Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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The Zero-touch provisioning is the process that can reduce time-consuming networking activities such as operating systems updating, patches or bug fixes, and features implementation, setting up WiFi access points automatically, and following agile principles.

Zero-touch provisioning could have economic and enviromental impacts when MSPs, ISPs, and SPs have to deploy a consistent number of WiFi devices.
Typically, the AP installation procedure is one of the highest cost factors in the business plan of every company.
Adding hundreds or thousands of WiFi access points through repetitious manual commands requires a lot of effort and time that becomes a lot of money in large-scale environments.
Not to mention wrong configurations, errors, and other network problems that can exceed the forecasted budget.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce time-consuming activities scientifically

Zero-touch provisioning method is based on a solid scientific approach. In 2021, Ivan Grgurević (Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) and Ivan Simunić (Solutions Architect at Ericsson and Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) have conducted a definitive study about the automation of network device configuration using Zero-Touch Provisioning.

The conference paper has shown proven significant savings in the installation time: until
over 95% (depending on the AP)

Installation time and provisioning costs represent an important cost in the CAPEX/OPEX model.
This is why this scientific study has mathematically shown as the reduction of AP installation time is directly related to the reduction of deployment costs.

Tanaza has pioneered the zero-touch provisioning methodology as a cost reduction catalyst for network deployment, when in 2020, we published an article about the real cost of wireless networks and how to calculate the TCO of WiFi networks.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions

When a ZTP is implemented in the network deployment process, MSPs, ISPs, and SPs can avoid sending technical employees onsite to perform the installation of the network access points.
Network administrators can remotely configure WiFi access points and send them pre-configured to the customer’s premises for installation.

This contributes to a significant reduction in indirect greenhouse emissions.

Today, the most valuable study conducted about the emissions for MSPs, ISPs and SPs shows that:

“Average CO2/km emissions vary by vehicle type and age, so the 120gr/km considered here is an optimistic scenario.​ If you multiply these numbers with several hundreds of field interventions typically run per day you can quickly see that there are tons of CO2 emitted per month.”
– Cisco Study

 

In environmental science, business travel carbon footprinting (travel by air, rail, bus, automobile or other modes of travel, employee commuting, and hotel stays) is part of the Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions (indirect greenhouse emissions – CO2, CH4, N2O, HFC, or CO2e emitted per kilometer or per passenger-kilometer traveled.)

Different studies conducted by GHG Protocol and Carbon Trust has shown that these categories represent some of the largest sources of emissions for companies (in some cases as high as 85% to 95%).

Zero Touch Provisioning can reduce Scope3 emissions

Net zero (that cover Scope1, 2 and 3) can’t happen without a total revolution of supply chains.
Zero touch provisioning in network configurations can be part of that change.

Through the reduction of business travels and the programmatic obsolescence of devices to change periodically, ZTP can indirectly help MSPs, ISPs and SPs to obtain international certifications as PAS 2060 in order to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to decarbonisation, and the neutralization of remaining impact through the support of environmental projects.

 

How does zero-touch provisioning work?

The Tanaza zero-touch provisioning feature is based on a highly complex algorithm. We try to resume in a few lines the ZTP architecture, trusting to express what are the branches and bounds that concur to cut costs for companies.

When a WiFi device has activated the zero-touch provisioning capability, the algorithm starts:
– to search for a DHCP server on the network to obtain the IP address,
– to obtain gateway information,
– to verify the location of the DNS server.

At this point, if the location of the DNS server is not provided or unreachable, DHCP uses other DNS services.

When the device has obtained an IP address, it faces other configuration obstacles such as:
– firewalls.

The device processes the DHCP options and locates configuration files, executes scripts, and upgrades and/or downgrades software.

If both the image and configuration files are present, the image is installed and the configuration is applied.

If only the image file is present, the image is installed on the device.

If the image is the same as the image already installed on the device, ZTP continues and skips the installation step.

If the image was unable to be fetched by the device, ZTP will try to fetch the image again.

If the image has corrupted, the installation fails.

If installation fails for any reason, ZTP will restart.

If there is no image or configuration file, the ZTP process starts again.

If there is no file server information, the ZTP process starts again.
Once the configuration is committed, the ZTP process has been deemed successful and terminates.

The precedent list is only a brief sequence of the operation that occurs during the ZTP provisioning process.
In the best cases, we have counted 19 operations that network administrators can solve with further sub-tasks and manual commands.
In these steps, random events and triggers that can cause the restart of the process can suddenly happen, increasing the number of time-consuming operations.

For instance, these events are:
– Request for the configuration file, script file, or image file fails.
– The configuration file is incorrect, and the commit fails.
– No configuration files and no image files are available.
– The image file has been corrupted, and installation fails.
– No file server information is available.
– The DHCP server does not have valid ZTP parameters configured.
– When none of the DHCP client interfaces goes to a bound state.
– ZTP transaction fails after six attempts to fetch the configuration file or image file.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Advantages of Zero-touch provisioning

The main advantages of zero-touch provisioning includes:
– automated setup of network devices;
– reduced time in manual configuration;
– reduced costs from less time being spent on manual tasks;
– easier and quicker updates;
– reduction of possible errors generated by human configurations;
– less time to get network devices operational.
– growing efficiency in large-scale device deployments.

