Archive for April, 2015

Ruckus Wireless Webinar: Future Proof your Network with 802.11ac Wave 2

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


Next Generation 802.11ac Wave 2 is finally here, with blazing fast speed and unprecedented capacity…and it’s only available from Ruckus Wireless. Introducing the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point (AP), the industry’s first 4X4:4 multi-user MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.

The ZoneFlex R710 extends Wi-Fi to enable multi-gigabit performance and unprecedented capacity, satisfying today’s most voracious data consumers while simultaneously rendering your WLAN infrastructure ‘future proof’.

Sign up today to learn more about the R710!

Presenter: GT Hill, Director of Product & Technical Marketing, Ruckus Wireless

GT’s expertise in computer networking includes Wi-Fi protocol behaviour, network architecture and specialized topics such as dynamic beamforming, 802.11n and RF interference. CWNE Certified, GT is a Certified Wireless Network Trainer (CWNT), and owns his own decommissioned missile launch site.

Future proof your network with 802.11ac Wave 2
May 06th


Palo Alto Network Again a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the “leaders” quadrant of the April 22, 2015 “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.

This marks the fourth year that Palo Alto Networks has been recognized as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Firewalls1, which evaluates vendors’ ability to execute and completeness of vision.

According to the report, “The Leaders quadrant contains vendors that build products that fulfil enterprise requirements. These requirements include a wide range of models, support for virtualization and virtual LANs, and a management and reporting capability that is designed for complex and high-volume environments, such as multitier administration and rule/policy minimization. A solid NGFW capability is an important element as enterprises continue to move away from having dedicated IPS appliances at their perimeter and remote locations. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, providing expert capability rather than treating the firewall as a commodity, and having a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include handling the highest throughput with minimal performance loss and offering options for hardware acceleration.”


“It’s an honour to be recognized for our ability to execute and completeness of vision in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, and we’re thrilled to achieve this position for the fourth time. We are proud to see that our next-generation firewall continues to set the bar in the industry. It is the cornerstone of our unique enterprise security platform that combines network, cloud and endpoint security capabilities to safely enable applications and deliver automated prevention against cyber-attacks – known and unknown.”
– René Bonvanie, CMO, Palo Alto Networks

Because of our deep expertise, steadfast commitment to innovation and proven, highly integrated enterprise security platform approach, approximately 22,500 customers have chosen Palo Alto Networks, making us the fastest growing security company in the market.

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5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced in Education Solved

Monday, April 27th, 2015


The security of schools, colleges and universities and the safety of staff and students is one of the most important aspects of educational life. However, it is nearly impossible to deliver the necessary proactive approach within a limited budget.

Protecting property, staff and students

Schools, colleges and universities share a number of common security issues. Balancing the requirements of accessibility with control and monitoring is challenging. Academic institutions primary desire is to spend resources on education and avoid administrative costs. As such, there is a requirement to gain as much value from CAPEX and to also simplify processes around security and facility management.

Education has benefited from ICT and although most campuses now have extensive data connectivity, the demand on these networks is growing and the additional burden of CCTV poses the potential for forcing expensive upgrades. In addition, campuses tend to have minimal facilities management teams which are often rolled into the ICT function. This means that CCTV needs to be simple and extremely reliable.

Finally, campuses are typically not set-up for a centralised security control room. The common practice of distributed sites, schools and departments means that a single security desk is impractical. Accessibility to CCTV, for example to validate a visitor prior to entry, needs to be flexible enough to meet campus environments that are quickly evolving. This means the ability to integrate with intercom, door entry, barriers and card readers at a local level is often a vital requirement.

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5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced by Academic Institutions Solved

1. We need to cover wider areas like recreation rooms, cafeterias or lecture halls but don’t want to use dozens of cameras.

MOBOTIX is the industry pioneer in high resolution hemispheric video which allows fewer cameras covering a wider area. The use of these fish-eye lenses and digital processing also solves the problems associated with legacy Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras through the use of a high resolution lens that captures an entire 360 degree scene which can be viewed, zoomed and studied in real time. However, this digital PTZ does not disrupt the on-going recording of the location. This allows a single hemispheric camera to cover large areas or even an entire room from a single ceiling vantage point without any break in coverage. MOBOTIX cameras are all over 3 megapixels in quality which means a single unit can provide enough detail to identify individuals with certainty.

2. We want to be able to act quickly when we see an issue captured by the CCTV. For example, asking students loitering in certain areas to move along to lessons or warn vandals that we can see their actions.

MOBOTIX cameras are unusually innovative in that they include built-in bi-direction audio capability to allow both local announcements and centralised messages to be played to any speaker connected to individual cameras. Each camera can also be linked to entry phones to allow visitors to communicate with facilities or reception staff who can remotely open doors. In some instances, campuses can setup contact points to help students and staff raise the alarm in the event of health or safety issue. Bi-directional audio can be seamlessly linked to existing intercoms, fire alarms and other audio systems without requiring complex third party equipment.

3. Our school has a limited budget for CCTV and wants to avoid the cost and complexity of building a dedicated CCTV control room – what are our alternatives?

