2014/12/18

Next-Generation Wi-Fi at the Valencia Conference Centre

The Valencia Conference Centre is located near the international airport at Manises and is easily accessible from the city center. It is one of the greatest exhibition centers in the world, hosting numerous large events throughout the year. 4ipnet's local partner, Civired & Wifisafe , was responsible for the deployment which was completed in September 2014.

The Valencia Conference Centre is one of the most important congress venues in Europe. It was designed by Norman Foster and awarded the “World's Best Convention Centre” by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) in 2010. With a floor space of 5,900 m2 covering three auditoriums, a VIP lounge, and an exhibition area, the Valencia Conference Centre is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and impeccable customer services.

According to a survey conducted by the AIPC, Internet access was a primary demand of business professionals during exhibitions and conferences. Considering the increasing number of mobile devices used during these events, the management team at the venue recognized the necessity of providing a managed Wi-Fi network. However, providing wireless coverage to service more than 3,500 concurrent users spreading across 16 different areas in the premises was no easy task. To address this challenge, the Valencia Conference Centre turned to 4ipnet’s local partner, Civired & WifiSafe.

The requirements for the WLAN deployment were clarified. Coverage was the most primary concern, as there could not be any Wi-Fi dead spots across the vast floor space of the convention. Furthermore, user authentication was essential, as unauthorized access could potentially cause leaks of confidential information. Segregated virtual networks for different usage scenarios was also required to add another layer of security. Finally, given the high density of users and devices in auditoriums during events, the APs needed to be well-managed with advanced features that prevented overloading. Civired & WifiSafe’s technical expertise helped the Valencia Conference Centre realize that centralized AP and user management was a must-have for successful WLAN operation.

The proposed products included 4ipnet’s WHG711 wireless LAN controller, EAP757 concurrent dual-band access points, and SW1008 unified access switches. Civired & Wifisafe was responsible for all aspects of the deployment which was completed in September 2014.

Valencia Conference Centre was pleased with the results. Advanced AP management features on the WHG711 such as automatic AP discovery and provisioning, bulk AP configuration, and real-time status notifications simplified the deployment process. Once the APs went online, users could seamlessly roam between different APs without losing connectivity. Load balancing also prevented individual APs from being overly congested. With these functions, the Wi-Fi network was able to service thousands of simultaneous concurrent users, and the risk of potential downtime was reduced.

In addition to stable Wi-Fi connectivity, 4ipnet’s solution also allowed the conference center to provide flexible and secure user authentication through 802.1X or browser-based user authentication. After being authenticated on the network, each user could then be applied with schedule-based QoS, firewall, and routing profile according to their role. As a result, network administrators were able to prevent individual users from consuming the entire network bandwidth, ensuring that all users would receive an acceptable connection quality.

Valencia Conference Centre is a perfect example of how a public venue can successfully deploy a large-scale Wi-Fi network using 4ipnet’s solution. With high performance APs and comprehensive user and AP management features, the venue reaffirms its commitment to providing advanced facilities and services to business professionals worldwide. ##ShowAll##

2014/10/21

4ipnet's Products Showcased at Hostelco in Barcelona!

4ipnet's partner, WifiSafe is exhibiting at this show from October 20 to 23. Please visit them at stand B283, Hall 2, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via!




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2014/10/09

4ipnet Launches the Most Affordable 802.11ac Access Point EAP727 for $199

4ipnet, a leading provider of competitive and comprehensive wireless LAN solutions for meeting the Wi-Fi demands of tomorrow, today announced the launch of its most affordable indoor 802.11ac access point, the EAP727. In addition to data rates up to 867 Mbps in 5 GHz, the AP also packs an array of advanced enterprise-grade functionality. With an easy-to-configure interface, controller-based management, and industry-leading price point of $199 USD, the EAP727 offers unparalleled price-performance for hotels, universities, and other public-facing venues.

The wider channel widths and enhanced modulation brought by 11ac allows the EAP727 to provide true wire-like performance that significantly outperforms 11n-based networks. Furthermore, the increased data rate enables the same amount of data to be transmitted using less airtime, which translates to each AP supporting more concurrent devices. Adding on top of that advanced QoS features such as Airtime Fairness, Band Steering, and Multicast to Unicast Conversion, users are guaranteed to experience much more reliable and high performance Wi-Fi connectivity.

The dual-radio EAP727 can operate simultaneously in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and supports enterprise-grade security features such as WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X authentication, Layer 2 Firewall, and Station Isolation. Additionally, the AP utilizes 802.3af PoE (Power over Ethernet), eliminating the need for traditional power sources. Along with its sleek pearl-white appearance, the AP can be placed in even the most aesthetically demanding environments to provide ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage.

