With BYOD (bring your own device) being a trend, corporates are now facing some new challenges with their network infrastructure. As staff operate bandwidth-hungry applications such as video conference, live demo and Skype with their iPhones and iPads, the issue of how to support employees with reliable wireless network infrastructure emerges.
In addition, it is also important for enterprises to enhance wireless security and implement user management to protect intellectual property and confidential information against malicious activities. To address these issues, a managed wireless network is a must-have for businesses of all types and scales.
For enterprises, interruptions of network connectivity is equivalent to inefficiency and lost revenue. Problems often encountered include:
With many businesses developing and expanding globally, while a complete wireless coverage across an enterprise venue already offers significant management benefits, these benefits become irreplaceable when access is extended to remote offices, home offices, temporary offices and telecommuters. 4ipnet makes it simple to extend new offices automatically without the need to deploying expensive IT equipment.
Our Cost-effective Solution Provides:
4ipnet enterprise wireless LAN solution enables wireless networks to match wired connections in terms of PERFORMANCE, UNINTERRUPTED APPLICATION DELIVERY and SECURITY, while offering mobility and longevity that come from a wire-free network.
Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre is one of the greatest
exhibition centers in Turkey, hosting numerous large events throughout the year. For Congresium, providing wireless coverage to service more than 3,000 concurrent users across the different areas of the vast premise was not an easy task. How did 4ipnet solve the problem ?
Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre is a leading exhibition center in Ankara, Turkey, with top-level facilities and an expansive area of 80,000 m² that can be customized to fulfill the needs of all kinds of events. A notable event it hosted was the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties (UNCCD COP12), held from October 12-23, 2015.
Decision-makers and participants from 195 member states attended the COP12 to discuss climate change issues and their solutions. During the conference, Internet access was a primary demand for the guests. However, for Congresium, providing wireless coverage to service more than 3,000 concurrent users across the different areas of the vast premise was not an easy task.
Coverage and high user density were the most primary concerns, as there could
not be any Wi-Fi dead spots. Also, given the high number of users and devices
during the event, the APs needed to be well-managed with advanced features that
prevented overloading. Furthermore, an end-to-end solution with a secure user
authentication method was essential, as unauthorized access could potentially
cause leaks of confidential information. Finally, segregated virtual networks for
different usage scenarios were also required to add another layer of security. To
address these challenges, Congresium turned to 4ipnet’s local partner, Ipeknet.
Ipeknet’s technical expertise convinced Congresium that a centralized AP and user management was essential for successful WLAN operation. Ipeknet proposed 4ipnet’s WHG711 wireless LAN controller (and an additional unit for high availability), EAP767 and EAP757 concurrent dual-band access points, and SW1008 unified access switches. Ipeknet completed the deployment in time, and also provided IT support during the conference.
Advanced AP management features on the WHG711 such as automatic AP discovery and provisioning, bulk AP configuration, and real-time status notifications simplified the deployment process. Users were also able to roam seamlessly between different APs without losing connectivity. Furthermore, load balancing prevented individual APs from being overly congested. With these functions, the Wi-Fi network was able to service thousands of simultaneous concurrent users, and the risk of potential downtime was reduced.
In addition to stable Wi-Fi connectivity, 4ipnet’s authentication solution also allowed the conference center to provide flexible and secure browser-based user authentication. After being authenticated on the network, each user could then be applied with schedule based QoS, firewall, and routing profile according to their role. As a result, network administrators were able to prevent individual users from consuming the entire network bandwidth, ensuring that all users would receive an acceptable connection quality. Detailed user-browsing history logs were also stored to meet local government requirements.
The COP12 was a success, and it was proudly observed that the 3000 clients connected to Wi-Fi without any problem. As a result, both Congresium and the UN authorities were very pleased with the performance and services provided by 4ipnet and Ipeknet.
Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre is a perfect example of how a public venue can successfully deploy a large-scale Wi-Fi network using 4ipnet’s solution. With high performance APs and comprehensive user and AP management features, the venue reaffirms its commitment to providing advanced facilities and services to business professionals worldwide.
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Wind Lion Plaza is a duty-free shopping mall located in Kinmen, Taiwan. The county government deployed 4ipnet WHG405 and EAP717 to provide Wi-Fi access for both tourists and local employees.
The Federal Court of Malaysia recognized the need for wireless network management such as VALN assignment and access control. The decision was made to deploy 4ipnet’s wireless LAN controllers and APs because of its functionality and ability to integrate with existing infrastructure.
The Federal Court of Malaysia, located in the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, is the highest court in the country. Established during Malaysia’s independence in 1957, it originally served as the Court of Judicature of Prince of Wales' Island and received its present name in 1994. With the recent advances in communication technology and soaring usage of mobile devices, there is now a stronger demand than ever for stable and ubiquitous Wi-Fi access. This phenomenon led the Federal Court to acknowledge that its wireless network infrastructure needed to be expanded and upgraded.
There were several challenges that the Federal Court faced when it came to providing a reliable and secure Wi-Fi. Firstly, given that the Federal Court could have many users online at any moment, each with multiple devices, the WLAN infrastructure needed to be robust and able to operate steadily in a high-density environment. Secondly, the Federal Court wished to provide differentiated access privileges for staffs and visitors to ensure the security of sensitive data. Lastly, since the existing wireless network contained APs from several different vendors, along with the fact that the Federal Court did not wish to overhaul the entire infrastructure, the new Wi-Fi solution needed to be vendor-agnostic.
After thoroughly evaluating several competing solutions, the Federal Court decided that 4ipnet’s proposed solution, which consisted of the WHG405 Wireless LAN Controller and EAP110/EAP757 Wireless Access Points, was their best option.
The WHG405 provided centralized management for up to 150 APs, and enabled
browser-based user authentication for users to easily login to Wi-Fi. Once users were
logged in, administrators were then able to enforce firewall rules and bandwidth
limitations through the WHG405’s role-based policy feature. Additionally, in the event of illegal Internet activities, detailed usage logs like HTTP Web Log and NAT Conversion Log helped the IT staff quickly trace the source of the activity. These user management and logging features helped created a secure and reliable Wi-Fi environment for every user and device in the Federal Court.
In addition to the controller, the EAP access points also played a significant role in
maintaining a high performance wireless network. With the comprehensive performance and security features such as VLAN tagging and Layer 2 Firewall, the Federal Court was able to segregate network traffic and limit broadcast domains, and prevent unnecessary packets from being transmitted onto the wireless medium. The most significant benefit came from integrating the access points with the controller, giving the Federal Court a total solution for AP management, user access control, and network traffic monitoring.