Let’s celebrate World WiFi Day 2020

WiFi Day 2020

Let’s celebrate World WiFi Day 2020


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20th June every year, Tanaza celebrates World WiFi Day 2020. The global initiative, organized by Wireless Broadband Alliance and developed by the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB), aims to encourage not only cities and government parties but also operators, service providers, tech vendors, and internet dealers, to come together to deliver connectivity to everyone, everywhere.

World WiFi Day 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 of urban connectivity can be due to several technological issues, often discussed by local and national political entities.

World WiFi Day is also a platform to help the unconnected to be connected and address the possibility to continue to widen the availability of WiFi access.

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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Remote syslog – Track client device connections

Remote Syslog

Track client device connections through remote Syslog in Tanaza


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Nowadays, having a remote syslog feature within the WiFi network system is a must-have for Service Providers. The Tanaza software has the built-in capability of tracking the client device activities on the access points. When enabled, the messages and events stored in the access points can be exported to a remote Syslog server.

Remote Syslog

Tracking client devices’ connections in an Access Point

Some countries lawfully need to store TCP/UDP messages from access points and routers, for reporting purposes. Any given device generates information events in response to changing conditions, for example, like connections. Typically, these events are logged locally in the access points; however, monitoring and storing this data can slow down the device’s capability and, consequently, affect the network. 

Thanks to the Syslog feature, network administrators can forward this information to a remote Syslog server. Tanaza is rolling out an enhancement of the Syslog feature in the platform, which allows network administrators to track the client device connections in the access point.

Users can enable the remote Syslog server in the advanced settings of each access point. Alternatively, it can be enabled on all access points within a network, in one click on the Network-wide configuration. 

Afterward, every time a user connects or gets associated with an SSID, the MAC address and IP address are automatically registered in the logs.

With this feature the Syslog will show:

  • Date and timestamp (based on the time zone configured on the device)
  • Source local IP address 
  • Destination IP address
  • Source and destination ports
  • Source and destination MAC addresses

It is worth mentioning that this feature only allows users to send the log information from an access point to a remote server on the local Intranet or Internet by specifying an IP address. The data travels directly from the access point to the specified remote Syslog server. Tanaza users will rely on such platforms to retrieve any related information.

Read this article to learn how to set up your remote Syslog server on the Tanaza platform.

Syslog information now includes the client device IP address

When Services Providers, by law, need to keep track of IP address activity for every single device connected to a network, it’s predominant to have a feature within the network management system that allows sending this data to a Syslog server.

Tanaza has this capability embedded in the platform. Now network administrators can see, besides the client device’s MAC address and its activity, the IP address assigned to a client device and its activity when it connects to a Syslog-enabled WiFi network.

By enabling this feature, it’s possible to associate:

  • Device MAC address
  • Device local IP address
  • Public IP addresses visited
  • The specific time when it did happen

This enhanced feature allows Tanaza users to cross-link the information with the MAC address of the device that had the same IP address for a specific period.

While this feature is powerful, it involves a higher average load per each access point, as it would have to track every single connection of every client device connected at all times. Hence, users need to take into consideration that when enabling it, and use it wisely.

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Linksys and Tanaza are partnering for deeper integration of their technologies

Linksys partnership with Tanaza

Linksys and Tanaza are partnering for deeper integration of their technologies


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Tanaza and Linksys are expanding their technology partnership to accelerate Cloud Management and Services in Linksys Business Access Points. The two companies are working together to enhance the capabilities and benefits customers realize from the Linksys Cloud Manager by integrating their technologies.

A renewed collaboration to bring Linksys Business Solutions to the next level

The collaboration between Linksys and Tanaza resulted in the August 2018 launch of the Linksys Cloud Manager, combining enterprise-grade hardware and technical support from Linksys with Tanaza’s powerful cloud management software bundled with no license fees for 5 years. The companies have evolved the software platform several times since the initial launch to deliver additional benefits, making the Linksys Cloud Manager a superior value proposition for MSPs and network administrators.
In 2020, both companies are embarking on a deeper integration to enhance the customer experience even further. The new agreement leverages more Tanaza technologies integrated on Linksys hardware platforms and fosters unparalleled development collaboration, acceleration, and optimization to create the ultimate cloud platform for business users.

“With this deeper integration and collaboration, we will be able to take our Linksys Business Solutions to the next level. We’re eager to deliver a cloud experience that is fast and easy to use, yet powerful enough for sophisticated network administrators. When combined with enterprise-grade hardware and dedicated technical support that business customers can rely on, we’re confident that we will provide tremendous value to the market today and for years to come.”, said John Minasyan, Director of Product Management, Commercial Products.

