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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?

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.

 

The 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps to boost your network speed

The 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps to boost your network speed

wifi analyzer apps

Check out our list of the 4 best Wi-Fi analyzer apps that help boosting your network speed and improving your Wi-Fi signal strength.

If you want to optimise your network you should download one of the following Wi-Fi analyzer apps on your Android or iOS device. A Wi-Fi analyzer and scanner is a valuable tool for both IT professionals and home users as it provides a wide range of detailed information about the performance of your Wi-Fi connection, such as: Wi-Fi channels scanning, Wi-Fi signal strength detection, SSIDs discovery, number of devices connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, etc. In this way, network admins can check the channels in the area they’re operating on and choose the less crowded ones, so as to minimise interferences and signal dropouts and enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds.

 

1. Test your Wi-Fi signal strength with WiFi Analyzer for Android

 

networkanalyzerThis Wi-Fi scanner app shows the Wi-Fi channels being used around your area and provides a Wi-Fi signal strenght tester that allows you to detect how strong your signal is. In this way, when setting up your WLAN deployment you will know where to better position your Wi-Fi access points for a better signal coverage and faster wireless network connection. WiFi Analyzer provides a very intuitive graphical representation of the channels nearby and helps you choosing the less congested ones.

 

 

Image source: Uptodown

 

2. Manage your Wi-Fi network directly on your device with WiFi Manager for Android

 

wifimanagerThe WiFi Manager analyzer tool is ideal for network monitoring and management and delivers useful information, i.e. network speed data, signal strength of your connection, list of SSID and networks, so as to improve the quality of your Wi-Fi directly on your device.

Further, should you operate on different SSID, it automatically connects you to the most reliable one.

The visual representation of detailed connection and network information is very intuitive and included in the app’s home screen widgets.

 

 

 

Image source: Google Play Store

 

3. Enjoy a great user experience with Netx for Android

 

wifianalyzernetxThis handy tool for network discovery and scanning comes with a neat and simple user interface, allowing you to view the detected information through both graphs and ratings.

This Wi-Fi analyzer app shows SSIDs, signal strength and channels in use. Also, it scans the devices connected to your network and displays their related information, including IP Address, MAC Address and vendor info.

What is more, Netx is equipped with a network security feature that sends you alerts if unknown devices connect to your network.

 

 

 

Image source: Google Play Store

 

4. Test your network speed with Network Analyzer by Techet for iOS

 

network analyzer iOSThis WiFi analyzer app is available on the App Store for iOS devices only, both iPhone and iPad.

Among its effective features, this tool scans your WiFi LAN, by filtering all network devices around you and discovering their SSID and IP addresses, and detects issues in your network configuration, internet connectivity and even remote servers.

This WiFi scanner application comes with a fast internet speed tool that allows you to test both download and upload speeds, see the results with graphs and view your previous results in history.

 

 

 

 

Image source: Apple Store

Classic Hotspot is compatible with Ubiquiti UniFi APs

Classic Hotspot is compatible with Ubiquiti UniFi APs

Tanaza Firmware now available for Ubiquiti Networks' UniFi AP AC PRO, AC LITE, AC in-wall (IW), AC Mesh, AC Mesh PRO, AC LR long range

With its latest release (firmware 2.17) in December 2017, Tanaza continues its firmware releases for the Ubiquiti Unifi AC access points, starting with the widely used UniFi AC Mesh Pro, UniFi LR (long range) and UniFi AC PRO.

UBNT’s UAP AC APs are widely used by managed solution providers and hotspot providers globally.

Just after a few months from the release of UBNT’s UAP AC APs Tanaza started developing the firmware for these products. In this way, Tanaza allows enterprise-level cloud-management of the whole UBNT’s Unifi 802.11ac series.

Among all Ubiquiti Unifi AC access points, the devices that are already compatible with Tanaza’s software are: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, UniFi AC Lite, UniFi AC In-WALL (AC-IW), UniFi AC Mesh, UniFi AC Mesh PRO, and UniFi AC LR (AC Long Range).

Being a cloud-based software, Tanza allows network administrators to manage their multi-vendor devices from the cloud. Also, network admins can manage Ubiquiti Nanostations from the same dashboard they use for their UniFi devices.

Thanks to Tanaza’s software, it is possible to manage the access points from the cloud and create public hotspots with social login as authentication method. Tanaza replaces the stock firmware and adds enterprise configuration capabilities to multi-vendor devices, including TP-Link, Ubiquiti, D-Link, Netgear, Engenius, Ligowave, and others.

