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Ruckus Wireless P300 802.11AC Wireless Bridge

July 24th, 2015

Smart High Performance 802.11AC 5GHz Outdoor Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint Wireless Bridge.

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The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is an outdoor point-to-point and point- to- multipoint bridge that unleashes the promise of 5GHz 802.11ac, delivering unparalleled throughput. Backhaul throughput of over 500 Mbps opens opportunities to new business models, bridging remote locations and providing broadband services to locations not reachable before, in an affordable way.

Designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is perfect for service providers looking to easily extend branded broadband services, backhaul small cell networks, offload data traffic from small cell networks, deploy multimedia hotspots, or offer wireless broadband services where fixed line access is limited.

The ZoneFlex P300 is also ideal for hotels, schools, warehouses and other enterprises looking to extend managed wireless LANs (WLANs) across remote buildings and where Ethernet cabling is not possible.

Auto-pairing of wireless bridges, in addition to flexible mounting options, forgiving antenna pattern, and an easy-to-use aiming software, allows installers to deploy and optimize a wireless link in a short time, significant.

Download the datasheet for more information, or contact Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our website contact form.

Features:

  • 802.11ac Point-to-Point or Point-to-Multipoint Bridge
  • 5GHz operation
  • 20MHz, 40MHz, and/or 80MHz channelization
  • 14dBi internal directional antenna
  • 2 external N-Type antenna connectors
  • 802.3af Power over Ethernet
  • Ruggedized for outdoor conditions: -40°C to 65°C operating temperature, IP67
  • Maximum link distance 12 km (using internal antenna)
  • Dedicated radar avoidance pre scan (DFS)
  • PD-MRC for reliable bridge connections
  • Simple installation with mounting brackets included
  • Automatic pairing and easy aiming between bridges
  • Optional accessories available to enhance range & performance

MOBOTIX Launch the P25 6MP Indoor Camera

July 1st, 2015

We are happy to announce the new MOBOTIX p25 Indoor Camera with 6 MP is now available to order.

The p25 6MP model is equipped with the brand-new 6 MP Moonlight sensor technology, providing best low-light performance to cope with every indoor situation.mx_MPP_p25_PerspL_92Lens_1200
The p25 is positioned extremely price competitive and represents with all included MOBOTIX features and the MOBOTIX VMS MxMC, one of the most attractive security solutions in the market.

The new p25 is a ceiling camera with a manual pan/tilt functionality providing full installation flexibility. Equipped with a telephoto lens, the p25 can be directed to a specific spot in the room, with a 90 degree lens and mounted in the corner the p25 covers the entire space in 6MP resolution. A hemispheric version is also available.

The p25 is available now – place your order and enjoy the new member of the MOBOTIX indoor generation.

On Board:

  • Standalone: Full functionality @ zero bandwidth
  • Video Sensor: MxActivitySensor reducing false alarms
  • Event Recording: Onboard (SD card) & direct to NAS
  • MxAnalytics: Heat map & people counting
  • Alarm Notification: E-mail, FTP & VoIP (SIP)
  • Communication: Two-way audio option
  • Power: Standard PoE below 4W
  • Complete Coverage: with all lenses & sensor options

For more information about the all new MOBOTIX p25 call Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team Up!

July 1st, 2015

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team to Bring High-Performance, Scalable and Open Network Solutions to the Enterprise

Proven Wired and Wireless Products Will Enable True Carrier-Grade Networking.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, and Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS), a global supplier of advanced wireless systems, today announced a new technology alliance to deliver open, wired and wireless networking solutions for enterprise, government and education customer segments. The companies will work to deliver a unified wired and wireless solution, as well as collaborate on global go-to-market opportunities to deliver proven, carrier-class network performance, resiliency and scale to mid-size and large enterprise customers.

Gartner predicts that end-user spending on enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will grow from $5.3 billion in 2015 to $7.8 billion worldwide in 2019. Ruckus and Juniper Networks believe this increase is being driven largely by an influx of new WiFi-enabled devices and cloud applications being brought into the workplace by employees. This puts new levels of performance and bandwidth pressure on the campus network infrastructure, from WiFi access points to the network core, creating the need for a flexible, secure and integrated wired and wireless network solution.

News Highlights

With a strong heritage of delivering open, standards-based and carrier-grade solutions, Juniper Networks and Ruckus are well equipped to meet and exceed the unique demands on the enterprise campus network. The goal of this technology alliance is to deliver network flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership for its joint customers.

Best-in-Class Performance and Scale: Combining Juniper Networks® EX Series Ethernet Switches with Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and SmartZone (SZ) Wi-Fi management platform will deliver carrier-class networking solutions to various enterprise environments and enable easy network expansion as business demands grow.

Simplified, Automated and Secure Network Management: Both Ruckus Wireless 3+1 SmartZone clustering and Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology reduce the number of logical wired and wireless devices for management and automation, as well as ensure maximum availability. Juniper Networks Junos® Space Network Director provides visibility and management of the switching infrastructure to easily manage growing networks and new service categories. Comprehensive security will be achieved with 802.1x network access control on both Ruckus Smart WiFi and Juniper Networks EX Series Switches. Ruckus will deliver simple, secure BYOD provisioning and onboarding, while the Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways will deliver next-generation firewall capabilities.

Open-Standards Based Solutions: Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, the planned alliance is based on open, standards-based hardware and software products from both Juniper Networks and Ruckus, ensuring investment protection for customers as their wired and wireless network demands evolve.

Supporting Quotes

“As a long time Cisco wired and wireless shop, we really needed a ‘best-in-class approach’ in order to offer students, staff and guests an exceptional wired and wireless experience across our entire district. Standardizing on Juniper Networks switches and firewalls and Ruckus Smart WiFi has allowed us to not only realize a lower total cost of ownership, more importantly, it also has empowered us to deliver more pervasive performance and reliable network services with a unified wired and wireless infrastructure that scales to meet virtually any wired or wireless demand we can anticipate.”

– Mike Leseberg, director of IT for Richland School District, Richland, WA

“Our decision to deploy best-in-class Juniper switches to complement our new Ruckus Wireless Smart WiFi network has been driven by the insatiable demand for reliable, high-speed wireless connectivity that requires a wired infrastructure ideally suited to support it. With a Juniper switching infrastructure supporting our new Wave 2-based 802.11ac Ruckus Smart WiFi network, we will be able to more cost-effectively scale our network service performance to address user demands and client technology innovations that are becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate. For us, the collaboration between Juniper and Ruckus is a win-win solution for our students and staff.”

