How to choose WiFi access points for restaurants

WiFi Access Points for Restaurants - Choose the Right Hardware

How to choose WiFi access point for restaurants

Choosing the best WiFi access points for restaurants is much more important than we think. Access points are the backbone of any wireless network. Therefore, it is important to choose the right hardware as it ensures that you can build a strong and scalable system that can handle the right amount of connections per device and maintain the network’s reliability based on your connectivity needs. 

When deploying a new WiFi network, it is important to look for the right access point to enhance guests’ connectivity. The type of access points you might require will depend on the environment in which it will be deployed. Further, it is paramount to provide seamless connectivity that allows users to roam freely throughout the space.

Choosing the right WiFi Access Point for restaurants

Measure the restaurant size and check physical obstacles for WiFi signal

The primary step that involves choosing the right access point for your restaurant is to measure your restaurant’s size. Check how large is the space you need to cover with an access point. If you are just starting a new restaurant with less gathering, say around 10-30 people, you will need far fewer access points than what you might require for a gathering of around 30-80 people. If you think of expanding shortly, you might consider choosing an AP with an extensive range to prepare for your growth.

Also, you need to consider many factors, such as the shape of your floor plan, note the type of building or wall materials that divide the space. The number of access points needed in a place increases if the internal walls are separating the area.

Removing any unnecessary physical obstacle will enhance the connectivity of the access point. A thorough survey of your restaurant will also help determine how many access points you will require.

Number of concurrent users – Check how many users are connected to WiFi

Depending on the size of the location, the number of concurrent users connected to the network will also vary. For example, a large restaurant network may host approximately a maximum of 30 concurrent WiFi users, whereas a mid-sized restaurant may host a maximum of 12 concurrent users. Therefore, it is important to take into account the client coverage carefully when designing the WiFi network. 

In addition, different factors can affect the number of concurrent users that a wireless access point can support. Although many access points support up to approximately 250 connected devices, it is important to note that single radio devices can handle a smaller number of concurrent users than dual-radio access points. 

If you want to calculate the number of concurrent users and number of APs for your WiFi networks, read our article Network Capacity Planning – Wireless Capacity vs. Coverage.

Predict internet usage to establish what WiFi access points work better for your restaurant

It is essential to understand the internet usage of your restaurant and to know what kind of online activity your WiFi users will be doing while connected to your WiFi network. Knowing your internet usage is necessary to choose the right access point for your restaurant.

Some applications consume more bandwidth than others. The rate of data transfer is calculated in bits per second. This bit/second is quite lower when customers simply browse the web, message and chat on Facebook, Whatsapp, or Telegram, or just go through their emails. However, when people share or download the pictures and files on DropBox and Google Drive, the number of bits/seconds transmitted across your network will increase.

Moreover, if guest users are streaming videos on YouTube, Netflix, or making VoIP calls and video calls, there is a significant rise in the number of bits/sec. Therefore, it is important to predict internet usage beforehand to provide your guests with an optimal WiFi experience. The access point handles different numbers of concurrent users depending on the internet usage of customers.

Calculate your internet usage with our access point selector.

Choose the best WiFi access points for restaurants, considering technological variables

By considering the technological variables, you would choose the best WiFi access points for the guest users. Apart from the access point performance, if the signal of the WiFi network is not reached to the users, the number of concurrent clients connected to the network in a location will be limited. 

Thus, carry out a proper site survey of your restaurant to choose the right access point. There are many expectations from a particular access point ranging from speed performance, ease of installation, cloud manageability, and software stability. Access points with cloud-based management features are a must for any restaurant provider. It lets network administrators control the devices and customize bandwidth while monitoring the overall network performance and security issues. 

Discover Tanaza Powered Devices with network management out-of-the-box for your restaurant WiFi networks.

POE vs LAN

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technique that passes electrical power over wired ethernet local area networks. It allows the power cords to carry the electrical current of each device instead of data cables. The POE usage limits the number of wires needed for a Wifi network. The primary benefit of the POE is that you do not need to run electrical wiring, which saves money in material and saves installation time. The usage of POE has made access point installations relatively easier and more scalable. 

