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Configuring Router Pools

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Router Pools is an optional advanced topology for configuring VidyoRouters in the VidyoConferencing system. You can configure Router Pools at initial installation or do so at a later date when your organization’s network grows. Some of the benefits of Router Pools include:

 

  • More efficient network bandwidth utilization.
  • Improved latency for conferences by localizing traffic.
  • Support for large conferences spanning over multiple VidyoRouters.
  • Shared capacity with floating VidyoLine licenses among regions.
  • Simplified firewall configurations.

 

The capacity of a single VidyoRouter is up to 100 concurrent HD lines. If you need additional capacity, you can purchase additional VidyoRouters. If you do, you can group them into pools or Router Pools. Typically you might do this to group VidyoRouters that are near each other geographically (e.g., group your American-based VidyoRouters in one pool and your European-based VidyoRouters into another pool). Another reason might be to reserve one or more VidyoRouters to a certain group of users in your organization (e.g., top-level management).

 

  • A VidyoRouter can be in only one pool.
  • A pool contains one or more VidyoRouters.
  • If you have only one VidyoRouter, it’s still in a pool.
  • A location may have a number of pools.
  • Multiple VidyoRouters in a pool provide failover across the pool.

 

Before setting Router Pools, if one VidyoRouter reached its saturation point of 100 simultaneous users for a conference, any additional connection attempts were refused even if a second VidyoRouter was hosting less than 100 users. There was no way the first VidyoRouter could utilize the second VidyoRouter’s unused capacity.

However, once your Router Pools are set up, when one VidyoRouter hits maximum capacity, instead of additional callers to the same conference failing to connect, they can be cascaded onto another VidyoRouter. If the second VidyoRouter maxes out, it can cascade to a third VidyoRouter in the pool and so on.

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VidyoRouters within a single pool use the Full Mesh topology, whereas pools are cascaded using the DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) topology. Directed edges of the DAG must be manually specified during system configuration. You must also assign a priority that will decide which two locations will connect when there is more than one choice.

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This section describes how to create a VidyoRouter pool, how to remove a VidyoRouter from a pool, and how to delete an entire VidyoRouter pool.

To create VidyoRouter pools:

  1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

    The Components page displays by default.

  2. Click the Router Pools tab.

    The Router Pools page displays.

  3. Click the Modified radio button in the upper right corner.

  4. Click Add Pool in the Pools List section.

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  5. Enter a name for the pool you’re creating in the Pool Name field.

    It’s a good idea to use pool names that remind you of the location or purpose, such as New York, Paris, or Board Members.

  6. Click Update.

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Deleting an Entire VidyoRouter Pool

Deleting a pool does not delete the configuration information of any routers that were in the pool.

To delete an entire VidyoRouter pool:

  1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

    The Components page displays by default.

  2. Click the Router Pools subtab.

    The Router Pools page displays.

  3. Click the Modified radio button in the upper right corner.

  4. Select the pool that needs to be deleted from the Pools List section.

  5. Click Delete Pool.

    A Confirmation pop-up displays.

  6. Click Yes.

Activating the Router Pool Configuration

Router Pools enables the VidyoConferencing system to cascade conferences across multiple VidyoRouters. The Router Pool configuration must be activated for any changes made to the configuration of the VidyoManager or any VidyoRouters. This is due to the underlying default Router Pool configuration; even though you may decide not to configure a full Router Pool, a default Router Pool for any VidyoRouters still exists in the system. If you have multiple VidyoRouters, they cascade by default as needed (even without a full Router Pool configuration) to provide for larger conferences and router capacity overflow. Therefore, you need to activate the Router Pools configuration upon configuring all the components.

To activate the Router Pools configuration:

    1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

      For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

      The Components page displays by default.

    2. Click the Router Pools tab.

      The Router Pools page displays.

    3. Click the Modified radio button in the upper right corner.

    4. Click Activate at the bottom of the page.

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      A Confirmation pop-up displays.

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    5. Click Yes.

      Unless you need to control which particular VidyoRouter your users’ access, you don’t need to define any Router Pools. By leaving everything under Manage Router Pools blank, you create a default Router Pool, and your VidyoRouters are automatically pooled together and allowed to cascade for larger conferences.

