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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 main benefits of providing Wi-Fi in healthcare institutes
The demand for Wi-Fi in hospitals and clinics is growing due to the positive impact of Wi-Fi on patient care. Let’s see the main advantages of healthcare Wi-Fi, both for patients and for healthcare providers.
Wi-Fi is largely impacting the healthcare industry, changing the way hospitals and clinics interact with their patients. Below we will discusshow Wi-Fi positively affects healthcare environments:
1. Effective communication with patients
Wi-Fi is a powerful tool that helps improve the efficiency of communication with patients. Indeed, health care providers can leverage their Wi-Fi network’s captive portal to interact with the people in these institutes in real time and in a more flexible and tailored way. For instance, they can share health information with patients, keep them updated about important things, i.e. a reminder about their next check-ups, promotions regarding health-care initiatives, new clinical services or offering general advice to behave healthily. The captive portal provided by Tanaza, for instance, includes a login page that is highly personalizable on which network admins can add what they want – information, announcements, videos, banners, etc. – and can select among more than 60 languages available: in this way, communication with patients will be further facilitated and flexible. Furthermore, patients can easily search on the captive portal information about treatments and general information: for instance, the captive portal can feature fast access to ageing-related info for elderly people, whereas families can easily see where to access children-related info. Also, relying on a Wifi network within your venue allows you to leverage many professional applications, which can be useful to better organise the workload among the hospital staff.
2. Providing a better connection
Every day, a large number of users access a hospital network at the same time, with different Wi-Fi-enabled devices and for various purposes: patients use their personal smartphones, laptops and tablets to call or make video calls to their families and friends, and hospital employees use their Wi-Fi enabled devices for their daily work activities, as well as for personal use.
Not only does Wi-Fi facilitate interaction with patients, but it also provides them with a personalised experience since the beginning. Indeed, Wi-Fi makes guest access to the hospital’s Wi-Fi network easier. For instance, Tanaza features an easy-to-use login page with a wide range of intuitive authentication methods that allow users to access a network in a few clicks. Healthcare network admins can choose among guest access with email or phone, authentication through forms, or opt for social login, which allows young patients to access the facility’s network with their social account – such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Furthermore, with Tanaza network admins can create different SSIDs with different authentication methods: for instance, one password-protected SSID for the hospital staff, another SSID for visitors with registration through captive portal and a last SSID hidden, only for the hospital equipment. Also, healthcare providers can leverage Tanaza to make people feel more at home, thanks to its “Remember me” feature, which allows users to connect to the network automatically when they return to a Wi-Fi area they’ve already been in. In this way, patients are recognized and will not need to log in again after their first authentication to the hospital’s Wi-Fi network.
Last but not least, considering that a large amount of young people and children visit healthcare facilities on a daily basis, healthcare IT managers should aim to ensure a safe browsing experience for their patients. For instance, thanks to the integrated web content filtering system offered by Tanaza,those managing the Wi-Fi networks of healthcare institutes can block users from accessing inappropriate or unauthorized websites and applications, such as pornography or violent-related content. In this way, network admins can successfully limit the range of content and domains people can access while using their healthcare Wi-Fi network.
5 main advantages of Wi-Fi networks over wired networks
Let’s discuss in this post the main benefits of Wi-Fi networks over wired for small deployments.
Small networks, such as home and small business LANs deployments, can be set up relying on both wireless and wired technology. In this post, we discuss the main reasons why you should consider building your network using the Wi-Fi technology instead of Ethernet.
1. Cloud-based Wi-Fi easy setup
Firstly, Ethernet cables need to reach all computers to work. Accordingly, it becomes tricky when more computers are required for your deployment and are positioned in different areas, as you might need to pass through walls or under the floor to reach them. On the contrary, Wi-Fi is less time-consuming and easier to setup, especially if you operate your wireless infrastructure in the cloud, like Tanaza. Indeed, cloud-based management allows you to remotely install your access points and configure your network, with no need for an IT expert on-site. Furthermore,the most innovative cloud-based systems, such as Tanaza, are characterised by zero-touch deployment tools, meaning that also the provisioning and the first configuration of your network is performed remotely through the cloud. No matter where you go, thanks to cloud-based Wi-Fi management, you can manage and control your network anywhere, saving a huge amount of time and money.
Thanks to the new standards, Wi-Fi has become increasingly fast over time, to the point that the difference between Ethernet and Wi-Fi regarding speed is not so relevant anymore. Indeed, the latest WiFi 5, also known as 802.11ac, standard provides a speed of up to 3200 Mbps, making Wi-Fi enough good performing for the majority of tasks. Also, latency is not a big issue either: it is true that with Wi-Fi there is a higher delay when signals travel from a wireless device and a wireless router, but this does not prevent a good performance if you use your network to browse online, stream videos and listen to music. On the other hand, being less affected by latency, Ethernet connections are a better choice for online gaming and VoIP calls.
Using Ethernet cables, wired LANs are more secure than wireless. On the other hand, with Wi-Fi data travel in the air, which increases the likelihood that your sent and received data can be intercepted. Nevertheless, nowadays the majority of Wi-Fi networks use encryption to protect data. In particular, WPA2 is currently the most recommended encryption mechanism for Wi-Fi secure connections.
Thanks to Wi-Fi, businesses achieve faster client onboarding: indeed, instead of providing Ethernet cables, it is only necessary to provide a password or to use a system that allows the BYOD policy, like Tanaza. The Tanaza software also allows you to successfully connect to your Wi-Fi network devices with no Ethernet port, such as Es smartphones. Furthermore, Wi-Fi networks allow more user to use the same connection at the same time, remotely, simplifying files access and data sharing and transfer. Tanaza Wi-Fi, for instance, allows an unlimited number of concurrent users to browse online. Also, on the Tanaza Cloud dashboard, you can check the number of people connected to your wireless network anytime. Not to mention that thanks to Wi-Fi, people are free to move around a location and access the network anywhere within coverage range, instead of being constrained in the place where the router is physically located.
Wi-Fi is the ideal choice for small businesses located in public areas, such as cafes and bars. Indeed, Wi-Fi has become an expected service among people and can be therefore leveraged by businesses to increase their revenues. Furthermore, customers can enjoy wireless internet connection using any type of Wi-Fi-enabled device, including smartphone, tablet, wearables, sensors, etc.