We are glad to host on our blog the best-article-ever that anyone working in this industry can use to explain to friends and family what the cloud really is, using a cool analogy. Thanks Tom for giving permission to post this article.
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I have a hard time keeping all the cloud terms straight. Everything seems to be available As A Service (aaS). Try as I might to explain them, it just didn’t click for some people. Since cloud terms are so nebulous some times, I decided I need to put everything in a context that people understand. Therefore, I present…Coffee as a Service (CaaS):
Software as a Service (SaaS): Anytime you want coffee, it just appears in front of you. You don’t have to make it or anything. Sometimes it shows up immediately. Other times it shows up an hour or so after you wanted it. You pay a monthly fee, but if you want to have cream or sugar you have to pay a bit more. Some SaaS coffee vendors don’t have those options, so you’re stuck with whatever you get up front.
Platform as a Service (PaaS): You’ve decided that you want to have coffee, but you want a bit more control over it. You sign up for a new service that gives you coffee packages. Dark roast, light roast, and Turkish coffee are all options. You are still at the mercy of the provider for other options like latte or cappuccino. It is still mysteriously delivered to you. Cream and sugar are options in each of the packages for a small fee. Coffee can still show up late, but you have an agreement with the provider that late coffee gets you a small amount off the monthly bill.
Infrastructure as a service (Iaas): You’ve now decided that you want complete control over your coffee delivery. You’ve contacted a new provider that is willing to rent you a coffee machine with all the extra hardware needed to make any kind of coffee you want. You’re going to have to buy your own coffee and creamer and sugar. Once you have it at the coffee machine, they’ll make the coffee to your exact specifications and send it to you. Might still show up late depending on how popular the service is or if some technician accidentally restarts the machine on a Friday night. You get charged either by the cup or by how often the machine is used. Coffee still tastes okay but you have to worry about renting more machines as it becomes more popular. Machine rental rates fluctuate if you use the Spot Machine market.
Private Cloud: Okay, forget about the whole renting thing. Time to go to the coffee warehouse and buy everything yourself. You max out your credit card, but you come home with a coffee machine and a milk steamer. You still provide everything yourself. You find a place to hook everything up with electricity and water supply. You grind the beans yourself. You make your own coffee or you hire a barista to do it for you. The coffee is excellent and on time. Your credit card bill scares the daylights out of you. In three years, you have to upgrade your coffee machine again to support hyper foaming milk.
Hybrid Cloud: You can make the basics with your machine. You still can’t figure out how to make a good cappuccino. All the easy stuff gets made locally by you or your barista. For the really odd stuff, like double shot mocha light frappuccinos you send people to the Starbucks down the road.
Cloudbursting: Your fancy coffee machine is really popular around the office. About once a month, there’s a line that’s 50 people long. Rather than making them wait for their coffee, you pass out Starbucks gift cards for anyone over the 35th person. You send them off to get their coffee. You can justify the gift card cost because you’re only busy that one time a month.
I’m always open for suggestions in the comments below.
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About the author
Tom Hollingsworth is a network engineer based in Oklahoma City, OK. He is a Cisco partner engineer and is a voice/routing/switching/security nerd. Also known to dabble in virtualization, surveillance, and video.
Tom also likes to takes tests. A lot. Tom is a CISSP, CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, CCVP, CCSP, CQS: Unity Support & Design, CQS: Rich Media, CQS: UCCX, CDCNISS, MCSE 2000: Messaging & Security, Novell Master CNE, HP Procurve Master ASE: Convergence, A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Project+, and VMWare VCP.
Tom has also been studying for his CCIE for a while now, and after seven harrowing lab attempts, he got his number on June 9, 2011. CCIE # 29213
He also enjoys other nerdy pursuits like video games, comic books, science fiction movies and books, and arguing about which captain of the Enterprise was better.
The original article can be found here.
