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CES 2019: four interesting innovations in the wireless devices industry

CES is one of the biggest meetings for businesses of consumer technologies to present their new products and speak about the main innovations. During four days, more than 4K companies including manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware meet to exhibit their products and share their thoughts about their industry.

This year, the CES takes place in Las Vegas from the 8th to the 11th of January.

 So, what’s new? What are the main innovations within the wireless industry for 2019?

We made a list of notable products presented during the CES 2019. This list is not exhaustive.

The new D-Link 5G NR Enhanced Gateway, probably one of the best WiFi routers of CES 2019

D-Link, the Taiwanese networking company, launched its new WiFi router, the D-Link 5G NR Enhanced Gateway that allows super-fast wireless 5G internet data for home WiFi. It is conceived to receive a super-fast wireless 5G signal from any internet service provider and deliver internet to home connected devices. This D-Link WiFi router supports a faster form of 5G than the current Verizon 5G network (which is a 300 megabit-per-second speed network).
Even if 5G home internet network is still at an early stage of development, this D-Link WiFi router is probably one of the best WiFi routers presented to the CES 2019. This WiFi router will be available on the market in the second half of 2019.

TP-Link and its first family of WiFi 6 routers

TP-Link, the Chinese manufacturer networking products, unveiled its first WiFi 6 routers.
As we mentioned in a previous article, the WiFi alliance recently simplified the names for wireless standards, and the new generation of WiFi, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), is starting to arrive. TP-Link presented to the CES 2019 its first WiFi 6 routers: six wireless devices in total, varying from high-end routers to extenders, all using the new wiFi 6 standard in order to deliver better and faster internet. TP-Link is the first manufacturer of networking products to announce that their wireless devices will support WiFi 6.
WiFi 6 new standard should be launched throughout the year so these routers won’t bring any benefits to consumers before the transition is done and that consumer devices support WiFi 6.

Netgear Orbi mesh router will support WiFi 6

Netgear, the multinational computer networking company, is the second manufacturer to announce the release of WiFi 6 routers in the second-half of 2019.
The Orbi Mesh System will get an update and be able to receive WiFi 6 signal. Netgear announced that WiFi 6 devices will be fast enough to provide gigabit Ethernet speeds over a wireless networking signal. The update will come with the Netgear’s series of hardware RBK50.

MediaTek presents its new connectivity chipset with the latest WiFi 6 standard

MediaTek is a Taiwanese semiconductor company that provides chipset for wireless communication.  During the CES 2019, MediaTek reveals its new chipset that will be compatible with the latest WiFi standard: WiFi 6.
The chipset will prioritize traffic, bandwidth and user demands while delivering the new WiFi 6. The chipset will also support multi-user MIMO, increasing the channel capacity per device on a given network. Last but not least, it will allow for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple-Access (OFDMA), optimizing activities, such as social media, youtube, Netflix, on a given network. This new chipset is designed for the new generation of WiFi 6 routers, access points and repeaters.

LigoWave is now officially a Tanaza Tech Partner

As of the begining of December, LigoWave is officially a Tanaza Tech Partner.

 Tanaza’s software solution is now fully compatible with LigoWave’s NFT series of wireless access points.

LigoWave develops high-quality networking equipment that enables customers in the wireless broadband and enterprise market segments to provide connectivity, and empower and enhance the security of their networks.

For more information about LigoWave’s wireless solutions, visit https://www.ligowave.com/solutions

By working alongside Tanaza, LigoWave aims to deliver a well-rounded WiFi solution that features a platform to provide easy guest WiFi access with a captive portal and branded, fully customizable splash pages with social login, phone number, and voucher-based authentication. Moreover,  Tanaza Cloud platform is a cost-effective and time-saving solution that also includes network management and monitoring capabilities, an advanced analytics dashboard, hotspot roaming and an array of integrations and APIs.

The Tanaza partner program is open to ISPs and MSPs and helps them generate recurring revenue streams and reduce on-site maintenance costs.

Find out more about Tanaza as a WiFi network management and social hotspot solution for enterprises and SMBs.

