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Tanaza for WLAN assurance and centralized consolidated management of wireless networks


Tanaza is a platform allowing you to ensure your wireless equipment is working correctly at any point in time. Tanaza helps you identify mistakes in your configuration, which might result in disconnections, degraded performance, and WLAN outages.


Centralization of wireless networks management


Thanks to Tanaza, managing wireless networks and ensuring high-quality services to customers is a child’s play. No more fragmented wireless assurance tools: network administrators will be able to consolidate their networking infrastructure monitoring, using one single centralised dashboard, and receive automated alerts in case of problems.




Digital enterprises and companies are increasingly allowing employees to use their personal devices at work, but BYOD – Bring your own device – policies are not easy to implement, and devices can quickly get out of control. With its couponing feature, Tanaza allows creating temporary and permanent credentials for internet access, so that each employee has their own password to access the network.

For example, in the picture below, you see three types of coupons created:

  • the green wifi voucher, valid for 1 year for up to three devices, will be given to employees
  • the purple wifi voucher, valid for 30 days for up to three devices, will be given to temporary workers/freelancers/consultants
  • the red wifi voucher, valid for 1 day, will be given to guests




Furthermore, the network administrator can easily invalidate existing coupons to deny further access to unwanted clients. When a voucher is deactivated, access to the internet will be automatically prohibited to any device using that voucher to connect. 


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Security, Krack and IoT


In enterprises environments, you will probably have many users and devices connecting to your wireless networks: employees, guests, but also printers, shared laptops, smart TVs, etc.

Thanks to Tanaza, you can easily isolate WLAN clients between each other and also isolate them from LAN resources. For example, guests should not be able to see the printers in the building in the network resources.

Given that employees use critical applications and business services and companies implement policies for work in mobility, security is a primary concern for all network administrators. Tanaza has created a secure cloud infrastructure that separates instances of each customer and isolates the access points’ management traffic and connection to the cloud from the clients’ traffic, as well.

Tanaza is at the forefront in providing security updates for all its devices promptly. For example, the patch for the WPA2 breach known as “Krack” was released in less than 24 hours from the hack’s discovery, allowing all Tanaza Firwmare’s users to secure the wireless connection of all their clients connecting to the wireless LAN in no time.

In the case your enterprise uses wirelessly-connected devices, such as point-of-sale system (used in retail) and sensors (smart cities, hospitals, etc.), Tanaza makes your Wireless LAN secure and provides you with reliable management software. IoT initiatives launched by enterprises pose unprecedented security issues to wireless networks. Tanaza is creating tools to solve this problem, including the newly released Rogue Access Point detection system, which allows identifying devices broadcasting and SSID named as yours, trying to steal your clients’ data and in the worst cases, to sniff their traffic.

Tanaza allows you to detect and analyse these WiFi faults and problems.


Improving the network performance and avoiding interference


Network administrators need to deliver coverage and performance, ensuring to their users WLAN health and performance. Tanaza provides tools to improve your network performance, such as the automated channel selection avoiding interference. You can use Tanaza to scan beacons around your Access points and choose the channel accordingly. Also, you can let Tanaza do the job on your behalf and select automatically the channel with less interference any time the device reboots.

Reboots can be done manually through a command in the cloud interface, and they can also be scheduled so they happen during the night, without service outages for users and applications.

Tanaza’s intuitive monitoring tool also allows you to check in real-time the quality of the signal for each connected client so that you can identify coverage and interference problems within your network in no time.

Furthermore, this and other data is also available through APIs, so that you can build your own alerting system and troubleshoot the network before problems are noticed by other people. Tanaza allows you to be proactive in building a reliable and solid network, even if you’re using low-cost devices. For example, you might create your own web service which sends you push notifications on your phone in the case the MAC address of the CEO has bad signal, or when an access point has more than 20 people connected, when an access point has an excessive load, etc.

WiFi troubles won’t keep you up at night, as everything will be under control.