When managed by 4ipnet WHG controllers, administrators can perform centralized AP management, AP load balancing, and rogue AP detection. Furthermore, role-based policies and bandwidth control facilitates fine-grained user management that is crucial for network security and performance. Key features include:
l   Automatic AP discovery and provisioning
l   Centralized monitoring of APs and users with real-time notifications
l   802.1X, MAC/IP address, or browser-based user authentication
l   Schedule-based bandwidth, QoS, firewall, and routing policies per role
l   Multiple Service Zones with independent subnets, VLANs, authentication methods, and customizable captive portals
l   DHCP, NAT, DNS, L2 isolation, and other network services

With 4ipnet’s complete AP, user, and network management solution, enterprises and organizations can achieve maximized return on investment for their wireless infrastructure.

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4ipnet is a networking device provider for manageable, reliable and secure wireless broadband access. 4ipnet’s complete wireless LAN infrastructure product portfolio addresses the needs of different network operation environments, ranging from small-sized hotels to large-scale enterprises. With successful deployment cases around the world, 4ipnet offers an affordable yet comprehensive alternative to traditional enterprise-grade wireless networks. For more information, please visit www.4ipnet.com.


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2014/09/30

Introduction to 802.11ac: The Future of Wi-Fi

Still feel hesitant about 802.11ac? Then check out this video! In general, 11ac is 3-time faster than 11n in wireless  Furthermore, 4ipnet has launched AC1750 enterprise-grade access points that are both feature-rich and cost-effective. Visit www.4ipnet.com for more information.





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2014/07/31

4ipnet presenta los puntos de acceso EAP760 y EAP767 AC1750 Dual Band para soluciones de WLAN de alto rendimiento

TAIPÉI, 30 de julio de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- En el día de hoy 4ipnet, un proveedor líder en soluciones de LAN inalámbrica competitivas e integrales para satisfacer las demandas de Wi-Fi del mañana, anunció el lanzamiento de sus más recientes puntos de acceso interior 802.11ac: el EAP760 y el EAP767. Con velocidades de datos de hasta 1,3 Gbps en 5 GHz, funcionalidad avanzada de grado empresarial y un atractivo precio, los dos puntos de acceso ayudarán a que organizaciones y empresas satisfagan los requisitos de la mayoría de los escenarios de despliegue de siguiente generación. Cuando se los combina con el completo paquete de autenticación de usuario, aplicación de política y características de gestión centralizada de los controladores de WLAN de la serie WHG de 4ipnet, las necesidades de Wi-Fi de hoteles, universidades y empresas pueden ser fácilmente satisfechas.



La principal diferencia entre el EAP760 y el EAP767 es que el EAP760 se presenta con antenas externas, mientras que el EAP767 contiene antenas internas. Los usuarios pueden elegir un modelo, dependiendo de los requisitos estéticos o de cobertura de cada uno. Asimismo, el EAP760 presenta un exclusivo enlace descendente PoE (Power over Ethernet) que puede permitir al APs (punto de acceso) suministrar energía a otros dispositivos basados en IP (protocolos de Internet). Por ejemplo, los operadores de redes pueden desplegar fácilmente una cámara IP junto al EAP760, sin necesidad de cableado adicional.

En términos de similitudes, ambos modelos soportan la más reciente tecnología 802.11ac y presentan dos radios que pueden operar en las bandas de 2,4 y 5 GHz respectivamente. Tres secuencias espaciales posibilitan índices de hasta 450 Mbps en 2,4 GHz y 1,3 Gbps en 5 GHz, permitiendo que se concrete un verdadero rendimiento similar al del cable. El mayor rendimiento también ayuda a aliviar la congestión de la red, acortando el tiempo de uso promedio de cada cliente, lo que a su vez aumenta la capacidad de la red. Por último, ambos modelos soportan 802.3 en PoE, eliminando la necesidad de las tradicionales fuentes de energía durante el despliegue.