In early 2017, Tanaza implemented a new graphic interface and added many features to its software. Among them, it developed a captive portal that is 4.5X faster in comparison to the previous versions and up to 3x faster than other commonly used captive portals. Furthermore, Tanaza has promptly released a patch for the KRACK vulnerability for all Ubiquiti devices, so as to increase the security levels of all access points that run Tanaza’s firmware.

Tanaza allows scalable multi-site, multi-clients wireless network management and monitoring, and eliminates the need for hardware controllers thanks to its smart alerting system, zero-touch deployment, and centralized dashboard. Other valuable features of Tanaza’s software include a responsive and customizable captive portal with social login and social-actions-based login (Facebook Like and Check-in), a multi-role voucher-based login system, APIs, and integrations with Google Analytics and Mailchimp for wifi marketing campaigns.

Tanaza’s firmware can be installed and uninstalled on Ubiquiti Access Points easily, and the software is available for a 15-days free trial with unlimited clients and connected access points.

Top 10 best affordable Wi-Fi 5 access points in 2017

Top 10 best affordable Wi-Fi 5 access points in 2017

top 10 best 208.11ac access points in 2017

Let’s see in this article the Wi-Fi 5 wireless access points supported by Tanaza that stood out in 2017 in terms of performance and budget. 2017 is almost over and we want to provide the list of the 10 best WiFi 5 Wi-Fi routers supported by Tanaza during the year. The selected access points are the right balance in terms of quality and price, as they provide high performance and are, at the same time, budget friendly.

10.  EnGenius EAP1200H

This dual-band AC access point has been designed for indoor deployments and can be easily installed on walls and ceilings. Thanks to its internal 5 dBi antenna, interferences are reduced and its reliability is high.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 2.4GHz – 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall; Ceiling

Power supply: PowerPlug

EnGenius EAP1200H

9. Open-Mesh OM5P-AC

This dual-band device with PoE support is suitable for dense environments with a large number of access points and concurrent users that need high speed connection, such as restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and offices.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 18 dBm / 63 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Desktop; Wall

Power supply: DC; PoE

Open Mesh OM5P AC

8. TP-Link AC1200 (Archer C5)

The TP-Link AC1200 high-speed Wi-Fi router is very reliable and the guest network access it features allows secure wireless access for guests that use your same network.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 2.4GHz – 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Desktop

Power supply: DC

TP Link AC1200 Archer C5

7. TP-Link AC1750 (Archer C7)

The Tp-Link AC1750 device is easy to set up and features an intuitive configuration. By operating over both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, it ensures a great Wi-Fi performance and its 3 external dual-band antennas deliver high coverage with high speed.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 2.4GHz – 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Desktop

Power supply: DC

TP Link AC1750 Archer C7

6. TP-Link TL-RE450

This device is easy to install ad thanks to its small dimensions can be positioned anywhere easily. It works with the WiFi 5 standard, ensuring high speed of dual band WiFi up to 1750 Mbps: in this way, high bandwidth-consuming tasks can be performed, i.e. video calls, video streaming (Netflix, Youtube) and file downloads.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 20 dBm / 100 mW @ 2.4GHz – 24 dBm / 251 mW @ 5GH

z Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall

Power supply: DC

TP Link TL RE450

5. Ubiquiti UniFI AC In-Wall

This small and easily deployable device comes with a sleek design and is ideal for hotel roomsWe suggest installing the access point right above the room’s desks, so that it can provide wireless connectivity with a good coverage and be used for wired connectivity as well. Indeed, the UniFi AC IW features an ethernet port, thanks to which users can connect their laptop through a cable.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 22 dBm / 158 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall

Power supply: PoE

Ubiquiti UniFI AC IW

4. Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC LITE

Suitable for indoor deployments and ceiling installation, this AC device has a minimal and elegant design, and only internal antennas, allowing you to install them in hotels, bars, restaurants, museums and many other locations.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 20 dBm / 100 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall; Ceiling

Power supply: PoE

Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC LITE

3. Ubiquiti UniFi AC Mesh

This WiFi 5 access point comes with a weather-resistant enclosure that makes it particularly suitable for outdoor deployments. It is can be mounted on walls and poles, and its omni antennas allow to expand the signal coverage and path for an improved network connection.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 20 dBm / 100 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall; Pole

Power supply: PoE

Ubiquiti UniFi AC Mesh

2. LigoWave NFT 2ac

This LigoWave device of the Infinity series is very small, nice to see and is suitable for deployments with 100-150 users. It is ideal in any indoor deployment, particularly when in need for ceiling- and wall-mountable, PoE devices, with a minimal eye impact.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 27 dBm / 501 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall; Ceiling

Power supply: PoE

LigoWave NFT 2ac

1. Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC LR

The Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC LR uses the latest WiFi 5 Wi-Fi standard, perfect for high-speed browsing like streaming videos even with many concurrent users. Also, being provided with internal antennas, you can install it in many venues with a minimum aesthetic impact.

