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Why you should schedule your SSID access

Why you should schedule your SSID access

Tanaza features a captive portal that allows you to create up to 8 SSID by access points, a way for the network administrator to secure and separate accesses to the WiFi network. Indeed, each SSID should be set up according to the usage of the network.

For example, when deploying a WiFi network for a restaurant, the WiFi administrator might want to create different network access for the staff and the guests. To do so, the WiFi administrator can create a first SSID protected by a password for the staff, and another SSID for the guest with access through email authentication or social media. In this way, customers will access the SSID through a different door. However, a problem might occur when customers connect to the WiFi network within the closed hours of the restaurant, enjoying a free WiFi connection without any counterpart for the owner of the restaurant.

To solve this problem, we strongly encourage you to schedule your SSID access by setting hours of network’s availability.

Indeed, SSID time restriction allows you to deactivate your SSID when your shop closes so that nobody can access the internet through your Wi-fi network during the night for example.

The SSID availability is not currently featured by Tanaza but still, you can deactivate your SSID by going through your access points settings remotely.

Solution 1: enter to your cloud.tanaza.com account and click on the access point that you want to deactivate.
Click on “settings”, then “SSIDs”. Finally, switch the on/off button to turn off your access point.
Remember to activate it again when you want your SSID to be available.

Why you should schedule your SSID access
Why you should schedule your SSID access

Solution 2: another possibility for you is to deactivate the SSID by making him invisible.
Go on your SSID settings, click on “wireless security” and switch the button enable/disable to make your SSID invisible
Be careful, the SSID will be invisible only for new WiFi users, while WiFi users already registered will still access to your WiFi network if they are in the network area

Why you should schedule your SSID access
Why you should schedule your SSID access

Alternatively, this could be done by showing the SSID name on clients’ devices, while replacing the splash page with a message saying “WiFi guest access is available only between 9 AM and 6 PM at this location”.

In any cases, we strongly advise you to secure your WiFi guest access and to use a web content filtering to avoid any bad usage of your WiFi network.

Your opinion is valuable to us, so please let us know what you think about this feature idea.

Update 2018: Facebook social login and social actions with Tanaza splash page

Let’s suppose that you were asked to deploy a Wi-Fi network in a restaurant and that your customer wants to collect their Wi-Fi clients’ data to promote their events and special evenings.

In order to collect this type of data easily and quickly, we encourage network admins to enable an easy way for users to login to the Wi-Fi, avoiding complex and long forms to fulfill.

There are two preferred social login flows to achieve this:

  • Facebook login 
  • Facebook social actions (Like or Check-in)

Facebook login

This social login flow consists of asking Wi-Fi clients to “Log in with Facebook.

UX: After connecting to the Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi clients will see a splash page, that can be customized with the customer’s logo, their preferred background, and type of advertising. In order to log into the network, they must click the button “Log in with Facebook” on the splash page which will give Facebook permission to access their data. If they accept to provide their complete anagraphic information (or a part of them) to the app “Access Internet”, they will connect to the internet.

PROS: No complex permission needed, no Facebook review needed. Super-easy login flow for the user. You can collect user data (name, surname, hometown location – country and city, birthday, e-mail, age, gender).

CONS: Because not everyone has a Facebook account, you should enable an alternative way to log in (e.g. e-mail, Twitter, Google+).

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How many wireless devices can you connect to one WiFi router?

How many wireless devices can you connect to one WiFi router

With the fast development of the Internet of Things and the general increase of wireless devices on the market, people often face the situation where one router cannot handle the number of connected devices. In this article, we will speak about the number of wireless devices that you should connect to one router.

Tablets, smartphones, computers, smartwatch, smart lights, security cameras… these are examples of smart objects that can be connected the home router, have access to the internet, and even sometimes being controlled remotely. The fact is that the bandwidth is not limitless, and sooner, or later, the router won’t be able to manage all those devices. Internet speed problems might occur because of the overuse of the home router and the bandwidth overload. Moreover, because of the Joule effect, the home router might overheat and stop working if too many devices are connected. Last but not least, with too many wireless devices being simultaneously connected in a small area, interferences might occur and router’s performance would decrease. 

The typical limit in the most common configuration is approximately 250 connected wireless devices, due to the IP addresses pool. Yet, in practice, the speed rating of access points give you an idea about the maximum devices that one router can handle. For example, a Wi-Fi router rated at 500 Mbps with 100 connected devices will only offer on average 5 Mbps to each device (this is true in theory because 500/100 = 5). 

To solve this problem and maximise the performances of a Wi-Fi network, you should consider introducing a second router on your network infrastructure and other access points as well. This will help to distribute the network load and avoid problems of overload and overheat.


Tanaza allows you to set a maximum number of concurrent users to ensure a good Wi-Fi experience to your clients. You also have the possibility to limit the number of connected devices per Wi-Fi user. This feature is particularly useful for hotels dealing with a large number of clients.
Accordingly, the number of access points in your Wi-Fi infrastructure is another  important factor: you can find more information about the number of access point you need for your Wi-Fi project in this article.

 

How many access points do you need for your WiFi hotspot

How many access points do you need for your WiFi hotspot

When deploying a Wi-Fi infrastructure in public locations, one of the key element to ensure a good user experience is the number and the type of access points to use.

Indeed, if the number of access points is too low compared to the number of Wi-Fi users, then problems of internet speed might occur because of the overuse of the wireless devices and the bandwidth overload. Usually, the maximum number of concurrent users is written on the manufacturer spreadsheet, but in practice it can vary according to the use of your network and the internet services you want to offer to your Wi-Fi users.

