Information About the User Defined Network
Any network deployment must adhere to the following key factors:
Ease of use
In shared services environment, such as dorm rooms, resident halls, class rooms, auditoriums, and so on, the services running on wireless and wired networks are shared between multiple users.
Users find it difficult to discover and have limited access to their devices. This results in poor user experience and brings in security concern where users knowingly or unknowingly can take control of devices which belong to other users. For instance, the higher education students use their home network SSID that is dedicated for their homes. As network is private, they can easily discover services and limit access to their devices. This provides consistent experience throughout home and friends allowed on home network. When the same set of users move to university residential halls, they become part of the shared network, where network is shared with students residing in the same or different rooms. They find it difficult to discover and limit access to their devices which gives them poor personal or dorm-room user experience. This also results in security concern as their devices can be accessed and taken control by other users in that shared network environment.
User Defined Network (UDN) solution provides home like network experience to users in shared network and service environments where they can easily discover and limit access to their devices making it available for personal or shared use with the other users. The users who are added to the private network have the privilege to accept or deny the request. Once the user joins the private network, they get the flexibility to leave the private network as well.
The Cisco User Defined Network (UDN) mobile application interface is created to be used by end users. The mobile application requires end users to authenticate against the organisation’s credentials through a normal SSO service provided by the organisation. Once authenticated, end users can register their devices using different ways:
Network scan (on Android devices) when at home.
Camera scan of MAC address
Image scan from gallery
Manual entry of MAC address
Once the device is registered, end users can view the status of the devices with respect to their registration and connectivity on the dorm network. Also, the end users can remove a previously registered device.
Using this mobile application, end users can invite other users to share their devices in end user's private network.