Why Tanaza?

  • Tanaza software upgrades existing Wi-Fi networks.
  • Tanaza works with the most common easy-to-procure Wi-Fi access points available in most countries, such as Ubiquiti, MikroTik, TP-Link. If a device model is not supported yet, Tanaza may support it on request for medium to large network deployments. Discover all devices compatible.
  • IT teams do not need to deploy any hardware controller. Tanaza is 100% cloud-based and ready to use with no need for AWS instance deployments.
  • Our platform provides unlimited scalability.
  • It’s powerful and it has an intuitive user interface.

The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. Discover the Tanaza Powered Devices.

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The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. 

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WiFi notification – Receive notifications when access points go offline

WiFi notification alert system – Receive Email Alerts when Access Points Go Offline

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when access points go offline.

Sometimes, access points can disconnect from networks for various technical reasons (wrong IP configuration settings, loss of power, poor network connectivities by Service Providers, WiFi interferences).
This could happen without warning, at different moments of the day or night.
Tanaza allows users to trigger WiFi notifications sending automatic emails to members or external guests when a device loses contact with the cloud.

Set up offline device notifications and receive real-time alerts when something goes wrong in your network

Network administrators can scan the network status in specific time intervals:

– 1 minute;
– 5 minutes;
– 30 minutes;
– 1 hour;
– 1 day.

The procedure of AP scan starts when the cloud sends multiple pings to the entire network. (Here we use generically the term “ping”. We suggest you read the technical guide about alert notification system to understand more about what ping means)

When the process has terminated, network administrators can visualize a global vision of device status on Mapbox and obtain detailed information about networks, access points and connected clients.

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If one or more WiFi devices don’t answer to this ping, the system understands possible network problems are happening and sends as many email alerts as the offline devices are.

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Technical guide about WiFi notification alert system

Cloud-managed WiFi access points configured in Tanaza are divided in three different categories:

– APs with TanazaOS included in the firmware;
– APs that support SNMP protocol;
– APs that don’t support SNMP protocol.

The first category of the access point is monitored via a proprietary protocol that takes advantage of keepalive packets. These packets can include statistical information about the device. In this case, if TanazaCloud stops receiving keepalive packets, the device is considered “offline”.

The second category of access points is monitored through SNMP protocol. The Tanaza agent, distributed in the AP’s LAN, asks in polling the status through an SNMP request. If the device does not respond to SNMP, the device is considered offline.

The third category of access points is monitored by a simple ping executed by the Tanaza agent and distributed in the AP’s LAN. If the device does not respond to Ping, the device is considered offline.

At that moment the alert notification system triggers real-time emails.
Network administrators can select to send a notification to internal members or external email addresses.

Forget VPN and manual pings on the network

Until now, for this type of scanning, VPNs and manual pings were required.
Thanks to the Tanaza WiFi remote monitoring interface, network administrators can avoid learning useless technical activities and saving time and money without using additional platforms or network solutions.

Network APIs for WiFi alert notifications

The Tanaza WiFi alert notification system works thanks to the integration of multiple types of APIs. Soon we will publish the full list of APIs compatible with Tanaza

With Tanaza WiFi notification system you avoid to receive tons of emails for multiple disconnections

When multiple access points disconnect at the same moment, ideally, network administrators should receive as many emails as the device number. It’s not improbable that it happens.

Tanaza has studied three different mechanisms to avoid this:
1) an anti-email-storm spike that aggregates emails in a single one.
2) an inhibitor that postpones email alerts with a time interval of 1 hour.
3) a large set of APIs to detect when devices go offline and warn network administrators.

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Enterprise WiFi solutions for wireless infrastructures by Facebook Connectivity (Meta) and Tanaza

Enterprise WiFi solutions for wireless infrastructures by Facebook Connectivity (Meta) and Tanaza

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wireless infrastructures by Facebook Connectivity (Meta).

Facebook Connectivity (Meta) is working on four revolutionary enterprise WiFi solutions for wireless infrastructures.

Tanaza has joined Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program in 2020. The company is proud to cooperate with the Facebook Express Wi-Fi project in order to help Service Providers and Operators to monetize WiFi networks and manage them from the cloud.

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Build, operate, grow, and monetize your Wi-Fi business.

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Magma

Deploy easily mobile networks in hard-to-reach areas thanks to an intuitive open-source platform for network operators.

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Terragraph

Deliver cost-effective fiber-likes speeds using 60 GHz unlicensed spectrum.

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Evenstar

Expanding the OpenRAN ecosystem to improve flexibility, drive innovation, increase supplier diversity, and reduce TCO costs for operators.

Express WiFi by Facebook and Tanaza

Monetize WiFi networks with Express Wi-Fi and manage all your access points with Tanaza

How does Express Wi-Fi by Facebook work?

Express WiFi is the SaaS cloud platform to build and grow WiFi businesses in a scalable way. Internet providers can take advantage of valuable network usage insights and business analytics metrics to develop and maintain sustainable Wi-Fi services with an excellent user experience.