– Aaron Heath, lead network/server specialist at Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO

“Enterprises around the world are being challenged to accommodate the use of more and more mobile devices and applications, while still maintaining a secure, high-performance operating environment. Juniper Networks provides the wired infrastructure critical for serving as the backbone for the Smart WiFi networks we deliver. This ‘no-compromise’ partnership offers the value and ROI that businesses are looking for, with the performance, flexibility and scalability they demand.”

– Dan Rabinovitsj, chief operating officer, Ruckus Wireless

“The network infrastructure of our enterprise customers is experiencing incredible performance pressure due to the influx of mobile devices in the workplace connecting to mission-critical apps and to content in the cloud. Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, teaming with Ruckus ensures carrier-grade levels of scale and performance through our interoperable wired and wireless solutions to solve the WiFi capacity and coverage challenges that our enterprise customers face.”

– Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks

Additional Resources

Solution Brief: Juniper Networks, Ruckus Wireless Deliver Carrier-Class Performance for Enterprise Networks
Datasheet: Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches
Product Page: Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex R710

View the original article at www.ruckuswireless.com.

For more information on Ruckus, Juniper or their collaboration get in touch with Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus Wireless – 11ac AP and ZD Promotion Expires 30th June 2015

June 2nd, 2015

There isn’t much time left to take advantage of Ruckus Wireless’ current promotions on their range of Ruckus Wireless 11ac access points and ZoneDirectors. These are both due to end on the 30th June 2015.

The Access Point promotion includes:

ZoneFlex R500 Dual-Band 802.11ac 2×2:2
ZoneFlex R600 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R700 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R710 MU-MIMO 4×4:4

The ZoneDirector promotion includes:
Education Only
ZoneDirector 1200 series
ZoneDirector 3000 series

These promotions will provide you with great discounts off the RRP price!

Both the R500 and R700 recently outperformed solutions from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet). You can download the full report for more info.

Please be aware in order to get hold off the special pricing we will have to register your interest with Ruckus Wireless.

If you would like some pricing to be sent across, please email sales@net-ctrl.com with your school name and kit list.

Understanding Wi-Fi Signal Strength vs. Wi-Fi Speed

May 20th, 2015

The relationship between Wi-Fi signal strength and the speed at which data can be transferred over that signal is something that is essential to understand when it comes to Wi-Fi performance.

One question we constantly get is this:

When I connect my computer to a wireless network, does a stronger signal always imply faster webpage loading, downloads, etc?

The answer, like all answers to WI-Fi questions, can be difficult to get a grip on. So here’s a good, fairly simple explanation from one of Ruckus’ rocket-scientist founders, Bill Kish, that should help clarify things.

All other factors (of which there are many) being equal, stronger signal strength is correlated with higher data transfer speeds, with a couple exceptions and assuming an optimal physical layer data rate selection algorithm. The super detailed, professional and technical diagram below shows a typical relationship for any modern wireless system with adaptive modulation:

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The data transfer speed increases up to a point as signal strength increases since higher signal strengths enable the use of higher PHY (PHYsical layer data) rates, also known as MCS (Modulation and Coding Scheme) in modern WiFi. (One gross oversimplification is to think of different MCS as being somewhat like different gears on a bike or car.)

Once there is sufficient signal strength to operate reliably in the maximum supported MCS rate, additional signal strength does not produce additional throughput gains. In fact at some point (usually a few cm away from the AP) you can eventually run into a signal strength so high that the receiver’s front-end is unable to process it, at which point throughput will drop precipitously.

All of the details (especially the scale) of this graph are highly dependent on the capabilities of the transmitting radio, the receiving radio and the environment. Variability in the environment and in the radios themselves makes real-world wireless throughput a random variable that can only be assessed accurately via statistical methods.

The physical layer data rate selection algorithm is critical to achieving the monotonically increasing relationship shown here up to saturation. There have been many examples of poor rate control algorithms loose in the wild (in both popular AP’s and common client devices) that do not actually achieve this monotonic performance, especially when subject to unexpected environmental inputs or certain radio degradations.

So What To Do? Get Smart.

Finding the right balance between optimum performance and reliability with adaptive data rate algorithms is what separates the great Wi-Fi systems from those that are good enough. This previous post from Ruckus awhile back helps explain some of the details.

Rate adaptation is the function that determines how and when to dynamically change to a new data rate. When it’s tuned properly, a good adaptation algorithm finds the right data rate that delivers peak AP output in current RF conditions –unstable as they are. Though often ignored, rate adaptation is a critical component to any high performance system.

Wi-Fi engineers have been led to believe, and—for better or worse—site survey software validates the belief, that data rates can be reliably predicted based on a metric like RSSI or SNR. And some product manufacturers use simple metrics like these to determine the right rate.

Ruckus approaches rate selection with a unique focus. Instead of using unreliable signal measurements to hope for the best data rate, we focus on the math. Our rate selection algorithms are statistically optimized, which is our engineer-chic way of saying that we pick the best data rate based on historical, statistical models of performance for each client.

Without the right algorithm, the optimal rate for any client at any given moment in time is a crapshoot. And when you’re guessing, the safest guess is to err on the side of reliability, which sacrifices throughput and capacity and causes other unwanted problems.

At Ruckus, they believe in the importance of stable client connections in an unstable RF environment. In fact, our algorithms jointly adapt both the data rate and antenna pattern together to maximize reliability and throughput.

But don’t take our word for it; test it for yourselves! You’ll definitely see a big difference and create a Ruckus (a good one) with your users.

For more information, get in touch with Net-Ctrl. You can call us on 01473 281 211. Email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact form.

This blog post has been taken from www.ruckusroom.net.

Ruckus Takes Top Marks in Recent Wi-Fi Testing Performed by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet)

May 5th, 2015

Nineteen Different Wi-Fi Access Points Stressed to their Limits in a Variety of Different Scenarios, Revealing Dramatic Differences Between Competitive Suppliers.

Download the report.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that its ZoneFlex™ Smart Wi-Fi technology outperformed Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet).

A widely respected public institution established in 1991 and based in Croatia, CARNet operates under the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, working in the fields of information and communication technologies and their application in education, from network and Internet infrastructure and e-services, to security and user support. CARNet is chartered with facilitating the progress of individuals, as well as society as a whole, through the use of new information technologies.

