Our networking line had its humble beginnings back in October of 2016 with the release of the GWN7610 WiFi AP. Since then, we have released two additional APs, a Gigabit Router and will soon launch a cloud-based WiFi management platform. Since its inception, the GWN series has been delivering success to our customers throughout the world. Let’s take a look at some recent examples of how our GWN series is helping business compete in a mobility driven world.
If you have been following us recently, you’ve probably seen mention of captive portals. In this blog post, we are going to take a deep dive into what exactly a captive portal is and why it’s a critical component and benefit to most business’ networks.
Internet used to be a measly dial up connection that only a handful of families had access to at home. Now dial up is no longer in existence, and just about any device you can think of comes WiFi enabled from refrigerators to door locks. We use more WiFi than ever before and expect to have it while grocery shopping, while at work, and even on airplane trips.
Like any technology, WiFI has its own share of security concerns. The nature of wireless networks allows hackers or anyone with malicious intent to locate themselves close to an access point in order to infiltrate a network. According to Kasperksy, approximately 24.7% of Wi-Fi hotspots in the world do not use any encryption at all, and that does not even include the WiFi networks that are under-secured. More than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. Additionally, a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2017 found that there has been a 38% increase in the instances of phishing scams and other cyber security incidents from 2015 to 2016.
We already know that WiFi is almost everywhere we go— but, should it be implemented at your business as well? There are many benefits of offering complementary WiFi to your consumers. And while it may seem like the investment is one-sided, businesses end up profiting thanks to the addition of free WiFi on premises. If you are unsure how providing WiFi can significantly improve your business, this list of benefits can provide some answers.
Can you imagine life without WiFi? What started from a simple 802.11 standard has now turned into the biggest phenomenon of the 21st century. Since its birth in 1985, the WiFi industry has grown as quick as lightning. From simple speeds that could barely handle email exchange to live-streaming on a mobile device while commuting on a train. We watched WiFi grow, thrive, and now dominate our everyday communications. It’s certainly hard to imagine life without it.
Note: Though this blog post was originally written about the GWN7610, everything in this post applies to all GWN series WiFi Access Points
You may have noticed that much of the discussion around our new GWN7610 WiFi Access Point has been about the way it is installed and managed. One of the biggest innovations is the incredibly quick, easy and intuitive setup and management process we have designed. Where most other AP manufacturers require you to purchase or use a separate piece of equipment or software (known as a “controller”) to setup and manage access points, the GWN7610 includes its own provisioning master built-in to the product’s web-user interface. This controller-less, centralized management is the future of WiFi access point technology and Grandstream is one of the very first manufacturers on the market to design APs this way.
A few weeks ago we announced a major expansion for Grandstream – our entrance into the networking solutions marketplace. Over the coming months we will begin to build out and expand our networking solutions portfolio with a variety of low-end, mid-range and high-end WiFi APs and routers. Our entry into networking market is a major step for Grandstream’s efforts in continuing to offer complete business communication solutions.
Do you remember the sound of dial-up while painfully waiting for a computer to connect to the Internet? Or when all devices required a wired connection? In the mid-1990s when the Internet first hit the “mainstream” the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards had just barely established the 802.11 standard and dial up was considered an innovative technology. Now, a quarter century later the way we use the Internet is completely different and the original 802.11 standard is a legacy.