Providers can monetize WiFi by selling connectivity and enabling local businesses to sell data packs to final users. Sold and consumed data are under control at any moment and from anywhere thanks to the intuitive and responsive centralized dashboard.

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Medical clinics

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Hostels

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Coffee shops

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Restaurants

Shopping malls Express WiFi

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Medical clinics

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Coffee shops

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Restaurants

Is Express WiFi by Facebook free?

Customers can purchase data packs via digital vouchers. The price is variable and it depends on variable factors.

Where is Express Wi-Fi currently available?

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Africa
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

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South America
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

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Asia
India, Nepal and Thailand

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South East Asia
Indonesia and Philippines

Tanaza & XWF Architecture

In order to broaden the understanding, in the following scheme service providers and network operators can graphically visualize the HW/SW architecture of the Express WiFi project integrated with the AP cloud management platform Tanaza.

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Monetize WiFi with Facebook Express WiFi.
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Magma

What is Magma by Facebook?

Magma is a software platform for network operators developed to provide network connectivity solutions for remote locations, factories, and enterprises. It enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to deliver fast and reliable internet connectivity with innovative features.

Magma is a valid opportunity for CSPs to save money, reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs.

Is Magma by Facebook open-source?

Yes. Magma is an open-source centralized cloud-based controller on a public or private cloud environment. The platform works with existing LTE base stations and can federate with traditional mobile cores to extend services to new areas.

Terragraph

What is Terragraph by Facebook?

Terragraph is the affordable wireless infrastructure solution designed to meet the growing demand for reliable, fiber-speed internet access in urban and suburban environments.

Over the next 5 years, the annual global IP traffic will reach 396 exabytes per month.
The number of devices connected to the internet is expected to double at the same time.

What are the use cases of Terragraph?

– Fixed Wireless Access;
– Mobile Backhaul;
– Outdoor WiFi;
– Smart City.

What are the benefits of Terragraph?

Time to Market reduction
Terragraph lets reduce Time to Market for network deployments thanks to mountable outdoor WiFi devices without costly right-of-way permissions.

Network scalability
Terragraph improves network scalability reducing the upfront investment needed.

The resilience of Wireless Mesh Networks
Terragraph deploys a multi-node mesh network, allowing for built-in signal re-rerouting to ensure high availability and reliability.

Evenstar

What is Evenstar by Facebook?

The primary goal of the Evenstar program is to create a secure, robust, and sustainable alternative to the existing OpenRAN wireless infrastructure solution ecosystem.
Evenstar intends to provide a comprehensive and intuitive platform for the product life cycle, from requirements to production, including testing, validation, and eventually procurement. With a consistent reduction of TCO costs for operators.

The Evenstar Program decouples the Radio Unit (RU), Distribution Unit (DU), and the Centralized Unit (CU) through standard intuitive interfaces between each element. Vendors can focus on their area of expertise and competitive advantage while MNOs can choose best-of-breed components that meet MNO requirements.

What are the benefits of Evenstar by Facebook?

– Improve network flexibility
– Drive innovation in the OpenRAN ecosystem
– Increase supplier diversity and hardware/software disaggregation
– Reduce Total Costs of Ownership for network operators (link to Valeria’s article)

Traditionally, the RRU hardware, DU hardware, and CU software are sold as a package. The goal of OpenRAN and the Evenstar program is to decouple these elements and provide alternative solutions supporting standard interfaces.

Facebook Express WiFi and Tanaza – The ultimate enterprise WiFi solution for WiFi monetization

Where available, Facebook Express WiFi and Tanaza cloud platform combined together, represent the ultimate enterprise WiFi solutions to sell data packs for internet access when customers desire (daily, weekly, monthly).

SPs and Operators can enjoy a wide range of compatible WiFi devices with Tanaza to deploy performing and cost-effective WiFi networks while offering access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet thanks to the WiFi monetization ecosystem of Express Wi-Fi.

Start monetizing your WiFi networks with Express Wi-Fi and cloud-managed them with Tanaza.
Get in touch with us to know if you qualify for Express Wi-Fi.

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Benefits of Cloud Managed Wireless Networks

Discovering the benefits of cloud managed wireless networks solutions

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cloud managed wireless networks.

The benefits of cloud-managed wireless networks over traditional network management solutions are multiple and consolidated in the industry. In Tanaza, we have defined the main advantages of a cloud-managed wireless network platform.
  1. Cost reduction of network infrastructures and network management;
  2. Productivity improvement for structured companies as MSPs, ISPs, and SPs;
  3. Safer security levels in enterprise network deployment
  4. Fast and efficient resolution of network problems thanks to a better network visualization;
  5. Superior network support thanks to outsourced dedicated technical assistance;
  6. Better business decision-making thanks to real-time and historical network analytics and reports.

Cost reduction of network infrastructures and network management

During post-pandemic times, cost reduction of network infrastructures and network management is the main priority for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs. The budget review represents an urgent voice in the development plans of many companies.
Embracing network disgregation and adopting a SaaS WiFi cloud-managed solution can help enterprises and SMBs achieve these goals. understood this need and redefined the concept of network infrastructure costs, developing an enterprise alternative to the more expensive single-vendor cloud controllers. Hardware disaggregation is the fundamental point that allows CAPEX and OPEX costs reduction.

