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WLANmall Helps K-12 Schools Simplify E-Rate Category 2 Acquisition

Erate 1WLANmall recently launched a program to help simply the decision-making, application and acquisition process for E-rate funded Category 2 technology.  The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access. In 2015 alone, E-Rate will be responsible for providing over 10 million students access to the Internet for education campuses.

WLANmall, a leading reseller and integrator of end-to-end wireless solutions, has bundled the best products from leading vendors to create cost-effective, easy-to-manage Wi-Fi networks for schools and school districts. To ease the burden of designing the networks, WLANmall has created suggested product bundles that include Wi-Fi access points, wireless network switches and the ever-important security devices and firewalls needed for intrusion detection and access management. Our suggested vendors include Ruckus wireless, Brocade, Sophos, and Cambium Networks. Continue reading

A Major Milestone in License Plate Recognition


Here at WLANmall, we’re excited about Milestone Systems new license plate recognition software XProtect LPR 2015, now available for the their Milestone XProtect® video management software suite and Milestone Husky™ NVR range. This software reads license plate information from vehicles and links the information to the corresponding surveillance video.

The 2015 edition is easier to deploy, offers more extensive geographical coverage and enables greater customization. Here are some of the new features that help both integrators and end users use this exciting technology: Continue reading

New Axis corner camera is ideal for correction facilities and psychiatric wards

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Axis Communications recently announced its first corner-mount fixed network camera. The new AXIS Q8414-LVS features a stainless steel anti-grip casing and is extremely impact resistant. Specifically developed for correctional facilities as well as in psychiatric wards, the Q8414 was designed to prevent self-harm and avoid internal conflicts. The sleek corner design lacks ligature points and the anti-grip surface prevents gripping on to the camera during conflicts.

Example of applications would include video surveillance of small rooms in premises like correctional facilities, interview rooms, psychiatric wards, and medical observation rooms as well as elevators and stairwells. Axis designed AXIS Q8414-LVS to feature as few cavities and holes as possible so prisoners and patients cannot stuff anything inside them and eases to cleaning.

The Q8414 has a 1.3 Megapixel or HDTV 720p video stream with P-Iris control and a horizontal angle of view up to 105° covers the entire room without blind spots. With to a built-in microphone and the ability to integrate a networked alarm system via its I/O port, it easily becomes part of the overall surveillance solution

We’ve seen a lot of initial interest in this camera for our municipal correctional facilities.  The Q8414 is just more tool in WLANmalls arsenal that help city and county jailers cope with their daily challenges. To find out more about the Axis Q8414, click here.

Cambium releases software upgrades to improve performance of the PMP 450 and PMP 650 product lines

In January, Cambium Networks released v 13.3 of PMP 450 / PTP 450 and PMP 430 / PTP 230 which continues to improve the PMP 450 platform. New features include:

  • Throughput Optimization mode (5 ms frame size)
  • 7MHz Channel Bandwidth for 3.5 and 3.65 radios
  • Import/Export of Configuration Files
  • Zero Touch Configuration
  • SNMPv3, HTTPS, Ability to disable Telnet, FTP and TFTP
  • Read-Only Accounts for Admin, Install, and Tech
  • Sector Spectrum Analyzer
  • Export of Sessions Status Page

Current owners of Cambium PMP / PTP 450 and 430 can download R13.3 here and the  13.3 Release Notes are located here.

With the recently released 01-40 software for PTP 650, network operators have more performance and flexibility in running their networks. Some of the key features include:

  • Determine which channels are available for expanding your network. Wide-band, always-on spectrum analyzer provides real-time analysis of all channels between 4.9 GHz to 6.05 GHz. Results are displayed graphically in the GUI or available for offline analytics.
  • Tailor the uplink/downlink capacity of PTP links to the payload/application. New TDD ratios enable adjustment from 50% to 83% Tx/Rx cycles.
  • Add an additional camera or AP to a PTP link without adding a switch. Activate multiple physical ports on the PTP 650 and send data in a parallel virtual path without overhead of adding a switch.
  • Many additional enhancements to performance and management.

Download v 01-40 now from the Cambium Support webpage. You can watch a video on this release and PTP 650 in general by clicking here.

Does this Poodle have Teeth?

untitled (9)A few weeks ago, 3 researchers from Google announced that they have a major security breech on one of the most ubiquitous encryption technologies.

POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption, was found in SSL 3.0(Secure Sockets Layer), is the technology that encrypts a user’s browsing session, making it difficult for anyone using a public Wi-Fi network (Starbucks, McDonalds, etc) to eavesdropped on.

According to Google, an attacker that controls the network between the computer and server could interfere with the handshake process used to verify which cryptography protocol the server can accept using a “protocol downgrade dance”.

This will force computers to use the older SSL 3.0 protocol to protect data that is being sent. Attackers can then exploit the bug by carrying out a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack to decrypt secure HTTP cookie and enable them to hijack someone’s browsing session and do things like take over their email, online banking, or social networking account. To pull off an a Poodle attack the victim has to be actively online and physically close to the attacker — say, using the same public Wi-Fi.

In order to end users to protect your browsing, here are some suggested changes for the most common types of browsers:
• Google Chrome
• Microsoft Internet Explorer

For business managing their own servers, Security software firm Symantec recommends the following:
1. Check to see if your webservers are vulnerable using their free SSL Toolbox.
2. Use tools that support TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV, a mechanism that prevents attackers from forcing Web browsers to use SSL 3.0.
3. Disable SSL 3.0 altogether, or disable SSL 3.0 CBC-mode ciphers
4. Use a cloud-based Web Application Firewall can help protect against this kind of vulnerability

If you have any questions about POODLE, please feel free to email us at info@wlanmal.com.

