Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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Zero Touch Provisioning – A scientific method to reduce unnecessary network activities and Scope3 emissions

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The Zero-touch provisioning is the process that can reduce time-consuming networking activities such as operating systems updating, patches or bug fixes, and features implementation, setting up WiFi access points automatically, and following agile principles.

Zero-touch provisioning could have economic and enviromental impacts when MSPs, ISPs, and SPs have to deploy a consistent number of WiFi devices.
Typically, the AP installation procedure is one of the highest cost factors in the business plan of every company.
Adding hundreds or thousands of WiFi access points through repetitious manual commands requires a lot of effort and time that becomes a lot of money in large-scale environments.
Not to mention wrong configurations, errors, and other network problems that can exceed the forecasted budget.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce time-consuming activities scientifically

Zero-touch provisioning method is based on a solid scientific approach. In 2021, Ivan Grgurević (Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) and Ivan Simunić (Solutions Architect at Ericsson and Associate Professor at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at University of Zagabria) have conducted a definitive study about the automation of network device configuration using Zero-Touch Provisioning.

The conference paper has shown proven significant savings in the installation time: until
over 95% (depending on the AP)

Installation time and provisioning costs represent an important cost in the CAPEX/OPEX model.
This is why this scientific study has mathematically shown as the reduction of AP installation time is directly related to the reduction of deployment costs.

Tanaza has pioneered the zero-touch provisioning methodology as a cost reduction catalyst for network deployment, when in 2020, we published an article about the real cost of wireless networks and how to calculate the TCO of WiFi networks.

Zero-touch provisioning can reduce Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions

When a ZTP is implemented in the network deployment process, MSPs, ISPs, and SPs can avoid sending technical employees onsite to perform the installation of the network access points.
Network administrators can remotely configure WiFi access points and send them pre-configured to the customer’s premises for installation.

This contributes to a significant reduction in indirect greenhouse emissions.

Today, the most valuable study conducted about the emissions for MSPs, ISPs and SPs shows that:

“Average CO2/km emissions vary by vehicle type and age, so the 120gr/km considered here is an optimistic scenario.​ If you multiply these numbers with several hundreds of field interventions typically run per day you can quickly see that there are tons of CO2 emitted per month.”
– Cisco Study

 

In environmental science, business travel carbon footprinting (travel by air, rail, bus, automobile or other modes of travel, employee commuting, and hotel stays) is part of the Scope 3 – Categories 6-7 emissions (indirect greenhouse emissions – CO2, CH4, N2O, HFC, or CO2e emitted per kilometer or per passenger-kilometer traveled.)

Different studies conducted by GHG Protocol and Carbon Trust has shown that these categories represent some of the largest sources of emissions for companies (in some cases as high as 85% to 95%).

Zero Touch Provisioning can reduce Scope3 emissions

Net zero (that cover Scope1, 2 and 3) can’t happen without a total revolution of supply chains.
Zero touch provisioning in network configurations can be part of that change.

Through the reduction of business travels and the programmatic obsolescence of devices to change periodically, ZTP can indirectly help MSPs, ISPs and SPs to obtain international certifications as PAS 2060 in order to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to decarbonisation, and the neutralization of remaining impact through the support of environmental projects.

 

How does zero-touch provisioning work?

The Tanaza zero-touch provisioning feature is based on a highly complex algorithm. We try to resume in a few lines the ZTP architecture, trusting to express what are the branches and bounds that concur to cut costs for companies.

When a WiFi device has activated the zero-touch provisioning capability, the algorithm starts:
– to search for a DHCP server on the network to obtain the IP address,
– to obtain gateway information,
– to verify the location of the DNS server.

At this point, if the location of the DNS server is not provided or unreachable, DHCP uses other DNS services.

When the device has obtained an IP address, it faces other configuration obstacles such as:
– firewalls.

The device processes the DHCP options and locates configuration files, executes scripts, and upgrades and/or downgrades software.

If both the image and configuration files are present, the image is installed and the configuration is applied.

If only the image file is present, the image is installed on the device.

If the image is the same as the image already installed on the device, ZTP continues and skips the installation step.

If the image was unable to be fetched by the device, ZTP will try to fetch the image again.

If the image has corrupted, the installation fails.

If installation fails for any reason, ZTP will restart.

If there is no image or configuration file, the ZTP process starts again.

If there is no file server information, the ZTP process starts again.
Once the configuration is committed, the ZTP process has been deemed successful and terminates.