New Tanaza feature idea: dynamic bandwidth allocation for SSID

The situation

With Tanaza, WiFi network administrators can currently limit the bandwidth for their WiFi networks by controlling the bandwidth per SSID and controlling the bandwidth per client. 

These two features allow WiFi administrators to first, limit the overall bandwidth at the SSID level, and second, limit the bandwidth at the WiFi user level.

Both features aim to allocate the same amount of bandwidth per client/SSID in order to ensure the proper functioning of the WiFi network and offer high-quality services

Furthemore, Tanaza developed the Access Point Selector to help WiFi administrator determine the total amount of bandwidth he needs to provide to his WiFi users accordingly with the level of services. Consider that calculating the right amount of bandwidth is one of the most important steps when deploying a WiFi hotspot, especially for WiFi administrators working in the hospitality sector.

Use case

In the example below, the WiFi administrator limits the available bandwidth to 100 Mbps per SSID, and the bandwidth per user level to 2 Mbps.  In addition, the administrator limits the number of concurrent users to 30. As a result, the bandwidth used by WiFi users is maximum  2x30 = 60 Mbps
This means that about 40 Mbps won’t be used by WiFi users

The solution

Tanaza is thinking about developing a new feature to optimize the bandwidth limit per SSID and per client. The idea is to dynamically assign a higher bandwidth value to each connected user until they reach the maximum bandwidth value configured by the WiFi administrator for that specific SSID.

This way, when a new WiFi user accesses the SSID on the same access point, the bandwidth exceeding the limit configured (in the example: 2 Mbps) will be distributed again according to the new number of concurrent users. In the end, the overall SSID limit will be optimized, allowing WiFi users to enjoy a higher level of bandwidth when the number of concurrent users is low.

If you like the feature of the dynamic bandwidth allocation for SSID, you can upvote the idea on our Feature Lab.

The global economic value of WiFi reaches $1.96 trillion in 2018

The global economic value of WiFi in 2018

A report commissioned by the Wi-Fi Alliance estimates that the annual global economic value of WiFi is $1.96 trillion in 2018, and predicts that it will grow in the next five years by almost 80%, surpassing $3.47 trillion by 2023.

This report, completed by the Telecom Advisory Services, also points out WiFi’s role in creating job opportunities in different countries by evaluating its impact on different employment categories. It is forecasted that WiFi will create over one million jobs by 2023, a 50% increase in employment rate from 2018.

According to the report, WiFi is having a positive impact on the economy in four main categories:

  • Expanding consumer choice by developing alternative technologies (i.e. mesh networking systems);
  • Serving as a platform for the creation of innovative business models that develop and deliver unique services (i.e. remote cloud management services);
  • Expanding access to communication services for mobile and fixed networks;
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of wireline and cellular technologies by complementing them (i.e. with WiFi hotspots).

 

WiFi’s value to consumers and producers and its contribution to GDP

Due to diverse unlicensed spectrum environments, the true economic value of WiFi has always been difficult to determine. This report defines its economic value by taking into account the tangible, economic gains that WiFi provides to consumers and producers, as well as its net contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Nowadays, WiFi’s value to consumers both inside and outside of the home is indisputable. WiFi is now so pervasive that its availability is taken for granted in many countries and its importance in everyday life often goes unrecognized. Most devices and home appliances use WiFi and are doing so at a growing rate. WiFi was installed in approximately 800 million households around the world and more than 340 million hotspots provided access to consumers, as of 2016.

WiFi also creates value on the production’s end: indeed, equipment manufacturers (access points, routers, gateways, controllers, but also appliances with built-in WiFi capability) and mobile carriers that rely on WiFi to offload traffic from their networks, all profit from its use.

Moreover, WiFi contributes to GDP growth by delivering undeniable social benefits: indeed, it provides a useful application to reduce the digital divide in rural or isolated territories, as well as an essential platform for free Internet access.

The value of WiFi and its growth estimate on six individual markets

In addition to defining WiFi’s economic impact on a global scale, the research also analyzes the individual economies of six different countries, underlining the value of WiFi and stressing the need for adequate unlicensed spectrum to ensure WiFi keeps delivering to economies, businesses and consumers.