Using industry standard test tools, access points in the tests were stressed in progressive testing scenarios that included 12, 23, 36 and 60 clients, using an increasing number of clients for each test that measured aggregate Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) throughput.

Nineteen different Wi-Fi access points from the world’s leading suppliers including Ruckus Wireless, Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki), HP, Ubiquiti, and Xirrus were tested at the CARNet headquarters in Zagreb. To maintain testing integrity, no vendor was allowed to pay for, subsidize or influence the Wi-Fi testing by CARNet.

Suppliers were allowed to bring in their choice of APs without limitation in what model and how many as long as they could be tested in a single day. Each company was also permitted to send an engineer to the test site. Aerohive, Cisco, HP and Ruckus Wireless each sent a representative to CARNet for the tests.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 dual-band 3×3:3 802.11ac and ZoneFlex R500 dual-band 2×2:2 802.11ac indoor APs with Ruckus-patented BeamFlex™ adaptive antenna technology outperformed all competitive 11ac APs in the tests. CARNet also accepted and included 802.11n access points from all invited vendors, including Ruckus, Ubiquiti, Xirrus and others. Test results of these products showed that the performance of the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7372 802.11n indoor access points not only outperformed the 802.11n models tested from Ubiquiti and Xirrus, they also beat other vendors’ 802.11ac Wave 1 access points, including those from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP, in various test scenarios.

The results of the CARNet testing conclusively showed that Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs consistently delivered the highest levels of performance in all five different real-world test scenarios created by CARNet.

“The test results from CARNet speak for themselves,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “As a pioneer in adaptive radio technologies that deliver optimum throughput from unlicensed spectrum, Ruckus has continued to raise the bar in wireless performance across generations of Wi-Fi technologies, from 11g to 11ac. These tests are further testament to the strength and longevity of our innovations and differentiations.”

CARNet Wi-Fi Testing Methodology

802.11ac Wave 1 APs from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP were tested by CARNet using a wide variety of client mobile devices, both 802.11ac and 802.11n compatible, in order to closely simulate real-world environments. All APs tested were placed outside of a classroom at CARNet, separated from the client devices by 5dB (measured thickness) drywall. A real-world mix (60 total) of various mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops from different manufacturers, each with varying Wi-Fi specifications and operating systems, were used. An increasing number of clients were added for each new throughput test (measured in downstream Mbps), and each AP tested had to perform in the presence of known radio frequency (RF) interference. CARNet observed and documented the maximum throughput to all of the test client devices.

Each vendor in attendance was given an opportunity to test each of their APs themselves, to ensure they were operating as desired, and had the opportunity to optimize configurations of each AP for the best possible performance. No effort was made by CARNet to “clean up” the RF environment, as real-world deployments have to deal with random, and often uncontrollable, levels of modulated and unmodulated interference. CARNet then tested each AP three times, with the highest throughput number recorded.

In four testing scenarios in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies (one using 13 client devices; another using 23; a third using 36; and a fourth using all 60 client devices), the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 and R500 APs consistently showed the best performance, coming out on top every time. In a fifth and final test scenario, where client devices were spread around in a 270 degree arc shape (i.e., a distributed test scenario) so that the APs would have to alternate communicating to client devices in various directions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 access point was again the winner as the top performing 802.11ac Wave 1 AP.

To review the CARNet test results and detailed methodology, you can download the full report.

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

April 29th, 2015

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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
1600-1630

Register-Now-Ruckus

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

April 28th, 2015

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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.”

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“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.

To learn more about the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, visit:
http://www.net-ctrl.com/partners/palo-alto-networks/

To access the report, visit: http://connect.paloaltonetworks.com/gartner-mq-2015.

View the original press release at https://www.paloaltonetworks.com

5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced in Education Solved

April 27th, 2015

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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.

Stay with us here:

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 marketing@net-ctrl.com 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 sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact page.

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

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.

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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™

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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

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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 sales@net-ctrl.com.

Read the offical press release at ruckuswireless.com.

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Ruckus Wireless P300 802.11AC Wireless Bridge

July 24th, 2015

Smart High Performance 802.11AC 5GHz Outdoor Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint Wireless Bridge.

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The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is an outdoor point-to-point and point- to- multipoint bridge that unleashes the promise of 5GHz 802.11ac, delivering unparalleled throughput. Backhaul throughput of over 500 Mbps opens opportunities to new business models, bridging remote locations and providing broadband services to locations not reachable before, in an affordable way.

Designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is perfect for service providers looking to easily extend branded broadband services, backhaul small cell networks, offload data traffic from small cell networks, deploy multimedia hotspots, or offer wireless broadband services where fixed line access is limited.

The ZoneFlex P300 is also ideal for hotels, schools, warehouses and other enterprises looking to extend managed wireless LANs (WLANs) across remote buildings and where Ethernet cabling is not possible.

Auto-pairing of wireless bridges, in addition to flexible mounting options, forgiving antenna pattern, and an easy-to-use aiming software, allows installers to deploy and optimize a wireless link in a short time, significant.

Download the datasheet for more information, or contact Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our website contact form.

Features:

  • 802.11ac Point-to-Point or Point-to-Multipoint Bridge
  • 5GHz operation
  • 20MHz, 40MHz, and/or 80MHz channelization
  • 14dBi internal directional antenna
  • 2 external N-Type antenna connectors
  • 802.3af Power over Ethernet
  • Ruggedized for outdoor conditions: -40°C to 65°C operating temperature, IP67
  • Maximum link distance 12 km (using internal antenna)
  • Dedicated radar avoidance pre scan (DFS)
  • PD-MRC for reliable bridge connections
  • Simple installation with mounting brackets included
  • Automatic pairing and easy aiming between bridges
  • Optional accessories available to enhance range & performance

MOBOTIX Launch the P25 6MP Indoor Camera

July 1st, 2015

We are happy to announce the new MOBOTIX p25 Indoor Camera with 6 MP is now available to order.

The p25 6MP model is equipped with the brand-new 6 MP Moonlight sensor technology, providing best low-light performance to cope with every indoor situation.mx_MPP_p25_PerspL_92Lens_1200
The p25 is positioned extremely price competitive and represents with all included MOBOTIX features and the MOBOTIX VMS MxMC, one of the most attractive security solutions in the market.