Unlimited scalability and reduced costs


With wirelessly-connected devices increasing at a rapid rate, and mobile devices becoming the most used ones to connect to the internet and work, WLAN is expected to transmit most of the internet traffic in the future.

The application layer, providing guest authentication, WiFi location-tracking services, and many other services, should run on reliable networking infrastructure. However, the costs of creating it are usually very high.

We understand that the increasing expectations of users conflict with the lack of budget and resources troubling network administrators. Users have very low tolerance for problems and performance issue, and solutions’ prices increase each year. Also, most solutions in the market lock you to a vendor’s brand, therefore preventing you from switching to another provider.

Tanaza provides a multi-vendor software that runs on top of low-cost to high-end access points, allowing any business, from SMBs to large enterprises, to benefit from a reliable networking infrastructure. Businesses using Tanaza reduce their CAPEX and are free to switch from one vendor to another, with no switching costs, when they need to. Furthermore, Tanaza’s management and monitoring platform work in the exact same way with all devices, stores the device configuration in the cloud for quick replacement of access points, is offered with a pay-as-you-go formula and is affordable for businesses of any size. Tanaza reduces OPEX and provides the flexibility you need in your fast-paced role.

Tanaza offers unlimited scalability in the number of access points and immediate provisioning and deployment. You will not need hardware controllers anymore, as the controlling layer will be in the cloud. Tanaza Cloud grows with your business and its features and compatibility list are continuously improving.

The 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps to boost your network speed

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Check out our list of the 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps that help boosting your network speed and improving your Wi-Fi signal strength.

If you want to optimise your network you should download one of the following Wi-Fi analyzer apps on your Android or iOS device. A Wi-Fi analyzer and scanner is a valuable tool for both IT professionals and home users as it provides a wide range of detailed information about the performance of your Wi-Fi connection, such as: Wi-Fi channels scanning, Wi-Fi signal strength detection, SSIDs discovery, number of devices connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, etc. In this way, network admins can check the channels in the area they’re operating on and choose the less crowded ones, so as to minimise interferences and signal dropouts and enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds.


1. Test your Wi-Fi signal strength with WiFi Analyzer for Android


networkanalyzerThis Wi-Fi scanner app shows the Wi-Fi channels being used around your area and provides a Wi-Fi signal strenght tester that allows you to detect how strong your signal is. In this way, when setting up your WLAN deployment you will know where to better position your Wi-Fi access points for a better signal coverage and faster wireless network connection. WiFi Analyzer provides a very intuitive graphical representation of the channels nearby and helps you choosing the less congested ones.



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2. Manage your Wi-Fi network directly on your device with WiFi Manager for Android


wifimanagerThe WiFi Manager analyzer tool is ideal for network monitoring and management and delivers useful information, i.e. network speed data, signal strength of your connection, list of SSID and networks, so as to improve the quality of your Wi-Fi directly on your device.

Further, should you operate on different SSID, it automatically connects you to the most reliable one.

The visual representation of detailed connection and network information is very intuitive and included in the app’s home screen widgets.




Image source: Google Play Store


3. Enjoy a great user experience with Netx for Android


wifianalyzernetxThis handy tool for network discovery and scanning comes with a neat and simple user interface, allowing you to view the detected information through both graphs and ratings.

This Wi-Fi analyzer app shows SSIDs, signal strength and channels in use. Also, it scans the devices connected to your network and displays their related information, including IP Address, MAC Address and vendor info.

What is more, Netx is equipped with a network security feature that sends you alerts if unknown devices connect to your network.




Image source: Google Play Store


4. Test your network speed with Network Analyzer by Techet for iOS


network analyzer iOSThis WiFi analyzer app is available on the App Store for iOS devices only, both iPhone and iPad.

Among its effective features, this tool scans your WiFi LAN, by filtering all network devices around you and discovering their SSID and IP addresses, and detects issues in your network configuration, internet connectivity and even remote servers.

This WiFi scanner application comes with a fast internet speed tool that allows you to test both download and upload speeds, see the results with graphs and view your previous results in history.





