Smarter Networks: Know the Advantages of WiFi Managed

The Internet is present in the lives of millions of people around the world. In fact, the World Bank estimates that 46% of the global population has access to this network. At present, its use is not only exclusive to people, but also to companies. Peru is not the exception. A study by BBVA Research, presented at the end of last year, revealed that 76% of formal private companies in the country use the Internet. In this context, Wi-Fi is one of the most efficient technologies to connect to this network.

This technology, which allows access to the Internet through a wireless connection, helps Peruvian companies improve several of their processes. However, having Internet or Wi-Fi is no longer sufficient for the competitiveness and efficiency of an organization. “Wi-Fi networks are essential to increase the productivity of a business. To be really beneficial, however, it is necessary that a company not only have a 100% reliable fiber connection but also have a value-added service tailored to each company, “says Miguel Caballero, Deputy Director of Corporate Services of Claro Peru. One of these services with that kind of value that the local market offers today is Wi-Fi Managed.

Smarter Networks

It involves, says Miguel Caballero, a service that includes designing the Internet network required by the company, installing the necessary infrastructure for its operation and managing it. All this through a fixed monthly charge. It also involves taking care of those costs that may be hidden from people who are not necessarily experts, such as maintenance that includes spare parts logistics, travel, 24×7 personnel, technological validity, service level commitments, among others.

This innovative service saves resources and alleviates the operational burden of its management. It provides greater security and allows companies to stay protected and updated technologically.

Advantages and Experiences

In addition to alleviating the operational burden of managing wireless networks and equipment, a company that is committed to Wi-Fi Managed is also protecting itself. If a device connects to a network that is not managed by the company, Miguel Caballero points out, “it can put your credentials at risk and, with this, it can compromise the company’s information.”

The Claro Peru executive points out that hiring a Managed Wi-Fi can facilitate the company to better know its target audience: it will have more detailed access to the behavior and profile of its customers. From that information “you can generate loyalty promotions or adapt to the user experience,” says Caballero.

Claro Peru is one of the main suppliers in the Peruvian market. It offers, on the one hand, a service that requires a single payment for the installation or implementation of Internet equipment. On the other hand, it has a service that includes the cost of the Wi-Fi Managed service and the equipment rental. This last detail ensures the customer the constant technological update of their software and hardware.

Support in the market

Several of Claro’s clients highlight the improvements achieved when hiring this service. “The installation of the integrated wireless solution reduced the investments and the internal costs of the management,” says Dennys Sánchez, Head of Information Technology and Communication of the Peruvian University of the Americas, one of the clients of the Wi-Fi service. Managed by Claro Peru. “The service provider always guarantees the availability of a next-generation Wi-Fi solution,” he adds.

On the other hand, Fanny Lobos, Head of Technological Infrastructure of the PUCP, says that the service provided by the university in provinces of Wi-Fi Manager provided by Claro Peru, has managed to give a better Internet service to the students and teachers of their educational institution and, with this, that they have better access to study resources. “In addition, the university has real-time information on the Internet consumption of each classroom and availability of the service. All this facilitates providing quality education, “he says.

Need a New Router? Choose the Best Router

Whether it is because the connected devices in the house increase because we are more the ones who live there or because there are areas where the Wi-Fi does not arrive as well as we would like, there are times when we consider whether the ‘router’ installed the telephone company satisfactorily fulfills its mission. It matters little that we improve our rate with more ‘mega’ up and down: if we do not have a machine powerful enough to cover all corners of our home and bring internet to all smartphones, tablets and other devices, not it will be useless. That is why we often consider buying a new router. Undoubtedly, a highly recommended option, as long as we know what aspects we need to improve.

The first thing we must keep in mind is what our needs are. Calculate how many people can be connected at the same time, what is their use of the internet, what kind of devices they usually use … It is important to evaluate all these factors in order to be successful in the purchase. Depending on the same, we will have to look for a ‘router’ with some features or others.

Choose the Best Router

One of the main features that we have to take into account is if the router has the MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) technology so that we can obtain a better performance of our wireless network since allows the ‘router’ to communicate at the same time with several devices. A detail to keep in mind is that this technology is only accessible for those devices that support the WiFi protocol 802.11 ac, which is common in the models that went on the market in recent years.

It is precisely this other benefit to take into account: whether or not it has this standard. To make us an idea, with a ‘router’ with this equipment, in addition to MU-MIMO 3×3, the speed of transmission with the ‘smartphone’ or the computer with which we connect will be 1,300 Mbps.

You must bear in mind that in 2019 a new version of the wireless connection will be added, the 802.11 ax that will be known as Wifi 6, since the nomenclatures will change. In addition, a new security protocol will arrive, the WPA3 that will come to replace the WPA2 that came out in 2004, and that has already been shown to be absolutely vulnerable. That is why, if you are thinking about making an important investment in a new router, a good option will be to wait for the arrival of this new wireless network standard and the new protocol to keep the Internet connection safe.

Also, whenever we can afford it based on our budget, the ideal is for the router to have Beamforming technology . Among other things, this is responsible for analyzing the signal returned by the connected devices to detect possible interference and increase the intensity of the signal in that direction, so there are no problems. In addition, if the ‘router’ that we are going to buy incorporates a good QoS (Quality of Service) system, better than better, since it gives priority to certain connections so that they can operate at full capacity.

Depending on our needs, we may want to add some other details such as having different LAN ports, with USB inputs, with memory card reader or ports for SSDs. With this we can share content in ‘streaming’ between all connected devices, we can establish a system to make a backup automatically, or simply use it to connect a printer and send documents to print from a computer or a phone 

Wifi with a POCKET MODEM, Which is the SIZE of a POCKET

This is how you can safely carry your WiFi network everywhere and all thanks to this very small pocket device.

The Information Technologies revolution (TICS) continues to surprise with great inventions, although some are more functional than others. For example, we are sure that a pocket modem is an excellent idea.

Wifi with a POCKET MODEM

Wherever you go, it is essential that you do not run out of cell phone data to share all your photos and videos on social networks, and even to do homework or a job, stay connected when you get out of the office … or whatever, Never run out of data!

Gadget

Society is changing thanks to technology, but technology also adapts to the needs of society. So, if you need to be connected to work from anywhere, or go for a walk, the new izzi pocket is for you.

It is a modem that, as the name implies, is so small and practical that it fits (literally) in your pocket. With it you can have access to high-speed Internet at any time, wherever and whenever you want. From airports and commercial plazas to public transport, parks, museums and more.

For example, if you need to continue working on a project in a place without WiFi connection, this hotspot is super fast and efficient. With the new izzi pocke t , the Internet goes with you, you just have to choose a data plan from $ 300 per month, at a cost of $ 1,000 pesos subscription, which includes $ 300 bonus on your first month:

Choose a plan:

  • 5,000 MB of data $ 300
  • 10,000 MB of data $ 500
  • 20,000 MB of data $ 800

In addition to taking it where you want easily, you can also share it with whoever you want. And its range of coverage is already in the CDMX, Guadalajara, Monterrey.

But in addition to the hassles we discussed, it may be that we simply do not want you to know our password . Maybe to prevent it from connecting from other devices and may affect the speed or for any other reason of security.

Whatever the reason, we can always share Wi-Fi with guests without the need to reveal the password. In this article we will explain how to do it.

The first thing we need is to know the SSID (network name), as well as our password and type. This we have to point it somewhere or just keep it in mind.

