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EAP controller (2.0.3 and newer non-cloud versions) supports L3 management. An EAP controller can manage EAPs of multiple remote networks crossing internet. However, it will require to set up port-forwarding or VPN tunnels if there are NAT firewalls in front of EAP controller. (See FAQ913)

Some users may want to install the EAP controller on a private cloud platform, so as to achieve L3 management from anywhere without hosting a LAN PC. Moreover, if the cloud server comes with public IP addresses, it can also save the work of setting up port-forwarding or VPN tunnels for penetrating through NAT firewalls.

A Workaround

Although EAP controller is a non-cloud-application, it can still be installed on a cloud-based Windows host, which can be a workaround to achieve part of the demand.

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This video tutorial will show you how to install and run an EAP controller on an AWS EC2 Windows host.

Note: TP-LINK will develop a true cloud-based EAP controller service in the future, so the workaround going to be introduced in this article is only an interim solution before the final release of the true cloud-based controller service.

About AWS EC2

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) provides scalable computing capacity in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. One significant feature of EC2 is virtual computing environments, known as instances, which includes Windows virtual hosts.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Free Tier provides new registered users with 750 hours per month of Windows t2.micro instance usage for free within certain usage limits. You are now strongly recommended to refer to the page of AWS Free Tier for detailed information. All information given herein are subject to changes or update by AWS without prior notice.

Here we take AWS EC2 as an example to introduce how to install and run an EAP controller on a private cloud.