The precedent list is only a brief sequence of the operation that occurs during the ZTP provisioning process.
In the best cases, we have counted 19 operations that network administrators can solve with further sub-tasks and manual commands.
In these steps, random events and triggers that can cause the restart of the process can suddenly happen, increasing the number of time-consuming operations.

For instance, these events are:
– Request for the configuration file, script file, or image file fails.
– The configuration file is incorrect, and the commit fails.
– No configuration files and no image files are available.
– The image file has been corrupted, and installation fails.
– No file server information is available.
– The DHCP server does not have valid ZTP parameters configured.
– When none of the DHCP client interfaces goes to a bound state.
– ZTP transaction fails after six attempts to fetch the configuration file or image file.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Tanaza’s zero-touch provisioning algorithm solves all these passages in a single automatic operation, allowing the access points configuration in a few seconds.

Advantages of Zero-touch provisioning

The main advantages of zero-touch provisioning includes:
– automated setup of network devices;
– reduced time in manual configuration;
– reduced costs from less time being spent on manual tasks;
– easier and quicker updates;
– reduction of possible errors generated by human configurations;
– less time to get network devices operational.
– growing efficiency in large-scale device deployments.

Why Tanaza?

  • Tanaza software upgrades existing Wi-Fi networks.
  • Tanaza works with the most common easy-to-procure Wi-Fi access points available in most countries, such as Ubiquiti, MikroTik, TP-Link. If a device model is not supported yet, Tanaza may support it on request for medium to large network deployments. Discover all devices compatible.
  • IT teams do not need to deploy any hardware controller. Tanaza is 100% cloud-based and ready to use with no need for AWS instance deployments.
  • Our platform provides unlimited scalability.
  • It’s powerful and it has an intuitive user interface.

The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. Discover the Tanaza Powered Devices.

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The Tanaza team can help you to select the best hardware that runs the Tanaza Operating System out-of-the-box from our OEM partners for a plug-and-play experience. 

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WiFi notification – Receive notifications when access points go offline

WiFi notification alert system – Receive Email Alerts when Access Points Go Offline

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when access points go offline.

Sometimes, access points can disconnect from networks for various technical reasons (wrong IP configuration settings, loss of power, poor network connectivities by Service Providers, WiFi interferences).
This could happen without warning, at different moments of the day or night.
Tanaza allows users to trigger WiFi notifications sending automatic emails to members or external guests when a device loses contact with the cloud.

Set up offline device notifications and receive real-time alerts when something goes wrong in your network

Network administrators can scan the network status in specific time intervals:

– 1 minute;
– 5 minutes;
– 30 minutes;
– 1 hour;
– 1 day.

The procedure of AP scan starts when the cloud sends multiple pings to the entire network. (Here we use generically the term “ping”. We suggest you read the technical guide about alert notification system to understand more about what ping means)

When the process has terminated, network administrators can visualize a global vision of device status on Mapbox and obtain detailed information about networks, access points and connected clients.

Wireless Network Geomapping - Tanaza

If one or more WiFi devices don’t answer to this ping, the system understands possible network problems are happening and sends as many email alerts as the offline devices are.

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Technical guide about WiFi notification alert system

Cloud-managed WiFi access points configured in Tanaza are divided in three different categories:

– APs with TanazaOS included in the firmware;
– APs that support SNMP protocol;
– APs that don’t support SNMP protocol.

The first category of the access point is monitored via a proprietary protocol that takes advantage of keepalive packets. These packets can include statistical information about the device. In this case, if TanazaCloud stops receiving keepalive packets, the device is considered “offline”.

The second category of access points is monitored through SNMP protocol. The Tanaza agent, distributed in the AP’s LAN, asks in polling the status through an SNMP request. If the device does not respond to SNMP, the device is considered offline.

The third category of access points is monitored by a simple ping executed by the Tanaza agent and distributed in the AP’s LAN. If the device does not respond to Ping, the device is considered offline.

At that moment the alert notification system triggers real-time emails.
Network administrators can select to send a notification to internal members or external email addresses.

Forget VPN and manual pings on the network

Until now, for this type of scanning, VPNs and manual pings were required.
Thanks to the Tanaza WiFi remote monitoring interface, network administrators can avoid learning useless technical activities and saving time and money without using additional platforms or network solutions.

Network APIs for WiFi alert notifications

The Tanaza WiFi alert notification system works thanks to the integration of multiple types of APIs. Soon we will publish the full list of APIs compatible with Tanaza

With Tanaza WiFi notification system you avoid to receive tons of emails for multiple disconnections

When multiple access points disconnect at the same moment, ideally, network administrators should receive as many emails as the device number. It’s not improbable that it happens.