The new p25 is a ceiling camera with a manual pan/tilt functionality providing full installation flexibility. Equipped with a telephoto lens, the p25 can be directed to a specific spot in the room, with a 90 degree lens and mounted in the corner the p25 covers the entire space in 6MP resolution. A hemispheric version is also available.

The p25 is available now – place your order and enjoy the new member of the MOBOTIX indoor generation.

On Board:

  • Standalone: Full functionality @ zero bandwidth
  • Video Sensor: MxActivitySensor reducing false alarms
  • Event Recording: Onboard (SD card) & direct to NAS
  • MxAnalytics: Heat map & people counting
  • Alarm Notification: E-mail, FTP & VoIP (SIP)
  • Communication: Two-way audio option
  • Power: Standard PoE below 4W
  • Complete Coverage: with all lenses & sensor options

For more information about the all new MOBOTIX p25 call Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team Up!

July 1st, 2015

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team to Bring High-Performance, Scalable and Open Network Solutions to the Enterprise

Proven Wired and Wireless Products Will Enable True Carrier-Grade Networking.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, and Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS), a global supplier of advanced wireless systems, today announced a new technology alliance to deliver open, wired and wireless networking solutions for enterprise, government and education customer segments. The companies will work to deliver a unified wired and wireless solution, as well as collaborate on global go-to-market opportunities to deliver proven, carrier-class network performance, resiliency and scale to mid-size and large enterprise customers.

Gartner predicts that end-user spending on enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will grow from $5.3 billion in 2015 to $7.8 billion worldwide in 2019. Ruckus and Juniper Networks believe this increase is being driven largely by an influx of new WiFi-enabled devices and cloud applications being brought into the workplace by employees. This puts new levels of performance and bandwidth pressure on the campus network infrastructure, from WiFi access points to the network core, creating the need for a flexible, secure and integrated wired and wireless network solution.

News Highlights

With a strong heritage of delivering open, standards-based and carrier-grade solutions, Juniper Networks and Ruckus are well equipped to meet and exceed the unique demands on the enterprise campus network. The goal of this technology alliance is to deliver network flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership for its joint customers.

Best-in-Class Performance and Scale: Combining Juniper Networks® EX Series Ethernet Switches with Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and SmartZone (SZ) Wi-Fi management platform will deliver carrier-class networking solutions to various enterprise environments and enable easy network expansion as business demands grow.

Simplified, Automated and Secure Network Management: Both Ruckus Wireless 3+1 SmartZone clustering and Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology reduce the number of logical wired and wireless devices for management and automation, as well as ensure maximum availability. Juniper Networks Junos® Space Network Director provides visibility and management of the switching infrastructure to easily manage growing networks and new service categories. Comprehensive security will be achieved with 802.1x network access control on both Ruckus Smart WiFi and Juniper Networks EX Series Switches. Ruckus will deliver simple, secure BYOD provisioning and onboarding, while the Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways will deliver next-generation firewall capabilities.

Open-Standards Based Solutions: Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, the planned alliance is based on open, standards-based hardware and software products from both Juniper Networks and Ruckus, ensuring investment protection for customers as their wired and wireless network demands evolve.

Supporting Quotes

“As a long time Cisco wired and wireless shop, we really needed a ‘best-in-class approach’ in order to offer students, staff and guests an exceptional wired and wireless experience across our entire district. Standardizing on Juniper Networks switches and firewalls and Ruckus Smart WiFi has allowed us to not only realize a lower total cost of ownership, more importantly, it also has empowered us to deliver more pervasive performance and reliable network services with a unified wired and wireless infrastructure that scales to meet virtually any wired or wireless demand we can anticipate.”

– Mike Leseberg, director of IT for Richland School District, Richland, WA

“Our decision to deploy best-in-class Juniper switches to complement our new Ruckus Wireless Smart WiFi network has been driven by the insatiable demand for reliable, high-speed wireless connectivity that requires a wired infrastructure ideally suited to support it. With a Juniper switching infrastructure supporting our new Wave 2-based 802.11ac Ruckus Smart WiFi network, we will be able to more cost-effectively scale our network service performance to address user demands and client technology innovations that are becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate. For us, the collaboration between Juniper and Ruckus is a win-win solution for our students and staff.”

– Aaron Heath, lead network/server specialist at Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO

“Enterprises around the world are being challenged to accommodate the use of more and more mobile devices and applications, while still maintaining a secure, high-performance operating environment. Juniper Networks provides the wired infrastructure critical for serving as the backbone for the Smart WiFi networks we deliver. This ‘no-compromise’ partnership offers the value and ROI that businesses are looking for, with the performance, flexibility and scalability they demand.”

– Dan Rabinovitsj, chief operating officer, Ruckus Wireless

“The network infrastructure of our enterprise customers is experiencing incredible performance pressure due to the influx of mobile devices in the workplace connecting to mission-critical apps and to content in the cloud. Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, teaming with Ruckus ensures carrier-grade levels of scale and performance through our interoperable wired and wireless solutions to solve the WiFi capacity and coverage challenges that our enterprise customers face.”

– Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks

Additional Resources

Solution Brief: Juniper Networks, Ruckus Wireless Deliver Carrier-Class Performance for Enterprise Networks
Datasheet: Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches
Product Page: Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex R710

View the original article at www.ruckuswireless.com.

For more information on Ruckus, Juniper or their collaboration get in touch with Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus Wireless – 11ac AP and ZD Promotion Expires 30th June 2015

June 2nd, 2015

There isn’t much time left to take advantage of Ruckus Wireless’ current promotions on their range of Ruckus Wireless 11ac access points and ZoneDirectors. These are both due to end on the 30th June 2015.

The Access Point promotion includes:

ZoneFlex R500 Dual-Band 802.11ac 2×2:2
ZoneFlex R600 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R700 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R710 MU-MIMO 4×4:4

The ZoneDirector promotion includes:
Education Only
ZoneDirector 1200 series
ZoneDirector 3000 series

These promotions will provide you with great discounts off the RRP price!

Both the R500 and R700 recently outperformed solutions from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet). You can download the full report for more info.

Please be aware in order to get hold off the special pricing we will have to register your interest with Ruckus Wireless.

If you would like some pricing to be sent across, please email sales@net-ctrl.com with your school name and kit list.

Understanding Wi-Fi Signal Strength vs. Wi-Fi Speed

May 20th, 2015

The relationship between Wi-Fi signal strength and the speed at which data can be transferred over that signal is something that is essential to understand when it comes to Wi-Fi performance.