      If you do not activate Router Pools, a message displays on top of the Components window.

You must activate the VidyoRouter configuration in the Router Pool Rules page.

Creating User Location Tags

A location tag is a geographically-based name that can be assigned to a set of users, groups, or guests. Each user is assigned a location tag when their account is created. It’s a mandatory field on the Add User page. For more information, see Adding New Users. However, using location tags as the basis for a rule is optional, but it’s a good idea to associate a user with their most-used location. The user’s location tag would be associated to a particular VidyoRouter Pool.

To create a user location tag:

  1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

    The Components page displays by default.

  2. Click the Router Pools tab.

    The Router Pools page displays.

  3. Click the Location Tags subtab.

  4. Select the Modified radio button.

  5. Click Add.

  6. Enter a name for the location tag in the text field.

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  7. Click Update.

    A Confirmation pop-up displays stating “Location Tag Saved.”

  8. Click OK.

    For information about how to assign location tags to tenants, see Assigning Location Tags.

Creating Priority Lists

Priority Lists are priority ordered lists of Router Pools that are used in the Endpoint Rules.

 

To create a priority list:

  1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

    The Components page displays by default.

  2. Click the Router Pools tab.

    The Router Pools page displays.

  3. Click the Priority List subtab.

  4. Click Add Priority List.

    A new page displays.

  5. Enter a name for the priority list in the Priority List Name field.

    Characters are not permitted in the Priority List Name field (e.g., <, >, &, “, ‘, etc.).



  6. Drag and drop pools from the Available Pools list to the Associated Pools list in the order that they should display based on priority level.

  7. Click Save Priority List at the top of the page.

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Creating Endpoint Rules

An endpoint is any device that can be used to participate in a point-to-point call or a conference (such as VidyoDesktop, VidyoRoom, a VidyoMobile device, and VidyoGateway).

Endpoint Rules determine which VidyoRouter pool a given endpoint will use in a call. Remember that you can create Endpoint Rules only after you have set up your VidyoRouter pools and Priority Lists.

As the Super Admin, you determine the order in which Endpoints Rules are applied. The first rule that matches the endpoint’s characteristics (IP address, location tag, or Endpoint ID) is the rule that is applied.

You can have as many as 1,000 rules. There are only three kinds of rules:

 

  • A rule can be based on a single local or (NATed) external IP or a range of IP addresses.
  • A rule can be based on a Location Tag.
  • See below for how to create and assign Location Tags.
  • A rule can be based on an Endpoint ID (for special situations).
  • Each endpoint has a unique character string, known as Endpoint ID, in which it automatically sends to the VidyoManager to identify itself.

 

As part of the process of setting up rules, we recommend that you set up a catch-all rule accepting all endpoints that do not match any of the endpoints previously created. The catch-all can be a rule that uses IP 0.0.0.0/0.

 

To create an endpoint rule:

  1. Log in to the Super Admin portal using your Super Admin account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Super Admin Portal.

    The Components page displays by default.

  2. Click the Router Pools tab.

    The Router Pools page displays.

  3. Click the Endpoint Rules.

  4. Select the Modified radio button.

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  5. Click Add Rule.

    A new page displays.

  6. Enter a name for your endpoint rule in the Rule Name field.

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    The Add Ruleset pop-up displays.

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  7. Select from the following radio buttons:

    • Select IP Rule and select the corresponding checkboexes - Specify Local IP Range (Ipv4 or Ipv6) and Specify External(NATed) IP Range (Ipv4 or Ipv6) to specify a range of local and external IP addresses.
    • Select User Location Tag to select from location tags that you have already configured in the system.

      Location tags must first be created in order to select them for your rule. For more information, see Creating User Location Tags.



    • The Endpoint ID is selected to provide a unique identifier for an endpoint.

      Caution: This Endpoint ID field should only be set under specific instruction from Vidyo Customer Support.Click.



  8. Click Save.

    • To add another rule, click Add Ruleset.
    • To edit a rule, select the corresponding checkbox, and then click Edit Ruleset.
    • To delete a rule, select the corresponding checkbox, and then click Delete Ruleset.
    • You can apply priority lists that were previously created to all rules by selecting the Priority List drop-down.

 

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