................................................................................ 11 3.12 USER INTERFACE ENHANCEMENTS ........................................................................................................ 12 4 PRODUCT STATUS .................................................................................................................................. 13 4.1 4.2 5 GENERAL STATUS ................................................................................................................................. 13 SOFTWARE VERSIONS ............................................................................................................................ 13

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE .................................................................................................................. 14 5.1 FEATURE SUPPORT ................................................................................................................................ 14 5.1.1 Fault Management........................................................................................................................ 14 5.1.2 Configuration Management.......................................................................................................... 14 5.1.3 Accountancy.................................................................................................................................. 15 5.1.4 Performance Management............................................................................................................ 15 5.1.5 Security Management ................................................................................................................... 15 5.1.6 Northbound Interface.................................................................................................................... 16 5.1.7 Other Management Features ........................................................................................................ 16 5.2 TESTED PERFORMANCE ......................................................................................................................... 16

KNOWN LIMITATIONS.......................................................................................................................... 17 6.1 6.2 6.3 KNOWN LIMITATIONS OF USE ............................................................................................................... 17 KNOWN PROBLEMS ............................................................................................................................... 17 OBSERVATIONS ..................................................................................................................................... 18

OPERATIONAL NOTES .......................................................................................................................... 19 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 GENERAL ............................................................................................................................................... 19 INSTALLATION ....................................................................................................................................... 19 SERVICES ............................................................................................................................................... 19 TRAFFIC SERVICE DEPENDENCY............................................................................................................ 19 AUTO DISCOVERY ................................................................................................................................. 20 SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD ........................................................................................................................ 20

COMPATIBILITY AND INTEROPERABILITY .................................................................................. 21 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 WIMAX EQUIPMENT COMPATIBILITY .................................................................................................. 21 OPERATING SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY .................................................................................................... 21 HTML BROWSER COMPATIBILITY ........................................................................................................ 21 HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................................. 22

PRODUCT DOCUMENTATION............................................................................................................. 23

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9.1 9.2 9.3

USER DOCUMENTATION ........................................................................................................................ 23 PRODUCT SPECIFICATION ...................................................................................................................... 23 SALES SUPPORT MATERIAL ................................................................................................................... 23

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Abbreviations
Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture Base Station Cyclic Prefix Cyclic Redundancy Check Frame Duration Frequency Division Duplex General Availability Global Positioning System Media Access Control Maximum Information Rate Maximal Ratio Combining Not Applicable New Product Introduction Network Management System Open Base Station Architecture Initiative Orthogonal Division Multiplexing Orthogonal Division Multiple Access Physical Layer Radio Frequency Rest of World Space Time Coding Receive Single Channel Radio Transceiver Software Defined Radio System Release Subscriber Station Software Time Division Duplex Transmit United States (of America)