The United States is at the top of the list: in this country, WiFi contributes $499 billion in economic value today and is expected to contribute $993 billion by 2023. Japan, Germany, and South Korea follow with respectively $171 billion, $94 billion, and $68 billion in Wi-Fi economic value as of 2018.

Value of WiFi on six individual markets

A dominant engine in the digital ecosystem

“Wi-Fi has a powerful and often underestimated economic impact all over the world,“ WiFi Alliance president and CEO of Edgar Figueroa stated. “This study brings attention to the tremendous economic benefit from Wi-Fi, and underscores the importance of favorable spectrum policy to ensure Wi-Fi continues delivering even greater economic and societal benefits for many years to come.”

“Wi-Fi technology should be recognized as one of the dominant economic engines of the digital ecosystem,” said Raul Katz, research author and President of Telecom Advisory Services. “Governments should develop the right incentives to stimulate the social and economic benefits of Wi-Fi, including assigning enough spectrum to avoid congestion across the globe, promoting the development of start-ups that rely on Wi-Fi to create applications, and leveraging Wi‑Fi technology to address the digital divide barrier.”

This research is an important step in validating WiFi’s role as a key indicator of economic health and market opportunity, as a new wireless generation approaches.

Indeed, WiFi creates value in different vertical markets, such as hospitality, education, public transportation, healthcare and retail to name a few, and many companies are successful in those sectors using Tanaza WiFi.

If you want to develop a WiFi project, our business consultants can help get you started and make the most out of it by understanding your business needs and guiding you through all the different features of the Tanaza platform, showing how they can help you to deploy a successful WiFi project.

Should Tanaza support TRENDnet devices? Let us know!

Recently, one of our partners has mentioned us the TRENDnet access points and has requested us, whether we can make their wireless devices supported by Tanaza.

We like the idea of consumer-driven development and we continuously collect ideas for new features and compatible devices through our community success.tanaza.com. This means that if you want TRENDnet products to be made compatible with Tanaza, you just have to click on the links below and vote for devices. Our product team will review requests and will put devices on our roadmap if we receive many.

 

Well, let’s see what these devices do and how Tanaza’s firmware could improve their performances and management.

 

THE PRODUCT CATEGORIES

TRENDnet has a wide range of products, including routers, access points, adapters, extenders/repeaters, modems, switches, Power over Ethernet devices, Powerline communication devices, wired, USB, surveillance products.

In the networking hardware category, they have both wireless n devices (which include the well-known n300 TRENDnet router) and the high-speed (wireless ac) equipment.

The most powerful device in their portfolio is the TEW-829DRU ($263 on Amazon.com as of today), a tri-band access point with an excellent set of features and advanced settings, which, unfortunately, do not include any wireless controller feature or cloud management capability. The price tag is quite high, but that access point makes for a robust home network.

For businesses willing to install their devices on ceilings and use PoE to power them, TRENDnet markets the TEW-821DAP2KAC, a good option for businesses in need of a very simple captive portal and guest access functionality, managing up to 128 devices. Ideally, the kit might be used in offices to connect local devices and wireless-capable laptops through password-encrypted SSIDs.

This kit is a contender of the Ubiquiti UniFi family with the Ubiquiti UniFi Controller, but the UI is definitely less user-friendly and the price tag is higher ($349.99 on Amazon.com as of today for the kit including 2 wireless APs and PoE injectors).

We have seen the most powerful indoor devices and the best offering of TRENDnet for small and medium businesses. Let’s see know how making devices compatible with Tanaza improves their performances and adds new functionalities to them, and the list of products that Tanaza might make compatible in the future.

BENEFITS OF USING TANAZA’S FIRMWARE ON TRENDNET’S DEVICES

After one of our partners requested us to support these devices, we read a lot of web reviews about TRENDnet’s routers. However, our analysis was not 100% complete, so in case you have any specific questions about their products we encourage you to directly contact them at their support phone number, which is: +1-866-845-3673. Or just consult their website https://www.trendnet.com/.