EAP9550: Multi-Functional Access Point/Repeater
EnGenius EAP-9550 supplied by EnGenius is the most ideal wireless device decision for the ultimate grip on the office network supremacy. You see, EAP-9550 is a Wireless N 300Mbps Access Point / Universal Repeater with Smoke Detector Design & 802.3af PoE besides being also a multi-functional access point/repeater/WDS device. This Wireless N device can deliver up to 6x faster speed and 7x extended coverage than 802.11gand offer unlimited wired network with superior throughput, performance and unparalleled wireless range. It is equipped to encrypt all wireless transmissions through WEP data encryption and supports WPA/WPA2 including a MAC address filter function that allows users to block unpermitted access to the network. This architectural master piece is the best product to ensure superior wireless network for your office. This wonder device is a must get for your business, today!
EnGenius EAP-9550 supplied by EnGenius was designed with features that make it priceless; yet it very affordable with lots of benefits. Do you think that it is the cheapest priceless asset you should own:-
- Aesthetic "Smoke Detector" Design
- Minimal footprint and no protruding antennas
- Designed to blend in to various business environments
- Unobtrusive design prevents tampering to protect your investment
- Wireless N 300mbps Speed
- State of the Art 300Mbps wireless speed for uninterrupted wireless connection
- Speed 6X faster than standard 802.11g
- Ideal for large file transfer applications from advanced engineering solution to video conference meeting
- Embedded Mimo Smart Antenna Design
- Two transmit and receive spatial streams delivers up to 300Mbps data rate
- High Gain 4dBi MIMO Smart Antennas delivers wider wireless coverage
- Designed to be deployable out of the box
- Universal Repeater
- Extends WiFi coverage into dead spots
- Minimizes trenching and cabling cost
- Multiple Wireless Names (AP Mode)
- Broadcasts multiple SSID's in one device
- Permits different levels of network access (VLAN Tagging)
- Power-Over-Ethernet (802.3af) Compliant
- Power and data over one single cable for convenient installation
- Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) Technology
- Facilitates bandwidth priority for multimedia applications including VoIP phone call, video streaming, and online gaming.
The Specifications for a Great EAP-9550
The functions of EnGenius EAP-9550 supplied by EnGenius are what define its capabilities and opportunities it offers you; here a some of them for your savoring:-
- LAN One 10/100 Fast Ethernet RJ-45
- Reset Button
- Power Jack
- Power (Status)
- LAN (10/100Mbps)
- WLAN (Wireless Connection)
- WEP Encryption 64/128bits
- WPA Personal (WPA-PSK using TKIP or AES)
- WPA Enterprise (WPA-EAP using TKIP)
- 802.1x Authenticator
- Hide SSID in Beacons
- Multiple SSID with 802.1q VLAN Tagging (up to 4 SSID)(Access Point mode)
- MAC Filter (Access Point mode)
- WLAN L2 Isolation (Access Point mode)
- Wireless STA (Client) Connected List
- 90 to 240VDC ± 10%, 50/60Hz (Depends on different countries)
- (Power-over-Ethernet, IEEE 802.3af) 48VDC/0.375A
- FCC Part 15, UL, CE
- Benefits/ Applications
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When you place an order with the likes of Amazon or other online merchants, you have no choice but to yield up lots of little bits of information. Along with the purchase itself, online retailers know what else you looked at, for how long and whether targeted advertising hooked you in. This and other information becomes a King Solomon's Mine of shopper data. Traditional brick-and-mortar stores can't come close to capturing that level of detail, but that balance may be changing.
Earlier this month, WLAN vendor Aerohive announced a partnership with Euclid, an analytics company that focuses on the retail sector. The partnership will put sensor functionality into Aerohive APs to enable them to gather data for the Euclid platform. The APs can serve as standalone sensors, or as sensors that also provide in-store Wi-Fi. The sensor software in the APs captures the MAC addresses of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones that come within the APs' range.
Depending on how the APs are placed, Euclid can report on the number of people who walk past the store, the number of visitors inside the store, how much time they spend there, and visitor frequency. According to Eric Krapf at No Jitter, Euclid does not attempt to associate users with their MAC addresses.
As part of the partnership, Aerohive customers get a Euclid dashboard for free that's rolled into their existing Hive Manager online dashboard. More in-depth metrics are offered in a premium version. Aerohive says the sensor capability will be available as a free OS upgrade in March. Euclid can also work with any wireless vendor as a stand-alone platform.