When network professionals start their experience with Tanaza, they have to decide the type of hardware and access points for the next device deployment. Network professionals will be able to choose cheaper access points such as consumer/SMB devices with an average cost of around $100/device, unlike someone using a traditional network management solution who will have to spend $300/device (hardware + software).

The cost reduction impacts even network management.
By using cloud management TanazaOS, professionals enjoy the same set of features in an all-in-one centralized dashboard, instead of investing budget resources in multiple solutions that sometimes can entail CAPEX/OPEX costs. Features include remote monitoring, centralized configuration, multi-site management, and self-provisioning: click here for the complete list of Tanaza features.

Productivity improvement for structured companies as MSPs, ISPs, and SPs

One of the main benefits of cloud-managed wireless networks solutions is the productivity improvement for companies as MSPs, ISPs, SPs. Cloud-based platforms such as Tanaza allow users to save time avoiding repetitive network configuration operation and monitoring performance and troubleshooting parameters from a single centralized dashboard.

Imagine for a second having a time-consuming and repetitive activity as the configuration of hundreds of multi-vendor indoor and outdoor access points. During traditional one-by-one network management configurations, professionals have to study multiple model specifications, understand internal OS features of each device, verify access point compatibility with network IEEE standards, and, in some cases, solve typical network compatibility issues through updates and expensive network troubleshooting practices. Thanks to a cloud-managed wireless network solution such as Tanaza, instead, is enough to type the MAC address of the device and network professionals can manage all these inconveniences in a few clicks.

In structured companies, different technical departments have to co-work to guarantee the highest standards of service. Using a managed wireless network solution helps to improve productive cooperation between professionals. Once set specific roles and create different permission levels, internal and external collaborators can access the all-in-one cloud dashboard of Tanaza and check network traffic analytics and monitoring data as real-time bandwidth data, the number of concurrent clients for SSIDs, or access point status, remotely and at any time. Different departments indeed no longer need to waste time in the manual analysis of network data through multiple, disconnected tools and formatting them into reports, with possible misinterpretations, typical data inconsistency due to data integration, and useful status meetings. Network teams can spend their work time in more profitable work activities.

Safer security levels in enterprise network deployments

According to Gartner Report 2021 about Security Vulnerability, more than half of the companies faced security vulnerabilities during the pandemic. Attacks on enterprise devices continue to represent the main security weakness in the enterprise network deployment.
Cloud-managed wireless networks have different levels of security.

Solid password, IP address restriction, and firewalls

Most secure cloud-based management platforms have the strongest password protocols and solid security policies. Tanaza, for instance, requires its users to choose a password compliant with a strong password policy with the following criteria:

  • 8 characters minimum
  • At least one lowercase character
  • At least one uppercase character
  • At least one digit
  • At least one special character

Tanaza restricts any remote access using the IP address and verifies the login by public key (RSA).

The cloud dashboard is highly protected by dedicated firewalls, and 24×7 services login is operative for monitoring accesses and potential threats.

Disable WiFi configuration/login pages, managing APs settings safely from the cloud

Cloud-managed wireless networks solutions add a new level of security thanks to the possibility to exclude default WiFi configuration/login pages. Common network attacks happen in the pre-set login page of access points. Especially in low-medium cost device brands, minimum security standards are not always guaranteed.
Wireless cloud management solutions introduce a further level of security: network administrators can disable unsafe configuration/login pages and manage access points settings safely from a cloud dashboard. Only those who know the credentials of the cloud management dashboard or who have adequate permission levels can access device settings. The security of the cloud dashboard is guaranteed by the standard presented in the previous chapter.

Secure data storage and user data management

Data related to network configurations set up by users in the Tanaza dashboard is stored on a Database using Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Instead, data specific to network analytics, like devices’ statistics, is saved on No-SQL databases hosted on AWS servers.

Security is ensured through a split of data sent to/from the managed devices and any end-user data. Configuration and login sessions pass through the servers; however, all the data exchanged by customers with the Internet remains completely excluded from our systems. Besides, any sensitive data is secured with high control and restricted access.

Fast and efficient resolution of network problems thanks to an innovative network visualization system

Cloud wireless networks management allows easy troubleshooting of enterprise networks thanks to better network visualization. A centralized cloud dashboard is functional to map and manage all the network devices, metrics, and data, helping network administrators to identify fastly and efficiently what is the weakest node and organize the protective measures.

Tanaza, for instance, allows multi-vendor access points configuration and granular network visualization.
Network sections are subdivided into SSIDs and devices. The intuitive and easy-to-use centralized dashboard is composed of visual network design principles. The centralized dashboard allows the network administrator to identify immediately AP model and the device status by icons, without the need to type a single command line.
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For each network component, administrators can check real-time and historical data to identify what is the cause of an unexpected disconnection or suspicious threats.

When a device disconnection happens, users can configure an email alert system that warns them every time each access point goes down. This aspect disaggregates the old concept of network visualization because it’s no anymore necessary to visualize the AP status on the platform to start the network troubleshooting, but it’s the platform itself to notify the disconnection. This could happen meanwhile WiFi professionals are working on other tasks and allow a rapid response to possible network attacks.