One question we constantly get is this:

When I connect my computer to a wireless network, does a stronger signal always imply faster webpage loading, downloads, etc?

The answer, like all answers to WI-Fi questions, can be difficult to get a grip on. So here’s a good, fairly simple explanation from one of Ruckus’ rocket-scientist founders, Bill Kish, that should help clarify things.

All other factors (of which there are many) being equal, stronger signal strength is correlated with higher data transfer speeds, with a couple exceptions and assuming an optimal physical layer data rate selection algorithm. The super detailed, professional and technical diagram below shows a typical relationship for any modern wireless system with adaptive modulation:

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The data transfer speed increases up to a point as signal strength increases since higher signal strengths enable the use of higher PHY (PHYsical layer data) rates, also known as MCS (Modulation and Coding Scheme) in modern WiFi. (One gross oversimplification is to think of different MCS as being somewhat like different gears on a bike or car.)

Once there is sufficient signal strength to operate reliably in the maximum supported MCS rate, additional signal strength does not produce additional throughput gains. In fact at some point (usually a few cm away from the AP) you can eventually run into a signal strength so high that the receiver’s front-end is unable to process it, at which point throughput will drop precipitously.

All of the details (especially the scale) of this graph are highly dependent on the capabilities of the transmitting radio, the receiving radio and the environment. Variability in the environment and in the radios themselves makes real-world wireless throughput a random variable that can only be assessed accurately via statistical methods.

The physical layer data rate selection algorithm is critical to achieving the monotonically increasing relationship shown here up to saturation. There have been many examples of poor rate control algorithms loose in the wild (in both popular AP’s and common client devices) that do not actually achieve this monotonic performance, especially when subject to unexpected environmental inputs or certain radio degradations.

So What To Do? Get Smart.

Finding the right balance between optimum performance and reliability with adaptive data rate algorithms is what separates the great Wi-Fi systems from those that are good enough. This previous post from Ruckus awhile back helps explain some of the details.

Rate adaptation is the function that determines how and when to dynamically change to a new data rate. When it’s tuned properly, a good adaptation algorithm finds the right data rate that delivers peak AP output in current RF conditions –unstable as they are. Though often ignored, rate adaptation is a critical component to any high performance system.

Wi-Fi engineers have been led to believe, and—for better or worse—site survey software validates the belief, that data rates can be reliably predicted based on a metric like RSSI or SNR. And some product manufacturers use simple metrics like these to determine the right rate.

Ruckus approaches rate selection with a unique focus. Instead of using unreliable signal measurements to hope for the best data rate, we focus on the math. Our rate selection algorithms are statistically optimized, which is our engineer-chic way of saying that we pick the best data rate based on historical, statistical models of performance for each client.

Without the right algorithm, the optimal rate for any client at any given moment in time is a crapshoot. And when you’re guessing, the safest guess is to err on the side of reliability, which sacrifices throughput and capacity and causes other unwanted problems.

At Ruckus, they believe in the importance of stable client connections in an unstable RF environment. In fact, our algorithms jointly adapt both the data rate and antenna pattern together to maximize reliability and throughput.

But don’t take our word for it; test it for yourselves! You’ll definitely see a big difference and create a Ruckus (a good one) with your users.

For more information, get in touch with Net-Ctrl. You can call us on 01473 281 211. Email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact form.

This blog post has been taken from www.ruckusroom.net.

Ruckus Takes Top Marks in Recent Wi-Fi Testing Performed by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet)

May 5th, 2015

Nineteen Different Wi-Fi Access Points Stressed to their Limits in a Variety of Different Scenarios, Revealing Dramatic Differences Between Competitive Suppliers.

Download the report.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that its ZoneFlex™ Smart Wi-Fi technology outperformed Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet).

A widely respected public institution established in 1991 and based in Croatia, CARNet operates under the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, working in the fields of information and communication technologies and their application in education, from network and Internet infrastructure and e-services, to security and user support. CARNet is chartered with facilitating the progress of individuals, as well as society as a whole, through the use of new information technologies.

Using industry standard test tools, access points in the tests were stressed in progressive testing scenarios that included 12, 23, 36 and 60 clients, using an increasing number of clients for each test that measured aggregate Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) throughput.

Nineteen different Wi-Fi access points from the world’s leading suppliers including Ruckus Wireless, Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki), HP, Ubiquiti, and Xirrus were tested at the CARNet headquarters in Zagreb. To maintain testing integrity, no vendor was allowed to pay for, subsidize or influence the Wi-Fi testing by CARNet.

Suppliers were allowed to bring in their choice of APs without limitation in what model and how many as long as they could be tested in a single day. Each company was also permitted to send an engineer to the test site. Aerohive, Cisco, HP and Ruckus Wireless each sent a representative to CARNet for the tests.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 dual-band 3×3:3 802.11ac and ZoneFlex R500 dual-band 2×2:2 802.11ac indoor APs with Ruckus-patented BeamFlex™ adaptive antenna technology outperformed all competitive 11ac APs in the tests. CARNet also accepted and included 802.11n access points from all invited vendors, including Ruckus, Ubiquiti, Xirrus and others. Test results of these products showed that the performance of the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7372 802.11n indoor access points not only outperformed the 802.11n models tested from Ubiquiti and Xirrus, they also beat other vendors’ 802.11ac Wave 1 access points, including those from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP, in various test scenarios.

The results of the CARNet testing conclusively showed that Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs consistently delivered the highest levels of performance in all five different real-world test scenarios created by CARNet.

“The test results from CARNet speak for themselves,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “As a pioneer in adaptive radio technologies that deliver optimum throughput from unlicensed spectrum, Ruckus has continued to raise the bar in wireless performance across generations of Wi-Fi technologies, from 11g to 11ac. These tests are further testament to the strength and longevity of our innovations and differentiations.”

CARNet Wi-Fi Testing Methodology

802.11ac Wave 1 APs from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP were tested by CARNet using a wide variety of client mobile devices, both 802.11ac and 802.11n compatible, in order to closely simulate real-world environments. All APs tested were placed outside of a classroom at CARNet, separated from the client devices by 5dB (measured thickness) drywall. A real-world mix (60 total) of various mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops from different manufacturers, each with varying Wi-Fi specifications and operating systems, were used. An increasing number of clients were added for each new throughput test (measured in downstream Mbps), and each AP tested had to perform in the presence of known radio frequency (RF) interference. CARNet observed and documented the maximum throughput to all of the test client devices.