Image source: Apple Store

Tanaza Firmware now available for Ubiquiti Networks’ UniFi AP AC PRO, AC LITE, AC in-wall (IW), AC Mesh, AC Mesh PRO, AC LR long range

With its latest release (firmware 2.17) in December 2017, Tanaza continues its firmware releases for the Ubiquiti Unifi AC access points, starting with the widely used UniFi AC Mesh Pro, UniFi LR (long range) and UniFi AC PRO.

UBNT’s UAP AC APs are widely used by managed solution providers and hotspot providers globally.

Just after a few months from the release of UBNT’s UAP AC APs Tanaza started developing the firmware for these products. In this way, Tanaza allows enterprise-level cloud-management of the whole UBNT’s Unifi 802.11ac series.

Among all Ubiquiti Unifi AC access points, the devices that are already compatible with Tanaza’s software are: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, UniFi AC Lite, UniFi AC In-WALL (AC-IW), UniFi AC Mesh, UniFi AC Mesh PRO, and UniFi AC LR (AC Long Range).

Being a cloud-based software, Tanza allows network administrators to manage their multi-vendor devices from the cloud. Also, network admins can manage Ubiquiti Nanostations from the same dashboard they use for their UniFi devices.

Thanks to Tanaza’s software, it is possible to manage the access points from the cloud and create public hotspots with social login as authentication method. Tanaza replaces the stock firmware and adds enterprise configuration capabilities to multi-vendor devices, including TP-Link, Ubiquiti, D-Link, Netgear, Engenius, Ligowave, and others.

In early 2017, Tanaza implemented a new graphic interface and added many features to its software. Among them, it developed a captive portal that is 4.5X faster in comparison to the previous versions and up to 3x faster than other commonly used captive portals. Furthermore, Tanaza has promptly released a patch for the KRACK vulnerability for all Ubiquiti devices, so as to increase the security levels of all access points that run Tanaza’s firmware.

Tanaza allows scalable multi-site, multi-clients wireless network management and monitoring, and eliminates the need for hardware controllers thanks to its smart alerting system, zero-touch deployment, and centralized dashboard. Other valuable features of Tanaza’s software include a responsive and customizable captive portal with social login and social-actions-based login (Facebook Like and Check-in), a multi-role voucher-based login system, APIs, and integrations with Google Analytics and Mailchimp for wifi marketing campaigns.

Tanaza’s firmware can be installed and uninstalled on Ubiquiti Access Points easily, and the software is available for a 15-days free trial with unlimited clients and connected access points.

MikroTik routers: configuration of a WiFi hotspot with login page

If you have ever tried to configure a MikroTik hotspot, you probably know that it can take long and it the Winbox interface is not very easy to use. We at Tanaza have created a cloud-based tool that allows you to setup your Mikrotik WiFi hotspots, in seconds. If you don’t believe it… watch our video, it’s only 2 minutes long!


Video-tutorial: how to configure a wifi hotspot with Tanaza – with customizable splash page and social login


Step-by-step guide

  1. Get a MikroTik Router (check the list of supported MikroTik routerboards here) and follow the instructions to install the Tanaza’s firmware.
  2. Login or sign up to https://cloud.tanaza.com. Signing up gives you a 15-days free trial.
  3. Click on add access point. From now on, you can apply configurations to your MikroTik router remotely and monitor it from the cloud.
  4. Create your SSID and start configuring your hotspot login settings. You can customize your login splash page and use many authentication methods, including social login, and show users your video and image advertisements.
  5. Manage your MikroTik wireless clients from https://dashboard.tanaza.com


Can I customize the Mikrotik Hotspot Login Page?

Once you have created and named your SSID, you can customize your hotspot login settings. You can apply one of the default templates to your login page, or create your own login page from scratch, using Tanaza’s Splash Page Editor.

Here is an overview of the settings you can apply to your Hotspot Login Page:

Add login methods. 

