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Posts Tagged ‘wifi’

Meraki MR16 Dual Radio 802.11n Access Point

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Merak MR 16 Access Point

The Meraki MR16 is an enterprise class, dual-concurrent 802.11n access point designed for high-density deployments in large offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and large retail stores.  The MR16 features dual-concurrent, dual-band operation and advanced 802.11n technologies such as MIMO and beam forming, delivering the high throughput and reliable coverage required by the most demanding business applications like voice and video.

The MR16 is monitored 24×7 and managed through the Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller, with an intuitive browser-based interface that delivers real-time alerts if your network encounters problems. Remote diagnostics tools enable real-time troubleshooting over the web, meaning multi-site, distributed networks can be managed remotely.  The MR16’s firmware is always kept up to date from the cloud.  New features, bug fixes, and enhancements are delivered seamlessly over the web, so you never have to manually download software updates or worry about missing security patches.  And it self heals, responding automatically to switch failures and other errors.

The MR16 features integrated, easy-to-use security technologies to provide secure connectivity for employees and guests alike.  Advanced security features provide wire-like security while still being easy to configure.  One-click guest isolation provides secure, Internet-only access for visitors.  The policy firewall (Identity Policy Manager) enables group-based, granular access policy control.

Despite its incredible  power  and feature set, the MR16 is  the lowest profile 802.11n access point available – at just one inch thick, it blends seamlessly into any environment.  In addition to looking great, the MR16 is earth friendly: we’ve eliminated excess packaging and documentation, and 90% of the access point materials are recyclable.  A maximum power draw of only 10.5 watts and a cloud-hosted, multi-tenant controller mean that pollution, material utilization and your electric bill are kept to a minimum.

Contact Small Business Technology Solutions, Inc., your Meraki Authorized Reseller during October to obtain a special 30% discount on the MR16 and all other Meraki products.  This offer is good on Meraki products only and expires on October 31, 2011.

County elects to use Wi-Fi cloud service

February 7th, 2011 No comments

California’s Sacramento County has moved much of its Wi-Fi networking onto a cloud management services platform and is considering adding a similar routing component to the environment.

Wi-Fi startup Meraki’s cloud service is giving the county more for its budget dollars and the management reporting depth it needs, says Joshua Voelkert, a senior IT analyst.

In 2007, the county sought change, primarily for budgetary reasons. It was running autonomous Cisco access points (AP) in about 20 of its 200 locations. At issue: the high cost and bulky design of Cisco Aironet 1230 802.11g and 1250 802.11n APs.

The county installed the 1230s and 1250s in special enclosures in certain areas, such as courtrooms, to improve their aesthetics, which made these installations even more costly.

As the network grew, the county sought a more economic alternative. The reigning Wi-Fi architecture in vogue, of course, was centralized, controller-based WLANs coupled with lightweight (managed) APs. But the county was lukewarm about that option because of the cost and “non-green” nature of controller equipment.

“We wanted to cut down on energy and capital costs, but we might have needed many [controllers] to support all our APs and still more for redundancy,” Voelkert explains.

“At the reporting end, the WLAN [controller options] required we put in more infrastructure for servers on the logging side,” Voelkert adds, explaining that the county likes to keep logs to study usage.

Meraki sells enterprise-class Wi-Fi APs that customers install locally, but hosts and maintains a WLAN controller farm in the cloud, obviating the need for buyers to purchase, install and maintain them on their own premises. Customers play a flat per-month subscription fee for the ability to access their own WLANs through a Meraki Web portal. They can thus configure, provision and manage their networks without the controller capex investment.

Voelkert says that moving to the cloud setup has yielded approximately a 45% decrease in capital expenses and about a 30% decrease in support costs.

The cloud trend is picking up: Aerohive and Aruba Networks offer similar cloud management services. And Meraki recently added a branch office routing component to the mix, which Voelkert is evaluating so he could get “a fully managed environment through a single portal.” Not to be outdone, Aerohive recently acquired Pareto Networks, a cloud routing management company, and will offer a similar option later this year.

Voelkert describes the dual-radio MR16 AP from Meraki as an “inch high, with an Apple-ish design that’s easy to hide even though it’s in plain view,” and thus requires no extra costs for special enclosures.

The county makes use of the mesh (AP-to-AP communications) capabilities of the MR16s in places where installing data network cabling is difficult or impossible. Those managing department WLANs can also use Meraki’s traffic shaping feature to manage congestion: “A department can cut a video stream to use no more than 256Kbps or 512Kbps or completely shut it off,” Voelkert says.