The Aerohive/Euclid integration also has hooks into third-party loyalty and couponing systems, which helps make data gathering for legacy shopping almost as sophisticated as online commerce.
Other vendors are also taking a crack at using customers' smartphones at physical retail locations to capture more data. Case in point is Nearbuy Systems, which offers an in-store portal for large retail stores that lets customers use their smartphones to access free in-store Wi-Fi. When customers log in, Nearbuy captures customer activity, including in-store locations, and can offer deals and other enticements based on where the customer is in the store.
Both the Aerohive/Euclid and Nearbuy's approach require a smartphone's Wi-Fi radio to be enabled, which isn't always the case for consumers. Both systems also ignore feature-phone customers and those who aren't carrying a mobile device.
Aerohive's latest move demonstrates that wireless has become much more than merely an on-ramp for clients to a merchant's network. Many of the same details that online merchants once "owned" are now available to physical stores that are properly equipped. It's easy to think of retail Wi-Fi as the stuff of inventory tracking or perhaps a guest network to lure shoppers in, but store owners can also transform Wi-Fi into a powerful intelligence-gathering tool.
Original article by Lee H. Badman available here.
We are glad to host this interesting article about the Cloud by Michael McNamee (SecurEdge). Please, see the original article here, to also get an interesting Free Wireless Network Design Kit.
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Of all the buzzwords that have been bantered around and overused in my IT career I am not sure there is one that has annoyed me as much as “The Cloud”. The word cloud for me conjures up thoughts of unclear ideas or misunderstandings. For me it has some semi-negative connotations like the word “cluster”. I hate using them both in my IT speak. I try to avoid them although lately that’s been without much luck.
One area where I have lately been unable to avoid the term ‘the cloud” is when talking about wireless networks. That is because there are wireless vendors out there that have built wireless network solutions utilizing “the cloud” as their control or management plane of the network. While these solutions are novel and do have some application I find there are several weaknesses in these approaches and are not ideal in a lot of environments.
Some functions are good in the cloud especially for distributed networks. So let’s see if we can cut through some of the product marketing and get down to how the system works and what’s best for you.
First, let’s look at a cloud controlled wireless network solution, how it operates and the pros and cons.
How Cloud Controlled WLANs work: the actual Wireless Controller is in the cloud. The access points get their configuration and management in a data center that is not located on your premises. It’s usually owned and managed by the company who makes the wireless access points.
1) The controller is in the cloud and is not an appliance you have to manage in your data center. Someone else manages it and keeps it running 24x7 (hopefully).
2) Firmware updates aren’t your responsibility, because you don’t own the controller. Someone else will keep the firmware updated.
3) If you have distributed locations all of the sites can have the same configuration and be pushed to the locations quickly. All done from one interface. This is pretty cool.
1) Because the controller is not onsite, if the internet connection goes down you can’t connect to the controller. Also, you’ll lose some functionality because the access points can’t see the management controller either.
2) You don’t manage firmware updates, which means you are at the mercy of the cloud host and when they decide to do firmware updates.
3) Recurring Licensing. If you don’t own the controller software or manage it, you have to license it, and because it’s in the cloud it’s not a one-time purchase. Sure, you can get the free version, but it’s usually basic and lacks a lot of what you would need to support a campus or enterprise wireless network. The wireless solutions that have a management component in the cloud require a yearly license fee for the advanced features. You’ll need the full featured license to really use the product.
Recommendation: I don’t recommend pure cloud controlled wireless network solutions in environments where uptime is ultra-critical like Healthcare or even Education environments. These markets demand 100% uptime and have no tolerance for interrupted service. (I have designed hundreds of them and none of them are cool with not being able to hit the management console during an outage). From my experience, completely Cloud Controlled WLANS are typically best used in a hospitality type environment.
Now as a comparison let’s look at wireless systems that have configuration/management control that is based on your site. These types would be Wireless Controllers or Controller-Less Access Points but with a Cloud Monitored wireless network solution.