ATCA BS CP CRC FD FDD GA GPS MAC MIR MRC N/A NPI NMS OBSAI OFDM OFDMA PHY RF RoW STC Rx SCRT SDR SR SS SW TDD Tx US

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Product Overview

This section (Section 2) provides a descriptive overview of the product and may contain reference to features and functionality available in future system releases. Airspans Netspan is a comprehensive management solution that manages the network elements in Airspans WiMAX family, which consists of WIMAX compliant Base Stations (BS) and Subscriber Stations (SS). Netspan is a client-server application, with always-on server components implemented as windows services, and with a front end web application. Netspan uses SNMP to communicate with BS equipment, as well as third party WiMAX compliant SS devices. It can be adjusted to meet customer requirements through its flexible configuration options. The major elements associated with Netspan are as follows: 1. Support for both nomadic and fixed Subscriber Station (SS) 2. IEEE 802.16-2004 standard configuration of the SS for service on the network; SS do not have to be tied to a fixed BS, although they can be 3. Support for Microsoft SQL 2005 and SQL2000 families i.e SQL and MSDE database engines 4. Indirect management of SS (MIB model) 5. Template/class based provisioning 6. Asynchronous configuration of provisioning data 7. Synchronous/asynchronous status (database storage only for key status data) 8. Off-line provisioning capabilities 9. Database is a master for provisioning data 10. Manual re-synchronisation between equipment and NMS 11. Full FCAPS support for all WiMAX equipment The Netspan server is accessed using an Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer v6 and v7, Firefox v2.0), with BS and SS provisioning, configuration management, fault management etc. via web pages. Netspan has been designed to support efficient operation and maintenance of WiMAX networks, efficient Fault Management is vital for ensuring up time and quality of service. It provides the operator with a comprehensive set of tools that give a total picture of the alarm status in the Network, including important features that support rapid treatment of disturbances in the WiMAX network. A Microsoft SQL database is used to store all the provisioning information, alarms, configuration, events, history and statistical information. Support for Microsoft SQL2005 Express edition (free download) is offered as an alternative for customers that do not require a full SQL 2005 database engine i.e. for small networks of up to 20 sectors and 2000 SSs, or for use in trials The Netspan clients (Internet browsers) are remote from the server machine. Note: 50 simultaneous users may be logged onto Netspan at the same time using the web application. Netspan uses a management information base that can be monitored by a network management system. The management information base, defined as SNMP MIB, allows monitoring of all Airspans BS and SS equipment

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Overview of Changes (specific to this system release)

Release 6.1 introduces a new version of Netspan which includes bug fixes as detailed in section 6. No additional features have been introduced since Release 6.0, although all features introduced have been validated with MacroMAX and HiperMAX. The following features introduced in Release 6.0 have been fully validated as part of Release 6.1

3.1

Base Station & Base Station Sector Naming

A major change in the naming convention of Base Station and Base Station Sectors has been implemented as indicated below: Base Station Base Station Sector Base Station Inventory Base Station Profiles now known as now known as now known as now known as BS TRx (BS Transceiver)

BS TRx Channel BS TRx Inventory BS TRx Profiles

3.2

Introduction of Licensing

The concept of Netspan licensing has been introduced in Netspan, and license key information is requested during initial installation. However, a license is in fact not yet required, and this request can be ignored. Functionality is not restricted, with the exception of the new Web Services introduced on the Northbound Interface.

3.3

Configuration Management and Provisioning Changes to 802.1q VLAN Bridge Provisioning

802.1q VLAN Bridge Provisioning has been changed in Release 6.0 to align functionality across Airspans entire range of WiMAX Base Station, whilst maintaining functionality in line with the IEEE 802.1Q-2005, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks. The following new features have been introduced. MacroMAX & HiperMAX support for PVID as defined in IEEE802.1Q Classifier VLANs have been implementation for all BS platforms.

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o Including VoiceMAX dynamic service flow VLAN tagging o Including 802.1p Priority Configuration Bridging section has been added to the custom configuration: o Ageing time added for all platforms o LAN table size per BS has been added for MacroMAX and HiperMAX DHCP option 82 for each VLAN for all BS platforms. New binary mode. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.4

Configuration Management and Provisioning Support for Broadcast Control of Traffic with Unknown Destination Address

Provides support for configuration of this feature, which is available in MacroMAX and HiperMAX Base Stations. For further details please refer to MacroMAX or HiperMAX Release Notes Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.5

Configuration Management and Provisioning Subscriber Station Management Changes to SS Custom Configuration Profile: o New downlink adaptive modulation configuration (averaging factors, SNR margins) o New limit to maximum number of network hosts New event (trap) indicating the change of any of identification parameters (addresses, versions) as described above. Configuration of the BS Sector that the SS is allowed to register on with new properties: BSID and BSID Mask SS global service provisioning is available under Configuration Management, allowing a combination of service parameters (service product, config template and vlan template) to be assigned to all SSs on a network wide basis. SS reporting inventory and equipment addresses. SS reports to BS, using custom management messages the following: its own IP address, SW version and HW revision number, MAC Address and IP address of integrated WiFi AP and MAC Address and IP Address of itnegrated voice gateway (EasyVoice). BS exposes reported values in read-only MIB table and also sends the trap when any of the values change for any given SS. Netspan reads the values from the BS MIB table and also from the objects of the relevant trap and displays the values on the screen. IP Addresses are displayed as HTML links to local management pages of the corresponding equipment.