This is the first thing to do, as you have to select which authentication methods better apply to your business model and to the venue that offers WiFi. Tanaza offers:

    • Voucher-based authentication, that works similarly to Mikrotik’s HTTP PAP authentication and MAC address authentication, apart from the fact that there isn’t any username to enter, only a password (that is the voucher code). It can be used both for free WiFi and paid WiFi.
    • Various social login methods, including Facebook, Twitter, etc., also with social engagement actions (Facebook Like and Facebook check-in)
    • Other authentication methods that allows users to exchange free WiFi for their data, for example name, surname, email, phone (with SMS verification), and combinations of the above.

Voucher based authentication, when combined with social login methods or other methods, can work to provide a “Trial” free-of-charge WiFi access for a certain period of time, after which users are required to authenticate again, through a paid WiFi voucher.

If you like MikroTik’s “HTTP cookie” authentication, you can set Tanaza’s “Remember me” features that creates a very similar customer experience. Users’ MAC addresses are saved and remember for a certain period of time, so that when they return to the location, they are automatically logged in. This provides a “WiFi-like-at-home” experience.

Show advertisements. 

You can change settings so that the splash page shows users your image and video advertisements. In contrast with MikroTik hotspot system, that shows advertisements in the status page time after time, Tanaza’s hotspot systems shows the ads before authentication, directly in the login page. Uploaded ads can be of any format and can ether rotate randomly or time-based or link to external websites, that are listed in the walled garden.

Custom HTML widgets

You don’t need any coding capability to build your Mikrotik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza. The Editor is drag-and-drop and very easy-to-use. But, if you want to add a custom HTML widget, you can do it!

Click here to discover what you can do with the splash page editor, in detail.


What Routerboards by MikroTik can I use to enable a Tanaza WiFi hotspot?

Tanaza’s WiFi hotspot system is compatible with some commonly used MikroTik routers, including RB951-2HND, RB951-G-2HND and RB951-UI-2HND. All the compatible routerboards are listed here but we’re continuously working to support new devices. If you cannot find your model in the list, check our coming soon supported devices or request your model using this form.

While MikroTik allows cloud management only of devices in its “cloud series’, the ones which name starts with CCR (cloud core router) of CCS (cloud core switches), Tanaza allows cloud management and cloud-managed public hotspot creation on top of common MikroTik routerboard models.

The version of RouterOS is not relevant to setup a MikroTik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza, as Tanaza replaces MikroTik firmware with its own firmware. Also Winbox is replaced by the Tanaza cloud platform, that can be reached at https://cloud.tanaza.com.


Does Tanaza feature a user management system?

Yes, Tanaza allows user management through its own system. The RouterOS and MikroTik’s user manager are not enabled if you create a Tanaza WiFi hotspot for your Mikrotik.

Tanaza’s hotspot system includes abuse control features, allowing you to limit each particular user’s session length, number of sessions per day, and some other parameters. It also allows to blacklist MAC addresses and show a customized message in the stop page.


Should I configure my own Radius AAA server?

By default, you don’t need to configure any Radius for AAA (authentication, authorization, accounting) server to create your MikroTik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza. You also don’t need MikroTik’s Hotspot Gateway.

Tanaza’s login page implements everything internally and doesn’t use the MikroTik RouterOS Radius server, so you don’t have to do anything special for your hotspot to work.

Tanaza’s login page cannot work with external Radius servers.

You can still use Tanaza’s cloud infrastructure to manage, monitor and control your access points from the cloud, create your own external splash page and optionally enable a Radius server, if you need to setup your custom one.


Can I customize the walled garden?

Tanaza, like MikroTik’s WiFi hotspot system, allows setting a custom walled garden, that permits users to bypass settings and access both http and https resources. The wildcard “*” is available.

Network administrators are allowed to set up their walled garden by writing both domains and IP addresses.


Tanaza new firmware: upgrade your MikroTik device and get higher performance

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Tanaza released a new firmware to increase the overall performance of the Tanaza powered access points.