Tanaza has studied three different mechanisms to avoid this:
1) an anti-email-storm spike that aggregates emails in a single one.
2) an inhibitor that postpones email alerts with a time interval of 1 hour.
3) a large set of APIs to detect when devices go offline and warn network administrators.

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World WiFi Day 2022 – 20th June 2022

World WiFi Day 2022 – 20th June 2022

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20th June, Tanaza celebrates World WiFi Day 2022. The global event is organized every year by Wireless Broadband Alliance under the leadership of Connected Community Forum (CCF). 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.

“Let’s bridge the Digital Divide”

Wireless Broadband Alliance

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 2022 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.

Data and facts about WIFi in 2022

The global economic value of WiFi is estimated to be $3.5 trillion in 2022 and that there are more than 18 billion Wi-Fi devices currently in use today.
And this is not the limit. New access to the 6 GHz band, additional unlicensed spectrum and the arrival of WiFi6, WiFi6E and soon of the revolutionary WiFi7 will allow a further growth for the economic value of wireless technology.
We suggest to read our guide for MSPs, ISPs and SPs, about the future of WiFi.

Data and Facts about WiFi in 2022

Facts About Wi-Fi Impacts

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Digital Divide – Key Facts

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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 (including IDC Innovator; Wi-Fi Now Best Enterprise Software; Seal of Excellence of the European Commission, Capterra Shortlist Emerging Favorite 2022, Software Advice Frontrunners 2022, Software Advice Frontrunners 2022), and has received funding under the Horizon2020 project for the TanazaOS project.

 

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WiFi Management Software Alternatives

15 reasons to choose Tanaza among WiFi Management Software Alternatives

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There are several reasons to choose Tanaza Cloud Platform among the WiFi management software alternatives proposed by the WiFi cloud market in 2022.

Tanaza is first of all an enterprise company composed of an enthusiastic team of cloud and networking lovers. Our engineers, designers, testers, and sales specialists have concentrated in Tanaza all their know-how and their professional experience to understand what MSPs, ISPs, and SPs need when they search for a solid and advanced solution for their networks.

Instead of creating a useless direct company-centric comparison with other solutions, we present in 15 points why Tanaza could be your next alternative for WiFi cloud management. With Tanaza you can:

1. Manage networks everywhere, at any time thanks to the infinite potential of WiFi cloud management.

2. Troubleshoot network issues in a unique all-in-one cloud solution thanks to an always-updated list of business network management, monitoring, and diagnostic tools.

3. Choose the best access points that work for your business needs. Don’t depend on mono-brand sellers: Tanaza is a vendor-agnostic solution.

4. Take advantage of zero-touch provisioning to configure networking devices efficiently and send them pre-configured to the customer’s premises for installation.

5. Integrate the Tanaza platform with third-party applications provided by official Tanaza Partners as Facebook, Cloud4Wi, Classic Hotspot, and Social WiFi

 

 

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Leverage your WiFi hotspot from the cloud.

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Build, operate, grow, and monetize your Wi-Fi business.

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Empower your guest WiFi experience.

Integration Social WiFi

Social WiFi

Learn more about your customers.

6) Create WiFi splash pages without creative limitation. Explore splash page editor features. You can also configure external splash pages with multiple marketing services.

7) Obtain real-time and historical statistics about networks, clients, bandwidth, and APs. Experience 360° control of the most relevant networking parameters even if you are away from the office smart-working workstation. Tanaza cloud management is responsive and manageable from smartphones and tablets.

8) Save valuable time thanks to an innovative and easy access point configuration system. You need only to set up the MAC address of your devices and you have done: your network is ready to be managed. No code or hard technical skills are required.

9) Reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs by converting your networks into a high-performing ROI investment. Read more about how disaggregation can reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs.

10) Set up WiFi disconnection notification alerts when the network goes down or has some issues thanks to an efficient alert system that informs you every time an access point disconnects. Forget manual ping and VPN to check your network stat.

11) Fix patches, security vulnerabilities, and stability of your WiFi devices without external expensive interventions. You can update firmware remotely in a few seconds and at a network or organization level.

12) Forget unnecessary hardware controllers. Manage every aspect of the network directly in the cloud.

13) Easily migrate from other WiFi management software alternatives to Tanaza thanks to the auto-provisioning system and cloud configuration.

14) Count on formidable 360-degrees support. Our support team will answer you by 48/72 hrs.

15) Access a wide variety of educational materials and online troubleshooting support.

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The Future of WiFi – WiFi Future Trends for MSPs, ISPs and SPs

The Future of WiFi – A guide for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs

At Tanaza we believe it’s time to present, data in hand, the latest news for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs about the future of WiFi and Cloud Management.
Today and tomorrow, more than ever, Wi-Fi will be one of the most widespread technologies in the world and represents a crucial point in the daily and business lives of billions of people.