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Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.6

Configuration Management and Provisioning Support for Integrated WiFi Access Point

The support for Integrated WiFi Access point as follows: The SS list now contains additional columns for WiFi access point and residential voice gateway IP addresses. The SS inventory list has additional columns for the WiFi access point and residential voice gateway Mac Addresses. The SS management page State tab now has the additional information of WiFi Access point and residential voice gateway IP and Mac addresses. A new event type, number 210 (SS Equipment Status Change), has been added for the trap containing the WiFi and easy voice IP and Mac addresses. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.7

Software Management

Software Management has been enhancements as follows: Introduction of Download and Activate command for BS, SS and BSDU. o The status of pending, in progress, completed, and retrying for this command are reported in Upgrade categories list page and Edit upgrade category page. Additional column introduced in software compact report to report retrying state separately. Additional row introduced in software compact report to report on BSDU. Scheduling available in node specific management page, multi node management page and software category pages. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.8

Performance Management - Statistics

Several new categories of statistics were introduced in Release 6.0 BS Air Interface Stats has been divided into two separate categories as follows: 1) BS Air Interface Usage These are frame usage statistics, for each interface which were previously available.

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Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

(partial support)

2) BS Air Interface Counts These are per interface counters. They include the Broadcast SDU and Broadcast Octet Counts that were available previously as well as new counters for Release 6.0 covering management and traffic SDUs and octets for both uplink and downlink directions. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

SS Ethernet Stats These are new for Release 6.0 and report the SS Ethernet Stats per SS as measured on the SS and reported to the BS. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

SS Air Interface Stats These are new for Release 6.0 and report the SS Air Interface Counts per SS as measured on the SS and reported to the BS. The counters cover management and traffic SDUs and octets for both uplink and downlink directions. Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

Statistics are available on the management pages as follows: Single and multi BS management: BS Ethernet Statistics full history BS Air Interface Usage latest measurements only BS Air Interface Counts latest measurements only SS Ethernet Statistics latest measurements only SS Air Interface Statistics latest measurements only SS RF Statistics latest measurements only SS Modulation Statistics latest measurements only SS Packet Counts latest measurements only

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Single and multi Sector management BS Air Interface Usage full history BS Air Interface Counts full history SS RF Statistics latest measurements only SS Modulation Statistics latest measurements only Single and multi SS managements SS Ethernet Statistics full history SS Air Interface Statistics full history SS RF Statistics full history SS Modulation Statistics full history SS Packet Counts full history Compatible with the following Base stations HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

3.9

Security Enhancement Improved Netspan password security with configurable security policy. User can now select one of three policies: Basic, Medium and High o Basic Security Policy is defined by what has previously been implemented in Netspan Release 5.2. This is the default policy. o Medium Security Policy applies stricter rules on what strings are acceptable for password, eliminates obvious strings like password, pass and enforces password change of first login of a new user. o High Security Policy, in addition to Medium one, introduces strict password recycling with configurable expiry period.

3.10 Northbound Interface BETA Release only: New WEB services have been introduced for definition of service profiles. With this enhancement the customer can create/edit/delete service profiles via NBIF API. This feature requires a Netspan License

Note: Please refer to your Airspan account manager should a license be required for this feature

3.11 Multiple SNMP Trap Destinations Netspan now provides configuration of the Base Station and BSDU SNMP trap destinations, allowing multiple traps to be configured. This feature allows customers with third party fault management system (e.g. HP OpenView) to quickly configure up to 8 trap destinations (including one for Netspan) on all BSs and BSDUs in the network. HiperMAX HiperMAX-micro MacroMAX MicroMAX