What is Mesh Network? Meet Technology that Improves Wi-Fi

The Google recently launched Google Wifi , a device that intends to mesh networks, commonly used in large enterprises, into the house. A mixed router and internet repeater, the device aims to improve the connection in the home environment by distributing the signal equally in all rooms. The idea is to put aside the need to be close to points in the wired network for high performance.

Discover what mesh networking is all about, how it works, and how that new kind of connection Google intends to bring to the home of users can improve the internet experience, especially when streaming movies and music using mobile devices.

What is Mesh Network?

Network of nodes

Unlike the traditional Wi-Fi network, a mesh network is not composed of only a single router connected to the broadband network. Rather, it is made up of us working together to distribute a single internet signal at various points in the same environment. To some extent, nodes function as high-efficiency routers and repeaters.

This is because the internet signal in a mesh network is not lost when distancing itself from the main router. In fact, the trend is for a Wi-Fi connection of the type to get even faster with the addition of new nodes – separate Wi-Fi units or OnHub routers, for example.

More Intelligence

Access points that form a mesh network are not ordinary routers or repeaters, as they must be equipped with special software. The system is essential to control the distribution of the connection in the network according to the need of the user. Although knots are made to spread the reach of the connection in the entire environment, the speed can be directed to a certain task, depending on the need.

As a result, a computer that does movie streaming can gain priority, while mobile devices do not have a weak signal when they switch places. In practice, it means that a mesh network can provide a stable connection anywhere within its range, even if the user moves constantly.

Ease of Use

Mesh networks are easier to manage because the software that comes with each node has the task of integrating itself into the rest of the infrastructure automatically. The compatibility between the drives depends on the manufacturer, but instead, there is no reliance on a network administrator to increase the performance of the connection.

Cost benefit

In conventional wireless networks, you need to invest in more powerful routers or repeaters – which can offer low efficiency – to reach larger areas. In mesh networks, the cost of infrastructure has more flexible scalability. To cover larger environments, simply add more nodes to the same network.

This is one of the main advantages offered by Google WiFi. For a cost that promises not to be so high, the user can add new units to the same network to improve the connection in larger locations. One unit is sold at a price of US $ 129 (R $ 417, current exchange, without taxes) with coverage of up to 140 m², and the three-unit package for US $ 299 (R $ 966)

50% of People Who Use WiFi in Shopping Malls are Teens

According to a report prepared by WIGO, a leading company in Wi-Fi business management, 50% of people who connected to the Wi-Fi network that has the main shopping centers in Lima are between 18 and 25 years old.

The WIGO study measured the evolution of the tastes and preferences of the users who navigated through its network in five shopping centers in Lima such as MegaPlaza, Jockey Plaza, Larcomar, Minka and the Boulevard de Asia.

Usages of WiFi in Malls is Increasing Rapidly

“To date, more than one million unique mobile devices have enjoyed reliable and secure Wi-Fi, generating more than 6’400,000 million sessions,” said WIGO CEO Carlos Andrés López.

The report indicates that 28% of connected people are between 26 and 35 years old; 56% are men and 44% are women, while most connect between 6 pm and 8 pm and their time of stay is on average 11 minutes.

WIGO ensures that if the profile of each shopping center is analyzed, the behaviors tend to be much more specific and with interesting results depending on different variables such as: in JockeyPlaza, an average of 30% that represents the majority, is connected between 2 pm and 4 pm, the food court is the area with the greatest connection.

The study on the evolution of the tastes and preferences of the users who connected to the WIGO Wi-Fi network in the last five months, indicates that, currently, the preferred activities usage Wi-Fi are: navigation on the web (48 %), Streaming Media (39%), Messaging (10%), File Transfer (2%) and Others (1%) within the latter highlights entertainment activities, among others.

50% of People are between 18 and 25 years of Age !!

Regarding the navigation on the web, the preference for social networks is observed, which responds to the need to be in permanent contact with the social circle, this is evidenced by the fact that Facebook continues to be the favorite social network, since in the last five months a growth of 52% to 60% has been identified which represents an increase of 8%.

While in the Streaming Media category, the preference for downloading videos stands out, which represents an attractive 96% in which YouTube maintains a sustained leadership with an average of 72%, however, we can not fail to mention the income, Still shy but interesting, Netflix with 1%.

On the other hand, regarding the download of audio that represents 4% of the use of streaming we observed that Spotify is becoming one of the favorite audio applications because between October and February it has registered an increase of 21% to 34%, that is to say, an increase of 13%.

Regarding the category of Messaging, within the subcategory of Instant Messaging, WhatsApp leads the preference of users with 99% in the same way, in the subcategory of Share Images, Instagram also leads with 99%, both with sustained leadership in recent months.

However, in the subcategory of Voice over IP, Skype does not experience the same growth because in recent months its use has fallen by 28%.

Also, in the subcategory of Communities, Twitter is the microblogging that is gaining more use of Peruvian Internet users as it has shown a growth of 23%, while new applications such as Tinder are beginning to capture the attention of users, currently in a 11%, having its largest representation in Shopping Centers such as Larcomar and Boulevard de Asia.

Snapchat, has also shown a broad growth of 67% to 90% with an increase of 23% within the subcategory Video Messaging.

Dropbox maintains the leadership in the File Transfer category with an average of 76% leadership that holds within this category

Do I Need a Firewall if I Have a Router

Hardware or software firewall; There are two types of firewalls or firewalls: hardware and software. Your router, for example, is running your hardware firewall while Windows has a firewall software, or, to say it in Greek, a software firewall. There are other third-party firewalls that you can install but today we will talk about the two mentioned above.

In August 2003, if you connected Windows XP without a firewall, it would be a victim within minutes of the Blaster worm. The worm exploited vulnerabilities in the network services used by Windows XP to connect to the Internet.

So, in addition to the necessary installation of all security updates, the use of a firewall is considered necessary, especially on Windows computers. Do you need a software firewall if you use a router that is considered a hardware firewall?

How Routers Work as Hardware Firewalls

Home routers use a network address translation (or NAT from network address translation) to share an IP address from the Internet service you use on your home-office computers.
When incoming traffic from the Internet to your router arrives, and the router does not know the computer to which it is forwarding, it will reject the traffic. In fact, NAT acts like a firewall that prevents incoming requests from entering your computer. Depending on the router you are using, you may also be able to block specific types of outbound traffic by changing the device settings.

How Software Firewalls Work

A firewall software runs on your computer and allows or denies incoming traffic. Windows itself has a built-in software firewall by default since Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Because software firewalls work on your computer, they can track which applications they want to use the Internet and block or allow traffic on demand.

If you connect your computer directly to the Internet, it is important to use a software firewall. Windows Firewall application is enough.

Hardware Firewall and Software Firewall

Hardware and software firewalls can:

Exclude undesired incoming traffic by default, protecting vulnerable network services.
They block some types of outbound traffic. (Although this feature may not be present on some routers.)

Advantages of a software firewall:

A hardware firewall is located between your computer and the Internet, while a software firewall software is located between your computer and the network. If other computers on your network are infected, the software firewall can protect your computer.
Software firewalls allow you to easily control network access by the application. In addition to controlling incoming traffic, a software firewall can alert you when an application on your computer wants to connect to the Internet and allow you to block it.