How a Cloud Monitored Wireless System works: The control and management of the WLAN exists on your site. It exists inside a wireless controller or in a controller-less access point. However, the Monitoring Only aspect is pulled into the Cloud, and software updates can be pushed via the cloud.
(Side note: some vendors advertise a “Controller-Less solution” but their configuration and management actually come from a virtualized controller running on a PC or one your servers…is it controller-less if they have a controller running on a VM? This is pretty creative marketing, but stretching a bit. For this article, I’m assuming you have a controller or true controller-less environment.)
1) The controller is out of the cloud, if the internet goes down, you can still function locally with full features and access to internal resources.
2) You’re in control. Updates are done by your team (or partner) when you want them done.
3) No yearly licensing for the cloud based controller. If you buy a controller, it’s a one- time license fee vs. recurring. Some Controller-Less systems (like the one SecurEdge offers), do not have any controller licensing at all.
4) Cloud Monitoring is optional (but recommended.)
5) Multi-Site Updates- Configuration and Management is still done locally, but with our platform, you can actually push configuration updates from the cloud.
6) Centralized Network Visibility: by monitoring all of your sites in one dashboard, you’ve got crazy visibility into what’s going on in real time, everywhere. Here are a few things you can see:
- Visualization of the RF which is invisible to the naked eye.
- Diagnostics to quickly troubleshoot wireless issues.
- Insight into wireless clients and their performance.
- Historical trend reporting of the network.
- Usage and utilization reporting across all of your locations and access points
1) Cloud management requires access to the Internet.
2) The Monitoring software can be expensive.
3) If cloud management is local in a private cloud it will require setting up an appliance in the data center.
4) Management of the VM or appliance.
5) Resource usage by the VM or appliance; cooling, power, rack space, etc…
Recommendation: Use the cloud to manage the systems that are the best fit in the cloud. In the WLAN world, the cloud is a great way to deploy wireless monitoring software that can even push some software updates. But for most organizations, it’s not a good fit for day to day configurations and data plane management. Larger organizations (5,000+ users) will probably want to host their own wireless networks monitoring software, organizations that are smaller could benefit from using a cloud based system like the one we offer at SecurEdge.
It sounds like a simple proposition for retailers, hotel and cruise companies, or any company that wants to provide wireless access in a network of physical locations: Install Wi-Fi for customers and employees to use with their smartphones and tablets at those locations. Shoppers, for example, are coming to expect it in stores: In a recent survey by SapientNitro and GfK Roper, 63% of respondents said free Wi-Fi would enhance their shopping experience. And even though some shoppers will use the service to compare prices online, more and more retailers are offering Wi-Fi service to customers. In the 2012 holiday season JCPenney, Target and Saks Fifth Avenue joined the ranks of other chain stores that had offered Wi-Fi in previous years, including Macy’s, Sam’s Club and Nordstrom. Wi-Fi also offers opportunities to improve employee productivity and customer satisfaction— for example, by allowing a salesperson to check the stockroom without leaving the floor, or even to complete sales transactions in the aisles.
There are more than 80 million unique Wi-Fi networks in the US. How difficult could it be to put a few into stores?
Most IT departments just have no experience with a project of this size and complexity. Putting Wi-Fi into a large commercial environment involves a series of complex design decisions and requires more planning than most IT departments realize. For example, companies sometimes don’t know what they want their customers and employees to do with Wi-Fi, so IT departments may not choose the right vendor, equipment or service. Asking the right questions before work begins can help define the requirements.
- Do you want to provide enough bandwidth only for simple Web queries, or will the network support streaming high-definition video?
- Do you want to use Wi-Fi to locate employees or customers?
- Will employee traffic move within a virtual private network (VPN) on the same network as public customer data?
It takes time and deliberation to answer these questions in a way that makes the most sense for the business.
The effort also requires a good deal of coordination among various players, more than IT departments may be used to. In addition to working with business and functional leaders and vendors, Wi-Fi projects may involve store operators and real estate managers, as well as data center and help desk personnel. Most of these projects require retrofitting buildings of various sizes, ages and configurations to perform under 21st-century expectations.