Each vendor in attendance was given an opportunity to test each of their APs themselves, to ensure they were operating as desired, and had the opportunity to optimize configurations of each AP for the best possible performance. No effort was made by CARNet to “clean up” the RF environment, as real-world deployments have to deal with random, and often uncontrollable, levels of modulated and unmodulated interference. CARNet then tested each AP three times, with the highest throughput number recorded.

In four testing scenarios in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies (one using 13 client devices; another using 23; a third using 36; and a fourth using all 60 client devices), the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 and R500 APs consistently showed the best performance, coming out on top every time. In a fifth and final test scenario, where client devices were spread around in a 270 degree arc shape (i.e., a distributed test scenario) so that the APs would have to alternate communicating to client devices in various directions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 access point was again the winner as the top performing 802.11ac Wave 1 AP.

To review the CARNet test results and detailed methodology, you can download the full report.

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

April 29th, 2015

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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
1600-1630

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

April 28th, 2015

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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.”

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“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.

To learn more about the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, visit:
http://www.net-ctrl.com/partners/palo-alto-networks/

To access the report, visit: http://connect.paloaltonetworks.com/gartner-mq-2015.

View the original press release at https://www.paloaltonetworks.com

5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced in Education Solved

April 27th, 2015

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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.

Stay with us here:

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 marketing@net-ctrl.com 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 sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact page.

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

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.

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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™

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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

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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 sales@net-ctrl.com.

Read the offical press release at ruckuswireless.com.

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Ruckus Wireless P300 802.11AC Wireless Bridge

July 24th, 2015

Smart High Performance 802.11AC 5GHz Outdoor Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint Wireless Bridge.

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The Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is an outdoor point-to-point and point- to- multipoint bridge that unleashes the promise of 5GHz 802.11ac, delivering unparalleled throughput. Backhaul throughput of over 500 Mbps opens opportunities to new business models, bridging remote locations and providing broadband services to locations not reachable before, in an affordable way.

Designed for harsh outdoor conditions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex P300 is perfect for service providers looking to easily extend branded broadband services, backhaul small cell networks, offload data traffic from small cell networks, deploy multimedia hotspots, or offer wireless broadband services where fixed line access is limited.

The ZoneFlex P300 is also ideal for hotels, schools, warehouses and other enterprises looking to extend managed wireless LANs (WLANs) across remote buildings and where Ethernet cabling is not possible.

Auto-pairing of wireless bridges, in addition to flexible mounting options, forgiving antenna pattern, and an easy-to-use aiming software, allows installers to deploy and optimize a wireless link in a short time, significant.

Download the datasheet for more information, or contact Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our website contact form.

Features:

  • 802.11ac Point-to-Point or Point-to-Multipoint Bridge
  • 5GHz operation
  • 20MHz, 40MHz, and/or 80MHz channelization
  • 14dBi internal directional antenna
  • 2 external N-Type antenna connectors
  • 802.3af Power over Ethernet
  • Ruggedized for outdoor conditions: -40°C to 65°C operating temperature, IP67
  • Maximum link distance 12 km (using internal antenna)
  • Dedicated radar avoidance pre scan (DFS)
  • PD-MRC for reliable bridge connections
  • Simple installation with mounting brackets included
  • Automatic pairing and easy aiming between bridges
  • Optional accessories available to enhance range & performance

MOBOTIX Launch the P25 6MP Indoor Camera

July 1st, 2015

We are happy to announce the new MOBOTIX p25 Indoor Camera with 6 MP is now available to order.

The p25 6MP model is equipped with the brand-new 6 MP Moonlight sensor technology, providing best low-light performance to cope with every indoor situation.mx_MPP_p25_PerspL_92Lens_1200
The p25 is positioned extremely price competitive and represents with all included MOBOTIX features and the MOBOTIX VMS MxMC, one of the most attractive security solutions in the market.

The new p25 is a ceiling camera with a manual pan/tilt functionality providing full installation flexibility. Equipped with a telephoto lens, the p25 can be directed to a specific spot in the room, with a 90 degree lens and mounted in the corner the p25 covers the entire space in 6MP resolution. A hemispheric version is also available.

The p25 is available now – place your order and enjoy the new member of the MOBOTIX indoor generation.

On Board:

  • Standalone: Full functionality @ zero bandwidth
  • Video Sensor: MxActivitySensor reducing false alarms
  • Event Recording: Onboard (SD card) & direct to NAS
  • MxAnalytics: Heat map & people counting
  • Alarm Notification: E-mail, FTP & VoIP (SIP)
  • Communication: Two-way audio option
  • Power: Standard PoE below 4W
  • Complete Coverage: with all lenses & sensor options

For more information about the all new MOBOTIX p25 call Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team Up!

July 1st, 2015

Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless Team to Bring High-Performance, Scalable and Open Network Solutions to the Enterprise

Proven Wired and Wireless Products Will Enable True Carrier-Grade Networking.

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry leader in network innovation, and Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS), a global supplier of advanced wireless systems, today announced a new technology alliance to deliver open, wired and wireless networking solutions for enterprise, government and education customer segments. The companies will work to deliver a unified wired and wireless solution, as well as collaborate on global go-to-market opportunities to deliver proven, carrier-class network performance, resiliency and scale to mid-size and large enterprise customers.

Gartner predicts that end-user spending on enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will grow from $5.3 billion in 2015 to $7.8 billion worldwide in 2019. Ruckus and Juniper Networks believe this increase is being driven largely by an influx of new WiFi-enabled devices and cloud applications being brought into the workplace by employees. This puts new levels of performance and bandwidth pressure on the campus network infrastructure, from WiFi access points to the network core, creating the need for a flexible, secure and integrated wired and wireless network solution.

News Highlights

With a strong heritage of delivering open, standards-based and carrier-grade solutions, Juniper Networks and Ruckus are well equipped to meet and exceed the unique demands on the enterprise campus network. The goal of this technology alliance is to deliver network flexibility and reduced total cost of ownership for its joint customers.

Best-in-Class Performance and Scale: Combining Juniper Networks® EX Series Ethernet Switches with Ruckus ZoneFlex access points and SmartZone (SZ) Wi-Fi management platform will deliver carrier-class networking solutions to various enterprise environments and enable easy network expansion as business demands grow.