Advantages of a hardware firewall:

A hardware firewall is not inside your computer but outside of it. So if you are infected by a worm, malicious software may perhaps turn off the software firewall but not the hardware firewall.

Hardware firewalls can provide centralized network management. So if your network is large, you can configure your firewall settings more easily from a single device. This also prevents users from changing settings on their computers.

Do they both need?

It is important to use at least one type of firewall, hardware or software. Routers and software firewalls often provide similar functions but each of them provides unique benefits.

If you already have a router firewall and you have the Windows Firewall turned on, you’re more secure at no real cost in performance.

You do not need to use third-party software to replace the Windows Firewall, but you can, if you want more and easier features.

NETGEAR at CES 2019: Meet all the New Networking Teams Presented

The manufacturer NETGEAR has presented at CES 2019 held in Las Vegas their new equipment that will go on sale this year 2019, and we anticipate that this year is really interesting. NETGEAR, as you all know, is a leader in Wi-Fi Mesh equipment, and of course, they have introduced a new Orbi with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, to make it work even faster. Do you want to know all the news of NETGEAR in the CES 2019? Do not miss this article.

NETGEAR Orbi RBK152: The Wi-Fi Mesh with Wi-Fi 6 system

NETGEAR has introduced the new Orbi top of the range, its name is Orbi RBK152 and is the top of the range with the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50. NETGEAR has not revealed too many details, but we do know that it will be based on the Qualcomm platform, just like all Orbi, its CPU has four cores, it supports a total of 12 streams. We believe that, therefore, it will be of class AX11000, although we do not know if the wireless clients will use Wi-FI 5 (Wi-Fi N in 2.4GHz and Wi-Fi AC in 5GHz), or if we will face the Clients also Wi-Fi 6 that would be logical.

In case we have Wi-Fi 6 for interconnection and wireless clients, this means that we will have AX6000 class facing the clients, so we will have up to 1148Mbps of speed in the 2.4GHz band, and a speed of up to 4804Mbps in the 5GHz band. The second band of frequencies in 5GHz is oriented specifically to the interconnection of the Orbi, it is a dedicated band, and here we will have a wireless link of 4804Mbps of speed, something really impressive.

This equipment is not the first with Wi-Fi 6 from the manufacturer since in November they presented their top-of-the-line routers to face the competition.

Related to the NETGEAR Orbi that we currently have in the market, NETGEAR has announced ” Armor “, a Bitdefender security suite that will allow us to protect all the equipment in our home, since it incorporates a complete security suite. This “Armor” is exactly the same as some routers of the manufacturer already have, like the NETGEAR R7000P, it is a payment service that has 90 free trial days, but that later we will have to pay about 70 euros per year. An important detail is that Armor includes Bitdefender Total Security software to install it on the computers and laptops that we have in our home, in an unlimited way, it is compatible with Windows and MacOS. We will also be able to install this software on our Android.

NETGEAR has also announced a Wi-Fi hotspot called ” Orbi Pro Mesh Wi-Fi Ceiling Satellite ” that we can integrate into the Orbi Pro family to increase coverage in small and medium businesses. This equipment is powered by PoE and will use the wired return network for communication with the rest of Orbi, although it would also support communication via Wi-Fi if we have FastLane3.

NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot

The manufacturer NETGEAR has also bet on CES 2019 for the new 5G that is just around the corner, but this time, instead of presenting a 5G desktop router, has introduced a MiFi, ie a portable 5G router with a built-in battery.

An important detail is that, in principle, this equipment is only available for the AT & T network in the US, but very possibly it will arrive in Spain in the very near future, either with a similar model and even the same one but with different firmware. This 5G router has a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem.

Manageable NETGEAR switches, professional AP and router for SMEs

The manufacturer has launched a new series of switches called NETGEAR Smart Managed Pro S350, these switches support the IPv6 protocol, and are available in models with 2 or 4 SFP ports. All are Gigabit Ethernet ports, either with RJ-45 or SFP, in addition, there are also two models (the 8-port and the 24-port) with PoE + to power access points. Regarding the management features, we have the typical functions of an L2 + switch.

The NETGEAR WAC540 is a professional access point that belongs to the Insight Smart Cloud family. This equipment is a simultaneous triple band with Wi-Fi AC3000, we can get up to 400Mbps in the 2.4GHz band, up to 867Mbps speed in the first 5GHz band, and up to 1733Mbps in the second 5GHz band. This professional AP includes the possibility of doing band-steering, has Beamforming to focus the wireless signal on customers, has load balancing, Airtime Fairness, and also incorporates Wi-Fi roaming. Being a professional team, we also have QoS, centralized management with Insight, a possibility of configuring VLANs and much more.

Finally, we have the NETGEAR WAC124, a router that will allow us to manage a professional network, since we will be able to separate the Wi-Fi networks, and, in addition, it is integrated into the Insight family for its management in the cloud. The most remarkable thing about this router is that it is of professional range, therefore, we will have the possibility of managing VLANs, creating several SSIDs, etc.

This router is a simultaneous dual-band with Wi-Fi AC2000, in the 2.4GHz band we can get a speed of up to 300Mbps, and in the 5GHz band, we can get a speed of up to 1733Mbps. Other features of this equipment is that we will have a Gigabit Ethernet port for the Internet WAN, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN. We do not have USB ports to share files in the local network.

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New security systems NETGEAR Arlo

NETGEAR Arlo is the family of IP video surveillance systems for our home. The manufacturer has presented at CES 2019 new equipment to this family, such as a multi-sensor device that is sold “all in one”. These “all in one” devices will allow us to detect movement if the doors and windows are open or closed, and it is also capable of detecting smoke, carbon monoxide in the environment, changes in temperature and also water losses.

It has also presented the Siren Arlo, a siren that can be used outdoors and that runs on battery, ideal for setting alert notifications in case of an event. This siren can be activated or deactivated with the Arlo Remote, remote control from the manufacturer.

All these devices need the Arlo SmartHub, the base of IP cameras that we had in Arlo cameras. NETGEAR has announced that Arlo SmartHub will be compatible with other manufacturers, to allow the interaction of different devices in the smart home. Finally, NETGEAR has announced an IP camera with 4K resolution, and also that the current Arlo Pro 2 will support Apple HomeKit.

WiFi Radiation can Increase the Risk of Miscarriage by Up to 50%

Modern society is full of technology. They surround us everywhere, from computers, tablets and laptops that we use to work, to “smart” phones that we carry with us, and movies that we broadcast via WiFi.

It would be difficult for many of us to imagine how you can spend 24 hours without using any wireless technology. Although these devices provide surprising convenience and are easy to connect, they must have large, bold warning labels on them, because their radiation was recognized by the World Health Organization as a possible class 2B carcinogenic factor, and more and more studies convincingly prove that these devices are causing serious problems with health.

Of course, children are more vulnerable to the effects of this type of radiation than adults, and unborn children are the most vulnerable of all. A study by scientists from Kaiser Permanente, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that when pregnant women are exposed to non-ionizing radiation from magnetic fields, such as radiation from power lines, transformers, wireless devices and wireless networks, the risk of miscarriage increases by a staggering 48 percent.

Disturbing Results

In their study, Kaiser Permanente researchers monitored the effects of non-ionizing radiation on 913 pregnant women, as well as on their pregnancy outcomes, compared with 10–15 percent of miscarriages that usually affect pregnant women. They report:

Miscarriage occurred in 10.4% of women with the lowest measured exposure level (1st quartile) of non-ionizing magnetic field radiation on a normal day, and in 24.2% of women with higher measured exposure level (2nd, 3rd and 4th quartile).