The future of WiFi Technology

In a previous article, we discussed How soon WiFi 6 will impact Business WiFi Networks.
Read more about:
WiFi 6
WiFi 6E
WiFi 7 (coming soon)

WiFi 6 is starting to emerge in lots of enterprise wireless access points.
Here are some examples:

WiFi 6 Access Points for Business – Discover the right device to enter in the future of WiFi

EAP101 is a dual-band WiFi 6 indoor access point for enterprises. The device supports 2×2:2 uplink and downlink MU-MIMO between the AP and multiple clients, with up to 1.7Gbps aggregated data rate. EAP101 is equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio enabling value-added applications such as iBeacon, presence.

 

EAP102 is an enterprise-grade, concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi 6 indoor access point. EAP102 supports 4 x 4 : 4 uplink and down link MU-MIMO between the AP and multiple clients, with up to 2.9 Gbps aggregated data rate. EAP102 is equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio enabling value-added applications such as iBeacon.

 

Linksys Velop Series WiFi 6 access points for business offer a reliable connection for streaming, gaming, and video chatting without interruption, thanks to 1.4 GHz quad-core processor. Experiment higher level of speed performance and until 4x more capacity with WiFi6 settings.

 

Linksys LAPAC1200 is a Dual-Band WiFi6 Access Point with Power over Ethernet (POE) support. This enterprise access point features one Gigabit Ethernet and is backward-compatible with widely deployed 802.11a/b/g infrastructure.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Lite (U6 Lite) is a 2×2 WiFi 6 access point that can reach an aggregate throughput rate up to 1.5 Gbps with its 5 GHz (MU-MIMO and OFDMA) and 2.4 GHz (MIMO) bands. The U6 Lite can either be ceiling-mounted to broaden signal coverage and support device-dense networks, or it can be mounted to a wall to extend its signal in a specific direction. The compact U6 Lite also sports the same form factor as the Access Point nanoHD (UAP nanoHD) so you can repurpose its covers and recessed mounting bracket if you already own them. The U6 Lite simplifies the process of bringing WiFi 6 to your home or office. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network web application or mobile app.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Long-Range

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Long-Range (U6 LR) is a high-performance access point that brings powerful, four-stream WiFi 6 coverage to enterprise networks. The U6 LR can reach an aggregate throughput rate up to 3 Gbps with its 5 GHz (4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA) and 2.4 GHz (4×4 MIMO) bands. It also has a sideways, down-tilted antenna pattern to expand its coverage area. The water and dust-resistant U6 LR can be mounted either indoors or outside, blending seamlessly into virtually any environment so you’ll never have to disrupt your space’s aesthetic to enjoy excellent wireless coverage. The U6 LR simplifies the process of bringing WiFi 6 to enterprise networks that support a large number of clients. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network web application or mobile app.

 

Ubiquiti U6 Professional

Ubiquiti U6 Lite

Ubiquiti 6 Professional (U6 Pro) is a high-performance, dual-band WiFi 6 access point ideal for home and office use. The U6 Pro is capable of reaching an aggregate throughput rate up to 5.3 Gbps with its 5 GHz (4×4 MIMO) and 2.4 GHz (2×2 MIMO) bands, which allows it to support over 300 concurrently connected clients while maintaining an even, reliable wireless experience across your entire network. It can also isolate your guest traffic to ensure optimal security and speed. The U6 Pro also operates at full 4×4 MIMO with 160 MHz channels to create high-capacity wireless uplinks and facilitate faster data transfer. It can be set up in minutes and fully managed with the UniFi Network application*.

 

What is Wi-Fi 6 and what are benefits for MSPs, ISPs and SPs?


“Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the next generation of IEEE standard for wireless local-area networks, faster and more powerful than the previous one Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). It is also known as High Efficiency Wi-Fi, for the overall improvements to Wi-Fi 6 clients under dense environments”.

Year by year, MSPs, ISPs, and SPs are facing the challenge to provide higher throughput and bandwidth for multiple connected devices in enterprise networks. Hardware is not enough to guarantee an adequate and democratic sharing of WiFi connection. A new standard was necessary to manage the huge quantity of devices in the networks (anchor link to the chapter dedicated to e-waste).