Perhaps most importantly, too many companies set out without a clear business case for Wi-Fi and are unsure how the company will measure its return on investment. Some might ask: Why not just let customers access the Web over their regular cellular networks? But one of the problems is that once you get deep inside buildings, such as a department or big-box store, cell coverage can be poor. Wi-Fi offers better reception and thus enables more functionality. But failing to make a good business case for that investment makes it even tougher to come up with a plan and technical requirements.
How do leaders navigate these projects successfully? First, they develop a clear business case for the investment and ongoing operational costs, which gives them a solid understanding of how Wi-Fi will support their business goals. Starbucks, for example, understands the value of drawing in and holding customers with the free Wi-Fi service it offers with its partner, AT&T, which also benefits by moving some data traffic off the cellular network and directly onto its network through Starbucks’s Wi-Fi.
Second, executives must decide on the functions they want before planning begins. For example, they may decide to provide enough bandwidth for customers to look up information about items, but not enough to allow every bored toddler in a shopping cart to watch streaming cartoons. Indeed, they must consider a wide range of policy questions, including how to filter out unwanted searches and how to handle the risk of becoming a showroom for price comparisons. Taken together, the answers to these questions allow them to begin to draw the specifications for the technical design and develop an implementation plan.
Building the business case
In our work with clients we see that leaders begin by asking some fundamental questions.
- What are the business uses for Wi-Fi, and what benefits do we expect it to yield? Will it create higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty from shoppers who have a more enjoyable or productive experience? Can we raise our employees’ efficiency by allowing them to check for out-of-stock items or check out customers from the aisle?
- What kinds of wireless services do we want to provide to our customers and associates, and how will doing so improve our business? For example, customers can use their smartphones to find the product they need or get information about how to use the product before they buy. If the product is out of stock in the store, they may be able to buy it online for home delivery. Smart systems might be able to recommend related products that they need for a project—for example, suggesting a fresh can of PVC cement if the shopper is buying plastic pipe. (See sidebar, “What do you want to enable?”)
- Do these add up to a solid business case? Will Wi-Fi increase revenues directly (charging for wireless service) or through more sales? Will it reduce our costs by allowing associates to work more efficiently?
Only with a good understanding of how Wi-Fi will be used can a company make the right technical decisions and begin to form a plan that incorporates security, bandwidth (upstream and downstream), geolocation and other requirements.
Although not a retail chain, Royal Caribbean offers a good example of how one company planned its approach to Wi-Fi in ways that put the business case first. Several years ago the cruise line realized that customers were beginning to expect the same fast Wi-Fi connectivity at sea that they get at home or in a hotel. The company devised a plan for recouping its capital investment through subscription plans. The technical challenges were daunting, not only because of the scale of the rollout (each ship requires hundreds of access points), but also because a ship’s steel walls limit Wi-Fi's range and capabilities. Providing a high-speed experience for a few thousand concurrent users uploading pictures after their shore excursions required the use of cutting-edge technologies in satellite connectivity, network compression and maximizing bandwidth. Even so, by clearly understanding the business case for its investment and the technical requirements, Royal Caribbean is rolling out a very successful wireless program.
Steps for a successful rollout
Once a company has decided on its business needs and Wi-Fi's role in generating value, planning begins. As with any project of such a massive scale, building out Wi-Fi requires solid project management skills and careful selection of vendors. Businesses and their IT departments need to weigh many options and the inherent trade-offs. For example, the amount of bandwidth necessary to allow a single customer to watch a streaming video might instead allow a dozen or more customers to read product reviews or access supply information. Determining these kinds of requirements must be a two-way dialogue, with the business understanding the constraints and trade-offs while the technology folks gain a clear understanding of how the business wants to use Wi-Fi now and in the future.
With the project properly defined, the next step is designing the technical solution within the bounds of the initial capital investment and the budget for ongoing operating expenses. This phase involves store surveys that take into account the layout of the retail space, as well as the underlying infrastructure of electrical and communication networks and barriers, such as concrete or steel structures. Determining connections from the telecom operator to the store or through a mall can sometimes be more complex than expected.