The researchers asked women over 18 with a confirmed pregnancy to wear a small (slightly larger than a deck of cards) magnetic field monitoring device for 24 hours. Participants also kept a diary of their activities and were interviewed in order to better control possible interfering factors, as well as how typical their activities were on the monitoring day. Researchers controlled many variables that are known to affect the risk of miscarriage, including nausea/vomiting, a history of past miscarriages, alcohol consumption, caffeine consumption, and maternal fever and infections.

How Pregnant Women can Minimize the Risk

One of the proposals is for future mothers to keep cellular devices as far away from the abdomen as possible and not to carry them close to their bodies, for example, in their pockets.

  • Another good idea is to use a hands-free headset whenever possible and keep smart wireless devices in flight mode when they are not actively used. It is important to try to minimize the time spent on talking on these devices, and if possible use an old-fashioned landline phone.
  • Measure the magnetic fields of electronic devices found in your home. These include hair dryers, electric shavers, computers, televisions, microwave ovens, etc.
  • Replace your bed frame with non-metallic parts to avoid permanent magnetic fields.
  • Be careful when using strong magnets on your body or being close to them.
  • Do not put a laptop on your belly, especially if you are pregnant.
  • The last sentence is to turn off all mobile devices and routers at night since this is the time when our body repairs DNA damage.

WiFi Router Market: Moderate Growth with Stability

GfK regularly monitors retail sales of various non-food items. This allows you to get information about what kind of products customers choose, where and when they prefer to make purchases, how much money they spend, how sales are distributed across regions and what is currently the specific consumption in a particular market segment.

According to the GfK oring monitor, retail sales of Wi-Fi routers for 10 months of 2018 increased by 4.9% in monetary terms compared to the same period last year. Among the main suppliers of these devices GfK names the following companies (in alphabetical order): ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Keenetic, Mikrotik, Tenda, TP-Link, Xiaomi. What is the success of these vendors and their equipment? We asked this question to representatives of firms.

“Each supplier has a wide range of models optimized for different tasks and customer needs,” recalls Denis Serechenko, director of networking solutions for Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Russia. – Therefore, it is impossible to talk about anyone “most successful” model that would stand out sharply against the rest. There are different proposals that correspond to different requests; they are all quite successful in their niches. ”

According to Mikhail Kirichenko, TP-Link sales director in Russia, on the Wi-Fi equipment market, success is ensured by such parameters as a wide range, availability, and the offer of actual solutions that are in demand by the market. TP-Link, following this path, offers more than 200 models in its product matrix, which satisfies all user requests.

“Success is a combination of several factors,” says Konstantin Tikhonov, director of sales for Tenda in Russia and the CIS. – To make the model popular, you need an attractive price-quality ratio plus market demand. For the success of the company need a balanced range. And, of course, such factors as a professional team and an understandable, loyal affiliate policy are important. ”

According to Ilya Ponomarev, General Director of KINETIK LLC, often local “successes” in pieces are achieved by dumping. “But this is not our case,” he said. – We associate our successes with the quality of products, no matter how trite and advertising it may sound. We have a lot of experience in promoting fairly expensive (50–100% more expensive compared to formally competing models from other manufacturers) Internet centers, which, however, sold much better even in pieces, not to mention money. Just because they were very successful models in terms of not only the formal hardware features, but also the software, functionality, cloud services, and the quality of the product as a whole. Fortunately, more and more users refuse to perceive the router as a constructor, which takes time to find, try and install some kind of alternative firmware with which the device will do what a normal router should do. In addition, users want to have support, which can be described with these words: “Here you have access to my router, do me everything at the highest level without my participation.” And we, unlike many others, are doing this. ”

Demand is not the highest, but steady

Today, it is Wi-Fi that can be considered the key technology of wireless communications, so the demand for these devices will continue, Denis Serechenko said. Wired solutions are a thing of the past, they are trying to abandon cables, while 4.5 G or 5G wireless alternatives remain at the level of pilot projects, which means that Wi-Fi technology will be relevant for a long time.

“The demand for wireless routers is steady,” says Sergey Vasiuk, director of marketing for D-Link in the CIS and Baltic countries. – You can talk about some redistribution of the offers of basic devices in favor of telecom operators, providing customers with customized models as part of complex tariff plans. In addition, the share of high-price devices with additional consumer characteristics is increasing, solutions based on routers with an increased coverage area appear, but on the whole, at present, there is no particular reason to talk about a decrease in demand as a whole. ”

Yuri Tarasov, CEO of Smart Orange, a distributor of Xiaomi, also claims that sales of Wi-Fi devices will grow. One of the main reasons is the development of technology, namely the mastering of the 5 GHz band. In addition, the Gigabit Internet becomes more accessible to the average user, which often leads to the replacement of old equipment with new ones.

“According to our estimates, taking into account the upcoming pre-New Year sales, the market will end 2018 at least as good as the previous one,” said Ilya Ponomarev. “And this is despite the fact that the purchasing power of the population is not growing against the background of another fall in the ruble exchange rate and active promotion by some major providers of their“ free “routers.

Konstantin Tikhonov agrees that demand persists, but indicates a change in customer requirements for productivity and quality of equipment. Mobile Internet has not yet become a substitute for wired, even at the household level. The quality of the service leaves much to be desired. Tenda also pays attention to the dynamics of the expansion of the Wi-Fi router range of leading players in the network equipment market: along with the release of simple affordable models targeted at the most unpretentious users, devices are appearing that meet the requirements of more demanding digital content consumers. In general, according to him, the telecommunications equipment market, even in a difficult period, not only did not show negative dynamics but also often showed growth.

“Strong demand for Wi-Fi routers remains, but gradually interest is shifting towards equipment that supports the standard 802.11ac and ZigBee protocols, without which it is impossible to control the devices used in the smart home,” said Mikhail Kirichenko. “For existing wireless networks, users are increasingly choosing Wi-Fi signal boosters and more advanced solutions that support Mesh technology.”

He added that this year demand has dramatically shifted from 300 Mbit / c devices to devices that support the AC standard. This is due to the fact that manufacturers managed to offer the market cheaper equipment in this segment against the background of new attractive tariffs of providers offering high-speed Internet access.

“This year, the total sales of TP-Link routers continued to grow, the share of deliveries of routers directly to providers increased significantly,” Mikhail Kirichenko comments on the situation. “But we also see that the market is close to saturation, and this leads to stronger competition between providers and partners of the first and second levels.”

Konstantin Tikhonov also speaks about the continued growth. According to him, Tenda is increasing its market share, and at the moment, according to his estimate, it is about 10%. The company does not exclude that this is connected not so much with an increase in the market capacity, but with the redistribution of shares between the main players. He added that in comparison with 2017, sales of Tenda equipment increased threefold in unit terms.

“In 2018, we significantly increased the supply of Wi-Fi routers, especially to federal providers,” said Sergey Vasyuk. – This was the result of the company’s transition to the development of equipment by Russian specialists from the Research and Development Center in Ryazan, and the transition to the delivery of products using its own production and logistics complex was completed. We do not believe that in the near future, demand will drop significantly because now providers are beginning to actively transfer customers to devices with support for the 802.11.as standard and gigabit ports. ” He also noted that in 2017 the company as a whole increased deliveries compared to 2016 by about 20%, and this year it expects an increase of about 30%.