Superior network support thanks to outsourced dedicated technical assistance

Among the main benefits of cloud-managed wireless networks, outsourcing of WiFi cloud management activities represents a great opportunity to decrease operational costs. Invest in a cloud-managed platform to allocate part of the budget for an all-in-one solution for multiple activities, saving money and avoiding increasing company labor costs. The prices of these solutions are generally very cheap and scalable. Tanaza, for instance, has convenient pricing plans based on the number of access points and the selected period of the license. Companies can pay only for what they exactly need, without any added cost.

Visit this page to discover the pricing plan.

Relying on the network management to an external cloud-managed solution, it’s important even because superior network support is guaranteed. The networking industry is constantly updating, and there is not always time and economic resources to invest in constant training for internal teams. Delegation to an external cloud-managed wireless network allows externalizing risks and management issues with the possibility to rely on superior support, in case of problems.

Tanaza guarantees superior network support, with taking charge of the customer requests in at least 24/48h. The support team can be contacted for commercial or technical reasons with the assurance of the resolution of any problems related to the platform. For ambitious projects, our developers are always available to take into consideration requests for new features or of new access point deployment.

 

Better business decision making thanks to real-time and historical network analytics and reports

Without data, you are another person with an opinion. This is a rule in data analysis. More and more in network analytics.
The best decisions related to new access points acquisition, security threats prevention and defending, or network parameters customization pass from appropriate and deep real-time and network analysis.

Cloud-managed wireless networks solutions as Tanaza allow customers to analyze remotely real-time and historical data as bandwidth, max concurrent clients, GHz channels, device maps for the previous 7 days, 24 hours, or 60 minutes.

Often, network administrators have hundreds of Wi-Fi devices deployed in multiple locations to monitor. It’s important to know the status of each single AP or Wi-Fi router at any moment, to be able to debug the network when needed.
It’s a huge amount of data and a mistake can cause problems for the whole network deployment.

The granular UX design of the Tanaza dashboard allows network administrators to study the network structure at every level, analyzing device by device load and memory parameters excesses. By monitoring the load value for each access point, it’s possible to understand if the access point is under strain due to the range of coverage or the amount of network data to be processed. This value offers a parameter to prevent overload on access points or possibly breaking down, improving service availability and helping prevent downtimes.
By monitoring memory value, instead, it’s possible to verify unusual AP memory usage. With constant, full memory usage, like in the case of a high number of concurrent connections, clients connected to these APs can experience intermittent connectivity drops. Monitoring this parameter allows to improve the quality of service and reduce network instability.

The average situation of those parameters reflects itself on the device status. Thanks to the historical data, network administrators can obtain relevant information about APs position and status.

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This amount of data is really useful because it allows network administrators to collect precious information for network design and troubleshooting before, and business decisions after.

Imagine identifying several access points of the same model placed in different locations with repetitive cases of temporary disconnection caused by high levels of over memory. Without a cloud-managed wireless solution with a centralized dashboard, it will be really hard to obtain bulk real-time statistics that can help to understand what causes the network issue. In parallel, it could be difficult to conclude that a particular type of model does not cause a network failure in isolated situations, but in multiple nodes of the network with the same characteristics. Consequently, the decision to invest in other models will be more of an attempt than a data-based thoughtful choice.

The risk of re-invest in access points that cause a new outage of service is high. With Tanaza, instead, it is possible to reorganize the list of access points ascending and descending for load, traffic, clients, and status and name to have under control the entire network in the same dashboard from the device.

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WiFi Management Software Alternatives

15 reasons to choose Tanaza among WiFi Management Software Alternatives

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There are several reasons to choose Tanaza Cloud Platform among the WiFi management software alternatives proposed by the WiFi cloud market in 2022.

Tanaza is first of all an enterprise company composed of an enthusiastic team of cloud and networking lovers. Our engineers, designers, testers, and sales specialists have concentrated in Tanaza all their know-how and their professional experience to understand what MSPs, ISPs, and SPs need when they search for a solid and advanced solution for their networks.

Instead of creating a useless direct company-centric comparison with other solutions, we present in 15 points why Tanaza could be your next alternative for WiFi cloud management. With Tanaza you can:

1. Manage networks everywhere, at any time thanks to the infinite potential of WiFi cloud management.

2. Troubleshoot network issues in a unique all-in-one cloud solution thanks to an always-updated list of business network management, monitoring, and diagnostic tools.

3. Choose the best access points that work for your business needs. Don’t depend on mono-brand sellers: Tanaza is a vendor-agnostic solution.

4. Take advantage of zero-touch provisioning to configure networking devices efficiently and send them pre-configured to the customer’s premises for installation.

5. Integrate the Tanaza platform with third-party applications provided by official Tanaza Partners as Facebook, Cloud4Wi, Classic Hotspot, and Social WiFi

 

 

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6) Create WiFi splash pages without creative limitation. Explore splash page editor features. You can also configure external splash pages with multiple marketing services.

7) Obtain real-time and historical statistics about networks, clients, bandwidth, and APs. Experience 360° control of the most relevant networking parameters even if you are away from the office smart-working workstation. Tanaza cloud management is responsive and manageable from smartphones and tablets.