Pilot programs help identify problems and mistakes before a rollout to the entire retail chain. Testing the technical solution in just a few locations can help identify weak points and unexpected problems, allowing IT to fine-tune the solution before a full rollout. For example, at one retail chain, installers placed access points in locations that they decided were more convenient than those indicated on the plan—a shortcut that created gaping holes in coverage that were costly to fix later.
Among the other lessons we've learned in working closely with clients on Wi-Fi projects:
- Wi-Fi projects are typically more complex than anticipated—and surprisingly more expensive.
- Consider Wi-Fi a business project supported by IT, not primarily an IT project. The technical requirements should be driven by the business requirements.
- Wi-Fi projects tend to involve almost all parts of the organization, including business development, marketing, legal, finance, facility management and store operations.
- Pick the right outside help. Internal organizations may not have the experience or skill set to cover the full breadth and depth of topics. Mistakes in the planning phase can easily cost millions of dollars during the rollout and later remediation.
- Set aside sufficient time: Six months is ideal for a good planning phase.
This article originally appeared here.
Rudy Puryear leads Bain & Company’s Global Information Technology practice and is based in Chicago. Rasmus Wegener is a partner in Bain & Company’s Atlanta office.
The Alfa AP121 Hackers Nightmare!
Alfa Network AP121 supplied by Alfa is not only a High Speed Data Rater but also provides faster data rates up to a whooping 150Mbps and is well-suited to celebrated 802.11b/g. What gives Alfa AP121 a name in the market is the security assurance it gives to its users. The Advanced Robust Security Firewall with SPI to protect the internal host from hacker attacks makes this apparatus a must-get-own resolve. The Wireless security is wide-ranging and includes the WPA/WPA2 PSK feature RichWDS, Dual SSIDs, Static Routing, QoS and more. Another reason for the device to be your perfect AP/Router is that the model AP121 antenna 5dbi is a detachable RPSMA antenna and it can be fixed discreetly anywhere.
The Features That Make Alfa AP121 Great
Alfa Network AP121 supplied by Alfa the wireless device that works flawlessly because it’s manufactured with precision to make it a champion in the AP/Router world. Its features are brilliantly made to give end user the ultimate network connectivity that beats even the smoothest net hacker nightmares. Its Speed Data Rates are amazingly the best compared to other wireless device AP/Routers. It is worth mentioning that there are few devices that download or upload High Speed Data Rates of up to 150Mbps and are compatible with legacy 802.11b/g equipment like AP121. The Firewall with SPI to protect the internal host from hacker attacks is configured by the Wireless security comprehensiveness that is upgraded via WPA/WPA2 PSK .Its Rich Features: WDS, Dual SSIDs, Static Routing, and QoS, and being easy to set up and operate makes the wireless device a clear leader in the market.
The Alfa AP121 Specifications Make It a Superior AP/Router
Product specifications are what identify its compatibility, flexibility adoptability, usability and application in the intended field.Alfa Networks AP121 supplied by Alfa has all these qualities and more. It is designed to give you the maximum service, pleasure and yet at reduced overheads to your organization bottom-line.Alfa AP121 is the right partner in running your companies business. The list of the most critical functions available to you for information and decision are:-
- 5dBi detachable RPSMA antenna
- 64/128bit WEP
- WPA(TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)
- WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)
- WPA Mixed
- 802.11b: 19dBm± 1.5
- 802.11g: 19dBm ± 1.5
- 802.11n: 19dBm ± 1.5
- 802.11b 11Mbps: -90
- 802.11g 54Mbps: -75
- 802.11n ( 20MHz) MCS7 : -71
- 802.11n ( 40MHz ): up to 150Mbps
- 802.11n ( 20MHz ): up to 72Mbps
- 802.11g: 54,48,36,24,18,12,9,6Mbps
- 802.11b: 11,5.5,2,1Mbps
- Wireless ISP (WISP)
- DC Jack: 5V DC (standard)
- 12V DC (option)
- PoE: 12V Passive PoE
- 10% ~ 90% (Non-condensing)
Alfa is a renowned leader providing top of the range wireless AccessPoint/Routers, and Alfa AP121 is rated to be the very best AccessPoint/Router in the market.
Cloud manage Alfa AP121
Cloud management capability for AP121 is not yet supported. However you can request support for this or any other device through this form here.