Simplified, Automated and Secure Network Management: Both Ruckus Wireless 3+1 SmartZone clustering and Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology reduce the number of logical wired and wireless devices for management and automation, as well as ensure maximum availability. Juniper Networks Junos® Space Network Director provides visibility and management of the switching infrastructure to easily manage growing networks and new service categories. Comprehensive security will be achieved with 802.1x network access control on both Ruckus Smart WiFi and Juniper Networks EX Series Switches. Ruckus will deliver simple, secure BYOD provisioning and onboarding, while the Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways will deliver next-generation firewall capabilities.

Open-Standards Based Solutions: Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, the planned alliance is based on open, standards-based hardware and software products from both Juniper Networks and Ruckus, ensuring investment protection for customers as their wired and wireless network demands evolve.

Supporting Quotes

“As a long time Cisco wired and wireless shop, we really needed a ‘best-in-class approach’ in order to offer students, staff and guests an exceptional wired and wireless experience across our entire district. Standardizing on Juniper Networks switches and firewalls and Ruckus Smart WiFi has allowed us to not only realize a lower total cost of ownership, more importantly, it also has empowered us to deliver more pervasive performance and reliable network services with a unified wired and wireless infrastructure that scales to meet virtually any wired or wireless demand we can anticipate.”

– Mike Leseberg, director of IT for Richland School District, Richland, WA

“Our decision to deploy best-in-class Juniper switches to complement our new Ruckus Wireless Smart WiFi network has been driven by the insatiable demand for reliable, high-speed wireless connectivity that requires a wired infrastructure ideally suited to support it. With a Juniper switching infrastructure supporting our new Wave 2-based 802.11ac Ruckus Smart WiFi network, we will be able to more cost-effectively scale our network service performance to address user demands and client technology innovations that are becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate. For us, the collaboration between Juniper and Ruckus is a win-win solution for our students and staff.”

– Aaron Heath, lead network/server specialist at Columbia Public Schools, Columbia, MO

“Enterprises around the world are being challenged to accommodate the use of more and more mobile devices and applications, while still maintaining a secure, high-performance operating environment. Juniper Networks provides the wired infrastructure critical for serving as the backbone for the Smart WiFi networks we deliver. This ‘no-compromise’ partnership offers the value and ROI that businesses are looking for, with the performance, flexibility and scalability they demand.”

– Dan Rabinovitsj, chief operating officer, Ruckus Wireless

“The network infrastructure of our enterprise customers is experiencing incredible performance pressure due to the influx of mobile devices in the workplace connecting to mission-critical apps and to content in the cloud. Building on Juniper’s Open Converged Framework, teaming with Ruckus ensures carrier-grade levels of scale and performance through our interoperable wired and wireless solutions to solve the WiFi capacity and coverage challenges that our enterprise customers face.”

– Jonathan Davidson, executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation, Juniper Networks

Additional Resources

Solution Brief: Juniper Networks, Ruckus Wireless Deliver Carrier-Class Performance for Enterprise Networks
Datasheet: Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches
Product Page: Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex R710

View the original article at www.ruckuswireless.com.

For more information on Ruckus, Juniper or their collaboration get in touch with Net-Ctrl on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus Wireless – 11ac AP and ZD Promotion Expires 30th June 2015

June 2nd, 2015

There isn’t much time left to take advantage of Ruckus Wireless’ current promotions on their range of Ruckus Wireless 11ac access points and ZoneDirectors. These are both due to end on the 30th June 2015.

The Access Point promotion includes:

ZoneFlex R500 Dual-Band 802.11ac 2×2:2
ZoneFlex R600 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R700 Dual-Band 802.11ac 3×3:3
ZoneFlex R710 MU-MIMO 4×4:4

The ZoneDirector promotion includes:
Education Only
ZoneDirector 1200 series
ZoneDirector 3000 series

These promotions will provide you with great discounts off the RRP price!

Both the R500 and R700 recently outperformed solutions from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet). You can download the full report for more info.

Please be aware in order to get hold off the special pricing we will have to register your interest with Ruckus Wireless.

If you would like some pricing to be sent across, please email sales@net-ctrl.com with your school name and kit list.

Understanding Wi-Fi Signal Strength vs. Wi-Fi Speed

May 20th, 2015

The relationship between Wi-Fi signal strength and the speed at which data can be transferred over that signal is something that is essential to understand when it comes to Wi-Fi performance.

One question we constantly get is this:

When I connect my computer to a wireless network, does a stronger signal always imply faster webpage loading, downloads, etc?

The answer, like all answers to WI-Fi questions, can be difficult to get a grip on. So here’s a good, fairly simple explanation from one of Ruckus’ rocket-scientist founders, Bill Kish, that should help clarify things.

All other factors (of which there are many) being equal, stronger signal strength is correlated with higher data transfer speeds, with a couple exceptions and assuming an optimal physical layer data rate selection algorithm. The super detailed, professional and technical diagram below shows a typical relationship for any modern wireless system with adaptive modulation:

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The data transfer speed increases up to a point as signal strength increases since higher signal strengths enable the use of higher PHY (PHYsical layer data) rates, also known as MCS (Modulation and Coding Scheme) in modern WiFi. (One gross oversimplification is to think of different MCS as being somewhat like different gears on a bike or car.)

Once there is sufficient signal strength to operate reliably in the maximum supported MCS rate, additional signal strength does not produce additional throughput gains. In fact at some point (usually a few cm away from the AP) you can eventually run into a signal strength so high that the receiver’s front-end is unable to process it, at which point throughput will drop precipitously.

All of the details (especially the scale) of this graph are highly dependent on the capabilities of the transmitting radio, the receiving radio and the environment. Variability in the environment and in the radios themselves makes real-world wireless throughput a random variable that can only be assessed accurately via statistical methods.

The physical layer data rate selection algorithm is critical to achieving the monotonically increasing relationship shown here up to saturation. There have been many examples of poor rate control algorithms loose in the wild (in both popular AP’s and common client devices) that do not actually achieve this monotonic performance, especially when subject to unexpected environmental inputs or certain radio degradations.

So What To Do? Get Smart.

Finding the right balance between optimum performance and reliability with adaptive data rate algorithms is what separates the great Wi-Fi systems from those that are good enough. This previous post from Ruckus awhile back helps explain some of the details.