“Designed from the ground-up, it perfectly matches the requirements of modern cloud-based contexts, where responsiveness, real-time manageability, scalability, and seamless integration with the cloud infrastructure are paramount. Being able to provide all of this within the high-quality Linksys hardware that is widely available in most countries and Linksys’ award-winning customer service is simply fantastic. We have already started working on an extensive roadmap of enterprise-grade features to release over the next months. While the current COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on the near-term, I still see a bright future for this partnership.”, declared Sebastiano Bertani, CEO and Founder of Tanaza.
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What’s coming up next

When Linksys chose Tanaza to create and maintain the Linksys Cloud Manager infrastructure, the aim was to put together a system with enterprise-level security, scalability, and reliability to be sure that the product is best-in-class in the wireless networking industry.
The system will be faster and able to apply real-time configurations for enhanced user experience. As always, Linksys Cloud Manager will distinguish itself in the market for ease of use and its unequaled performance.

The partnership will enable both companies to drive innovation to provide Managed Service Providers and business customers with a Cloud Management platform of unparalleled performance, features, and services coupled with highly reliable enterprise-grade hardware and technical support.

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Hi! My name is… Tanaza

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Hi! My name is… Tanaza!


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Tanaza Name Meaning

When companies develop new products, they face the hard step of taking a product naming decision. Yes, giving a name to a product is hard. The name must reflect the corporate brand perception, the brand image you want to create, and it should be easy to remember and pronounce. It’s not something that you choose in a matter of seconds.

When I founded the company in 2010, I chose a name that was easy to anchor in people’s minds, that sounded nice, that it was short, and that had no similarities with other brand names out there. Tanaza had no specific meaning for me, but it gave me a sense of belonging, like a tribe of people who share a unique view of the world and their mission. Although I discovered later that it means “to struggle” in Pakistan, it’s also the name of a racing horse in Ireland and a lake name in the region of Punjab. Fascinating!

The new Tanaza

As many mono-products companies do, I named our first product after the company. Tanaza was both our company name and our product name. Easy, isn’t it?

The product components were also named after the company: the Tanaza Cloud Infrastructure, the Tanaza Hotspot system and the Tanaza Dashboard, and so on.

Last year, we started developing what we called TanazaOS: a Linux-based operating system that allows access points to speak with a cloud-based wireless access controller. And in a few months, we were able to launch also the new cloud-based controller, of which you see a screenshot here below:

Tanaza WiFi Cloud Management

For this platform that allows managing Powered Devices, we imagined a whole bunch of names. It was a long discussion, and at the end of it, we decided that we were going to name the product just after the company. Again!

Tanaza the cloud-based platform to manage WiFi networks

The new cloud-based platform is called Tanaza. Why? Simply it’s the best representation of who we are as a company and what we’re trying to do in the wireless industry. 

We’re struggling (or “Tanaz-ing”?) to bring software and hardware disaggregation in the wireless industry, and we are doing it with our cloud-based wireless access controller and with our operating system TanazaOS, the operating system (OS) that runs on WiFi devices allows them to be controlled through our new platform from the cloud.

For more details about our “struggle” for software and hardware disaggregation, read my previous article. If you want to “join the army,” get in touch or wait for further news, as we will publish more in the next few months about our activities to bring disaggregation in the networking market.

The old Tanaza platform is now called Tanaza Classic

Tanaza Classic Logo

But… what about the “old” platform? We are still in love with it, and we know that many people are as well. Everything in the old platform will remain the same, and all functionalities will remain operational, but that product has been renamed “Tanaza Classic.” 

You may have noticed that our website https://www.tanaza.com was recently updated to reflect this change.

You’ll probably ask yourself the exact differences in terms of features and capabilities between the two platforms and its firmware. Well, have a good read here about the fundamental difference between the platforms.

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TanazaOS, the new cloud management platform for WiFi networks

TanazaOS, the new cloud management platform for WiFi networks

 TanazaOS, the new cloud-management platform for WiFi networks

Tanaza will soon launch a new product: TanazaOS, a Linux-based operating system for centralized wireless network management. 

TanazaOS is an operating system that fully disaggregates hardware and software as it runs on different access points models and open-hardware networking devices, giving enterprises and carriers an unprecedented possibility to decouple their hardware choice from their software choice, with considerable cost savings and efficiency advantages.

TanazaOS will continuously be updated to deliver turnkey features, patch vulnerabilities, and drive security and stability.

Keep in mind: TanazaOS will not replace the previous Tanaza all-in-one product.

TanazaOS is specially designed around four 
main features:
 

 

  • Self-provisioning

  • Centralized configuration

  • Multi-site network management

  • Remote monitoring


Save the date.

February 

TanazaOS website goes online. 
TanazaOS interactive demo tool will go live.  Test out the new product and learn more about the available features.

March 

Official launch of TanazaOS!
TanazaOS will be available for trial and purchase.

Coming soon: TanazaOS, the new cloud-management platform for WiFi networks

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