Aunque la tecnología 11ac refiere en gran parte al aumento en las velocidades de datos, los EAP760 y EAP767 incluyen mucho más que la mera velocidad de transmisión. A través de QoS inalámbrico, equidad en el tiempo de uso, tecnología de band steering y conversión multidifusión a unidifusión, los APs posibilitan la multiplicación de los beneficios que aporta la 11ac y mejoran aún más el rendimiento inalámbrico. Además, los APs pueden proporcionar seguridad de grado empresarial a través de características tales como la autenticación 802.1X, el cortafuego de capa 2 y el aislamiento de estación. Con el EAP760 y el EAP767, los operadores de red pueden ofrecer un excelente rendimiento y un ambiente inalámbrico seguro, reduciendo los reclamos de los clientes y eliminando los riesgos de seguridad. Por último, cuando se los despliega junto con los controladores WHG de 4ipnet, los administradores pueden configurar un equilibrio de cargas y un roaming (itinerancia) sin fisuras, a la vez que realizan una gestión centralizada de todos los APs. Considerando todos los aspectos, las empresas y las organizaciones encontrarán que la solución de 4ipnet satisface sus necesidades de LAN inalámbrica a un precio mucho más asequible, maximizando el retorno sobre la inversión.

Disponibilidad

Para conocer detalles sobre la disponibilidad del producto, comuníquese con sales@4ipnet.com. Acerca de 4ipnet 4ipnet es un proveedor de dispositivos de networking para un acceso gestionable, confiable y seguro a la banda ancha inalámbrica. El completo portafolio de productos de infraestructura de LAN inalámbrica de 4ipnet aborda las necesidades de diferentes ambientes de operación de redes, desde hoteles de pequeño porte hasta empresas a gran escala. Con casos de despliegue exitoso en todo el mundo, 4ipnet ofrece una alternativa asequible pero a la vez integral a las tradicionales redes inalámbricas de grado empresarial. Por más información, ingrese a www.4ipnet.com.

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2014/07/04

CARIBBEAN HOLIDAY & WI-FI AT IBEROSTAR HOTELS & RESORTS

Founded in 1986, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is a world-class Spanish hotel chain that operates globally and specializes in 4 and 5-star all-inclusive resorts and luxury hotels. As a validation of Iberostar’s commitment to excellence, many of its hotels have been awarded the prestigious “Travelers’ Choice” award by TripAdvisor. Iberostar’s resorts are known for their pristine beaches, impeccable services, and professionalism, providing tourists and travelers from all over the world with an unforgettable vacation experience.

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In recent years, providing Wi-Fi has become a norm in the hospitality industry – a service expected not as a luxury, but as an amenity. However, faced with large numbers of concurrent users, increasing number of mobile devices per user, and increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications, many hotels quickly realized the need for user and network management. The Iberostar resorts in the Dominican Republic (Iberostar Bavaro Suite, Iberostar Dominicana, Iberostar Punta Cana, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, and Iberostar Costa Dorada) were confronted with the same issues, and set out to search for a feasible and cost-effective Wi-Fi solution. The fundamental requirements defined by Iberostar’s management team were detailed user authentication, role-based policy assignment, and quick account generation, all of which were aimed at addressing the deluge of smartphones, tablets, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

After evaluating 4ipnet’s proposed solution, Iberostar’s team found that it could fulfill all of their needs, and was very pleased with the results. They decided to deploy WHG711 Wireless LAN Controllers and HSG1250 Hotspot Gateways across the six Dominican Republic resorts, with each controller accompanied by a wireless ticket generator set that would help front desk staff quickly print account credentials for guests. At the touch of a button, tickets with login credentials and matching QR codes could be printed, allowing guests to connect to the network without the troublesome login process.

The primary issue that 4ipnet’s solution resolved was unauthorized Internet access, which was a major point of concern for Iberostar from the security and reliability standpoint. After the 4ipnet system went online, every user was required to authenticate before accessing the hotel network, regardless of being a guest or hotel staff. Users would then be applied different usage policies such as firewall rules or bandwidth limitations depending on their pre-assigned role. Finally, the hotel could limit the usage time for each guest account. The fine-grained user control and network management features helped Iberostar maintain a secure and high performance public Wi-Fi environment.

Other features found useful by Iberostar included the customizable captive portals and built-in billing plans. Customizable captive portals allowed each resort to tailor the user login pages with their own logo and visual identity. At the same time, the on-demand account billing plans allowed the hotel to monetize Wi-Fi, turning its wireless network into an additional revenue stream for increased ROI. In summary, 4ipnet’s WLAN solution not only greatly enhanced the hotel network’s security and performance, but also dramatically improved customer experience. Keeping guests happy and returning with quality Wi-Fi service was Iberostar’s primary objective, and 4ipnet’s solution helped accomplish that feat.

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2014/05/14

WHG Wireless LAN Controller Buyer's Guide


Why should you buy the WHG controller? Read this guide to understand what the WHG has to offer and why you should buy it! For more product information, please visit our new website at www.4ipnet.com




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