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Connect customers to your brand with personalized guest Wi-Fi

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Small businesses are constantly striving to delight their customers. Providing customers with good Wi-Fi connectivity goes a long way—be it in a restaurant, retail store or a hotel. Guest Wi-Fi features play a huge role in providing seamless Wi-Fi access to customers.

Not all Wi-Fi vendors offer guest Wi-Fi features. Of the ones that offer them, not all are the same. Ruckus is excited to announce that with the latest software update, a gamut of customization options boosts an already strong set of Ruckus Unleashed guest Wi-Fi features.

Guest Wi-Fi features

Guest Wi-Fi features enable small businesses to create guest-specific Wi-Fi networks and provide guests easy and secure ways to access Wi-Fi in a personalized manner. Let us walk through some guest Wi-Fi features that Ruckus Unleashed offers:

  • Create special Wi-Fi network(s) dedicated for guests.
  • Provide access to the special guest Wi-Fi network(s) through the guest’s Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft or WeChat credentials.
  • Provide access to the special guest Wi-Fi network(s) with email- or a text message-based guest pass.
  • Onboard guest devices with zero-IT device registration.
  • Secure guest data with encryption.
  • Personalize the guest login to the Wi-Fi network through a captive portal.

With the latest launch, you can modify a range of fields on the captive portal to provide customers an easy and personalized experience. The following pictures show all the changes one can make on the captive portal.

Here is a sample of a customized captive portal for a coffee shop.

Even with all these features, we strive to make it easy to manage Ruckus Unleashed networks. It is very easy to set up the personalized guest Wi-Fi. Anyone can instantly create personalized guest networks just with few taps on their phone through the Ruckus Unleashed mobile app.

Ruckus Unleashed™ delivers affordable Wi-Fi using the same APs we deploy for our largest customers that support enterprise-class features such as BeamFlex+™ and SmartMesh to deliver higher speeds and reliable coverage.

To learn more about Ruckus Unleashed please contact our sales team by web, email or call us 01473 281 211.

View the original post at The Ruckus Room.

How “inconvenient” would it be to lose your passport?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

My daughter, who’s nearly 19 years old, thought that she’d lost her passport. For three days in a state of panic she looked in all the places she might have put it and the specific place she thought she put it.

She isn’t travelling abroad any time soon but having to mop up after losing it didn’t fill her with joy, nor me for that matter as I’d likely have to buy the new one.

A similar thing happened to me a few years ago when I thought I’d lost my driving licence. I spent two days looking for it and then cancelled it and had to obtain a new one. Of course, like my daughters passport my driving licence was safely stored where it should have been, in my wallet, and her passport was in her desk drawer. At least she found it before cancelling it.

What’s the point of my stories?

The point is that keeping safe your valuables is very important. Losing a passport is a serious matter and a company losing it’s data due to a breach is different but the heart sinking feeling you’ll get when you realise you’ve been breached will be much the same, only much worse.

In my previous blog entitled Plan B. An in-depth analysis of securing your data and your reputation, I highlighted that organisations must consider the consequences of a breach. No perimeter or filtering solutions are ever going to be 100% foolproof, so securing the data with encryption and storing the keys in specialist hardware is an absolute must.

Many reputations have been lost, and many sleepless nights have been endured, so now is as good a time as any to look at Plan B.

Call me. Tony Pullon, 01473 281211 or contact sales@net-ctrl.com

More Bang for your Buck with Ruckus Wireless

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Ruckus Wireless 3050 Bundle Extension

We have just been made aware that Ruckus will be extending the Ruckus ZoneDirector 3050 educational bundles as detailed below are now due to expire on the 30th August 2013.

Bundle 1
Ruckus Wireless 3050 ZoneDirector w/ 25 x 7363 ZoneFlex
With Ruckus 3050 ZoneDirector Premium Support – 5 Years – £9,200.00

Bundle 2
Ruckus Wireless 3050 ZoneDirector w/ 25 x 7982 ZoneFlex
With Ruckus 3050 ZoneDirector Premium Support – 5 Years – £14,200.00

There is also the option to add an additional redundant controller at a brilliantly discounted rate.

All the bundles above represent some fantastic savings, so if you’re looking at wireless now or in the near future these bundles are well worth taking advantage of.

Why Net-Ctrl?

Net-Ctrl is a highly experienced reseller of wireless technologies, we have been the largest Ruckus Wireless reseller for the past two years and are able to install, cable and provide on-going technical support and training for your new deployment.

If you have any questions please email our sales team at sales@net-ctrl.com, or contact your account manager. Alternatively, you can call us direct on 01473 281 211.

Ruckus Unveils New Device Agnostic Networking Framework

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Ruckus Unveils New Device Agnostic Networking Framework that Uniquely Combines High Capacity Wi-Fi with Best in Class BYOD

Simple and Low-Cost BYOD Essentials Bring Easy Device Onboarding, Automatic Device-Based Policy Enforcement, Granular Application Filtering, and Robust Device Management to Smart Wi-Fi

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. unveiled a new framework for device agnostic networking (DAN) that helps organizations reduce the burden on IT staff and related costs associated with managing the explosion in mobile device usage.

