The first thing we have to do is download Edimax SKYMANAGE PC, however, this software is not available for download on the manufacturer’s official website. We must contact an Edimax distributor, or directly with the manufacturer itself via email. When the distributor or manufacturer sends us the software, we can see that we will not only have the software for Microsoft Windows 64-bit, but we will also find a short quick installation guide in English, and all the firmwares for the Edimax professional access points Pro.
As you can see in the following image, we have the latest firmwares available for the different CAP, WAP, IAP and OAP models from the manufacturer Edimax.
Once we have unzipped the .zip file and extracted all the firmwares and the SKYMANAGE PC software, the first thing to do is install the correct firmware on our professional AP.
Install firmware in Edimax Pro to be compatible with SKYMANAGE PC
To install the firmware compatible with SKYMANAGE PC, the first thing we will have to do is enter the administration of the access point. The default parameters in all the access points of the manufacturer are the following:
- URL: http://192.168.2.2
- User: admin
- Key: 1234
Once inside, we go to the section «Advanced / Update Firmware«, We select«a file on your PC«, We look for the correct firmware for our access point model, and then we click on the update button. This process will install the new firmware, and the computer will automatically restart. Once it has restarted, if we go back into the AP administration, we can see that the firmware version has changed and has been updated correctly.
Once we have the firmware installed in the different APs that we want to manage, we proceed to install the Edimax SKYMANAGE PC software itself.
Edimax SKYMANAGE PC installation wizard and AP configuration
The installation wizard for this software is exactly the same as any Microsoft Windows program, we run it, select the destination folder where we want it to be installed, and click on «Next» until the configuration wizard is finished.
We have the option of creating a shortcut on the desktop to access the two programs that are installed:
- SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool
- SKYMANAGE PC
The SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool program will help us discover all the access points that we have connected to the local network, and configure them very easily to “link” them with the software Wi-Fi controller. We have the option of not using this SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool and doing it manually on all Wi-Fi access points, although it is not ideal.
AP configuration with SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool
When running the software SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool we will have the list of AP empty, we must click on «Discover»To discover each and every one of the APs we have on the local network. Once we have selected one or more APs, we will have to click on «Set»And a new menu will be displayed. In this menu we must indicate the IP address of the Wi-Fi controller, if the computer where we are carrying out the entire process will be the Wi-Fi controller, we will simply have to indicate the corresponding private IP address, in our case it is 10.10.2.2. The user and password that they ask us are the authentication with the AP, by default it is admin / 1234 as we explained previously.
Once this process is done, we can now run the SKYMANAGE PC Wi-Fi controller, and it will automatically detect the Wi-Fi access point.
AP configuration in SKY MANAGED AP MODE (PC) via firmware
If you don’t want to use the SKYMANAGE Discovery Tool, you can do it manually through the firmware of the Wi-Fi access point itself. The first thing we will have to do is enter the administration of the access point. The default parameters in all the access points of the manufacturer are the following:
- URL: http://192.168.2.2
- User: admin
- Key: 1234
We go to the section «Operation Mode«, And then we click on«SKY MANAGED AP MODE (PC)«, To link it correctly with the Wi-Fi controller. Next, it will show us a menu where we must enter the IP address of the Wi-Fi controller server, in our case it is the address 10.10.2.2. The rest of parameters like server port, NMS user and NMS password It is not necessary to modify it, as long as you have not changed these parameters, something that we can do afterwards without any problem. In fact, it is recommended to change the NMS key for security. When we enable the SKY MANAGED AP Mode, all the parameters of Network Settings and Wireless Settings are not available for your configuration, since from this moment everything will be managed by the wireless controller.
Once this process is done, we can now run the SKYMANAGE PC Wi-Fi controller, and it will automatically detect the Wi-Fi access point. To execute it, we simply double click on the direct access of SKYMANAGE PC, and we wait a few minutes until the web server, database server, and everything necessary for its correct operation loads. Once you have finished, the «Launch a Browser to Manage the Network«, If we click on it, the web browser will open with the management URL of the software Wi-Fi controller.
Once we have messed with the browser, we will have to «Add exception»Because the connection is made via HTTPS with TLS 1.2 and a self-signed digital certificate not recognized by default browsers. Now we are going to explain all the options available in the Edimax SKYMANAGE PC configuration wizard.
Edimax SKYMANAGE PC setup wizard
In order to access the SKYMANAGE PC Wi-Fi controller, we must enter a username and password, by default the user is “admin” and the password is “1234”. That is, we have exactly the same credentials as the manufacturer’s own access points.
In the configuration wizard of the SKYMANAGE PC software it will allow us to change the administration password, for security reasons it is advisable to change this password. In fact, we can also indicate a name in the upper right when we log into the controller, as well as indicate our email for possible notices.
The wizard also allows us to name the Wi-Fi controller and a brief description, in addition, we will be able to select the country and time zone, ideal so that all records have the correct time. Regarding the configuration of the “site”, we can put the name and description that we want, as well as the country and the time zone.
The user and password of the «Device Login» allows us that the access points added to the controller, use these user credentials to access their administration. In this way, if by default all APs have admin / 1234, we will be able to change their credentials when adding them to the Wi-Fi controller, and all this automatically.
Finally, we will get a short summary with all the changes we have made to the Wi-Fi controller, and it will ask us to apply these changes.
In the main menu we will have each and every one of the sites registered in SKYMANAGE PC, we will be able to change the name of the “Site” by default at any time, ideal for having well located the set of access points that we give high. We must remember that SKYMANAGE PC will allow us to create a maximum of 10 sites.
In the “Devices” section we will see all the Edimax Pro access points pending to be added to the wireless software controller. To add it, simply click on the «tick» that we have on the right side of the row, and choose which «Site» we want to add it to. In this way, we will add the OAP1300 to the Site RedesZone_Corporation that we have created previously. Once the «Site» is selected, just click on «APPLY» and we will automatically add it.
As long as the «Status» is in yellow we will not be able to apply any configuration, since the Wi-Fi controller is communicating with the AP to add it to the centralized management. If we wait about 1 minute, it will appear green and we can start configuring SSID and different advanced settings.
As you have seen, the installation and start-up of different Edimax Pro professional access points is really easy with this SKYMANAGE PC Wi-Fi controller. We must remember that currently all the access points compatible with the Edimax SKYMANAGE PC are the following:
Soon in RedesZone we will teach you in detail each and every one of the management options of the Wi-Fi controller. So you can see all the possibilities we have when using this software Wi-Fi controller.
We recommend you visit our page dedicated to the manufacturer Edimax where you will find each and every one of the analyzes that we have published to date. You can also visit our Edimax Pro section where you will find configuration manuals for your devices.