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3.12 User Interface Enhancements The following user interface enhancements are introduced in this release: Topology changes The topology hierarchy has been updated to recognise that: 1) HiperMAX BSs are grouped together in Shelves 2) MicroMAX BSs are grouped together by sharing a BSDU A Shelf list page has been introduced and shelves may be added, deleted and have their properties edited. The relationship between BSs and Shelves is automatically determined by the discovery service. Topology Navigation Tree The Topology Navigation Tree is a new view showing the hierarchy of items managed by Netspan and provides the following features: o Integrated search of Names and IDs as they appear in the tree. o Layout is remembered so that the same items are shown next time the page is visited. o Hyperlinks provide navigation to the management page or property page of each item. o Icons show items that are unmanaged, are offline or have alarms associated with them. o Additional information such as the IP Address is available in tooltips. Management Page Mini Tree The Mini Tree has been updated to provide the following new features: o Shelf and BSDU is shown in the hierarchy when present o It is possible to navigate down the hierarchy if a + button is shown. This gives the next level in the hierarchy and provides links to the appropriate management page. Use of AJAX technology AJAX enables a web page to be partially updated without the need to fully reload the page. It helps to eliminate the delay, flicker and loss of scrollbar position which can be seen when pages communicate with the server without the use of AJAX. Netspan makes use of AJAX to improve the user experience by giving a smoother, richer experience for the user. Global SS Provisioning To address the need of changing Service Product assigned to large number of SSs Release 6.0 Netspan introduces Global SS Provisioning Page. The Global SS Provisioning page operation is similar to multi-edit but the selection of the population of SSs to edit is performed based on the criteria given by user rather than by selecting SSs on the list. The selection criteria choose SSs, which are provisioned with a given set of profiles: Service Product, Custom Config and Port VLAN Profile. The provisioning of large number of SSs is time demanding hence it is done asynchronously. User can monitor the progress on the page or go to a different page while the operation continues SF Status added to Sector Management SF Status is now available from the Sector Management page in addition to the BS Management and SS Management pages where is was previously available.

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4.1

Product Status
General Status

The following table summarises the current status of Netspan. Details of the associated System Release are provided in the associated Product Bulletin.

Product Netspan Key: Beta: GA: 4.2

Status GA

Last Changes Release 6.1

Availability limited to selected customers Product available without restrictions Software Versions

The latest validated software versions at the time of this release are listed below. For clarity, a history of software versions is shown with their corresponding status: Product Status Supported (latest) Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Obsolete Product Release Release 6.1 Release 6.0 Release 5.2 Release 5.1 Release 5.0 Release 4.1 Release 3.0 Release 2.0.3 Release 2.0.1 Release 2.0 1.5 1.4 1.0 0.5 Version 5.8.51.002 5.8.50.009 69.8.50.005 53.8.40.010 5.8.40.009 x.8.30.015 x.8.30.013 x.8.20.017 x.8.20.014 x.8.20.011 x.8.10.014 x.8.10.013 5 4

Netspan

System software line ups (including Netspan & SS support details) are defined in individual release notes associated with each Base Station product. Note: BS & SS compatibility and associated validated software loads are detailed in Section 8. Additional information on compatibility of new features is provided in Section 5.1.

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5.1

Product Performance
Feature Support

The tables below list all implemented features and their current support status for each Airspan Base Station type. Support status is classified as follows: S NS NT NI NA Fully supported Not supported due to a known limitation (see section 6) Not tested at the time of this release Not implemented Combination of BS and Feature not applicable

Note: This version of Netspan has not been fully validated for use with MicroMAX or HiperMAX. Previous Netspan versions should be used in these cases as detailed in the respective Release Note.

5.1.1

Fault Management HiperMAX S S S S S S HiperMAXmicro S S S S S S MacroMAX S S S S S S MicroMAX S S S S S S

Feature Events Collection (traps) Alarm Generation Alarm Severity Categorisation Alarm Acknowledgement Alarm & Events Filtering Historical Alarms

5.1.2

Configuration Management

Feature Region / Sites Topology Lists BS Inventory Management BS Auto Discovery BS Hardware Inventory Reporting BS Equipment Status Monitoring SS Inventory Management SS Auto Discovery SS Hardware Inventory Reporting SS Status Monitoring BS Provisioning 802.16 Protocol Profile OFDM Profile Burst Profile Custom Config Profile PKM Security Profile Uplink Sub-Channelisation Profile VoIP Profile (VoiceMAX)