“A lot of departments [in Sacramento County] have not embraced wireless because of budget issues. But with Meraki, we’re able to do much more because their APs cost less,” concludes Voelkert.

Thanks Network World: http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/wireless/2011/020711wireless1.html?page=1

Here are Small Business Technology Solutions we are your local Meraki Partner specializing in large scale Wi-Fi deployments using their technology. Contact Us today for more information on how we can help to save you money!

Skype iPhone 2-way video chat! WiFi and 3G

December 30th, 2010 No comments

 

iPhone finally gets Skype 2-way video chat, iPod touch and iPad also can receive video calls. Get the update at the apple store now!

Spring Newsletter

March 29th, 2010 No comments

Spring is here, and I know we are all excited about the warm weather that is slowly approaching. We have been very busy and would like to take this opportunity to give you a little insight into all the new changes and tell you about some new deals for the spring time.

Specials and Promotions

PC Cleanup Special – Only $85 per machine
This includes coming to your home or business and getting rid of the following:

  • Viruses
  • Spyware and Adware
  • Remove old files from user profile
  • Remove Any Unwanted Programs
  • We will also update System Drivers and BIOS if needed

Email Marketing/ Newsletter System – Starting at Only $8.95
Stay in touch with your customers with a monthly newsletter; tell them about specials or coupons. Our system allows organizations of all sizes to easily create, send, and track email newsletters, marketing campaigns, RSS feeds, surveys, and autoresponders.

Social Media Integration – Only $150
Social Media is the new way companies and people connect, whether it is facebook, twitter, linked In, etc. More and more people are going online to find what they need, or services locally. We will come out to your business and get you setup and personally show you how to use everything, and link all of your social media outlets together and link them to your website.

 
Company Update

Does your Business Need a Website? or Do you need a NEW Website?
We have a large base of businesses looking to us for website design and hosting. We provide all custom designs to suit your exact needs all at prices you can afford. Some site that have recenly been completed visit: UWWCEO, Janesville Ice Arena and ClestKiwi To see more samples of our work click here

 

Enterprise Grade SPAM filtering
We have officially launched a new service to combat SPAM for any of our customers. Even if you do not host your email through us, we will filter all of your email with the Industries leading SPAM filter by Barracuda Networks. The same system used by most Fortune 500 companies and the United States Military. All for a price any small business can afford, for more information visit our website

Vendor Partners
As we continue to provide great customer service and support to our customers and community we are constantly partnering with companies to provide the quality products and services you need. Did you know you can order Dell, HP, Cisco, and Microsoft products directly through us with better personal customer service than Best Buy® or Geek Squad®?
 
 
Upcoming Projects
 
As you might have been hearing over the airwaves and through the grapevine, we are working on a project to implement free community wireless access in the Downtown Janesville area. Please check out the article in the Janesville Gazette and our Company Blog for more information. If you would like to help or support the project please give Robert a call at 608-554-4858.
 
 
 
 
Internal Network Upgrades
In an effort to provide better customer service and protect your information we are in the process of upgrading and building our own new small data center to house all of your servers, network equipment and off-site backup storage systems; complete with 24/7 video surveillance, redundant high speed carrier grade internet links and backup power. The new center should be running at full capacity later this year.

Mobile Hotspot at Business and Marketing Expo

August 27th, 2009 No comments

Small Business Technology Solutions Moble Internet

This year’s Forward Janesville Business and Marketing Expo will be in a new location, the Helgesen Industrial Center on Janesville’s south side. The building is beautiful and provides virtually unlimited space for this year’s expo, but it has a few problems…the building currently is empty and has no internet connectivity and is the size of 4 football fields.

Forward Janesville was faced with a two problems, how they would provide WiFi access to all the expo exhibitors and visitors in a building with no connectivity, and cover the entire four football field area! That is where Small Business Technology Solutions comes in, we will be providing high speed wireless access throughout the building, without and physical changes or ISP’s dropping internet lines. This will be accomplished with our Mobile Internet Rental service. We will provide multiple connections to the internet via cell towers, and then distribute that service through the entire facility via WiFi. The system will consist of multiple 3G cell tower routers, connected to our wireless mesh system. We will install 6-10 WiFi access points with long range antennas through-out the building, blanketing the area with internet connectivity. All this will be accomplished without any physical changes to the building and when the expo is over we pack up leaving the space unharmed. Now everyone at the expo will be able to connect to the internet to check email, visit a client’s website, or just post about a new message on Facebook.

Be sure to visit our booth on Oct. 22 at the Forward Janesville Business and Marketing Expo, 2929 Venture Dr. Janesville WI 12-7pm