8) Save valuable time thanks to an innovative and easy access point configuration system. You need only to set up the MAC address of your devices and you have done: your network is ready to be managed. No code or hard technical skills are required.

9) Reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs by converting your networks into a high-performing ROI investment. Read more about how disaggregation can reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs.

10) Set up WiFi disconnection notification alerts when the network goes down or has some issues thanks to an efficient alert system that informs you every time an access point disconnects. Forget manual ping and VPN to check your network stat.

11) Fix patches, security vulnerabilities, and stability of your WiFi devices without external expensive interventions. You can update firmware remotely in a few seconds and at a network or organization level.

12) Forget unnecessary hardware controllers. Manage every aspect of the network directly in the cloud.

13) Easily migrate from other WiFi management software alternatives to Tanaza thanks to the auto-provisioning system and cloud configuration.

14) Count on formidable 360-degrees support. Our support team will answer you by 48/72 hrs.

15) Access a wide variety of educational materials and online troubleshooting support.

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The Future of WiFi – WiFi Future Trends for MSPs, ISPs and SPs

The Future of WiFi – A guide for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs

At Tanaza we believe it’s time to present, data in hand, the latest news for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs about the future of WiFi and Cloud Management.
Today and tomorrow, more than ever, Wi-Fi will be one of the most widespread technologies in the world and represents a crucial point in the daily and business lives of billions of people.

The future of WiFi Technology

In a previous article, we discussed How soon WiFi 6 will impact Business WiFi Networks.
Read more about:
WiFi 6
WiFi 6E
WiFi 7 (coming soon)

WiFi 6 is starting to emerge in lots of enterprise wireless access points.
Here are some examples:

WiFi 6 Access Points for Business – Discover the right device to enter in the future of WiFi

EAP101 is a dual-band WiFi 6 indoor access point for enterprises. The device supports 2×2:2 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO between the AP and multiple clients, with up to 1.7Gbps aggregated data rate. EAP101 is equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio enabling value-added applications such as iBeacon, presence.

 

EAP102 is an enterprise-grade, concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi 6 indoor access point. EAP102 supports 4 x 4 : 4 uplink and down link MU-MIMO between the AP and multiple clients, with up to 2.9 Gbps aggregated data rate. EAP102 is equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio enabling value-added applications such as iBeacon.

 

Linksys Velop Series WiFi 6 access points for business offer a reliable connection for streaming, gaming, and video chatting without interruption, thanks to 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. Experiment higher level of speed performance and until 4x more capacity with WiFi6 settings.

 

Linksys LAPAC1200 is a Dual-Band WiFi6 Access Point with Power over Ethernet (POE) support. This enterprise access point features one Gigabit Ethernet and is backward-compatible with widely deployed 802.11a/b/g infrastructure.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Lite (U6 Lite) is a 2×2 WiFi 6 access point that can reach an aggregate throughput rate up to 1.5 Gbps with its 5 GHz (MU-MIMO and OFDMA) and 2.4 GHz (MIMO) bands. The U6 Lite can either be ceiling-mounted to broaden signal coverage and support device-dense networks, or it can be mounted to a wall to extend its signal in a specific direction. The compact U6 Lite also sports the same form factor as the Access Point nanoHD (UAP nanoHD) so you can repurpose its covers and recessed mounting bracket if you already own them. The U6 Lite simplifies the process of bringing WiFi 6 to your home or office. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network web application or mobile app.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Long-Range

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Long-Range (U6 LR) is a high-performance access point that brings powerful, four-stream WiFi 6 coverage to enterprise networks. The U6 LR can reach an aggregate throughput rate up to 3 Gbps with its 5 GHz (4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA) and 2.4 GHz (4×4 MIMO) bands. It also has a sideways, down-tilted antenna pattern to expand its coverage area. The water and dust-resistant U6 LR can be mounted either indoors or outside, blending seamlessly into virtually any environment so you’ll never have to disrupt your space’s aesthetic to enjoy excellent wireless coverage. The U6 LR simplifies the process of bringing WiFi 6 to enterprise networks that support a large number of clients. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network web application or mobile app.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Professional

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Professional (U6 Pro) is a high-performance, dual-band WiFi 6 access point ideal for home and office use. The U6 Pro is capable of reaching an aggregate throughput rate up to 5.3 Gbps with its 5 GHz (4×4 MIMO) and 2.4 GHz (2×2 MIMO) bands, which allows it to support over 300 concurrently connected clients while maintaining an even, reliable wireless experience across your entire network. It can also isolate your guest traffic to ensure optimal security and speed. The U6 Pro also operates at full 4×4 MIMO with 160 MHz channels to create high-capacity wireless uplinks and facilitate faster data transfer. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network application*.

 

What is Wi-Fi 6 and what are benefits for MSPs, ISPs and SPs?


“Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next generation of IEEE standard for wireless local-area networks, faster and more powerful than the previous one Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It is also known as High Efficiency Wi-Fi, for the overall improvements to Wi-Fi 6 clients under dense environments”.