On the other hand, LAN is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area. Contrary to Power over Ethernet, in LAN cable external power source (Adapter) is required to get the power.

802.11ac vs 802.11n

The 802.11ac and 802.11n are the wireless networking standards that significantly differ from each other. The IEEE 802.11ac was finalized in 2013, and it supports a wireless frequency of the only 5Hz. It is the 5th generation of WiFi and is found in every major smartphone, laptop, computer, and smart television. The improved version of 802.11ac offers better speed, better range, and enhanced WiFi performance. 

Instead, the 802.11n wireless networking standard was finalized in 2009. It uses multiple antennas to increase data rates and supports the wireless frequencies of both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. In terms of speed, 802.11ac is capable of 720Mbps (Megabits/sec.), whereas 802.11n locks its speed at 240Mbps. 

You clearly know the winner here. As 802.11n uses 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies, it surpasses the 5th generation of WiFi which only uses 5GHz. Higher frequency bands are comparatively faster, but lower bands travel further.

Determine WiFi access point placement to improve coverage

Only having a suitable access point will not determine seamless connectivity. If you have placed a WiFi access point for a restaurant, you need to find a suitable placement to improve its coverage. It is recommended to install the wireless access point on the ceilings of your restaurants as this will provide full connectivity to the whole place. 

Moreover, the top of the access point must be facing the intended service area to improve the coverage. This is the place where the antennas of an access point are situated. 

The access point must never be obstructed by anything, such as drop ceilings, TVs, or cameras. In fact, these access points get affected by other devices that transmit radiofrequency. Therefore, the interference results in weak and unstable connectivity. So make sure that your access point is positioned away from the common radio sources such as Televisions, Microwave/Ovens, Speakers, Wireless security cameras, and many more.

Select the right WiFi access point antenna types: directional vs omnidirectional

It totally depends on your network connectivity to choose from the two types of WiFi access point antennas. One is directional, and the other is omnidirectional. The omnidirectional antenna is the one that sends signals to all directions, whereas the directional antenna, as the name suggests, sends a signal to only one direction. 

After surveying your network connectivity, you can decide to choose the right WiFi access point antenna. Directional antennas are considered a better option as they send a signal in one specific direction. You can improve your network connectivity by pointing your antenna in the direction where the signal lacks.

Test a multi-vendor approach if you want to reduce costs

While you are looking for the right WiFi access points for your restaurant, you need to consider all the factors that will ensure the seamless connectivity of your network to guest users. Consider that you need to install devices not only indoors but also outdoors for your deployment. 

For optimum performance of your access point, check the Tanaza platform. It’s a multi-vendor network management software to operate and control access points in the cloud. 

Tanaza works with the most commercial access point brands like Ubiquiti, MikroTik, OpenMesh, LigoWave, PowerCloud, and also it comes already pre-installed in a selected line of access points from Comfast, Amer Networks, Intelbras (only for Brazil), DCN, and Yuncore.

With Tanaza, you will be able to manage multiple WiFi devices from different vendors in a centralized way. Troubleshoot WiFi networks via cloud, enable captive portals with different authentication methods and customize the guest WiFi experience from a single platform.

If you are looking for the right access point for restaurants, you also need a network management software to operate and control the devices and networks. Tanaza allows you to scale network deployments, mix and match brands, all from the cloud.

Tanaza offers various customization options for the network administrators in which they can also limit the bandwidth and data usage. Discover all the features of the Tanaza platform by starting a free trial today.

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Let’s celebrate World WiFi Day 2021

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Let’s celebrate World WiFi Day 2021

20th June, Tanaza celebrates World WiFi Day 2021. The global event is organized every year by Wireless Broadband Alliance and developed by the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB). This recurrent event of the networking industry aims to encourage not only cities and government parties but also operators, service providers, MSPs, ISPs, tech vendors, and internet dealers, to come together to deliver connectivity to everyone, everywhere.

“Connecting the unconnected”

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When is World WiFi Day?