“Our sales volumes have not changed, however, we consider this a very good result for the transitional period of changing the brand, reconfiguring the channel and completely updating the model range,” said Ilya Ponomarev. – The current year was very difficult for the company since the Keenetic brand separated from the Zyxel brand and became independent. Despite all the difficulties, we were able to keep market share and continue to develop the Keenetic product line (we added four new models) and after the inevitable decline “at the crossing”, we are increasing our sales. ” He added that Keenetic maintains its share of the routers market, which is close to 30% in the money. In addition, sales of dual-band devices continued to grow. In Keenetic, it is expected that by the end of the year, the share of the segment of dual-band routers in monetary terms will approach the mark of 50%.

Trading Routers Remains attractive to the channel.

Despite the intense competition, good demand for wireless routers continues to attract the attention of channel participants. An alternative in the form of 4G, 5G technologies or the next generation, of course, will appear, but in the near future, Wi-Fi devices will retain their dominant position.

According to Sergey Vasyuk, resellers do not have to make any noticeable efforts to promote and sell wireless devices. Products are in demand, and we can talk about optimizing the reseller portfolio, which will provide the required margins amid the transition to higher speed models.

Perhaps we can talk about the appearance in the near future of new classes of devices such as multifunctional routers with support for voice assistant and device control of the smart home, IoT, etc.

“It is quite profitable to promote and sell Wi-Fi routers,” Denis Serechenko is convinced. – With regard to competition from the 5G, then it is not. This technology is still under development, and so far we can only talk about pilot projects. 4G is available only in large cities, often not at maximum speeds, and its cost is quite high. ”

As noted by Yuri Tarasov, in some areas of Moscow, and especially in the suburbs, users are not satisfied with the quality of mobile communications. Accordingly, the router and traditional Wi-Fi solve these problems in apartments, and the transition to a frequency of 5 GHz increases the speed and quality of data transmission.

Ilya Ponomarev agrees with him: “With all the charms of the mobile Internet of the 4th or even the 5th generation, Russian users have become accustomed to a certain quantitative and qualitative level of access to the network: they are now served with tariffs of more than 100 Mbps, not to mention limitless. On the rise, the gaming market, and there the quality of Internet access (with minimal delays) is very important. In addition, we must not forget about the scale of the territory of the Russian Federation. Indeed, there are places where the mobile Internet gets even before the landline. But as soon as appetites in terms of consumption and traffic grow, the mobile Internet loses to any stationary variant. Accordingly, resellers will promote what the user needs. ”

The Consumer is Conservative: Price and Trouble-Free use are in Priority

Customer preferences along with fashion and technological innovations have a significant impact on the dynamics of the markets and the balance of power. But the segment of Wi-Fi routers in this sense turned out to be quite conservative.

According to Denis Serechenko, the preferences of customers over the past year have not changed. There have always been two requests from their side: quality and reasonable price, which means that products with an optimal price-quality ratio have always enjoyed the highest demand, and this trend continues.

“In order to respond to the demands of the market, we are closely watching how user requests and preferences are changing,” says Ilya Ponomarev. – On the surface are the trends of fashion and technology. This is clearly seen in the GfK reports. For example, in Russia, two-thirds of the market is still occupied by single-range Wi-Fi routers, while the share of dual-band is growing steadily. Also, the penetration of Gigabit Internet access speeds is still low. ” Yuri Tarasov noted that more and more customers are switching to dual-band models. In addition, the consumer now requires a maximum user-friendly product for comfortable and trouble-free use.

According to Sergey Vasyuk, numerous marketing campaigns of operators have a tangible impact on the routers market, and in the conditions of growing competition, they must constantly make greater efforts to attract new and retain existing customers, including free or subsidized distribution of routers. This makes the ratio of price and technical characteristics of fundamental importance. If technical specifications are not very critical for small regional operators because of the simplicity of the service delivery schemes, then federal telecom operators give them price and priority as the supplied devices must meet many specific requirements, in addition to speed limits, such as remote diagnostics, configuration tools, firmware updates, etc.

“We state the decline in demand for N-standard routers and, accordingly, explosive growth on dual-band (AC) and devices with gigabit ports,” says Konstantin Tikhonov. – Our hits in this segment are AC routers costing just over 1.5 thousand rubles. However, the main trend of the next few years, we believe MESH-system. They satisfy the most demanding Wi-Fi users, solving a whole range of tasks. For example, such a system provides “seamless” roaming, gives a steady signal, solving the problem of attenuation with a complex geometry of an apartment or reinforced concrete floors in small rooms, provides a guaranteed data transfer rate on areas up to 500 sq. m

There will not be a full-fledged alternative for a long time

Most market players are confident that the prospects for Wi-Fi equipment, despite the appearance of new technologies, remain good. “As a means of providing access to local networks, Wi-Fi does not have a full-fledged alternative, so traditional devices will be in demand for many more years,” says Denis Serechenko.

According to Ilya Ponomarev, the Wi-Fi equipment sales driver will be the IoT theme that is gaining popularity in Russia, fueled by the introduction of smart home systems, the OTT services market, the ubiquity of smart TVs and the development of the gaming industry. All these applications need high-quality stable Internet access with reliable network segmentation. Some applications are so important that they need redundant access. That is, the above-mentioned 4G / 5G-Internet often needs to be entered into some system simply as a backup channel. In addition, any small business is also unthinkable without Wi-Fi, VPN-tunnels.

But Konstantin Tikhonov believes that Wi-Fi routers, in the classical sense of technology, will lose popularity. In the future, in two, maximum three years, we will talk about Mesh systems, which will force out classics from the market. As an example, Tikhonov cites the United States, where Mesh now occupies 30% of the market for Wi-Fi routers. China in terms of Mesh sales is rapidly approaching this indicator.

“In the near future, the segment of Wi-Fi routers will remain quite promising, even for basic devices. This is confirmed by the analysis of the volume of providers’ purchases and the increase in the number of offers on the shelves of federal and local resellers, ”concluded Sergei Vasiuk.

Corporate Wi-Fi Infrastructure: When is it Better without Wires

Once, Wi-Fi objectively occupied a subordinate, supporting role in the office IT infrastructure. Today, wireless digital communications are not inferior to wired for a number of key parameters: peak bandwidth, readiness to simultaneously support multiple virtual communication channels in one physical, highest resistance to unauthorized access attempts.

Corporate Wi-Fi is firmly established in the Russian realities and in some places is even ready to completely oust the usual Ethernet cable networks. How critical is the Wi-Fi infrastructure for Russian corporate customers? What are the benefits to customers and what challenges do integrators of wireless LAN segments in various enterprises throw to integrators? There are no universal answers to these questions – but certain trends in the domestic corporate Wi-Fi market can still be traced.

What does the Customer Expect?

Over the past ten years, corporate Wi-Fi has significantly evolved: from several Internet access points for employees and guests to the level of seamless coverage of the entire office, warehouse, and production premises; It has become the main way to connect to the corporate network, especially from devices that do not include RJ-45 ports: smartphones, tablets, and ultra-thin laptops.