Siklu’s ExtendMM solution delivers Gigabit throughput with weather-proof availability up to 3.5 miles


Winter is soon upon us.  Boston has had its first Noreaster of the season and Chicago has already been hit with gale-force winds. So how do deliver highly available Gigabit throughput for distances of 3.5 miles in this inclement weather?

Siklu has created an extended range solution that creates an always-on, all-weather, extended range connection by combining any Siklu EtherHaul-1200 millimeter wave radio (1ft. antenna) with any previously-deployed sub-6 GHz radio.

Siklu’s ExtendMM™ is an extended range solution for all our wireless service providers operating over longer distances. With a single click you turn the two radios into a single high-performance long-distance link that delivers the capacity you need over the distance you require. For inclement weather, when a significant rain event happens, the ExtendMM™ solution automatically switches the high priority traffic, without dropping sessions, from the primary EtherHaul path to the sub-6 GHz path. As the rain cell passes, the link immediately returns to Gigabit speed. No additional networking equipment is needed and you can ensure guaranteed bandwidth and uptime to your customers during these inclement winter months.

If you have one of the following sub 6 GHz radios installed, ExtendMM creates a seamless solution using your installed equipment.

  • Ubiquity
    • Bullet; NanoStation; NanoBridge
  • MikroTik
    • SXT 5HPnD; GrooveA 52HPn; Metal 5SHPn; QRT 5
  • TP Link
    • TL-WA7510N
  • Radwin
    • Radwin 2000
  • Cambium Networks
    • PTP series

To find out more on Siklu’s innovative products, go here.

Ruckus explains the difference between Adaptive Antennas and Transmit Beamforming

Ruckus Wireless does a great job of discussing how their Adaptive Antenna technology has stood the test of time.  With the introduction of 802.11 ac, the notion that transmit beamforming (TxBF) with 11ac replaces the need for Smart Wi-Fi. This common misconception that smart, adaptive antennas—as proprietary Ruckus BeamFlex technology—and transmit beamforming—as a standards-based technology—are one-and-the-same. In this geeky, technical blog, Ruckus explains the differences in the two technologies. You can go to the Ruckus Blog to read more or watch the video on YouTube.

Canon’s acquisition of Milestone raises questions on vendor neutrality


We’ve had a lot of our customers read that Canon has recently acquired leading network management software platform, Milestone Systems. Among our customer’s key concerns is that Milestone has always been known for its commitment as on open platform/architecture and vendor neutrality. Will the acquisition affect this neutrality? First, let’s clear something up. Milestone Systems was acquired by Canon Group. I different division of Canon that does not manage their camera development and sales. Canon has a clear ambition to drive future growth through diversification and has identified network video surveillance as a strategic new business area.  Bringing Milestone into the Canon Group will significantly enhance Canon’s software capabilities in this sector.

According to Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems: “Milestone is extremely excited about the huge potential that being part of a global group will provide. Canon respects how we built our business with our partners and supports our strategy of providing open platform solutions and therefore the need to remain a standalone company within the Canon Group. We feel this step is right for taking both our business and support for suppliers and partners to a new level.”

We here at WLANmall are pretty optimistic about the future of the Milestone platform. We think that the support of Cannon Group can help Milestone accelerate its business and development of new products while still operating as a standalone company.

For more information on the Milestone acquisition, you can read their press release here.

WLANmall Named to SD&I FAST50

Ranks as among the fastest-growing security dealers/integrators in North America

We excited to announce that WLANmall, has ranked #28 in SD & I’s Top 50 fastest growing security dealers and integrators in North America. SD&I’s Fast50 program is considered the industry’s premier best practices and ranking program that recognizes the fastest-growing firms across the entire landscape of security,alarm dealers, installers and systems integrators.

Since 2006, the WLANmall has been delivering end-to-end IP surveillance network solutions including wireless access points and bridges, IP cameras, video management software (VMS), servers, storage networks and more from top vendors including Cambium, Exalt, Radwin, Sony, Axis, Milestone Systems, Dell and Brocade. Our customers now include The City of San Clemente, City of Fullerton Police Department, Nexus Treatment Centers, City of Columbus, Ohio, City of Longview, TX, LAPD, LASD and Anaheim PD.

We think that WLANmall’s growth can be attributed to one key philosophy– One size does NOT fit all.Our deep technical knowledge of the products we represent and networking allows us to fully understand our customers’ surveillance and network needs. We can then deliver cost-effective, customized solutions based on industry-leading technologies.  Completing the sales process with personalized post-sales support and services has helped us to gain overwhelming customer loyalty.

Ethernet Will Help Make Tactical Vehicles “SMART”


New Military Tactical Vehicles Will Rely on Ethernet Backbones for both Vehicle and Soldier Survivability

We recently wrote about Future Soldier applications for Ethernet backbones for advanced weapon and communication systems that will enhance soldiers’ survival and effectiveness by augmenting command and control (C&C), lethality, mobility, and sustainability. But Ethernet backbones will have a much bigger job. For next-generation giants like armored vehicles and trucks, Ethernet will be a key technology of the network that will not only enhance the survivability of the soldiers, but enhance the survivability of the these vehicles that will be used for infantry combat, command, reconnaissance, and armored utility applications.

One such program is the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV), a new support vehicle program being developed by the US forces, specifically the US Army, USSOCOM, and the Marine Corps to replace the rapidly aging and outmoded high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), the design of which is over 25 years old. The JLTVs specific requirements are that it would be: more mechanically reliable, maintainable (with onboard diagnostics), all-terrain mobile, and equipped to link into current and future tactical data nets.

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