HiperMAX S S S S S S S S S S S S S NT

HiperMAXmicro S S S S S S S S S S S S S NT

MacroMAX S S S S S S S S S S S S S NT

MicroMAX S S S S S S S S S S S S NI S

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Feature VLAN Bridge Provisioning Advanced VLAN classifiers BS Sector Commissioning SS Service Provisioning Service Flow QoS & Packet Classifiers VLAN Port Profile Custom Config Profile SS Software Upgrade Management Individual SW Upgrades Group SW Upgrades Global SW Upgrades SS WiFi Management SS WiFi Association & web management window BS Software Upgrade Management Individual SW Upgrades Group SW Upgrades Global SW Upgrades Service Flow Status Reporting BS Status Monitoring SS Status Monitoring

HiperMAX S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

HiperMAXmicro S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

MacroMAX S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

MicroMAX S S S S S NI S S S S S S S S S S

5.1.3

Accountancy

Netspan does not support any accountancy functionality.

5.1.4

Performance Management

Feature RF RSSI and CINR values for each SS Relative usage of modulation and FEC codes, displayed as a percentage, and subchannelisation widths for each SS. SS Packets and octets counts for each SS, for each direction BS Ethernet port packet and octet counts Air interface statistics for each BS and sector

HiperMAX S S S S S

HiperMAXmicro S S S S S

MacroMAX S S S S S

MicroMAX S NI S S S

5.1.5

Security Management

Feature Encrypted User Password Storage Form based Netspan user authentication Role based Netspan user authorisation Air Interface Security Configuration (part of BS PKM & Custom Config Profile) Rev A

HiperMAX S S S S

HiperMAXmicro S S S S

MacroMAX S S S S

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5.1.6

Northbound Interface

Feature SS Service Activation (incl. deactivation) Service Profile List Retrieval Multiple SNMP Trap Destinations

HiperMAX S S S

HiperMAXmicro S S S

MacroMAX S S S

MicroMAX S S S

5.1.7

Other Management Features

Feature Netspan Server Manager Profile Import / Export User GUI Profiles Database Search Engine User Configurable List Filtering User Selectable List Sorting Compact Network Summary Reporting Inventory Alarms SW Upgrade Provisioning User Activity Logging

HiperMAX S S S S S S S S S S S

HiperMAXmicro S S S S S S S S S S S

MacroMAX S S S S S S S S S S S

MicroMAX S S S S S S S S S S S

5.2

Tested Performance

Guaranteed performance levels are detailed in the Product Specification associated with this system release.

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6.1

Known Limitations
Known Limitations of Use

Known limitations in the way the product is deployed or configured are listed in this section: There are no known limitations.

6.2

Known Problems

The following problems are present at the time of release.

Feature Affected WiFi MAC and IP Address Display in Netspan

Problem Description Latest Netspan supports the capture of WiFi Mac and IP addresses. This is not functioning and believed to be a BS MIB issue.

Severity Low

PRN 1860

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6.3

Observations

Observations made during system test are listed below. The list is valid at the time of issuing this release note. The observations are provided for information only and are generally very minor or characteristics that have been seen on only few occasions. They are not regular or significant enough to classify as problems. BS Blank Inventory Netspan will be unable to display any data on MacroMAX and HiperMAX shelves without an inventory table. This will only affect older HiperMAX systems.

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7.1

Operational Notes
General

The following operation notes should be considered in addition to the recommendations outlined in the Product User Documentation. Attention should be paid to limitations listed in section 6.1.

7.2

Installation

The AS8200 Netspan Application has a number of dependencies and these are automatically verified during the installation process. It is noted that the process appears swift and can be monitored with use of a progress bar but it appears to take up to 5 minutes to get from 100% to removal of the progress bar depending on the specification of the computer. This is a limitation within Microsoft. Following installation, SNMP trap destinations must be configured on a global basis through Netspan in order to receive alarms and event information.

7.3

Services

Eight services are installed and are required to be running note however that the names have been changes in order to de-brand the product: NMS Alarm Service NMS Archive Service NMS Discovery Service NMS Event Service NMS Provisioning Service NMS Job Engine Service NMS SwManager Service NMS Statistics Service

Airspan recommends that the Installer application is set to Automatic so that they start when required. There are a number of inter-dependencies so it is recommended that all services are stopped and started if problems are experienced. There is no requirement to start the services in any particular order.