“If only a few years ago, the fact of Wi-Fi was enough, and the most serious requirement was acceptable speed, now corporate customers want everything from Wi-Fi: high transmission speed, protection of transmitted data, stability of work, provision of services, BYOD support etc., ”says Nadezhda Pchelintseva, Director of Network and Telecommunications, Marvel-Distribution.

“The speed requirements have grown by two orders of magnitude,” confirms Dmitry Vostrikov, lead product manager at Tenda Rus. – Unfortunately, it is necessary to state: the wireless network has not become the main one, it is always auxiliary, it is over wired. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the desire to save money and use the cheapest solutions to unqualified planning and maintenance. ”

According to Alexey Shavaldin, Technical Director of OCS Distribution, the boom of basic deployment of wireless infrastructure with customers of the corporate sector has already passed; major investments are made. Adapting to new business needs is the key vector of change. A few years ago, a wireless network was, for the most part, a transport for accessing end-user devices to corporate resources, now it is a means of obtaining information about the business, about the client, and in some cases – the basis for making decisions about optimizing business processes.

The requirements for Wi-Fi networks are dictated by the specifics of the organization’s information perimeter, indicates Vyacheslav Logushev, director of IT services and outsourcing at X-Com. In particular, the wireless network must provide guaranteed access to data at a reasonable speed at any point, not interfere with the operation of other equipment, and also have sufficient protection from unauthorized customers connecting. Also, for the convenience of users, the network should support seamless roaming, and Wi-Fi equipment should provide seamless scaling, flexible configuration and remote administration.

Issues of information security are of great importance in the light of the widely spread BYOD concept. Convenient and secure access to corporate resources, including from wireless devices, provides today the solution of virtually all work tasks: interaction with corporate DBMS, taking orders from customers, processing and transferring them into production, production processes themselves, warehousing, etc. If the wireless network is not available – the company loses profit.

This explains the significant increase in wireless network reliability requirements, according to Yulia Andrianova, business development manager for Cisco corporate solutions: “According to a Cisco survey, 80% of large companies estimated the damage from corporate network downtime for one hour at $ 300,000 “.

However, according to Oleg Kim, head of the ELKO project distribution solutions department, Russian corporate customers mainly have two main requirements for Wi-Fi networks deployed at their enterprises: network capacity and coverage area.

Benefit in the air

When asked which customers in Russia today are willing to invest in Wi-Fi, Sergey Aksenov, an expert on networking solutions from Huawei Enterprise, answers from the opposite: “We are still not inclined to invest in security agencies, while almost all other industries are very positive. ” Most of all, it relies on wireless access to small and medium businesses, even despite the fact that such companies often do not have the opportunity to implement professional corporate solutions.

Yulia Andrianova agrees that corporate Wi-Fi networks are demanded by customers from completely different spheres: these are various industries, container terminals, airports, crowded places, stadiums, exhibition complexes, hotels. She points to retail, where the wireless network facilitates digitalization of warehouses and allows you to organize digital trading rooms.

Even those companies with increased requirements for information security, who still refuse to implement Wi-Fi, and in some cases, access to the Internet as a whole, need appropriate wireless equipment. Only in their case, Wi-Fi access points will be mounted not in order to provide employees with a connection, but to monitor possible violations of the wireless mode.

Wigel Antonov, Technical Director of TEGRUS, clarifies: “Most customers with large-scale IT infrastructures strive to make their wireless networks more manageable and to reduce troubleshooting time. The tendency to use corporate networks (both wireless and conventional) as a sensor, giving a complete picture of the connected devices and their types, as well as user activity, is becoming widespread. Such data allows you to optimize network performance and enhance the security of your IT infrastructure. ”

Depending on the organization’s business profile, the scale of networks, architecture and technologies for connecting various types of devices, including corporate and personal mobile gadgets, IP telephony, video conferencing, video surveillance cameras, barcode scanners, etc., vary. For offices, one specificity, warehouse and industrial premises – another, for the street – the third.

Significant investments of the company are being made today in their own networks for employees and guests, giving them preference over the publicly accessible infrastructure managed by external providers.

Alexey Usachev, Director of Projects at TP-Link in Russia, draws attention to the fact that Wi-Fi networks are getting smarter: “If a couple of years ago no one paid particular attention to seamless roaming, now in almost every TK you can see this item as compulsory with the standard 802.11ac. ” HoReCa customers are especially active in terms of investments in wireless business infrastructure since the availability of affordable and stable Wi-Fi is one of the most important conditions when choosing a hotel.

Expand without replacing?

802.11ac certified wireless equipment has provided a noticeable performance boost for the wireless LAN segment compared to 802.11n. The undoubted advantages of the newest 802.11ax standard include more precise channelization and the implementation of joint transmission algorithms, a general improvement in communication quality when serving a significant number of subscribers, as well as the implementation of OFDMA (Ortho Frequency Division Multiple Access) multiplexing technologies borrowed from cellular communication.

Dmitry Pleshakov, deputy technical director of IC TELECOM SERVICE, draws attention to the fact that 802.11ax, as in all previous Wi-Fi incarnations, is backward compatible with earlier versions: “What does this mean? The fact that as long as we do not replace the fleet of client equipment operating in the old standards, we should not expect any revolutionary increase in speed and quality of service, since access points will work in compatibility mode. ”

The real advantages of 802.11ax for users will be shown, according to Yulia Andrianova, only the experience of implemented projects: “Currently, the addition of ax to the 802.11 standard is not yet complete. What appears now will be a pre-standard, most likely without the possibility of a subsequent program transition to ah. The addition will be completed only in the second half of 2019. Some vendors, of course, are ahead of the curve – to solve marketing problems or to declare themselves a leader, but the standard gets more popular when new terminals appear that begin to force out the old ones.

Vigel Antonov clarifies that economically feasible migration to 802.11ax may be when large-scale connectivity is required for devices supporting this standard and for deploying applications that require such bandwidth from the wireless client. But it should be borne in mind that modern technologies are increasingly going to the clouds, so the processing and storage of data on the client side today requires minimal.

Fast migration to the standard ah can hardly be considered economically viable, unless it is about building a completely new network. Oleg Kim is sure that with a high density of clients, it makes sense to switch to 802.11ax and that all new networks will most likely be built on the basis of this standard: “Everything depends on the number of proposals from chipset suppliers, marketing”.

Nadezhda Pchelintsev is in solidarity with the fact that manufacturers of new gadgets and technologies (smartphones, laptops, tablets, elements of “smart” home, etc.) will necessarily generate the need for 802.11ax equipment from private consumers and corporate customers. The first to start investing in the transition to a new standard are companies that position themselves as innovative, but such a transition will be more an image step, rather than the realization of a really urgent need.

As Dmitry Vostrikov reminds, there are only two reasons for introducing new technologies in the business environment: a) this is necessary (since it is fashionable, relevant, it has a competitor); b) it is necessary for business: “I’m more than sure that in this case the efforts of marketers will not be in vain. The constant change of technology needed by modern industry for survival will continue. The new technology will be in demand, although, according to our estimates, at the moment the degree of its real need does not exceed 10-15%. ”

At the same time, according to Alexei Shavaldina, the introduction of 802.11x will be preceded by a rather long period of evaluation of its effectiveness and return on business from the investments.