Every 20th of June, the world celebrates the phenomenal role that Wi-Fi plays in our life by connecting people & things.

What is World WiFi Day?

World WiFi Day 2021 celebrates innovations and new projects that help bridge the digital divide worldwide. The goal is to improve consumer access in broadband-deprived areas in both developed and developing countries. Although the number of urban unconnected is highest in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions, connectivity remains an essential concern in Europe and North America as well. The need for urban connectivity can be due to several technological issues, often discussed by local and national political entities.

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Why do we support World WiFi Day every year

Tanaza supports the initiatives aimed at disrupting the WiFi market since the beginning. Our mission is to increase the availability, affordability, and awareness of high-quality internet access to make Wi-Fi more accessible. Tanaza creates value by freeing operators from locked-in vertical solutions that impose a software and hardware bundle.

Tanaza leverages the software and hardware disaggregation paradigm, allowing users to upgrade to TanazaOS multiple devices from different vendors. We believe that today’s market is a breeding ground for the disaggregation of software and hardware to be shared also in the WiFi networking market.
Tanaza is continuously committed, through projects and partnerships, to transforming hardware and software unbundling in WiFi into reality.

Tanaza strives to provide high-quality network services to underserved areas that have not had access due to a lack of infrastructure or high costs. Tanaza is a member of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a collaborative community among telecom companies that work to improve the infrastructure behind global connectivity. From 2019, it continues to contribute to the project, to accelerate innovation in telecommunication networks, through standardized, open-source, and disaggregated network solutions. In particular, Tanaza launched the Open Wi-Fi System project, giving proof of the compatibility of the Wi-Fi management cloud platform with TIP’s open-AP stack software, including the OpenSync™ open-source framework.

In 2020, Tanaza joined Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner Program, which facilitates network equipment operators to produce network hardware and software that is compatible with Express Wi-Fi by Facebook. This project is part of Facebook Connectivity, a collection of programs, technologies, and partnerships designed to increase the availability, affordability, and awareness of high-quality internet access. Program members are currently collaborating to connect underserved communities around the world and bring more people online to faster internet access.

Over the years, Tanaza has won numerous awards, both general and sectoral (IDC Innovator; Wi-Fi Now Best Enterprise Software; Seal of Excellence of the European Commission), and has received funding under the Horizon2020 project for the TanazaOS project.

 

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How to Improve WiFi Network Security

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How to Improve WiFi Network Security

Discover how to improve the Wi-Fi security of your network deployments.

Protecting your WiFi Network from intrusion might be difficult if there is a breach in your network. In today’s world, nothing is more precious than data and to protect it from getting into the wrong hands is all you need to do. We always have to look out for malicious users trying to access networks and sensitive data that includes email IDs and passwords, and information about your bank accounts. It is important to understand that the WiFi systems extend beyond the walls of your workplace if you have not kept some security on the network. It will get difficult for you to control if someone gains access to your WiFi network. To improve WiFi security, the administrators have to constantly check their usernames and passwords to ensure that only authorized persons can connect to the network.

The administrator can also configure their network with password-protected SSIDs or even hide them to improve WiFi security. Usually, when we install the WiFi, we don’t realize much about its safety until all our devices are connected, and there is no issue with its speed or signal. However, this ignorance can make us prone to cyberattacks. We live in the age of data breaches, so it is of utmost importance that we practice certain steps to keep our WiFi network safe.

Few steps can help Improve WiFi Security:

1- Use strong passwords for accounts and access points

While setting up the passwords for our access points, we often try to use those that we can easily guess to remember them. We must not forget that changing your default username and using strong passwords is a primary step to improve WiFi security. The difficult passwords are often the safest, and the administrator must set up one that is the combination of a string of random characters. Changing the default name of your access point is crucial as the default credentials of the famous WiFi access points are widely known. 

Make sure that your password is unique and strong, and it is recommended that you change usernames and passwords for your access points frequently, every 30-90 days. By doing this, it will be difficult for anyone to guess them and restrict them from consuming your data.