Year by year, MSPs, ISPs, and SPs are facing the challenge to provide higher throughput and bandwidth for multiple connected devices in enterprise networks. Hardware is not enough to guarantee an adequate and democratic sharing of WiFi connection. A new standard was necessary to manage the huge quantity of devices in the networks (anchor link to the chapter dedicated to e-waste).

On April 23rd, 2021 the FCC voted and approved the allocation of the new 6GHz band for Wi-Fi. WiFi 6 represents a new revolution for enterprise and SMBs WiFi networks.
802.11n - Wi-Fi 4 802.11ac - Wi-Fi 5 802.11ax - Wi-Fi 6/6E
Frequency Range (GHz) 2.4 - 5 2.4 2.4 - 5 - 6
Channel Bandwidth (MHz) 20 - 40 20 - 40 - 80 - 80+80 - 160 20 - 40 - 80 - 80+80 - 160
Subcarrier Spacing (KHz) 312.5 312.5 78.125
Symbol time 3.2 3.2 12.8
MU-MIMO None Downlink Uplink and Downlink
Access Scheme OFDM OFDM OFDM, OFDMA
Data Subcarrier Modulation BPSK, QPSK, 16-64 QAM BPSK, QPSK, 16-64 QAM BPSK, QPSK, 16-64-256-1024 QAM
Coding BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (optional) BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (optional) BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (mandatory)
Let’s analyze the various improvements point by point, showing concrete benefits and changes for MPSs, ISPs and SPs business.

What is the difference between WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E?


“E as extended. E as efficiency”

WiFi 6E is the next generation of the WiFi 6 standard. It offers all the main features of the 802.11ax, giving also access to the 6GHz band. The new frequency band ranges from 5.925 GHz to 7.125 GHz, allowing up to 1,200 MHz of additional spectrum.
WiFi 6E reduces overlap and interference between multiple networks in high-congested areas as offices, apartments complexes, industrial districts.
WiFi 6 WiFi 6E
Max. Data Rate 1.5 Gbps per device 2.3 Gbps per device
DFS scanning Required ❌ Not required ✅
Capacity Lower Higher
Security Secure More Secure. WPA3 is mandatory.
6GHz Legacy Devices The 6 GHz band is not available on WiFi6. The 6 GHz band is exclusive to WiFi 6E devices. More bandwidth, spectrum, and speed improvements guaranteed.
Simultaneous transmissions 8K movies and large file download with possible short buffering. No AR/VR gaming. 8K movies, AR/VR gaming and large file download all without buffering.
Latency Reduced Extrimely reduced
Network performance Good Better in congestioned enviroments

Frequency Range 6GHz – More capacity, less latency in the future of WiFi

More connected devices mean higher levels of Wi-Fi congestion. The pandemic has shown how the amount of data on Wi-Fi networks has reached critical levels: wireless bandwidth and capacity have never been greater.

The first improvement of WiFi 6 technology is basically more capacity. Specifically, access points will be able to operate on the 6GHz spectrum, in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz that currently exist. The possibility to use this new frequency range guarantees lower latency for applications in higher density environments. Moreover, 6GHz includes the orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) feature from cellular technologies, which takes advantage of servicing multiple users on sub-channels transmitted simultaneously.

There are also changes in regulations related to the 6GHz frequency range. WiFi access points have to be registered in databases and become ‘geolocation aware’. They must support the following standards:

  • Low Power Indoor (LPI)
  • Power Spectral Density (PSD)
  • Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC)

LPI and PSD are rules for restricting the power output of indoor 6 GHz devices, to limit interference with each other or with licensed outdoor use. AFC is for outdoor 6 GHz devices and consults with a database based on the FCC’s Universal Licensing System so that 6 GHz access points can avoid interfering with licensed applications.

 

Wi-Fi 6 has multiple Wi-Fi channels and these channels can be allocated more effectively to permit multiple transmissions to multiple users at the same time. Hence, when organisations power outdoor Wi-Fi 6 for users, it means more efficiency, less overheads and also support for a greater variety of applications.

20MHz vs 40MHz vs 80MHz vs 160MHz – What is the best Channel Bandwidth for Business?

Wi-Fi 6 supports channels widths of 20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz, and 160 MHz.

20MHz – 40MHz – 80MHz channels are recommended for business, while 160MHz is best suited for environments with low channel utilization.

For a correct deployment, it is important to distinguish the correct channel bandwidth selection. The channel bandwidth can really affect the performance on networks.

20MHz is the most common Wi-Fi bandwidth as most users still opt to use 2.4GHz radios (almost never in 5GHz).
20MHz is the correct channel bandwidth for businesses that want to guarantee high levels of connection for remote workers or users with high expectations.
Today, WiFi customers prefer to use video streaming and video calls: this requires high levels of packets in download for buffering in streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, for instance) and video-communications applications (Google Meet, Skype, and Slack Call, for instance). In 5GHz bandwidth, thanks to a large amount of non-overlapping channels, providers will not face any problem doing anything, and the internet speed will not have any significant interruptions.

40MHz is the best channel bandwidth for businesses requiring a medium-high level of data transfer rate and higher than 20MHz.
IT professionals can still get 12 non-overlapping channels if combined with a 5MHz frequency.
This channel bandwidth is used by both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. It has a higher speed but it’s not particularly suggested in crowded areas, especially with 2.4Ghz. MSPs, ISPs, and SPs should use it, only on 5GHz and for a restricted number of connected devices. It’s easy to understand how these few users will receive a perfect signal.