On April 23rd, 2021 the FCC voted and approved the allocation of the new 6GHz band for Wi-Fi. WiFi 6 represents a new revolution for enterprise and SMBs WiFi networks.
802.11n - Wi-Fi 4 802.11ac - Wi-Fi 5 802.11ax - Wi-Fi 6/6E
Frequency Range (GHz) 2.4 - 5 2.4 2.4 - 5 - 6
Channel Bandwidth (MHz) 20 - 40 20 - 40 - 80 - 80+80 - 160 20 - 40 - 80 - 80+80 - 160
Subcarrier Spacing (KHz) 312.5 312.5 78.125
Symbol time 3.2 3.2 12.8
MU-MIMO None Downlink Uplink and Downlink
Access Scheme OFDM OFDM OFDM, OFDMA
Data Subcarrier Modulation BPSK, QPSK, 16-64 QAM BPSK, QPSK, 16-64 QAM BPSK, QPSK, 16-64-256-1024 QAM
Coding BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (optional) BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (optional) BCC (mandatory) - LDPC (mandatory)
Let’s analyze the various improvements point by point, showing concrete benefits and changes for MPSs, ISPs and SPs business.

What is the difference between WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E?


“E as extended. E as efficiency”

WiFi 6E is the next generation of the WiFi 6 standard. It offers all the main features of the 802.11ax, giving also access to the 6GHz band. The new frequency band ranges from 5.925 GHz to 7.125 GHz, allowing up to 1,200 MHz of additional spectrum.
WiFi 6E reduces overlap and interference between multiple networks in high-congested areas as offices, apartments complexes, industrial districts.
WiFi 6 WiFi 6E
Max. Data Rate 1.5 Gbps per device 2.3 Gbps per device
DFS scanning Required ❌ Not required ✅
Capacity Lower Higher
Security Secure More Secure. WPA3 is mandatory.
6GHz Legacy Devices The 6 GHz band is not available on WiFi6. The 6 GHz band is exclusive to WiFi 6E devices. More bandwidth, spectrum, and speed improvements guaranteed.
Simultaneous transmissions 8K movies and large file download with possible short buffering. No AR/VR gaming. 8K movies, AR/VR gaming and large file download all without buffering.
Latency Reduced Extrimely reduced
Network performance Good Better in congestioned enviroments

Frequency Range 6GHz – More capacity, less latency in the future of WiFi

More connected devices mean higher levels of Wi-Fi congestion. The pandemic has shown how the amount of data on Wi-Fi networks has reached critical levels: wireless bandwidth and capacity have never been greater.

The first improvement of WiFi 6 technology is basically more capacity. Specifically, access points will be able to operate on the 6GHz spectrum, in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz that currently exist. The possibility to use this new frequency range guarantees lower latency for applications in higher density environments. Moreover, 6GHz includes the orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) feature from cellular technologies, which takes advantage of servicing multiple users on sub-channels transmitted simultaneously.

There are also changes in regulations related to the 6GHz frequency range. WiFi access points have to be registered in databases and become ‘geolocation aware’. They must support the following standards:

  • Low Power Indoor (LPI)
  • Power Spectral Density (PSD)
  • Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC)

LPI and PSD are rules for restricting the power output of indoor 6 GHz devices, to limit interference with each other or with licensed outdoor use. AFC is for outdoor 6 GHz devices and consults with a database based on the FCC’s Universal Licensing System so that 6 GHz access points can avoid interfering with licensed applications.

 

Wi-Fi 6 has multiple Wi-Fi channels and these channels can be allocated more effectively to permit multiple transmissions to multiple users at the same time. Hence, when organisations power outdoor Wi-Fi 6 for users, it means more efficiency, less overheads and also support for a greater variety of applications.

20MHz vs 40MHz vs 80MHz vs 160MHz – What is the best Channel Bandwidth for Business?

Wi-Fi 6 supports channels widths of 20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz, and 160 MHz.

20MHz – 40MHz – 80MHz channels are recommended for business, while 160MHz is best suited for environments with low channel utilization.

For a correct deployment, it is important to distinguish the correct channel bandwidth selection. The channel bandwidth can really affect the performance on networks.

20MHz is the most common Wi-Fi bandwidth as most users still opt to use 2.4GHz radios (almost never in 5GHz).
20MHz is the correct channel bandwidth for businesses that want to guarantee high levels of connection for remote workers or users with high expectations.
Today, WiFi customers prefer to use video streaming and video calls: this requires high levels of packets in download for buffering in streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, for instance) and video-communications applications (Google Meet, Skype, and Slack Call, for instance). In 5GHz bandwidth, thanks to a large amount of non-overlapping channels, providers will not face any problem doing anything, and the internet speed will not have any significant interruptions.