The Cisco Aironet 1240AG series is a wireless access point for offices that is secure, of high quality and reliable. It has enterprise class features that are being demanded for by WLAN customers. This device has been tailored for use in environments not usually thought of as a reliable wireless situation like factories, warehouses and larger retail establishments. It is a versatile and ruggedly constructed device with connected antennas and a broad range of temperatures it is able to operate in.
There are three versions available:
- A version that is lightweight
- A version that is autonomous that is upgradeable to the lightweight version
- A version with a single-band 802.11 for using in domains that will not allow 802.11a 5GHz operation
The device has dual radios for the 802.11a and 802.11g with a capacity up to 108Mbps and the antenna conductors will support a range of Cisco 2.4 and 5GHz antennas.
The memory is 32MB RAM with a 16MB flash memory. It draws 12.95 watts in power and it can operate in extreme temperature conditions from -20°C to +55°C.
- The autonomous access points can function as an access point or as abridge in either dual or single band versions
- The indoor range for the 802.11a is 54 Mbps at 26metres to 6Mbps at 100m
- The indoor range for the 802.11g is 54Mbps at 32m to 1Mbps at 140m
- The outdoor range of the 802.11a is 54Mbps at 30m to 6Mbps at 198m
- The outdoor range for the 802.11g is 54Mbps at 34m to 1Mbps at 290m
- High transmit power and receive sensitivity
The Cisco Aironet 1240AG device has been manufactured for it to withstand a range of temperatures with its rugged case and antenna connections. Its location is flexible as the antennas cover an extended range.
The access points can be placed in different locations such as between suspended ceilings with the antenna below the ceiling.
It is also able to be located in plenum areas as it has a municipal fire regulation code of UL 2043.
The device is also suitable for hotel locations due to antenna versatility that is able to cope with a wide range of RF challenges.
The security in this system allows it to detect any spoofing from access points and any malicious users that are impersonating access point infrastructure.
The Cisco Aironet 1240AG series has the following security and encryption features:
- WPA, WPA2
- Cisco TKIP
- Cisco message integrity check
- IEEE 802.11 WEP keys of 40 and 128 bits
- AES-CCMP encryption
- EAP flexible authentication via secure tunnelling
- Protected generic token card
- PEAP Microsoft Challenge Authentication Protocol version 2
- EAP Transport layer security
- EAP Tunnelled TLS
- Cisco LEAP
Below is an example of the express start-up page that will configure your device to your set specifications. It also allows you to configure security and features in a step-by-step process.
Zone Flex 7343: for Adaptive Antenna Technology
Ruckus Wireless Zone Flex 7343 the High Performance 802.11n Mid-Range Smart Wi-Fi Access Points with Adaptive Antenna Technology has many returns to any occupation bottom-line that any businessperson must make a decision to acquire and install this wonder device. This Wireless Access Point is a single-band Maximum 802.11n capacity of 300Mbps making it highest performer on offer to all enterprises and environments including hotels, schools, shopping malls, hospitals and corporations. The High Performance 802.11n Mid-Range Smart Wi-Fi Access Points has anAdaptive Antenna Technology and the security capabilitiessecurity/Encryption Algorithm WPA2//WPA-PSK/AES and TKIP gives it an edge over other wireless Access Points.
TheZone Flex 7343 Features
Ruckus Wireless Zone Flex 7343 by Ubiquiti has ultra-special indomitable constructions capabilities and outputs that stun many. This cute handset is the ideal choice to give to your business. Below are the features that make this device to be the best-in-class of top-range performers.
