Simplifying complex SpeedFusion network creation with InControl 2 Central Management


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SpeedFusion SD-WAN is specifically designed for multi-WAN environments. It can aggregate the bandwidth of all available WAN connections for routing between multiple locations.
The easiest way to set up SpeedFusion SD-WAN is via InControl 2. There’s no messing around with device IDs, IP addresses, and you can even define WAN priorities right in the web UI.

This article is a tutorial on how you can create

  • fully-meshed
  • star
  • and point-to-point

topologies with a few simple clicks. They can be interchanged just as easily, again with a few simple clicks.


Fully Meshed

In the following illustration, our meshed network is composed of three Peplink and Pepwave units. In this case, the devices across the connected offices can access each other directly, as though they’re on a local network.

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From the Organization level, mouseover PepVPN / SpeedFusion then click on Configuration.

In the PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page, you are shown your devices and where they are geographically located.
Click on Add Profile near the bottom:

Then pick the type of network topology you’d like to create. For the purpose of this article, we shall pick Fully Meshed.

Click Next, then pick multiple devices to form a SpeedFusion mesh network with. Click Next again.

The Profile Summary page gives you further customizations such as fine-grained control over WAN priorities. Once customizations have been made, click Finish.

The PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page now shows you a map view of the mesh network you’re about to set up. Remember to click Save to commit the changes.

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Star Topology

In the following illustration, a Peplink Balance 1350 acts as a central site in Hong Kong to connect four branch offices together to form a network. All remote offices in London, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Melbourne make Site-to-Site VPN connections to the headquarters in Hong Kong independently. In this case, all branch offices will be able to access each other through the headquarters even though they are not directly connected.

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From the Organization level, mouseover PepVPN / SpeedFusion then click on Configuration.

In the PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page, you are shown your devices and where they are geographically located.
Click on Add Profile near the bottom:

Then pick the type of network topology you’d like to create. For the purpose of this article, we shall pick Star.

Click Next, then pick devices from branch offices where you’d like to connect to the SpeedFusion Hub. Note, if in this step, you pick the device that was designated as the SpeedFusion Hub, it will not be visible in the next step meaning you will not be able to complete your Star setup. Click Next again.

Next you will get the opportunity to pick your SpeedFusion Hub device. Choose from the group that contains your SpeedFusion Hub device. InControl will already have filtered the list for you so only ones with enough SpeedFusion peers will show up. In this case, our Balance 1350 with 800 peers can more than handle the 4 branch devices we picked in the previous step.

The Profile Summary page gives you further customizations such as fine-grained control over WAN priorities. Once customizations have been made, click Finish.

The PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page now shows you a map view of the mesh network you’re about to set up. Remember to click Save to commit the changes.

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Point-to-point topology

This section introduces point-to-point networks in the context of simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi WAN connections.

Set up Wi-Fi as WAN

In order to take full advantage of SpeedFusion bandwidth bonding, it is recommended that you set up simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi as WAN (as opposed to a single Wi-Fi WAN). If you need detailed instructions, then please refer to Setting up simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi as WAN.

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From the Organization level, mouseover PepVPN / SpeedFusion then click on Configuration.

In the PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page, you are shown your devices and where they are geographically located.
Click on Add Profile near the bottom:

Then pick the type of network topology you’d like to create. For the purpose of this article, we shall pick Point-To-Point.

Click Next, then pick the devices to form a SpeedFusion tunnel between. Click Next again.

The Profile Summary page gives you further customizations. Since we’re setting up simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi as WAN as part of the SpeedFusion tunnel, we ought to define the WAN priority more specifically.
So click on Change WAN Priority at the bottom.

In this example, the Wi-Fi WAN connections are on a MAX Transit Duo. So select that and then click Modify.

In the Individual WAN Priority Settings page, select Customize and then change Wi-Fi as WAN connections into the same, highest priority. Click Save.

Back out of the Individual WAN Priority Settings by clicking Close, and then click Finish in the Profile Summary page.

The PepVPN / SpeedFusion Configuration page now shows you a map view of the tunnel you’re about to set up. Remember to click Save to commit the changes.

Resulting set up as viewed on the MAX Transit Duo’s router interface:

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