With the increased use of personal smart devices like smartphones and tablets at home, school, and work, organizations everywhere face challenges in supporting and managing different devices accessing their networks and network resources with limited administrative visibility. This can create performance, security and management concerns.

The Ruckus DAN framework is a new approach to the industry’s growing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon that combines important access management capabilities with the industry’s highest capacity wireless LAN (WLAN) system, Ruckus ZoneFlex™. This unique combination helps IT organizations drive down mobility service management costs while rapidly scaling their Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructures to meet the influx of new Wi-Fi devices flooding their networks.

DAN introduces a number of software enhancements to the Ruckus ZoneFlex system that simplify and automate these major BYOD tasks:

1: provisioning users and devices on the network (onboarding)

2: applying policies based on device type

3: filtering select application traffic

4: managing and controlling IT authorized and non-authorized user devices

“The first order problem companies face with BYOD is simply dealing with the extraordinary increase in client capacities,” said Rob Mustarde, VP of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. “Before worrying about BYOD, organizations must be able to reliably connect three times the number of concurrent devices that users now have in their pockets. You simply can’t manage what you can’t get on the network.”

“Ruckus is bringing together the industry’s highest capacity WLAN system with essential elements for addressing BYOD. DAN delivers a more simplified and integrated BYOD framework that enables device agnostic access management — automating everything from onboarding to device and application policy enforcement,” added Mustarde.

All Onboard!

To automate secure network access for sanctioned and unsanctioned devices, DAN introduces a consolidated BYOD portal for guest access and device registration using a single WLAN. This speeds onboarding and eliminates the need for an external captive portal Web server.

The DAN portal is a mobile friendly landing page provided by the Ruckus ZoneFlex operating system that gives mobile users easy and intuitive instructions to securely access the Wi-Fi network without manually configuring their wireless devices. Additionally, the BYOD onboarding portal provides a one-click operation to Ruckus Zero-IT registration.

Zero-IT is an onboarding technology that lets users self-provision devices without IT intervention. Users connect to a provisioning network, login with their domain credentials, and Zero-IT auto-configures their device with the right network profile and associated privileges.

When the device reconnects to the proper network, advanced security is enforced with standard 802.1x or with Ruckus patented Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (Dynamic PSK™) technology and the user receives access, based on the role- or device-based policies in place. IT stays out of the onboarding loop while retaining full control over the user/device access. Additionally, IT staff can identify which logon credentials were used to register a device, the type of device registered, and granular network use.

Automating Device and Application Policies Simplifies BYOD Management

Once users and devices are provisioned, DAN allows automatic enforcement of pre-defined device and application rules, eliminating burdensome policy management.

Within the DAN framework, administrators can automatically apply policies to allow, deny, rate limit, or assign devices to separate virtual LANs (VLANs) based on the operating system or device type. This permits flexible access rules to be automatically enforced based on the device type without the need to maintain user roles or attributes within an authentication system.

In the future, administrators could use this same automatic policy enforcement function to allow, deny or change the priority of specific application traffic such as social media, gaming, and video streaming. This reduces unwanted traffic and congestion on Wi-Fi networks to improve performance.

Robust Mobile Device Management Delivers Complete Remote Control

With users and their devices now connected and provisioned to the network, DAN can deliver robust mobile device management (MDM) capabilities through partnerships with MDM vendors such as FileWave. DAN MDM capabilities make it easy for administrators to manage mobile devices and applications, push device profiles, and better control and troubleshoot user devices. For example, administrators can remotely manage passwords and encryption, delete data or wipe devices, inject network settings and configure remote and email access policies.

DAN MDM can also provide additional functionality such as an end-user kiosk application, a portal residing on the end-user device that houses business applications that an organization wants to share with users from a central location.

DAN MDM provides easy access to a rich inventory of device information such as installed applications, application deployment status, available device capacity, IP address, UDID, serial number, OS version, device name, and MAC address. With cloud-hosted or on premises options, DAN mobile device management supports a variety of operating systems including Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, and iOS, giving customers a more reliable, powerful and scalable solution.

User self-service capabilities, role-based access, and application control allow IT staff to set up policies one time, eliminating the need to respond to myriad support requests. Automated application updates also reduce IT end user support workload.

Pricing and Availability

Available immediately, DAN capabilities including the BYOD onboarding portal and automatic device policy enforcement are supported at no cost within ZoneFlex 9.6 software. Automatic application filtering is also a free capability that will be available within the ZoneFlex software system in the fourth quarter.

DAN mobile device management software, available through a partnership with FileWave, can be purchased through Ruckus value-added resellers either as on premises software or as a cloud-based SAAS solution. It is available immediately in the U.S. and Europe and priced on a per-device license basis.

Original press release from Ruckus Wireless can be viewed here. For more information on any of the above please email sales@net-ctrl.com , or call 01473 281 211.