Advanced RF management
Concurrent support for video, VoIP and data
Adaptive antenna technology and Automatic interference mitigation
Smart meshing increases flexibility and reduces costs
Smart Mesh Networking
Admission control/load balancing
The Zone Flex 7343 Specifications
- Data Transfer Rate 300Mbps
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b
- IEEE 802.11n
- IEEE 802.11a
- IEEE 802.11g
- Remote Management Protocol CLI
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Capacity Concurrent devices: 200
- VoIP calls : 20
- Status Indicators Status:
- Features Priority-based flow control
- Quality of Service (QoS)
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
- Firmware upgradable
- security/Encryption Algorithm
- Authentication Method RADIUS
- Basic Service Set Identifier (BSSID)
- Active Directory
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.1x
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.1Q
- IEEE 802.11a
- IEEE 802.11i
- IEEE 802.11n
- IEEE 802.11b
- IEEE 802.11e
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIE
- Internal integrated
- Antenna Qty 1
- Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) None
- Interfaces 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
- 2 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
- Compatible Slots None
- Miscellaneous: Compliant Standards WEEE, RoHS
- Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Supported PoE
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 15 - 95%
Ruckus Wireless Zone Flex 7343 by Ubiquiti gives you awesome benefits. Just sample some of the itemized benefits offered by this unique wireless Device:-
Naturally everything is perfectly set to give you maximum service through easy to install/configure/expand, also with spontaneous advanced security for your total satisfaction.
Superior Wi-Fi systems, through WLAN-wide finest signal path selection, automatic WLAN-wide interference prevention, and WLAN-wide reflex RF coordination to acclimatize the ever constantly-changing Wi-Fi workplace.
Smart meshing increases flexibility, reduces costs, Smart Mesh Networking and Admission control/load balancing
Ruckus flex 7343-WLAN combines smart meshing, dynamic user security, adaptive RF signal routing, 802.11n, and centralized management – all within a secure, scalable, and simple-to-use platform.
Cloud management and remote monitoring
Ruckus ZoneFlex 7343 devices can be cloud managed thorugh Tanaza, thanks to a single centralized dashboard. Click here to know more about cloud managing a Ruckus 7343.
Here is some good news about Tanaza, the vendor-agnostic solution to cloud manage any Wi-Fi Access Point.
Breaking news 1 - Splash page, Captive Portal & RADIUS.
After a pre-release for Tanaza Lead Users, our ultimate solution to manage hotspots in remote and multiple locations is now Live for everybody. You can just pick one of the APs that can be Tanaza Powered through our freely available firmware, and deploy today your branded hotspots to restaurants, cafés, retail stores...
More info about how to setup the Splash Page, Walled Garden and Radius Authentication is available here.
Breaking news 2 - Community and Facebook
Our commuinity web site, community.tanaza.com, has a new look, and... is now integrated with Facebook! Yes, you'll be able to ask for support, give feedback and share ideas directly from your favourite social network. A lot of users are already suggesting ideas to improve Tanaza's ease-of-use and efficiency here.
Breaking news 3 - Compatibility
Our short term roadmap includes connectors to cloud manage:
- Netgear WG102
- TP-Link WR743ND, WR741ND, WA5210G, WR941ND, WR340GD, WR1043ND and WR740N
- D-Link DWL-3260AP
- Apple AirPort Express
- EnGenius EAP-9550 and ECB-9500
Don't see your favourite model here? We can prioritize urgent connectors. Just let us know through this form here.
Breaking news 4 - Open Source and OpenWRT
A few vendors and developers are already working with our R&D on an OpenWRT version of the Tanaza Agent. More info here.
Breaking news 5 - Parental control and web filtering
Some users are requesting it so... we added this feature to the roadmap. Stay tuned!
We are doing our best to satisfy all the community needs, making everybody more efficient evey day. Join the discussion and help us to make you more efficient! community.tanaza.com.
Sebastiano Bertani & all Tanaza Team
We are making improvements.
Our internal version of the Tanaza Agent allows to cloud manage any OpenWRT device through the cloud. It's currently possible to integrate the agent into OpenWRT-based firmwares, turn the devices on and add them to the Cloud Dashboard (cloud.tanaza.com).
For now you have to run a Java Applet inside your browser and use it to auto-detect the APs that carry the Tanaza Agent. You'll need to be in the same LAN of the AP, in order to do it.
The Tanaza Agent code will stay private until we implement the new feature that will allow to add APs to your Cloud Dashboard without running the Java Applet ;) and neither being in the same LAN of the AP. It will be a 100% zero-touch configuration.
If you are a vendor or a developer and cannot wait, just join the OpenWRT team writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.