“Mass rebuilding of networks on 802.11ax may not happen at all,” admits Alexey Usachev, “since the increase in speed will not be needed by the wide consumer. 90% of applications lack the current AC standard; streaming video fits into a small lane; surfing does not require tremendous speed; mail, games – everything fits even with a massive gathering of people in 4 × 4 MU-MIMO AC, technologies will rather focus on density, not speed. ” And with the availability of an available broadband cellular Wi-Fi channel, and in general, can lose relevance for ordinary users, since good mobile communication fully provides most of their needs.

“As long as marketing wins physics, people often believe figures that promise them tremendous speed through the air and that new standards will save Wi-Fi. I am sure that, realizing all the consequences of converting the network to the 802.11ax standard, they will not rush to it. The only effective way to migrate is the simultaneous appearance of client devices with the support of this standard, which in reality will not be soon, ”sums up Vyacheslav Logushev.

Intellectual coverage

Many customers today are faced with a simple wording, but requiring an uncommon solution to the problem: the need to extend the wireless coverage zone to a fairly vast area. The simple extenders that were widely used for this purpose are no longer required by serious Russian customers, since they are unprofitable from the point of view of radio design and are more suitable for home networks. Another solution to the same problem is the mesh technology, which, as Vigel Antonov specifies, one of the ranges uses for connecting users, and the second – for connecting access points to each other.

Oleg Kim agrees that extenders for corporate customers are not very popular, and testifies that basically mesh solutions are in demand. They are effective where you need to connect remote segments and users in places where cable laying is impossible, or it requires additional coordination and serious financial investments.

As Sergey Aksenov specifies, such solutions are applicable to corporate business, but here there is a specificity: “For example, one of our customers uses a mesh network in metallurgy, there are very high temperatures, there is no possibility to build a wired infrastructure, and wireless bridges solve this problem. In addition, the mesh is popular with retailers: it is often unprofitable for them to place access points in rented premises. Instead, they buy Wi-Fi access points and connect them using a wireless mesh channel. ”

Yulia Andrianova considers the use of mesh-solutions in the corporate environment as a necessary measure: “They are used in fields where some temporary work is carried out, for example, you need to organize a rescue operation or conduct an analysis for the extraction of mineral resources”.

The topic of specific applications of mesh networks is developed by Alexey Shavaldin: “Mesh is traditionally a street solution. In our opinion, it has a weak potential due to the increase in the performance of mobile networks. Nevertheless, there are scenarios in which this solution cannot be avoided, for example, the output of corporate Wi-Fi on the street, video surveillance, telemetry collection, temporary street solutions. In addition, mesh-solutions effectively manifest themselves in developments in quarries where it is necessary to provide communication between moving objects and a wired network. At the same time telemetry and geo-positioning are transmitted. ”

With the development and cheapening of technology, even in the home segment, where extenders are still popular, their niche very soon, in 2019, will be taken over by mesh devices, warns Alexey Usachev: ., and the mesh network is much more efficient than the extender. ”

Wireless Championship

One of the events that most influenced the Russian IT market in 2018 was the home FIFA World Cup. And the segment of wireless equipment of the 2018 World Cup, as evidenced by Yulia Andrianova, was reflected very well: “A new standard of expectations among fans has appeared on how mass events should take place. Before the championship, we actually had no Wi-Fi stadiums: the only example was the stadium in Krasnodar. ” When the stadium is filled with people, 3G, 4G mobile networks can no longer cope, then specially designed high-density Wi-Fi solutions provide a way out.

From this point of view, Nadezhda Pchelintseva stands in solidarity: in her opinion, the World Cup has added good success stories to the portfolio of some wireless vendors. Alexey Usachev also confirms: “We saw a noticeable surge in Wi-Fi settings for business from November 2017 to May 2018 in hotels.” The 2018 World Cup provided an incentive for hotels to think about upgrading their own wireless networks so that foreign guests could opt for them.

According to Vigel Antonov, thanks to the 2018 World Cup, the presence of a wireless network is considered by visitors to the stadiums as a familiar option. FIFA requirements for stadiums, which obligate them to have high-density Wi-Fi for fans, played their part here.

Another thing is that not all fans really enjoyed Wi-Fi: people came first to watch football.

“Service sellers and bookmakers should offer fans an interesting service model so that they want to connect to Wi-Fi during a match – from ordering drinks to the spot before voting for the best football player after each half or match,” said Sergey Aksenov. The question, therefore, rests on monetization and remains open. Equipping a stadium with a high-density Wi-Fi network requires serious investments, and site owners do not really understand how to get them back.

But according to Oleg Kim, the World Cup had no effect on the Russian Wi-Fi market: “Only if not to take into account the marketing value of brands”. Dmitry Vostrikov is also skeptical about this event: “It is hardly possible to say seriously that the examples of the implementation of Wi-Fi zones during the World Cup have opened up for potential customers of the service. In the words of a character from Pelevin’s book, “… at the Olympiad was cooler …”.

Non-network without an operator

Cellular 5G networks, with appropriate terminal equipment, are capable of providing unprecedented data exchange rates, minimal signal delay, extensive additional functionality that is valuable for business (native support for NB-IoT, for example). What, then, is it more profitable for the customer to deploy a wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ax network compared to, say, installing 5G femto cells, covering the same area, and also providing data gateways to the operator’s network “for free”?

As Yulia Andrianova explains, 5G is an operator technology, which implies licensing of the frequencies used, and therefore is already expensive. Wi-Fi is used without an operator’s license and does not require notification of supervisory authorities.

“A corporate customer is used to managing his network assets, he expects predictability from his network, the rules for which he sets himself,” Alexey Shavaldin develops the theme. “Therefore, 5G will not serve as a replacement for classic corporate Wi-Fi, at least in the near future, despite its very good technical capabilities.”

Femtocells make sense at remote sites, Oleg Kim specifies, but the customer will still build a Wi-Fi network in the premises: this is safer, since all traffic will remain inside this network. Nadezhda Pchelintseva stands in solidarity with him: “The 4G and 802.11ac protocols are now coexisting, each for solving their problems, almost without competition. When both standards “grow”, then, in my opinion, this ratio will not change much. ”

Sergey Aksenov indicates that there is a huge number of solutions for the synergy of two wireless access technologies – cellular and Wi-Fi. In access points, there are sometimes specialized ports to which femto cells can be connected, which, in turn, connect to the provider cloud and begin to act as base mini-stations, improving the quality of coverage. In addition, equipment, including mobile terminals, is able to seamlessly switch from one technology to another. Unfortunately, femtocells are not widely used in Russia, but this is a question for operators and regulatory bodies.

The owners of public Wi-Fi networks (shopping and entertainment centers, museums, airports, stadiums and other institutions) can use them to collect analytical data, transfer advertising content and realize other opportunities for additional monetization, Wiegel Antonov notes. Operators of the same 5G networks will not have a part of the inherent Wi-Fi functionality.

