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Introduction to Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP)

By Julie

What is ZTP?

Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) refers to a method of setting up network devices while configuring them automatically and remotely. With ZTP enabled, a brand-new appliance can be delivered to users, who can complete the installation without IT knowledge. As a powerful function, ZTP can be found on various devices such as switches, routers, and access points.

Advantages of ZTP

  • Cost-effective

One of the merits of ZTP is its cost. With ZTP, on-site installation is no longer a necessity. The appliances can be enrolled online, so technicians save their time and money on commutes, especially when the networks waiting to be deployed are located in distant or hard-to-travel areas.

  • Real-time Accuracy

ZTP automates steps such as system upgrades, patch deployment, and bug fixes, shortening the time spent on optimization. In this sense, ZTP has the potential to improve devices’ performance.

Besides, the automation feature of ZTP reduces errors caused by manual configuration. Labor work is time-consuming and prone to making mistakes. By contrast, ZTP accurately deploys a multi-site network.  So why not let ZTP help you?

ZTP Use Case—TP-Link’s Cloud-Based Controller

TP-Link’s Omada Cloud-Based Controller (CBC), existing entirely in the cloud, allows batches of devices to be enrolled and set via ZTP.

For instance, when Omada CBC+ devices at each chain store are plugged on and connected to the internet, the network manager can configure and monitor them all from headquarters, instead of traveling between stores. On the other hand, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or other network technology companies alike can centrally manage the network for their end users, thus setting the users free from troublesome IT burdens. When confronting a network problem, users only need to contact the ISP, and the ISP can fix it remotely and promptly thanks to ZTP.  

ZTP’s workflow in CBC is summarized as follows:

  • Purchase. If your network management requires the Omada Cloud-Based Controller, you can contact TP-link’s sales representatives or partners in your country or region, and purchase devices and licenses based on your needs. When the deal is completed, you will receive a list that contains the information of your devices, such as device name and serial number.
  • Configure. Log into the management page of the CBC with your TP-Link ID. Follow the setup wizard to complete the basic settings. It is also available that you configure advanced settings by yourself, for example, customizing the portals or presetting the VLANs.
  • Manage. Import your devices into the CBC, adopt them, and activate them by assigning the licenses you brought. You can refer to [FAQ] How to Add Omada Devices to the Omada Cloud-Based Controller. When it’s done, your network will begin to be managed and maintained by the CBC.

TP-Link’s CBC boasts distinctive competitive edges. It can run an unlimited number of devices to provide an optimal solution for large-scale networks with various sites. ZTP of CBC is productive in nature, allowing the devices to be adopted and configured in batch. If you want to learn more about the Omada Cloud-Based Controller, please visit the Overview of Omada CBC, or refer to its User Guide.

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