By using the Tanaza Access Point Selector, you can select the type of location and its size to estimate the maximum number of concurrent users. The number of concurrent users is the number of Wi-Fi users currently connected to the Wi-Fi network. It is calculated according to the type of location, its size, and the average time that a user spends on the internet. Count for example ten concurrent users for a large Café, or 140 for a large hotel.

Then, you should calculate the bandwidth needed by the user according to the usage of the network. For example, if you want your users to be able to chat, check their emails and use social media, consider a minimum of 560 kbit/s per user. If you want them to be also able to do VoIP calls, video calls, and video streaming, 3.28 Mbit/s is the estimated bandwidth per user. Your internet provider will be in charge to furnish you with the bandwidth required.

Last but not least, select the characteristics of the access point such as the installation type, the radiation shape, the vendor and the main technology aspects (indoor, outdoor, AC, dual radio…). The Tanaza Access Point Selector will give you an estimation of the required units number, and the different models that fit the best your project.

/!\ Remember that the Tanaza Access Point Selector estimates the required bandwidth based on documentation and our experience on-site with our customers.

The end of 2G internet subscription in India

According to projections made by CyberMedia Research, it is likely that there will be no 2G internet subscribers in India by the first quarter of 2020.

The number of 2G internet subscribers in India has been declining so rapidly due to the plummeting price of mobile data rates in India and it is estimated that by the end of 2019, 2G internet subscriptions will be discontinued and be replaced by offers with 4G cellular capabilities.

The decline rate of narrowband internet has quadrupled since Reliance Jio’s entry into the Indian wireless market in 2016 and has brought about the rising availability of low-cost 4G entry-level bundles. Reliance Jio’s partnerships with a variety of low-cost smartphone vendors have also led to competing mobile network operators in India, like Airtel and Vodafone, to launch new-and-improved offers with 4G mobile phones.

What does this mean for the spread of wireless broadband in India?

“The declining prices per GB of 4G data and penetration of services in tier 3 cities and rural geographies of the country is only going to further expedite the process of all subscribers accessing the internet over wireless to be on 4G or broadband,” stated Faisal Kawoosa, Principal Analyst for Telecommunications and ESDM, CMR said in a report.

With the decrease in mobile prices and the widespread penetration of 4G cellular services in rural areas and tier 3 cities in India, facilitated by mobile operators like Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone, users currently using 2G internet services throughout India are currently being prompted to switch-over to 4G or wireless broadband throughout India.

Yahsat and Tanaza partner to increase the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots globally

Tanaza and Yahsat

Yahsat will benefit from Tanaza’s simple and efficient Wi-Fi management platform to help users access its satellite broadband services through free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 10 January 2018 – Yahsat, the UAE based satellite operator, announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tanaza, the Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider. Under the terms of the MoU, Tanaza will provide Yahsat with a web platform to manage multiple users accessing Wi-Fi and social hotspots across the operator’s coverage footprint.

Since forming in 2010, Tanaza has built a client base of over 800 partners with millions of Wi-Fi users in more than 130 countries. Yahsat will take advantage of the Tanaza’s cloud-based software to allow Wi-Fi connections across geographies, with easy management and effortless user access. Commenting on the MoU, Farhad Khan, Yahsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We have been looking for a partner that could tap into the elasticity of the cloud to help to make accessing our network leaner. Tanaza will provide us with the technology needed to further enhance our offering and fully align with the needs and preferences of our end-users across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia.

“We look forward to working with Yahsat and their partners” declares Sebastiano Bertani, Tanaza CEO. “We envision a world where any person can connect anytime, from anywhere, wirelessly. This partnership with Yahsat is an important step towards the realization of this vision. We are confident the MoU with Yahsat will unlock a full range of new possibilities for the benefit of businesses and individuals, as well.”

 

About Yahsat

 

Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose Ka-band satellite services including:

  • YahClick – offers broadband satellite solutions for home and business
  • YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity
  • YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking and backhauling capacity
  • Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, offers premium services to broadcasters and a select choice of TV channels

Yahsat’s first satellite Al Yah 1 was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Al Yah 2 was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat announced its third satellite, Al Yah 3, planned for launch in January 2018, extending their commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 20 markets reaching 60% of Africa’s population and over 95% of Brazil’s population, marking the company’s first entry into Brazil.

For more information visit www.yahsat.ae

 

About Tanaza

 

Tanaza is the unique owner of a cloud-based solution designed to manage Wi-Fi networks of multi-vendor access points. Tanaza Cloud platform is a cost-effective and time-saving solution for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

The key features of Tanaza software are:

  • Simplicity: zero-touch deployment, easy configuration and remote monitoring of Wi-Fi access points from a single web interface
  • Scalability: no limits in the number of simultaneous connected clients, login pages, vouchers emitted
  • Freedom: supports a wide range of brands and models of devices, both indoor and outdoor, including TP-Link, D-Link, Netgear, Mikrotik, and Ubiquiti

With Tanaza comes also the hotspot management software, which includes:

  • Captive portal
  • Branded, fully customizable splash pages for users’ login
  • Social login (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others) and social-actions-based authentication (Facebook Like and Facebook Check-in)
  • Dashboard for advanced analytics and detailed user information
  • Multi-role voucher-based authentication system for paid Wi-Fi deployments

Thousands of Tanaza Powered access points are already providing internet access to small and medium businesses, schools, colleges, hotels, hospitals, public venues, offices, shopping malls, shops and many other locations worldwide. The Tanaza partner program is open to ISPs and MSPs and helps them generate recurring revenue streams, save costs and reduce on-site maintenance.

For more information visit https://www.tanaza.com.