MOBOTIX includes MxControlCenter, a licence free video management software, for recording and managing an unlimited number of clients, cameras and storage devices. Campuses can setup cameras to record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm and/or on motion detection. The software offers multiple search functions for recorded events with support for mobile devices. The inclusion of such powerful software allows even the smallest schools to benefit from simple to manage CCTV security. The software can be deployed on any Windows PC and with the right settings; any MxControlCenter can link to any camera allowing campuses to setup flexible monitoring and access control processes even out of hours for night watch staff using handheld smart devices.

4. We want to cover external areas such as playing fields, car parks and our external perimeter but extending traditional fixed network connectivity out to these sites is prohibitively expensive.

MOBOTIX CCTV cameras are IP65 rated which means they will work in every type of weather condition, temperature and humidity. In addition, each camera uses only 5w of power and includes built in support for mobile connectivity and internal storage. The MOBOTIX cameras can also be used over a wireless network. This means that with just the addition of power, campuses can extend CCTV coverage to a location without a fixed network. Instead, CCTV accessibility is delivered via low cost 802.11n based wireless networks or even 3G/4G where applicable. In addition, cameras can record video using internal flash memory and just send very low bitrate preview images over Wi-Fi to monitoring stations. The internal storage means that over a weeks’ worth of high resolution images are stored internally for later viewing in the event of a network link outage.

5. Our campus network is already pretty stressed; how can we upgrade to high resolution CCTV without an expensive network upgrade?

MOBOTIX use of distributed technology, built in storage and a highly efficient MxPEG video encoder means that the amount of traffic across the network is dramatically reduced. For example, in video motion recording, recordings will be made only when movement occurs in certain areas. An intelligent distributed CCTV solution will send images only when it needs to record them to its storage device. In contrast a traditional ’dumb‘ centralised system will be constantly sending images to the central location so that the software can make the decision to store it or disregard it. This means that with non-MOBOTIX CCTV there is always a network overhead, even when there is no movement. Schools that instead choose MOBOTIX can use its distributed technology to avoid having to upgrade the underlying network and instead setup quality and frame rates based on network availability.

Do you have a CCTV pain point that isn’t covered above? If so, send them to or fill in the form on the right hand side and one of our team will come back to you.

For more information on any of the points discussed call us on 01473 281 211, email us at or go via our contact page.

Ruckus Wireless Launch the ZoneFlex R710 the First 802.11ac Wave 2 AP

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Ruckus Wireless has unveiled the Ruckus ZoneFlex™ R710 access point (AP), the industry’s first Wi-Fi AP based on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac standard that extends Wi-Fi to enable multi-gigabit Wi-Fi performance and unprecedented capacity.


ZoneFlex R710

The new Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is the first Wi-Fi access point to now support major technical advances in the 802.11ac standard that allow the simultaneous transmission of multiple client streams to different devices over the same frequency, a highly anticipated new capability called multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO). This enables over two times the density of mobile devices versus Wave 1, and aggregate data rates exceeding two gigabits per second.

“The R710 is an extraordinary feat of engineering that marks a new era for our industry,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “The work and innovation we’ve put into the R710 reflects our leadership in delivering the world’s best in class wireless products that stand the test of time.”

Ruckus Delivers Unique Advantage with BeamFlex™


ZoneFlex R710 Antenna

Within a sleek and elegant new design, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 access point supports up to four spatial streams and 500 concurrent clients. Additionally, each ZoneFlex R710 access point integrates Ruckus-patented BeamFlex™+ adaptive antenna technology, designed to enhance the operation of Wave 2 802.11ac technology by optimizing antenna coverage on a per client, per transmission basis.
With four discrete, dual-band smart antenna arrays, the ZoneFlex R710 is capable of dynamically creating over 4,000 unique directional antenna patterns per radio, mitigating up to 15dB of RF interference while also reducing co-channel interference. Dual-polarized smart antennas also allow the R710 to automatically adapt to the changing physical orientation of mobile client devices such as smartphones and tablets, thereby helping to maximize uplink performance and offer unmatched reception of weak mobile client signals.

With BeamFlex+, the ZoneFlex R710 also offers a significant increase in performance and range, delivering up to 5dB of signal gain and aggregate data rates of over two gigabits per second (Gbps), 1,733 Mbps (@ 5 GHz) and 800 Mbps (@ 2.4 GHz). Backwards compatible with existing Wi-Fi clients, the ZoneFlex R710 can operate as a standalone Wi-Fi access point or part of a centrally managed Ruckus Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN). Additionally, the ZoneFlex R710 is equipped


ZoneFlex R710 Front View

with dual gigabit Ethernet ports that can be aggregated to satisfy peak throughput requirements for maximum investment protection. The ZoneFlex R710 is also unique in its ability to support spatial multiplexing, adaptive antenna switching and transmit beamforming—designed to ensure that Wi-Fi performance and reliability are never compromised. The ZoneFlex R710 maintains full 4×4:4 802.11ac functionality with standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), eliminating the need for costly and cumbersome wired switch upgrades.

For more information on the ZoneFlex R710, download the datasheet, alternatively call us on 01473 281 211 or email

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