80MHz is the last suggested channel bandwidth for business use. This channel bandwidth has the highest data transfer rate for the commercial ranges. The absence of non-overlapping channels to operate within makes high levels of congestion with high levels of traffic. 80GHz is the best channel for IT professionals that think “quality over quantity”: this bandwidth guarantees the highest signal performances for a really limited number of users.

160MHz deserves a separate chapter. It is totally not recommended for IT professionals. And often neither for home use. 160MHz channel bandwidth is perfect for activities like Ultra-HD streaming and professional gaming. Activities that can create a high rate of congestion, especially with the next networks. It’s easy to understand how a single user with this channel bandwidth creates congestion for all the others. Totally unrecommended for business solutions.

Subcarrier spacing drastically reduced to improve WIFi efficiency

The future of WiFi includes a drastic reduction of 802.11ac spacing. It is an important technical change for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs. The reduction of subcarrier spacing improves signal efficiency and the quantity of multiple simultaneous packets for upload and download, rather than one at a time.

MU-MIMO and OFDMA – A perfect combination for uplink and downlink transmissions

Wi-Fi 6 leverages the multi-user version of OFDMA and MU-MIMO for better efficiency of both uplink and downlink transmissions. OFDMA allows the transmission of huge quantities of data over a single noisy channel. This technique works by splitting a single signal into multiple smaller signals that are transmitted. OFDMA is perfect for medium-far transmissions, while MU MIMO is more indicated for short-range. Then, the combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO allows Wi-Fi 6 to cover the entire spectrum of possibilities of high-density environments. For a better technical understanding of OFDMA and MU-MIMO in 802.11ax panorama, we suggest reading Tanaza’s guide for MSPs.

WPA3 WIFI6 – Future of WiFi means higher levels of security

Wi-Fi 6 enables secure endpoint protection thanks to WPA3 certification. WPA3 is the next generation of Wi-Fi security and provides cutting-edge security protocols to the access point industry.
This next-generation security protocol enables more robust authentication, delivers increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets, and maintains resiliency of mission critical networks.
All WPA3 networks:
– Use the latest security methods;
– Disallow outdated legacy protocols;
– Require use of Protected Management Frames (PMF);

The future of WiFi is for the environment protection

These are not easy moments for the environment. Global warming, climate change, extreme meteorological phenomena: wireless technology can do its own part to protect the environment through the energy-saving and the reuse of hardware components.

Tanaza also took up on the challenge.

WiFi cloud management to reduce CO2 caused by unnecessary onsite travel

For several years now, there has been an open debate about the extent to which working remotely can drastically reduce the pollution caused by traveling by transport. In the past, in order to understand the problems behind a misconfiguration of devices or a network failure, it was necessary for an IT professional to travel to the site. 

An activity that is now obsolete and in the long term causes increased pollution levels. Thanks to Tanaza, the cloud-based network management platform, IT teams can remotely configure and manage all network parameters from anywhere in the world without any unnecessary and environmentally harmful travel.

Network device upgrade to avoid planned obsolescence and reduce electronic waste

Tanaza has long understood that the true value of a network device is not so much in the hardware, but in the software included. In very general terms, MSPs, ISPs and SPs could potentially continue to use any WiFi access points even after it becomes legacy, thanks to the Tanaza firmware.

Several industry studies have shown that the average lifetime of WiFi devices is 3 to 4 years. Imagine for a second, the gas emissions and the amount of e-waste produced by manufacturing and replacing the current network infrastructure around the world.

Obviously, incumbent vendors have strong economic motivations to design devices that at some point break down or are not updated anymore and thus consequently are replaced. It’s called design with planned obsolescence. It happens in the world of home appliances, just as it happens in the networking industry. This is nothing new, but the situation has reached critical levels.

Here is a graph from the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020. We hope it will raise awareness of the problem of e-waste that planned obsolescence and the resulting waste generation creates:

Global E-Waste Monitor 2020

Access points fall under the Small IT and telecommunication equipment classification

By releasing dedicated software updates, Tanaza is able to span the life of WiFi access points by up to two years. At the same time, by using devices with TanazaOS as the operating system, the user is no longer forced to the planned obsolescence of mono vendors who at some point do not release the necessary software updates for a device to keep working thus forcing MSPs, ISPs, and SPs to replace it.

These two combined factors dramatically decrease the amount of e-waste produced, reducing network infrastructure costs for providers and contributing to environmental protection.

Tanaza is getting ready for the future of WiFi

Tanaza is working tirelessly to develop compatibility with the best access points in the market to offer users a complete list of devices that work with Tanaza. However, It’s fair to say that despite WiFi 6 being around the corner, there is no need to replace or upgrade the network infrastructure right away as it will take some time before users acquire technology compatible with WiFi 6. Remember, you can deploy a WiFi 6 infrastructure but if the connecting devices are not compatible or support the WiFi6 standard they won’t enjoy the benefits of WiFi 6.

Future of WiFi is here. Unleash the power of network management

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