While almost all of the access points supported by Tanaza were available with the latest firmware version, some access points required a longer process to be developed and upgraded.

Up until recently, the MikroTik devices were part of the second group. However, we are happy to announce that the firmware is now available for them too!

One of the biggest improvements on the latest firmware release is the Captive Portal engine performance, specifically for access points configured with the Captive-on-LAN feature (sometimes called “Gateway” feature). This feature allows our customers to use a Tanaza powered access point as a gateway by adding Tanaza Hotspot management features to an already existing Wi-Fi network.

The problem often faced when using Tanaza as a gateway is that it could lead to a block in the performance funnel. In fact,  due to many connection requests coming from the third part access points, only one Tanaza powered device was left to manage all network. Thanks to the huge performance improvement introduced in our latest firmware, you will no longer have to deal with this issue and you can now make the most of your MikroTik access point.

Upgrade now your MikroTik devices to get higher performances from your Tanaza!


If you don’t know how to upgrade your Tanaza firmware, read this article for more info.


4 advantages of offering free Wi-Fi in museums

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In this post, we will discuss how museums can leverage free Wi-Fi to facilitate the interaction with their visitors and improve their services successfully.

Nowadays, an increasing number of museums use Wi-Fi technology to enhance their services and provide users with an enriched experience. Let’s see the main benefits of deploying a Wi-Fi hotspot in museums to offer free Wi-Fi connection to visitors.


1. Improved visitor experience


Museums can leverage Wi-Fi to provide visitors with a more complete experience. Indeed, museums can add much information on their login pages, such as the catalogue containing all exhibitions, the history of the current art collections, detailed information about works on display date, maps and recommended itineraries, etc. In this way, Wi-Fi turns into a powerful tool for sharing useful and interesting content with museum visitors. The Tanaza login page, for instance, allows adding content and information with banners and videos. Furthermore, it is responsive and is available in more than 60 languages.


2. Easy internet access and better coverage for visitors


Thanks to Wi-Fi, visitors can connect to museum hotspots in a simple way from different mobile devices: not only smartphones but also tablets. The captive portal featured by Tanaza, for instance, allows users to access a Wi-Fi network using a variety of authentication methods, such as login with email, phone number, forms and social login. Social login is the registration process that allows people to authenticate themselves through social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. In this way, visitors can access a museum network easily and quickly. Also, visitors can enjoy free Wi-Fi connection in different areas of the museum: from the exhibition halls to lobbies till the museum restaurant.


3. Better service quality


When visitors access a museum’s Wi-Fi network through a captive portal, network admins can collect a large number of user data, such as email, phone numbers, age, gender, interests, etc. Through the Analytics Dashboard provided by Tanaza, museums can analyse a wide range of data about their visitors and integrate them with Marketing platforms, such as Mailchimp, to create statistics and personalised marketing campaigns. For instance, the museum’s IT manager can send customised emails to inform families about the forthcoming exhibitions for children. In this way, museums can effectively improve their visitors’ segmentation based on their preferences and behaviours and offer a personalised and high-quality service to visitors.


4. Enhanced social reach


The authentication method based on social login offered by Tanaza is a successful strategy to make more people hear about your museum, fastly and simply. Social login not only allows visitors to access a museum’s network easily, but it also allows museums to strengthen their social reach and quickly improve their online visibility. Indeed, social Wi-Fi is based on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, which facilitate the way people interact with your museum: for instance, you can ask visitors to share their positions through a Facebook Check-in or to put a Like on your Facebook page. In this way, more people will know your museum and you will attract new visitors with no effort at all. Also, you can leverage your social Wi-Fi user data to create Facebook custom audiences, a powerful advertising tool that helps your museum to increase the number of Likes on your Facebook page and enhance your social reach. Check out this article to know in details how to use Wi-Fi users data with Facebook custom audiences.


Do you want to know how to deploy Wi-Fi in public places? Read our case studies and find out how Tanaza partners succeed deploying Wi-Fi in libraries, universities, and many other public venues.