40MHz is the best channel bandwidth for businesses requiring a medium-high level of data transfer rate and higher than 20MHz.
IT professionals can still get 12 non-overlapping channels if combined with a 5MHz frequency.
This channel bandwidth is used by both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. It has a higher speed but it’s not particularly suggested in crowded areas, especially with 2.4Ghz. MSPs, ISPs, and SPs should use it, only on 5GHz and for a restricted number of connected devices. It’s easy to understand how these few users will receive a perfect signal.

80MHz is the last suggested channel bandwidth for business use. This channel bandwidth has the highest data transfer rate for the commercial ranges. The absence of non-overlapping channels to operate within makes high levels of congestion with high levels of traffic. 80GHz is the best channel for IT professionals that think “quality over quantity”: this bandwidth guarantees the highest signal performances for a really limited number of users.

160MHz deserves a separate chapter. It is totally not recommended for IT professionals. And often neither for home use. 160MHz channel bandwidth is perfect for activities like Ultra-HD streaming and professional gaming. Activities that can create a high rate of congestion, especially with the next networks. It’s easy to understand how a single user with this channel bandwidth creates congestion for all the others. Totally unrecommended for business solutions.

Subcarrier spacing drastically reduced to improve WIFi efficiency

The future of WiFi includes a drastic reduction of 802.11ac spacing. It is an important technical change for MSPs, ISPs, and SPs. The reduction of subcarrier spacing improves signal efficiency and the quantity of multiple simultaneous packets for upload and download, rather than one at a time.

MU-MIMO and OFDMA – A perfect combination for uplink and downlink transmissions

Wi-Fi 6 leverages the multi-user version of OFDMA and MU-MIMO for better efficiency of both uplink and downlink transmissions. OFDMA allows the transmission of huge quantities of data over a single noisy channel. This technique works by splitting a single signal into multiple smaller signals that are transmitted. OFDMA is perfect for medium-far transmissions, while MU MIMO is more indicated for short-range. Then, the combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO allows Wi-Fi 6 to cover the entire spectrum of possibilities of high-density environments. For a better technical understanding of OFDMA and MU-MIMO in 802.11ax panorama, we suggest reading Tanaza’s guide for MSPs.

WPA3 WIFI6 – Future of WiFi means higher levels of security

Wi-Fi 6 enables secure endpoint protection thanks to WPA3 certification. WPA3 is the next generation of Wi-Fi security and provides cutting-edge security protocols to the access point industry.
This next-generation security protocol enables more robust authentication, delivers increased cryptographic strength for highly sensitive data markets, and maintains resiliency of mission critical networks.
All WPA3 networks:
– Use the latest security methods;
– Disallow outdated legacy protocols;
– Require use of Protected Management Frames (PMF);

The future of WiFi is for the environment protection

These are not easy moments for the environment. Global warming, climate change, extreme meteorological phenomena: wireless technology can do its own part to protect the environment through the energy-saving and the reuse of hardware components.

Tanaza also took up on the challenge.

WiFi cloud management to reduce CO2 caused by unnecessary onsite travel

For several years now, there has been an open debate about the extent to which working remotely can drastically reduce the pollution caused by traveling by transport. In the past, in order to understand the problems behind a misconfiguration of devices or a network failure, it was necessary for an IT professional to travel to the site. 

An activity that is now obsolete and in the long term causes increased pollution levels. Thanks to Tanaza, the cloud-based network management platform, IT teams can remotely configure and manage all network parameters from anywhere in the world without any unnecessary and environmentally harmful travel.

Network device upgrade to avoid planned obsolescence and reduce electronic waste

Tanaza has long understood that the true value of a network device is not so much in the hardware, but in the software included. In very general terms, MSPs, ISPs and SPs could potentially continue to use any WiFi access points even after it becomes legacy, thanks to the Tanaza firmware.

Several industry studies have shown that the average lifetime of WiFi devices is 3 to 4 years. Imagine for a second, the gas emissions and the amount of e-waste produced by manufacturing and replacing the current network infrastructure around the world.

Obviously, incumbent vendors have strong economic motivations to design devices that at some point break down or are not updated anymore and thus consequently are replaced. It’s called design with planned obsolescence. It happens in the world of home appliances, just as it happens in the networking industry. This is nothing new, but the situation has reached critical levels.

Here is a graph from the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020. We hope it will raise awareness of the problem of e-waste that planned obsolescence and the resulting waste generation creates:

Global E-Waste Monitor 2020

Access points fall under the Small IT and telecommunication equipment classification

By releasing dedicated software updates, Tanaza is able to span the life of WiFi access points by up to two years. At the same time, by using devices with TanazaOS as the operating system, the user is no longer forced to the planned obsolescence of mono vendors who at some point do not release the necessary software updates for a device to keep working thus forcing MSPs, ISPs, and SPs to replace it.