2- Enable SSID encryption

One of the best ways to improve WiFi security is to change the name of your WiFi network, formerly known as SSID. Changing your WiFi name will be harder for the attackers to know which type of access point you are using. To ensure full-proof network security, it is important that you must hide all your SSIDs so that other users are not able to locate them. With the Tanaza platform, you will be able to encrypt your SSID to eliminate the possibility of your access point falling into the hands of an unauthorized person.

The Tanaza platform lets you add a maximum of 8 SSIDs for each Access point. You can configure each SSID individually. By clicking on a particular SSID, you’ll be redirected to its configuration that is divided into three: Summary, Wireless Security, and Bandwidth. Encrypting your SSID is most important to have a secure access point. By default, the SSID you have added is enabled with open encryption, which means any user can access it. For encrypting your SSID, you can choose from the various encryption languages such as WEP, WPA2-PSK, and Splash Pages. Since 2006, all Wifi-certified products are entitled to use WPA2 security. The Tanaza platform offers a splash page editor that allows WiFi professionals to configure, edit and customize their portal.

3- Filter MAC Addresses

Every device that connects to a network has a MAC (Media Access Controller) address. It is also known as a physical address as it is the identifier of the network card, which is unique. No two devices in the World can have the same MAC address. Filtering MAC addresses is one of the critical parts of improving your WiFi Access Point security. To filter the MAC address, you have to open the configuration window in your device and list MAC addresses to connect to the network.

In the Tanaza platform, you can also blacklist a specific user’s MAC address. There are various configuration options by which you can restrict users to connect to a specific SSID.

 

4- Monitor WiFi users activity

By Monitoring your WiFi activity, you make sure that there is no unusual activity in your WiFi network. You need to check on your data usage how much data is used on a particular day and at a specific time. With the Tanaza platform, you can easily monitor your WiFi network’s performance by seeing the number of clients currently associated with WiFi SSID and monitoring how much bandwidth they consume.

It is one of the best ways that will improve WiFi security to a great extent. You will even be able to track your device’s traffic flow at the WiFi network and the access point level. Tanaza also allows users to analyze and track the performance of WiFi networks using statistics.

5- Choose a WiFi cloud platform with high levels of reliability and scalability

Selecting a WiFi Cloud Platform that can provide you with an intuitive and powerful user interface is suitable for enterprise and retail environments. You need to select a platform that ensures the complete security of your WiFi network. To improve your WiFi security, you need a cloud platform that offers you a configuration suitable to your needs. Tanaza is the platform that you can trust fully as they are empowering hundreds of networks Worldwide. Hundreds of IT professionals have adopted their WiFi cloud platform.

6- Manage WiFi networks with a cloud platform that guarantees 99.99% Availability

The Tanaza WiFi Cloud Platform is among the few that guarantees 99.99% availability. It is one of the percentages used to communicate the system’s operational performance. It is one of the core features of the Tanaza platform based on the World’s most reliable cloud platform service. The level of high availability is guaranteed by the internal monitoring process that includes 24×7 failure detection with rapid term response which recovers data up to the latest few minutes. The powerful AWS platform by Amazon adds an extra layer of security in terms of availability.

7- Verify security levels for the cloud management platform you use

It is necessary to verify the security levels for the cloud management platform that you are using. Tanaza ensures complete security that will protect you from potential breaches in your network. They use Amazon AWS as a secure cloud services platform. The access to the core systems is not protected by passwords only, but also any remote access will be restricted by IP address. The firewalls highly protect their systems. For monitoring the access and potential threats, a 24×7 services logging is operative. From the user’s point of view, all sensitive data is secured with highly controlled and restricted access.

It is important that you secure your access point to save your data. Securing your WiFi can be done by configuring them with strong encryption protocols that prevent unauthorized users from connecting to your WiFi network. Tanaza focuses on the importance of data protection which is why they are considered best to improve WiFi security. They comply with the EU regulations and ensure that their tools are sufficient to protect personal data. Securing your network must be the top priority of any organization and if you have a platform that will remotely monitor your network’s performance is a gift. Start managing your devices today with Tanaza, the WiFi cloud management platform.

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