What we have discovered, is that TRENDnet has an excellent set of features, quite extensive although not available on all devices. These features include parental controls, isolating guest networks from your devices and content, pre-encrypted WiFi ready-to-use out of the box, maps to locate access points within a location, guest networks (one SSID per each band), bandwidth management, system logs, diagnostic tools.

Using Tanaza’s firmware and cloud-based software has many sought-after benefits:

  • Cloud management for all devices, without hardware controllers. Cloud management in available also for devices that normally cannot be managed in a centralized way, or need a hardware controller. With an unlimited number of APs per network and in total (per account).
  • Possibility to create hybrid networks made of devices of various brands and product families: for example, you can extend your TRENDnet networks with Ubiquiti devices, and still manage all of them from a single centralized dashboard.
  • Compatibility with the latest products available but also (if requested) with discontinued and end-of-life products, which is a much-requested feature in the case the end user doesn’t want to change their wireless equipment for budget constraints.
  • A wide set of features for cloud management, including:
    • a nice and user-friendly UI which everyone understands in a blink of an eye without any training
    • a management dashboard which is accessible anytime, from anywhere, so that MSPs can manage their networks distributed across hundreds of locations comfortably from their desk (or sofa, if you like comfort)
    • reliable and highly-available infrastructure managed by Tanaza, with no need to check for firmware updates or to maintain the network, because you will be informed about future firmware releases from the cloud and you can upgrade your devices remotely (also in bunches).
    • Bandwidth control per SSID and per USER with a boost function
    • Managing all settings from the cloud, including VLANs, NAT, DHCP, TX power, channel selection and other radio settings, SSIDs, captive portal appearance, the password for WiFi access and so on – with settings applied in seconds remotely.
    • Advanced capabilities such as Syslog configuration, SSH and user scripts
  • An even wider set of features for guest access and hotspot management, including:
    • Social login, form-based authentication, coupons for paid WiFi and other much-requested authentication methods
    • Dashboard to see users’ details and contact information and interact with them
    • APIs and native integration with Mailchimp for email marketing to wifi users
    • A flexible, user-friendly tool to create multi-language responsive splash pages with advanced functionalities (advertising, social actions, acceptance of multiple terms and conditions, etc.) to solve any use case you might have
    • Hotspot roaming function and auto-login function for returning users.

 

DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

 

TEW-711BR

N150 Wireless Home Router

TEW-711BR N150 Wireless Home Router - DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

$12.99 on Amazon.com

TRENDnet’s N150 Wireless Home Router, model TEW-711BR, provides reliable 150Mbps wireless n speed and coverage to share files, play games, and surf the Internet.

Like the idea

TEW-731BR

N300 WiFi Router

TEW-711BR N150 Wireless Home Router - DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

$15.74 on Amazon.com

TRENDnet’s N300 WiFi Router, model TEW-731BR, offers up to 300 Mbps wireless N networking to share files, play games, and surf the internet. Control access to the internet and manage bandwidth for devices connected to the router.

Like the idea

 

 

TEW-817DTR

AC750 Wireless Travel Router

TEW-817DTR AC750 Wireless Travel Router - DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

$34.99 on Amazon.com

TRENDnet’s AC750 Wireless Travel Router, model TEW- 817DTR, is a powerful travel router for on the go professionals. Concurrent high-performance WiFi AC and N bands network all wireless devices. The compact router plugs directly into an outlet and interchangeable North America, Euro, and UK power prongs work on all continents.

Like the idea

 

 

TEW-829DRU

AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router

TEW-829DRU AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router - DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

$291.99 on Amazon.com

TRENDnet’s AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, model TEW-829DRU, features three concurrent WiFi bands to maximize device networking speeds: two separate high-performance WiFi 5 networks (5GHz1: 1733Mbps / 5GHz2: 867Mbps), and a 400Mbps Wireless N network. Dual-WAN ports smooth network loading, minimize network downtime and allow employees to access your network from the Internet—all with a single router. 2 x Gigabit WAN ports, 8 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x Console port. Sturdy metal housing with rack mount brackets included.

