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Modena Hub network integration

This article describes the different network integration options available for Modena Hub/Hub+ systems, as well as how these options can be customized to meet local network infrastructure and security needs.

Wired connection

In this configuration, the Modena Hub/Hub+ base unit is connected to the company LAN via its Network port (standard RJ45, gigabit Ethernet port). Users connect to Modena via their devices that are connected to the corporate LAN. These devices may be connected to the corporate LAN wirelessly or via Ethernet connection. Guest access to Modena can be provided by providing guest access to the corporate LAN.

Access to Modena and any of its specific features will depend upon permissions granted to the user.

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Setting up a wired connection

  1. Connect Modena's Network port to the corporate LAN.
    • Ensure that Modena has both a pathway and access to an active DHCP server on the network. By default, Modena is set to DHCP and will need to obtain an IP address from DHCP server. It does not support Link Local.
  2. Connect Modena's power supply to power the unit on.
    • If power is already connected and the unit is powered off, press and release the Power button on the front of the unit to turn it back on.
  3. Obtain Modena's IP address. This can be done two ways:
    • Connect a display to Modena's HDMI port. The device's IP address will be displayed on the "Welcome" screen.
    • Use a network tool to discover what IP address has been assigned to the device.
  4. Type the device's IP address into the URL field of a web browser to access Modena's web admin console.

Configuring a wired connection

From the web admin console, Modena's wired connection parameters can be set to one of the following options:

  • DHCP mode
    • This is the default mode.
    • The device's IP address will be assigned by a DHCP server on the connected corporate LAN.
    • If "DNS from DHCP" is enabled, the device's Domain Name System (DNS) address will be assigned by the DHCP server.
    • If "DNS from DHCP" is disabled, the device's DNS address must be filled in manually in the network settings.
  • Static mode
    • The device will not obtain an IP address from the DHCP server.
    • All network parameters (IP, Netmask, Gateway, DNS) must be filled in manually in the network settings.
  • Disabled (Modena Hub+ only)
    • This disables the wired network. The device will not have network access or be accessible via its Network port.
    • It is not possible to disable both the wired and wireless network, so the device will still be accessible via its built-in WiFi network.

Stand-alone mode (Modena Hub+ only)

Modena can be configured to function in a stand-alone mode. In this mode, the wired Network interface port that would normally connect to the corporate LAN is disabled. This will also mean Modena has no connection to the internet.

In this mode, users can only connect to the system by connecting their device to the wireless access point that comes built-in to Modena Hub+ models. They will be able to present to the display device that is physically connected to Modena's HDMI port, as well as to the device screens of any other users that are connected to the same Modena system via WiFi.

The advantage of Modena's stand-alone mode is a secure presentation system that is totally isolated from both the corporate LAN and the internet. Bear in mind that this will mean users do not have access to resources hosted on the corporate network or in a cloud server while connected to the Modena system. Any presentation materials required must be accessible on the user's local device.

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Setting up a wireless connection

  1. Ensure that Modena's Network port is not plugged into a network.
  2. Connect Modena's power supply to power the unit on.
    • If power is already connected and the unit is powered off, press and release the Power button on the front of the unit to turn it back on.
  3. On the computer with which Modena will be configured, open the wireless network settings and connect to the Modena Hub+ network. Its factory default settings are as follows:
    • SSID: modenahub
    • Security: WPA2
    • Password: modenahub
  4. Obtain Modena's IP address on its wireless network. By default, this will be 10.3.2.1. If this setting has changed, the current IP address can be found in two ways:
    • Connect a display to Modena's HDMI port. The device's IP address will be displayed on the "Welcome" screen.
    • Use a network tool to discover what IP address has been assigned to the device.
  5. Type the device's IP address into the URL field of a web browser to access Modena's web admin console.

Configuring stand-alone mode

In the web admin console, perform these steps:

  1. Click on Network in the left-hand menu.
  2. Make sure the Wired tab is selected.
  3. Select Disabled.
  4. Click on Apply to save the setting.

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Dual-network mode (Modena Hub+ only)

When configured for dual-network mode, both the wired Network interface port and the built-in wireless access point will be functional. The purpose of this is to allow for corporate users to connect to Modena seamlessly from their devices' regular corporate network connection, while guests can still access Modena via WiFi without needing to be given access to the corporate network.

This mode offers some degree of flexibility and can be configured for a more isolated, secure system or a more open, accessible system. These configuration options are described in more detail below.

Total isolation

To configure a Modena Hub+ for total isolation:

  1. Go to the wireless network settings in the web admin console.
  2. Set Share mode to None.
  3. Check the option for Client isolation.
  4. Click Apply to save the settings.

When the "Share mode" is configured in this manner, the wireless access point and wired Network interface port will both be active and accessible to users, but they will be mutually isolated from one another. This means that guests can be provided access to Modena without being given any access to the local corporate LAN or the internet. Company users can still access their corporate network resources during presentations by connecting to Modena via the corporate LAN.

When "Client isolation" is checked, client devices connected to the Modena Hub+ wireless access point will be prevented from accessing other client devices connected to that same wireless access point. It is recommended that this remain checked.

Partial or no isolation

Through these configuration options, it is possible for guests to access the Modena Hub+ system as well as the internet, while still offering a degree of security and isolation between guests and the corporate LAN. If configured so that Modena's built-in wireless access point for presentations becomes an access point to the greater corporate LAN, the same security rules should be enforced for wireless connections to Modena as are enforced for all other access points to the corporate LAN.

To configure a Modena Hub+ for partial isolation:

  1. Go to the wireless network settings in the web admin console.
  2. Set Share mode to one of the following settings, depending on the degree of isolation preferred:
    • Routing + NAT: Modena Hub+ handles NAT between client devices on its wireless network and the wired Network interface port connected to the corporate LAN. This allows devices connected to Modena's wireless access point to access resources on the corporate LAN, as well as the internet. There is no firewall between the wireless and wired subnets in this configuration.
    • Routing: Modena Hub+ routes traffic between devices on its wireless network and the wired Network interface port connected to the corporate LAN, but it does not provide any NAT services. There is no firewall between the wireless and wired subnets in this configuration. Traffic between the two subnets is handled by the corporate LAN's routing tables.
  3. It is recommended that the "Block access to private network addresses" option remain checked for either of the above Share modes. This will prevent client devices connected to Modena's wireless network from accessing private IPv4 addresses, defined as the following ranges:
    • 10.0.0.0-10.255.255.255
    • 172.16.0.0-172.31.255.255
    • 192.168.0.0-192.168.255.255
  4. It is recommended that the "Client isolation" option remain checked. This will ensure client devices connected to the Modena Hub+ wireless access point are prevented from accessing other client devices connected to that same wireless access point.

To configure a Modena Hub+ for no isolation:

  1. Go to the wireless network settings in the web admin console.
  2. Set Share mode to Bridge.
    • In this mode, Modena will configure its WiFi access point as an extension of the corporate LAN, utilizing the same IP address and subnet information as the wired Network interface port. Client devices connecting to Modena's wireless access point will be virtually connecting to the corporate LAN. Wireless network settings are managed by adjusting the wired network settings.
  3. It is recommended that the "Client isolation" option remain checked. This will ensure client devices connected to the Modena Hub+ wireless access point are prevented from accessing other client devices connected to that same wireless access point.

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