Rate adaptation is the function that determines how and when to dynamically change to a new data rate. When it’s tuned properly, a good adaptation algorithm finds the right data rate that delivers peak AP output in current RF conditions –unstable as they are. Though often ignored, rate adaptation is a critical component to any high performance system.

Wi-Fi engineers have been led to believe, and—for better or worse—site survey software validates the belief, that data rates can be reliably predicted based on a metric like RSSI or SNR. And some product manufacturers use simple metrics like these to determine the right rate.

Ruckus approaches rate selection with a unique focus. Instead of using unreliable signal measurements to hope for the best data rate, we focus on the math. Our rate selection algorithms are statistically optimized, which is our engineer-chic way of saying that we pick the best data rate based on historical, statistical models of performance for each client.

Without the right algorithm, the optimal rate for any client at any given moment in time is a crapshoot. And when you’re guessing, the safest guess is to err on the side of reliability, which sacrifices throughput and capacity and causes other unwanted problems.

At Ruckus, they believe in the importance of stable client connections in an unstable RF environment. In fact, our algorithms jointly adapt both the data rate and antenna pattern together to maximize reliability and throughput.

But don’t take our word for it; test it for yourselves! You’ll definitely see a big difference and create a Ruckus (a good one) with your users.

For more information, get in touch with Net-Ctrl. You can call us on 01473 281 211. Email us at sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact form.

This blog post has been taken from www.ruckusroom.net.

Ruckus Takes Top Marks in Recent Wi-Fi Testing Performed by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet)

May 5th, 2015

Nineteen Different Wi-Fi Access Points Stressed to their Limits in a Variety of Different Scenarios, Revealing Dramatic Differences Between Competitive Suppliers.

Download the report.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that its ZoneFlex™ Smart Wi-Fi technology outperformed Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco, Cisco/Meraki, HP, Ubiquiti and Xirrus in an exhaustive head-to-head enterprise performance and capacity testing of 802.11ac and 802.11n indoor access points (APs) conducted recently by the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet).

A widely respected public institution established in 1991 and based in Croatia, CARNet operates under the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, working in the fields of information and communication technologies and their application in education, from network and Internet infrastructure and e-services, to security and user support. CARNet is chartered with facilitating the progress of individuals, as well as society as a whole, through the use of new information technologies.

Using industry standard test tools, access points in the tests were stressed in progressive testing scenarios that included 12, 23, 36 and 60 clients, using an increasing number of clients for each test that measured aggregate Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) throughput.

Nineteen different Wi-Fi access points from the world’s leading suppliers including Ruckus Wireless, Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki), HP, Ubiquiti, and Xirrus were tested at the CARNet headquarters in Zagreb. To maintain testing integrity, no vendor was allowed to pay for, subsidize or influence the Wi-Fi testing by CARNet.

Suppliers were allowed to bring in their choice of APs without limitation in what model and how many as long as they could be tested in a single day. Each company was also permitted to send an engineer to the test site. Aerohive, Cisco, HP and Ruckus Wireless each sent a representative to CARNet for the tests.

The Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 dual-band 3×3:3 802.11ac and ZoneFlex R500 dual-band 2×2:2 802.11ac indoor APs with Ruckus-patented BeamFlex™ adaptive antenna technology outperformed all competitive 11ac APs in the tests. CARNet also accepted and included 802.11n access points from all invited vendors, including Ruckus, Ubiquiti, Xirrus and others. Test results of these products showed that the performance of the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7982 and ZoneFlex 7372 802.11n indoor access points not only outperformed the 802.11n models tested from Ubiquiti and Xirrus, they also beat other vendors’ 802.11ac Wave 1 access points, including those from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP, in various test scenarios.

The results of the CARNet testing conclusively showed that Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs consistently delivered the highest levels of performance in all five different real-world test scenarios created by CARNet.

“The test results from CARNet speak for themselves,” said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. “As a pioneer in adaptive radio technologies that deliver optimum throughput from unlicensed spectrum, Ruckus has continued to raise the bar in wireless performance across generations of Wi-Fi technologies, from 11g to 11ac. These tests are further testament to the strength and longevity of our innovations and differentiations.”

CARNet Wi-Fi Testing Methodology

802.11ac Wave 1 APs from Aerohive, Aruba, Cisco (including Cisco/Meraki) and HP were tested by CARNet using a wide variety of client mobile devices, both 802.11ac and 802.11n compatible, in order to closely simulate real-world environments. All APs tested were placed outside of a classroom at CARNet, separated from the client devices by 5dB (measured thickness) drywall. A real-world mix (60 total) of various mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops from different manufacturers, each with varying Wi-Fi specifications and operating systems, were used. An increasing number of clients were added for each new throughput test (measured in downstream Mbps), and each AP tested had to perform in the presence of known radio frequency (RF) interference. CARNet observed and documented the maximum throughput to all of the test client devices.

Each vendor in attendance was given an opportunity to test each of their APs themselves, to ensure they were operating as desired, and had the opportunity to optimize configurations of each AP for the best possible performance. No effort was made by CARNet to “clean up” the RF environment, as real-world deployments have to deal with random, and often uncontrollable, levels of modulated and unmodulated interference. CARNet then tested each AP three times, with the highest throughput number recorded.

In four testing scenarios in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies (one using 13 client devices; another using 23; a third using 36; and a fourth using all 60 client devices), the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 and R500 APs consistently showed the best performance, coming out on top every time. In a fifth and final test scenario, where client devices were spread around in a 270 degree arc shape (i.e., a distributed test scenario) so that the APs would have to alternate communicating to client devices in various directions, the Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 access point was again the winner as the top performing 802.11ac Wave 1 AP.

To review the CARNet test results and detailed methodology, you can download the full report.

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

April 29th, 2015

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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
1600-1630

Register-Now-Ruckus

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

April 28th, 2015

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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.”

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“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.

To learn more about the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall, visit:
http://www.net-ctrl.com/partners/palo-alto-networks/

To access the report, visit: http://connect.paloaltonetworks.com/gartner-mq-2015.

View the original press release at https://www.paloaltonetworks.com

5 Common CCTV Security Problems Faced in Education Solved

April 27th, 2015

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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.

Stay with us here:

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 marketing@net-ctrl.com 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 sales@net-ctrl.com or go via our contact page.

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

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.

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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™

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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

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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 sales@net-ctrl.com.

Read the offical press release at ruckuswireless.com.

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