And Dmitry Vostrikov does call for sharing marketing, dreams and reality: “It’s going to take a long time before the 5G networks are introduced, and even more for universal use. The equipment is presented, pilot zones are organized, but this technology, despite its capacity and speed, is not supported by an economic component, even Ilon Musk will not believe in the payback period. Neither the consumer nor the operator does not know how to use the bestowed happiness, and therefore, the model of service provision will not change either. The cost of ownership continues to be directly dependent on the tariff policy of the operator. ”

“First of all, a sufficient number of devices and equipment operating in 5G networks should appear on the market,” Vyacheslav Logushev expresses his joint position. – In the meantime, these are only single samples on which operators test the technology. In addition, in my opinion, cellular communication can work stably only after the implementation of a single Internet like Oneweb or Starlink. In the meantime, there are significant delays in the networks of cellular operators, which does not allow them to solve all the tasks of modern business. Today, companies prefer to combine the use of channels of cellular operators in corporate Wi-Fi-networks. ”

Implementation problems

The main problem when deploying Wi-Fi in an urban environment is, according to Dmitry Pleshakov, a significant number of existing wireless networks. This raises a number of specific problems, including the interference of signals and the difficulty of filtering out “their” data packets from those that are broadcast in the same frequency band by “foreign” networks. That is why the main problem to be solved when designing a network is the selection of a free frequency range. This task is helped to solve radio frequency surveys that need to be carried out before introducing a wireless solution.

The Wi-Fi network is extremely demanding on the design and implementation stages, Dmitry Pleshakov urges to remember: for all possible flaws, it will perform its functions. The implementation of the wireless network requires special skills of specialists and specific equipment complexes, which will allow competently perform design work and assess the quality of installation, as well as solve specific problems arising during network maintenance. ”

Julia Andrianova confirms that the wireless network requires special study; first of all in the radio design. Each room has its own layout, walls, metal structures, uneven ceilings, interference from neighboring offices – all this will affect the operation of the wireless network.

Begin to study radio design should be with the formulation of network requirements. How many customers and what type is expected in view of the stock for the future? What type of traffic will dominate the network, will voice applications and video be actively used? What data transfer speeds are needed now and with a multi-year perspective? Which endpoints should I take into account which Wi-Fi standard? This is important because, for example, to ensure reliable coverage in the 5 GHz band, access points will have to be installed more often than for 2.4 GHz.

Radio design is followed by a radio survey, which is often carried out at the “concrete” stage in a newly rebuilt building, in order to separate all cables during finishing work properly. Radio testing implies a practical test with a laptop and special software of how this particular access point is “heard” at the intended place for it, including in the return channel – when transmitting data from the terminal devices to it.

And only then comes the stage of direct radio planning, after which it becomes clear where the access points will be installed and of what type, with which antennas. When installing the equipment, it is important that the cable is laid to each point with a margin, because sometimes the final appearance of the premises does not fit the plan and the access points have to be moved. Sometimes designers (not  radio designers) take over the engineers in the planning of office space, and then the point can be mounted on metal structures somewhere under the ceiling, with antennas turned up or embedded in a beautiful table made of natural stone. And live with this then users and IT professionals.

Alexey Shavaldin considers it an important task to constantly be aware of the customer’s construction plans, when the latter plans to erect a partition, protect the room with a reinforced perimeter, or simply change the layout of the internal volumes of the building overnight.

Modern corporate access points allow you to successfully solve roaming issues, in particular with the rapid movement of a Wi-Fi-equipped vehicle through the territory of a huge warehouse. And this is not the most difficult case: for example, it is much more difficult to provide an external channel via Wi-Fi in a high-speed train that moves at a speed of more than 200 km / h. “In the past two years, from the customer’s side, there have been requests for providing quality coverage in warehouses and production facilities, where employees used to perform operations, and now robots. If in the first case Wi-Fi was required at an altitude of about one and a half meters, the robot can climb up to 10 meters, and the old networks are not designed for it, so you need to ensure communication at all this distance from the ground, and these difficulties also need to be taken into account ”, – adds Sergey Aksenov.

According to Vigel Antonov, stable communication of mobile Wi-Fi users can be ensured primarily through competent network design, the use of various access points with directional and omnidirectional antennas, as well as technologies for building seamless roaming, such as 802.11r, 802.11k and 802.11 v. And Dmitry Vostrikov reminds that when building distributed wireless networks on large-sized objects, another problem often arises, namely an uneven and changing coverage area: “How to deal with it? Design with a reserve, leave reserves, provide mobility. ”

Limitations and perspectives

Alexey Usachev draws attention to such promising areas of wireless networking applications in business as Wi-Fi analytics: counting visitors, researching their behavior and reactions, for example, on advertising, as well as the subsequent conversion of ad impressions into store traffic. Retail is increasingly introducing new technologies in order to better understand the customer, to anticipate his needs and behavior, including based on data that the mobile phone is in his pocket.

“Recently there has been a sufficient number of requests related to the automation of warehouse premises and sites,” Alexey Shavaldin shares his observations. – In the zone of stable demand for corporate Wi-Fi, retailers and developers of large retail facilities will remain. As for video surveillance systems, I think the palm will still belong to the cable infrastructure, except for the implementation projects of “informative” video surveillance, aimed more at collecting analytical data than directly at the task of technical protection of objects.

According to Vyacheslav Logushev, the most serious limitations of Wi-Fi networks are due to their very wireless essence. It makes it necessary to pay increased attention to information security issues, dictates the complexity of ensuring stable radio coverage and, accordingly, more complex integration compared to cable networks: “Some of these problems will help level the 802.11ax standard, but, as often happens, solving some problems may cause new ones.”

Dmitry Vostrikov agrees that the introduction of the 802.1ax standard will improve the quantitative characteristics of wireless networks: “However, in order to significantly improve the availability, stability and reliability in comparison with the wired communications of a modern office, many more steps need to be taken.” The next such step is 802.11ax, but it is far from the last.

And Vigel Antonov draws attention to the fact that wireless and wired methods for connecting end devices have several different applications and their advantages and disadvantages. The key advantage of wireless technologies – mobility, wired – stability: “Given the characteristics of wired and wireless technologies, the prospects for the Russian market for commercial Wi-Fi networks are the same as for cable networks. But the main thing is that Wi-Fi networks have long ceased to be a desirable additional option and have become an everyday necessity. ”

Sergey Aksyonov calls to wait for the appearance of the WPA3 standard and its widespread implementation, which will take the next three to four years: trustworthy. As for commercial prospects, this is rather a question for telecom operators, but, in my opinion, the prospects are not very good: with the development of 5G, commercial street Wi-Fi technology will decline. In addition, today the trend towards network virtualization is clearly visible: it will soon be indifferent to which channel the connection goes through. A common access environment will appear, and all issues of demarcation, policies, identification, etc. will be assigned to processors and mobile device software. ”

Yulia Andrianova assesses the prospects for the Russian market of commercial Wi-Fi networks as bright: “There are so many interesting projects: wireless networks in the public segment, in public premises (medical conferences, exhibition complexes, event locations) have great potential. Wi-Fi appears in the subway, buses and trains. An interesting model of work is being introduced – to provide Wi-Fi for free, build a network, and then monetize big data, that is, the collected statistics about people using the network. ”

One of the popular applications of Wi-Fi is indoor navigation, especially in public areas, in exhibition or trade halls. It becomes important to provide people with a convenient experience: organizers of mass events want visitors to easily navigate through space. For them, they make an uncomplicated application that allows them to find the necessary points, to perform some operations online, for example, to register and, as they move, to receive contextual information.

“The further, the more stable will be the trend of transferring all subscriber devices to the wireless format,” Nadezhda Pchelintseva is sure, “therefore the prospects for the Russian Wi-Fi market are very, very positive. Inside buildings, the lack of wires is more than the usual situation, since Wi-Fi allows you to transfer huge amounts of data. Maybe someday we will live in a world without wires. Nevertheless, cable networks today are not efficiently replaced in order to ensure reliable transmission of critical data between buildings, nodes, centers. ”