Specifications Radio: 2.4 – 5

Max power: 24 dBm / 251 mW @ 2.4GHz – 30 dBm / 1000 mW @ 5GHz

Radiation shape: Omni

Installation: Wall; Ceiling

Power supply: PoE

Ubiquiti-UniFi-AP-AC-LR

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MikroTik routers – Configuration of a WiFi hotspot with login page

MikroTik routers – Configuration of a WiFi hotspot with login page

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If you have ever tried to configure a MikroTik routers, you probably know that it can take long and it the Winbox interface is not very easy to use. We at Tanaza have created a cloud-based tool that allows you to setup your Mikrotik WiFi hotspots, in seconds. If you don’t believe it… watch our video, it’s only 2 minutes long!

 

Video-tutorial: how to configure a wifi hotspot with Tanaza – with customizable splash page and social login

 

Step-by-step guide

  1. Get a MikroTik Router (check the list of supported MikroTik routerboards here) and follow the instructions to install the Tanaza’s firmware.
  2. Login or sign up to https://cloud.tanaza.com. Signing up gives you a 15-days free trial.
  3. Click on add access point. From now on, you can apply configurations to your MikroTik router remotely and monitor it from the cloud.
  4. Create your SSID and start configuring your hotspot login settings. You can customize your login splash page and use many authentication methods, including social login, and show users your video and image advertisements.
  5. Manage your MikroTik wireless clients from https://dashboard.tanaza.com

 

Can I customize the Mikrotik Hotspot Login Page?

Once you have created and named your SSID, you can customize your hotspot login settings. You can apply one of the default templates to your login page, or create your own login page from scratch, using Tanaza’s Splash Page Editor.

Here is an overview of the settings you can apply to your Hotspot Login Page:

Add login methods. 

This is the first thing to do, as you have to select which authentication methods better apply to your business model and to the venue that offers WiFi. Tanaza offers:

    • Voucher-based authentication, that works similarly to Mikrotik’s HTTP PAP authentication and MAC address authentication, apart from the fact that there isn’t any username to enter, only a password (that is the voucher code). It can be used both for free WiFi and paid WiFi.
    • Various social login methods, including Facebook, Twitter, etc., also with social engagement actions (Facebook Like and Facebook check-in)
    • Other authentication methods that allows users to exchange free WiFi for their data, for example name, surname, email, phone (with SMS verification), and combinations of the above.

Voucher based authentication, when combined with social login methods or other methods, can work to provide a “Trial” free-of-charge WiFi access for a certain period of time, after which users are required to authenticate again, through a paid WiFi voucher.

If you like MikroTik’s “HTTP cookie” authentication, you can set Tanaza’s “Remember me” features that creates a very similar customer experience. Users’ MAC addresses are saved and remember for a certain period of time, so that when they return to the location, they are automatically logged in. This provides a “WiFi-like-at-home” experience.

Show advertisements. 

You can change settings of Mikrotik routers so that the splash page shows users your image and video advertisements. In contrast with MikroTik hotspot system, that shows advertisements in the status page time after time, Tanaza’s hotspot systems shows the ads before authentication, directly in the login page. Uploaded ads can be of any format and can ether rotate randomly or time-based or link to external websites, that are listed in the walled garden.

Custom HTML widgets

You don’t need any coding capability to build your Mikrotik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza. The Editor is drag-and-drop and very easy-to-use. But, if you want to add a custom HTML widget, you can do it!

Click here to discover what you can do with the splash page editor, in detail.

 

What Routerboards by MikroTik can I use to enable a Tanaza WiFi hotspot?

Tanaza’s WiFi hotspot system is compatible with some commonly used MikroTik routers, including RB951-2HND, RB951-G-2HND and RB951-UI-2HND. All the compatible routerboards are listed here but we’re continuously working to support new devices. If you cannot find your model in the list, check our coming soon supported devices or request your model using this form.

While MikroTik allows cloud management only of devices in its “cloud series’, the ones which name starts with CCR (cloud core router) of CCS (cloud core switches), Tanaza allows cloud management and cloud-managed public hotspot creation on top of common MikroTik routerboard models.

The version of RouterOS is not relevant to setup a MikroTik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza, as Tanaza replaces MikroTik firmware with its own firmware. Also Winbox is replaced by the Tanaza cloud platform, that can be reached at https://cloud.tanaza.com.