Like the idea

 

 

TEW-827DRU

AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router

TEW-827DRU AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router - DEVICES WHICH MIGHT BE COMPATIBLE WITH TANAZA CLOUD MANAGEMENT AND HOTSPOT SOFTWARE

$94.99 on Amazon.com

TRENDnet’s AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router, model TEW-827DRU, is built to perform in your busy connected home. This dual-band router generates two quad-stream WiFi networks—a 1,733Mbps WiFi AC and a concurrent 800Mbps WiFi N network. MU-MIMO technology processes multiple data streams simultaneously, improving real-time wireless performance when multiple devices are connected to the network. 4 External high gain antennas maximize coverage on the wireless router.

Like the idea

 

PARTNERING WITH  TANAZA

Whether you are working with TRENDnet devices or not, you might want to know how to use Tanaza. Well, here are the two basic things you need to know:

How to improve hotel WiFi with bandwidth control per client

hotel WiFi with bandwidth control

Hotels should provide reliable Internet bandwidth to improve the overall guest WiFi experience. Tanaza allows increasing hotel WiFi network performance thanks to its newly-released Bandwidth Control per Client feature.

According to a recent survey carried out by Forbes, almost 50% of hotel guests consider free WiFi a top priority. Leisure travellers expect to find fast guest Internet access to browse the web, to stay in contact with their friends and family on Whatsapp and social media, to upload pictures of their vacation on Instagram and Facebook, to stream music and video content on Youtube and Netflix, etc. At the same time, business tourists expect reliable WiFi services to share files on Google Drive, perform video conference calls (VoIP and Whatsapp calls and real-time communication on Skype), access their email accounts, etc. As guest satisfaction is key to improve guest loyalty and hotel bookings, it is crucial to allocate hotel bandwidth properly.  

In general, bandwidth consumption depends on a range of factors, mainly the environment of the hospitality venue, the number of concurrent users being connected to the hotel WiFi network and the type of Internet applications guests are using – from low bandwidth apps, i.e. web surfing and instant messaging, to bandwidth-hungry apps, i.e. video calls and video streaming. Given the increasing amount of WiFi-enabled devices per user, together with the proliferation of different internet applications, it is difficult to provide a smooth WiFi experience to all hotel guests at the same time. Tanaza helps hoteliers overcome this problem.

Tanaza has just released its innovative Bandwidth Control per Client feature, which allows hotel network administrators to set a per-user guest WiFi bandwidth limit.

Tanaza allows to limit bandwidth both per SSID and per user, at the same time. For instance, if the hotel IT manager has a total bandwidth of 25Mbps available, he might decide to allocate 20Mbps for guest WiFi on an SSID and the remaining 5Mbps for the hotel staff on a separated SSID. At the same time, considering the 20Mbps of bandwidth available for guest WiFi, he can decide to provide each hotel guest with 300Kbps.

With this new bandwidth control tool, network admins can now enable bandwidth upload and download limitations per user, at the SSID level. This means that all guests being simultaneously connected to the hotel network benefit from the same WiFi performance.

A unique aspect of Tanaza’s per-client bandwidth control feature is its ability to avoid “bandwidth hog”, the term used to identify users consuming more bandwidth than other concurrent users on the same WiFi network. In fact, Tanaza’s Bandwidth Control per Client feature comes with a “boost” function, which allows hotel guests to exceed the bandwidth limit for a few seconds when they use a WiFi service. For instance, let’s suppose that the hotel network admin configures an SSID for guest WiFi with a bandwidth limit of 3Mbps. When a hotel guest performs an online activity, i.e.  streaming a video on Netflix, he will be temporarily allowed to use bandwidth over that limit. At the same time, for a few seconds, he will consume more bandwidth than other concurrent guests.

bandwidth control per client

Thanks to Tanaza’s Bandwidth Control per Client capability, all hotel guests connected to the same SSID will benefit from the same fast and reliable WiFi experience, independently from their Internet usage. By successfully meeting guest expectations regarding WiFi performance, hoteliers can enhance guest loyalty and attract more visitors.

>> Do you want to estimate your hotel network bandwidth need? Try our free Access Point Selector!