7.4

Traffic Service Dependency

Netspan is required to support provisioning of any service on the Base Station to provide nomadic support for the SS. It is therefore important to ensure that it is configured properly and communicating correctly with the Base Station in order for any Service Flows to be provisioned. If Netspan is not communicating correctly with the Base Station, a new SS will still be allowed to register to the BS but will not be granted any service flows.

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7.5

Auto Discovery

AS8200 Netspan is able to Auto Discover Base Station shelves within a pre-defined IP range. This IP range is defined by the user as a Discovery Task. Multiple Tasks can be used. It is during the Discovery process that Netspan detects hardware types. Netspan is also able to detect SSs and read the Hardware Type (i.e. Easy/Pro) provided that they are running at least 169.5. Note that if pre v162 versions are in the other bank, Netspan will report spurious information for that bank. It is necessary to create a Discovery Task with type SS in order to discover SNMP parameters for the purpose of direct management communication with SS and multi-SS software upgrade. SSs with SNMP parameters discovered become available in the Software Management, SS list. 7.6 Software Download

Software can now be downloaded to multiple SSs simultaneously, also enabling their progress to be monitored. Four options are available during the final stages: 1. Download: Download the code defined to the selected SS. 2. Assign to Primary: This will perform a Swap Bank function so that the next time the SS is reset or power cycled, it will run the new version. This can be used so that the end user obtains a transparent upgrade. 3. Activate: This will perform the Swap Bank function, verify it and perform a reset. 4. Download and Activate: This will perform the Swap Bank function, verify it and perform a reset. Note: The SS code to support Activate must be at least V180. Versions earlier than this will require a reset in order to run the new code.

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Compatibility and Interoperability

8.1

WiMAX Equipment Compatibility

The following BS & SS equipment have been verified as compatible with Netspan. Backward compatibility is shown to indicate the earliest software build that be supported by the current Netspan software during system upgrades. It is however recommended that all BS & SS are upgraded to versions indicated as having Full levels of compatibility with Netspan. Equipment Type Model SW Build 7.6.01.007 7.5.00.015 x.6.01.007 x.5.00.015 x.4.00.030 x.6.01.007 x.5.00.015 x.4.00.030 6.0.24.0 Compatibility Level Full Upgrade Only Full Upgrade Only Upgrade Only Full Upgrade Only Upgrade Only Full Release 6.1 5.2 6.1 5.1.1 4.2 6.1 5.1.1 4.2 6.1

MacroMAX HiperMAX BS HiperMAXMicro MicroMAX

Note: For SS compatibility please refer to the associated BS Release Notes

8.2

Operating System Compatibility

Netspan Server is compatible and has been fully verified with the following combinations of operating system and SQL Server: Windows Server 2003 S S S MS Windows XP Pro NT NT S

MS SQL Server 2000 MS SQL Server 2005 MS SQL Server 2005 Express Key: S Supported NT Not Tested

The following operating systems are not supported by Netspan: Windows Server 2000

8.3

HTML Browser Compatibility

Netspan is compatible and has been fully verified with the following HTML browsers (clients):

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MS Internet Explorer v7 Netscape v7 Firefox 1.5 Key: S Supported NT Not Tested

S NT NT

8.4

Hardware Requirements

Client and server minimum hardware requirements are defined in the Product Specification.

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Product Documentation

This section details the supporting documentation relating to Netspan available at the time of issuing this release note:

9.1

User Documentation

The following user documentation is intended for use by Operators & System Integrators. Title Netspan Installation Guide Netspan User Manual Netspan Northbound Interface User Implementation Guide Reference 605-0000-844 605-0000-845 TBD Rev B C Status Released Released TBD

9.2

Product Specification Reference TBD Rev Status TBD

Title Netspan Product Specification Release 6.1

9.3

Sales Support Material

The following Sales Documentation is intended for use by OEM Partners and Value Added Resellers. Title Netspan Product Catalogue Reference 005-8404-002 Rev 0.4 Status Released

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