 

Does Tanaza feature a user management system?

Yes, Tanaza allows user management through its own system. The RouterOS and MikroTik’s user manager are not enabled if you create a Tanaza WiFi hotspot for your Mikrotik.

Tanaza’s hotspot system includes abuse control features, allowing you to limit each particular user’s session length, number of sessions per day, and some other parameters. It also allows to blacklist MAC addresses and show a customized message in the stop page.

 

Should I configure my own Radius AAA server?

By default, you don’t need to configure any Radius for AAA (authentication, authorization, accounting) server to create your MikroTik WiFi hotspot with Tanaza. You also don’t need MikroTik’s Hotspot Gateway.

Tanaza’s login page implements everything internally and doesn’t use the MikroTik RouterOS Radius server, so you don’t have to do anything special for your hotspot to work.

Tanaza’s login page cannot work with external Radius servers.

You can still use Tanaza’s cloud infrastructure to manage, monitor and control your access points from the cloud, create your own external splash page and optionally enable a Radius server, if you need to setup your custom one.

 

Can I customize the walled garden?

Tanaza, like MikroTik’s WiFi hotspot system, allows setting a custom walled garden, that permits users to bypass settings and access both http and https resources. The wildcard “*” is available.

Network administrators are allowed to set up their walled garden by writing both domains and IP addresses.

 

How to choose the best access point for your restaurant’s WiFi network (part 2)

How to choose the best access point for your restaurant’s WiFi network (part 2)

restaurant' WiFi network

When implementing a new Wi-Fi network in a restaurant, you need to choose the right access point depending on the characteristics of the environment in which it will be deployed.

In the first part of this article, we analysed the 3 main aspects to consider when deploying a Wi-Fi network at a restaurant: the size of the network’s location, the number of concurrent users and internet usage.

Based on these aspects, let’s now identify the right access points for your Wi-Fi project, specifically when deploying in a restaurant. To do so, we will rely on the estimations provided by our new tool that helps you select the perfect device for your Wi-Fi network: the Tanaza Access Point Selector.

Firstly, to select the best access point for your implementation, you need to consider the following variables:

  • Technology: you can choose among dual-radio access points, devices with LAN ports or PoE, and access points operating on the 802.11ac, also known as WiFi 5,  wireless networking standard.
  • Installation type: depending on your location, you can choose to install your device on desktops, ceilings, walls, poles or racks.
  • Radiation shape: antennas deployed in Wi-Fi networks can follow different patterns based on their directionality. Omnidirectional antennas are suitable for indoor environments as they cover the area close to the access point. With directional antennas, instead, you can decide what direction the radio frequency energy will take to cover a long space, i.e. corridors or hallways. Sector-shaped antennas are deployed in limited areas, as they can cover small distances of around 4-5 km.
  • Price: based on your Wi-Fi project’s budget, you can opt for either low-cost, medium-cost or high-cost devices. Tanaza’s multi-vendor approach allows you to choose among a wide range of access points from different vendors, at different prices.

When deploying your network in restaurants, you need to provide your Wi-Fi connection to a different number of concurrent users, depending on the size of your location. Let’s suppose you will allow your Wi-Fi users to perform different activities on your network, such as: checking emails, browsing the web, accessing light/medium bandwidth usage applications – i.e. Whatsapp for chatting/messaging, Facebook and other social media – as well some heavy bandwidth usage apps – i.e. Google Drive for file sharing and Youtube for video streaming at standard resolution -, at the same time. In this case, the estimated per-user bandwidth in your network will be of 3.35 Mbit/s, as shown in the picture below.

 

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If you are setting up your Wi-Fi network in a large restaurant, you can use one of the following devices: UniFi AC IW, UniFi AC Mesh, EnGenius EAP1200H, EnGenius EAP600 and Open-Mesh OM5P-AC. All of these access points can be installed on walls, ceilings, poles and racks, they are dual radio devices, have omnidirectional, sector-shaped and directional antennas, and can be purchased at reasonable prices. Consider that all these access points can hold a maximum number of 30 users per unit. If you need to deploy your Wi-Fi network in a medium-size restaurant, you can still choose one of the devices recommended above, but keep in mind that in this case, they will handle a maximum number of 12 users per unit. If your Wi-Fi project targets a small restaurant, again, you can opt for one of the suggested access points, taking into consideration that they will handle a maximum number of 5 users per unit.

You can play further with our Tanaza Access Point Selector to find the access point that better fits your network’s requirements!

Try the access point selector

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Throughput and bandwidth: estimate your needs for your Wi-Fi network

4 ways to boost your Wi-Fi signal

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