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Dandelion X5: A cloud-based office solution for the enterprise


In our daily life the Internet is used in all corners of life, relating to all aspects of our clothing, food, housing and transportation, as well as leisure and entertainment, and is an important medium of communication with the outside world. Within the office system, the web is an invisible productivity tool that plays an even more important role. This is why people have more and higher demands on the network in the office environment. Large companies tend to have a well-equipped and stable network transmission plan at the beginning of the creation and subsequently have a dedicated person to manage and maintain, which shows the importance of the network.

With the development of the market, some small companies are gradually emerging, so how should their hard needs for networking be met? This is where enterprise routing becomes the best option they can choose with a limited budget. In this class of routers, compared to the common routers in our lives, there is no doubt that they have a more outstanding performance, functionality and stability. The enterprise routing Dandelion X5 that I'm going to use today is a professional enterprise routing device specially launched by Oray (Shanghai Berry). When it comes to Oray, we should first think of its "peanut shell" application and ddns dynamic domain name resolution service, in the whole network information interaction Oray can be said to have its own unique advantages. Then and only on this general premise, the combination of software and hardware Dandelion X5 is able to form a complete cloud-based office solution.

hardware& products

First step first let's look at the exterior. As an enterprise-class router, stability is naturally the first thing to consider, so the X5 has an all-metal body design with a very square appearance, and the overall material is sheet metal with a black paint job, providing a high-strength body and excellent cooling performance. It has a certain frosted texture to the upper hand.

The front of the router only has a hidden LED to show the different states of the router. The top position also has Dandelion's product logo, and the whole machine has an external dimension of 230*148*28mm. As for accessories, in addition to the three pack certificate and the no-read series manual it comes with a 12V/1.5A power adapter.

Note that the Dandelion X5 is an external dual-antenna route with 2 non-removable dual-band antennas on the back, capable of supporting 2.4G and 5G bands with a gain of 5dBi, 2x2MIMO support, and a maximum wireless rate of 1167Mbps.

As a Dandelion enterprise product, the X5 comes standard with 1 Gigabit WAN and 4 Gigabit lan ports, and all five Gigabit ports come with lightning protection design to ensure more stable use of the Dandelion router. Other than that, the back is sequentially arranged with heavy duty buttons, USB 3.0 port and power port. There is also a USB 3.0 port, which is functionally capable of hard drive reading/file sharing, and also supports a 3/4G adapter for internet access. This means that without a wired network, it is possible to use a USB connection to access the Internet, although it seems that the adapters are still limited, but for the office, it is an additional emergency solution in critical situations. This is very necessary.

From the internal hardware parameters, the Dandelion X5 uses the MT7621A dual-core processor, 16MB flash memory and 256MB memory solution, which has obvious advantages for processing large data during transmission, and belongs to the middle and high-end products in the Dandelion X series product line. And it provides access to 150 devices simultaneously while ensuring a stable connection, which should be sufficient for the average business.

Actual use& Performance Testing

Of course the hardware aspect is also just the basic part of this product, the specific operating experience has to be implemented in real life situations.

For the initial configuration of the router the Dandelion X5 is set up in the same way as a normal router. Once the power wiring is complete, you can enter oraybox.com in your browser to access both the background settings. The router will first detect if it can automatically network using a dynamic IP, a feature we are very much used when configuring secondary routes for quick connectivity without having to set up the route. And if it is necessary to use static IP or dial-up internet the router will automatically jump to set it up after it cannot connect.

Also here we can see the option to use 3G and 4G wireless cards for networking. Of course as I mentioned above, to use this feature we first need to understand the wireless card that the Dandelion X5 is adapted to. It seems that Huawei Huawei has a unique advantage in this area.

At the same time, the wireless network relay function is also available in the Dandelion X5. Although not commonly used, as a business a backup option is also a quick solution in case of a failure state. Without a network, this feature can also help us to search for available wireless networks nearby to connect. Nowadays, "unlimited" traffic cards and network sharing on mobile phones can be a relief in some cases.

In summary, the Dandelion X5 is no different from the routers we use every day in terms of ease of operation, and the ability to connect to the Internet using Huawei's multiple wireless cards should be a more commendable feature, while the network coverage and through-wall capability in the actual test of the network's window front capability is moderate, but the network stability performance is noteworthy.

Featured Features& Scenario use

The reason why the Dandelion X5 is called an enterprise router it's features are still shown in the software features. In the network architecture of office scenarios, enterprises set up a master server for file uploads and data calls in real time, so off-site networking in different network environments is a common encounter in office networks. The traditional method of building a network between headquarters and branches requires public network ip bindings to achieve this. The Dandelion X5, on the other hand, uses Oray's self-developed off-site networking technology on two pieces of hardware to achieve a virtual LAN, and with the Dandelion VPN client, intranet connectivity can be achieved even in a mobile network environment.

It's very easy to do in practice. First of all before using this feature, we need to apply for an Oray account on Dandelion's official website.

Then go to the Dandelion menu in the Management Center, select Smart Grouping - Create Network Now, and add two devices after entering the network name, that is, enter the SN codes on the two router devices, and it should be noted that the IP segments of the routers themselves cannot be the same. After completing the administrative password and verifying the phone, the two devices are now in the virtual network we created after completing the selection. Testing using PING has resulted in inter-network interoperability through the IPs on the intranet.

Also we can view the status of the members as well as the local IP data on each node of this virtual network. And it can also display the transmission speed of each VPN node in real time.

And if you are an individual user of a large company, Dandelion X5 can also help you build a branch network connected to the company without changing the original network architecture of the company. At this point we need to understand the X5's bypass feature, the general idea is to add routes under the main route, that is, bypass networking, so that you can complete tasks even at home and submit them to the company's management system at any time. (need to set up static routing tables for other devices)

Not only that, but Dandelion also has the power to enable intranet connectivity on mobile networks. The use of this scenario is mainly to be able to help employees who are away on business trips to access data on the cloud servers using the software of [Dandelion VPN]. The login interface is similar to the experience of using a communication software like QQ. Also thanks to Dandelion VPN's years of operation, mobile phones can be accessed quickly through Dandelion VPN. That's what a good product should be like to experience. It is a complete solution to bring you all-round "care" in use.

Above I have only experienced around offsite networking with virtual VPN connections. Of course some enterprises may not have built their own storage terminals, and the Dandelion X5 can also help users build their own NAS (network storage). After our virtual network is set up, a removable drive is plugged into the USB port on the main router. It will be possible to access or upload data on each node of the virtual LAN. Of course this node also includes various mobile devices such as mobile phones.

Wrap up a wave.

First of all, this Dandelion X5 is not very different from the traditional router experience in terms of basic features. One of the bigger advantages is the support for wireless network cards for internet access. However, since it is an enterprise class product, the X5 is not really pleasing to look at, but the X5 shows more advantages in terms of cooling and stability. Its main feature is the use of Dandelion offsite networking. Using this feature can greatly help a business or individual to set up their own virtual network or integrate into another virtual network. Extend the original network in a very "flexible" and cost effective way. Also with the [Dandelion VPN] App, it's very nice-to-use in mobile office scenarios. It can reduce the cost of operation and maintenance of the enterprise to some extent.


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