These two combined factors dramatically decrease the amount of e-waste produced, reducing network infrastructure costs for providers and contributing to environmental protection.

Tanaza is getting ready for the future of WiFi

Tanaza is working tirelessly to develop compatibility with the best access points in the market to offer users a complete list of devices that work with Tanaza. However, It’s fair to say that despite WiFi 6 being around the corner, there is no need to replace or upgrade the network infrastructure right away as it will take some time before users acquire technology compatible with WiFi 6. Remember, you can deploy a WiFi 6 infrastructure but if the connecting devices are not compatible or support the WiFi6 standard they won’t enjoy the benefits of WiFi 6.

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How to deploy an Outdoor WiFi network for your venue

How to deploy an Outdoor WiFi network for your venue

There can be multiple reasons why you need to deploy an outdoor WiFi network for your area. Maybe you want your guest WiFi network to extend outside to keep your guests connected on your network at all times.
Nowadays, many businesses offer complimentary WiFi for their guests/customers. One of the most primary and biggest reasons to provide free WiFi is that it increases on-premises time. Many surveys suggest that consumers stay longer when they are connected to public WiFi. It is also seen that businesses offering free WiFi have seen a comparatively high success rate. No matter how large or small your business is, offering free WiFi will always benefit your business in one way or another. Consider this as an investment, and you will feel the growth in your company.

5 key things to take into consideration before deploying an outdoor WiFi network

Before deploying an outdoor WiFi network, there are few things that you must take into consideration. Like an indoor WiFi network, the outdoor WiFi network also needs to be planned before deploying the access points. It’s essential to map out every access point and the extent to which the outdoor network will reach.

Remember, the outside areas you want to expand coverage to should be where you expect the most traffic. You need to ensure that throughout the installation of your outdoor network, the same network management configuration and solutions are being followed as your other networks.

With time, we have gotten access to tools to determine where we should place our access points and how high we should place them to broadcast the best signal. Choosing the right equipment is vital as everything depends on it. Apart from the access points, there are multiple things that you need to consider, such as firewalls, switches, network interface controllers, and so much more. Your equipment must work seamlessly and not create any limitations for you from a speed or usability standpoint. By positioning your equipment correctly, you will distribute the wireless signal to cover a large area. Configuring your equipment will provide the best performance in the environment you have set up your network.

Estimate bandwidth needs for outdoor WiFi

When building infrastructure, it is crucial to detect how much bandwidth do you require carefully. It is fundamental to consider and adequately calculate the bandwidth requirements of the WiFi network. As we all know, bandwidth is referred to as the channel’s capacity to transmit data. Data is sent in a binary system (0 or 1), each of which is called a bit.

Network bandwidth plays a significant role in designing and maintaining a functional wireless network. Now, it is essential to calculate network bandwidth requirements before deploying them onto a network because the more bandwidth the data connection has, the more data it can send and receive at one time.

However, every kind of deployment location has certain types of bandwidth limits. This means that there is a constraint to space for the data to flow. Some devices require more bandwidth than others. If you wish to maintain proper speeds on each device, then greater bandwidth is a must.

Before you start deploying your WiFi network, you must estimate how many devices will be connected to your WiFi network simultaneously. The more bandwidth you deliver, the faster the devices will run. The usage level for Social Networks, Emails, VOIP, and video streaming ranges from medium to heavy, so be aware of it.

Select the best outdoor access points for outdoor WiFi

Tanaza works with a wide range of access points to suit almost all scenarios and maintain the network’s reliability. Knowing your internet usage is necessary 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. Nowadays, access points with cloud-based management features are a must for any business. It will let network administrators control the devices and customize bandwidth while monitoring the overall network performance and security issues.

These are our favorite access points for outdoor WiFi networks.

This high-power access point is ideal for outdoor long-distance transmission signals. Multiple concurrent users can connect online thanks to directional dual-polarized antennas and a powerful transmit power of up to 500mW. As a result, there is an increased terminal throughput and a much better user experience. It supports dual-frequency on 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz. An estimated 50 users can access the Internet on the 2.4Ghz band and 110 users on the 5.8Ghz. Furthermore, the 1300 Mbps high-speed wireless transmission rate of the CF-WA350 makes WiFi signals stronger and more efficient. On the other hand, the two gigabit ports support higher bandwidth while transmitting data in an agile and smooth manner. This access point is available with the Tanaza Operating System out of the box.

The Comfast CF-WA350 is an 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO. This technology allows multiple concurrent users.

Outdoor. The AP is ideal for residential areas, parks, schools, factories, commercial streets, villages, scenic spots, and more.

This high-power access point is suitable for outdoor areas. It hosts 50 concurrent users. Its two oxygen-free copper antennas with 360° omnidirectional WiFi coverage meets the needs of different situations. It also features a SE2576L power amplifier, improving wireless network reception and the transmission function. This access point is available with the Tanaza Operating System out of the box. 

The Comfast CF-EW71 has a single-band and cloud-managed SU-MIMO 802.11n. It delivers a 300 Mbps aggregate frame rate with 2.4GHz radio.

Outdoor. The Comfast CF-EW71 stands up in severe environments, thanks to its outdoor IP66 rating that provides the ability to handle different kinds of rugged environments: lightning protection, waterproof, dustproof, antifreeze, high-temperature resistance, and it's antioxidant.

The UniFi AC Mesh Ubiquiti includes adjustable dual-band Omni antennas. You have the option to use a 5 GHz Omni antenna1 for spot-beam coverage in high-density locations with numerous APs and clients, like a conference hall or event center. The UAP-AC-M discreetly integrates into any environment. The UniFi AC Mesh Ubiquiti is versatile. You have the option to use a 5 GHz sector antenna (wide beam in the azimuth plane and narrow in the elevation plane) for broad outdoor coverage. The AP is compatible with 802.3af PoE Alternative A and 24V passive PoE. 

The UniFi AC Mesh Ubiquiti model features 2x2 MIMO technology available in single and five packs. It can be used for indoors or outdoors deployments.

Indoor and outdoor. The UniFi AC Mesh Ubiquiti can be mounted on a wall, pole or can be fast-mounted on an optional Ubiquiti high-gain antenna. The antenna options on this access point include Omni antennas or the fast-mount adapter to install the AP on the optionally connected antenna.

The UAP-AC-M-PRO is ideal for applications requiring 3×3 MIMO data rates for close-in Omni coverage. It has simultaneous dual-band, 3×3 MIMO technology and is available in single-and five packs. This access point has built-in dual-band omnidirectional antennas that deliver expanded range coverage outdoors. The primary port is for data and PoE; the secondary port is for bridging. 

The enclosure of this access point is designed to withstand the elements, which makes it the ideal choice for outdoor deployment.

Outdoor. The access point can be mounted on a wall or pole.

Maximize WiFi Performance

To maximize your WiFi’s performance, there are multiple ways that you can opt for. With Tanaza, network admins can set a per-user guest WiFi bandwidth limit. The platform allows limiting bandwidth both per SSID and per user too at the same time. After surveying your network connectivity, you can decide to choose a suitable 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. You can also use additional antennas to maximize your WiFi network’s performance and increase the access point’s power. You can use them to make your WiFi signal stronger in a specific area, such as an open-air restaurant or the swimming pool.

Understand the power gain with the Rule of 10s and 3s

Your device’s radio power describes how well the transmitting antenna converts the input power into radio waves, known as ‘power gain.’ The power of the access point is the intensity of its wireless signal. The change in intensity is called gain. It represents the increase of power, which is the ratio between input power and output power. 

The gain of the antennas is expressed in decibels (dB). The power input and output are in milliWatts (mW) in the wireless communication sector. To understand the power gain, simply let us explain the Rule of 10s and 3s. For every loss or gain of 3dBm, divide or multiply the power in mW by 2. Whereas for every loss or gain of 10dBm, multiply the power in mW by 10.

Improve user engagement with a captive portal

Tanaza integrates with the Classic Hotspot platform that allows network managers to personalize how WiFi users log into the network. The platform provides you with various login modes that will enable you to gather different types of information regarding your customers. 

Apart from the basic login modes via email, phone number, and password, users can opt for social login. We suggest you opt for social login as it is the optimal login mode from the marketing point of view. To increase user engagement on your page, you can advertise products and services to your customers to increase their engagement. Allowing social login on your captive portal is an excellent option to collect customer’s insights. This data is a great tool to drive marketing campaigns and target the right audience for a network administrator. 

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The outdoor WiFi has the same amount of benefits as the indoor WiFi, but there is a slight difference in setting up the two. You need to choose the right access point that satisfies your bandwidth requirements to provide optimal connectivity. It is good for your business growth and enhances your overall guest user experience. 

Furthermore, it is also crucial to have a unique network management system that enables you to manage the networks and WiFi access points regardless of the brand. Tanaza is the most innovative alternative for network management in the cloud.

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