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Jun
6
6 Benefits of Grandstream’s GWN.Cloud Access Point Management Solution
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 06 June 2018 10:51 AM

Since 2002, Grandstream Networks has been known as a leader in the development and design of leading-edge SIP Unified Communication solutions. Every solution released by Grandstream Networks has assisted in greatly upping business productivity and the new GWN.Cloud is no exception. The GWN.Cloud is a scalable, enterprise-grade cloud management platform that enables users to effectively oversee their Grandstream GWN WiFi Access Points.

Centralized WiFi Management

Having to monitor every single site separately would be quite the hassle; however, one of the biggest benefits of the GWN.Cloud is being able to manage an entire enterprise from a centralized WiFi management platform. This platform is completely scalable, with no limits on the number of sites or access points. It is easy to access the site from anywhere utilizing either a web browser or a mobile app. The management platform will quickly provide a user with real-time network monitoring and reporting.

Mobile App Accessibility

Management is made easier with the GWN.Cloud mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android. The app enables installers, network managers, and even end users to quickly deploy WiFi networks. Using the mobile app, users can scan a device’s barcode and deploy the network within seconds. The app also offers users that same cloud management and monitoring tools that are provided on the web browser interface. This makes management on-the-go possible.

Enterprise-Ready

The GWN.Cloud was built to handle the large-scale requirements of major enterprises – and it is also an ideal option for the SMB. Since the GWN.Cloud is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), enterprises can expect high reliability with 99.99% uptime. It features a high level of resiliency from cloud disruptions.

GWN.Cloud

Real-Time Reporting

Networks are monitored in real-time with detailed graphical reports available on each network, AP, and WiFi client. To ensure you are kept up-to-date on your access point monitoring, real-time alerts will be pushed out. No user traffic will be sent to the cloud and report data is maintained for 30 days — so you have access to the historical data you need.

Security Suite

The GWN.Cloud is backed by a state-of-the-art security suite that protects your WiFi network from end-to-end. Security is enforced by bank-grade TLS encryption and X.509 certificate authentication, which is combined with the already powerful security features that embedded directly in the GWN Access Points. The Access Points are equipped with many different security features, including secure boot, random default password, digital signatures of RF data, and more.

Additional security and authentication features include multiple security modes (such as WPA and WPA2), bandwidth rules for client access, and QR code authentication.

Captive Portals

The GWN.Cloud supports customizable vouchers and built-in captive portals with modifiable landing pages to collect access credential information. Easily create a splash page with the built-in editor and integrate your captive portal with Facebook, Twitter, and WeChat. There are multiple captive portal authentications, including simple password and social login authentication.

Want to learn even more about the GWN.Cloud and its other benefits? Download the datasheet here.


Grandstream’s extensive line of networking products offer powerful and secure networks, equipped with wide coverage range, embedded provisioning and management controllers, and outstanding support. To learn more about Grandstream’s Access Points and Routers, as well as the GWN.Cloud, contact the 888VoIP specialists at 888-864-7786 or by e-mailing [email protected]

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Jun
4
Why is the New Yealink VC200 Perfect for Huddle Rooms?
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 04 June 2018 10:03 AM

Conference rooms everywhere were ready for an upgrade when Yealink released their cutting-edge VC500 & VC800 room systems. To further complete their VC offerings, Yealink just introduced the new VC200 solution, built specifically for small conference areas that are equipped with audio and video technology – a.k.a. huddle rooms. By launching this new product, Yealink Reseller partners now have another scalable and secure multipoint video conferencing solution to offer their customers. End users with various business demands will be able to enjoy the unique feature set offered by this innovation.

What is a huddle room & why do you need one?

Huddle rooms are essentially just small conference spaces designed to host scheduled or spontaneous collaboration meetings between two to six people. These rooms feature conferencing technologies so that content can be easily shared and collaboration can be effective. While many offices do not currently have a huddle room, Frost & Sullivan has forecasted that huddle rooms, along with open spaces, will represent approximately 67% of video conferencing deployments by the year 2020.

Companies, from SMEs to giant enterprises, are turning to huddle rooms for an array of reasons. Over the past ten years, there was a tendency for businesses to gravitate towards an open floor plan. While the intent was to increase collaboration, it actually led to an increase in distractions followed by a decrease in productivity. Also, open floor plans completely eliminate privacy, even though there are many instances where conversations should be held in private. Instead of opting to redo entire office layouts, many companies set up a huddle room to accommodate the need for a small secluded space.

Additionally, more offices than ever are allowing employees to work remotely. A huddle room allows these employees, as well as external participants, to be part of “the huddle.” Video equipment is now extremely cost-effective versus being cost prohibitive in the past, so there are no excuses not to include video in the huddle room.

The size of the room makes a meeting more intimate than the open work floor, minimizes distractions, makes employees feel more at ease, brings in remote participants, and ups collaborative efforts.

Why is the VC200 perfect for a huddle room?

The VC200 is the perfect complement for this small yet effective space. The solution’s small footprint makes it easy to fit anywhere. The design is all-in-one, integrating the codec, camera, microphone, and bracket into a single unit. This unit can easily fit on any television that ranges from .25″ to almost 2″ in thickness. Because space is quite limited in a huddle room, any television present would likely fit these requirements, making the VC200 unit ideal.

Attention to set-up and design is generally reserved for larger conference spaces, so a solution for the huddle room should be truly plug-and-play. With its compact design and simplistic set-up, the VC200 can be deployed in as little as one minute. The VC200 supports PoE, so it can quickly be connected to the network and hooked to the television with an HDMI cable. Once the device is hooked up, you are ready to start a video conference. The VC200 also runs on Android OS & sports a familiar TV-styled interface packed with all the necessary functions. This one-touch operation enables users to learn how to run the system on their own. There is no need for any additional training.

Audio and video are the two most critical components of a high-quality video conference solution and the VC200 definitely performs. Donning an Ultra HD 4K camera, the VC200 supports a 4x digital zoom and e-PTZ, as well as a super-wide 103° horizontal view. This range is perfect for the huddle room since it will cover two to six people at one table. All participants in the room will be able to hear and be heard with the six built-in microphones arrays (with directed voice pickup) and advanced Beamforming technology. Like some of Yealink’s other conference solutions, the huddle room solution features Yealnk Noise Proof Technology, which will filter out unrelated background noise.

Need to share content during a strategy huddle? Connect the VC200 through built-in Bluetooth or WiFi. Users can then utilize wireless applications, including one-click wireless content sharing. Just like deployment, content sharing and application utilization can be done without any additional installations or messy cables.

What’s Next?

The Yealink Huddle Room VC200 Solution brings scalability to cordless communications and offers users from different fields with a new professional product. To learn more about how the VC200 can improve and enhance your small meeting space, contact the Yealink Expert Team at 888VoIP by calling 888-864-7786. For more details and specs, visit the VC200 Product Page.

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May
30
Yealink Introduces the New VC200 Huddle Room Video Conferencing Solution
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 30 May 2018 11:51 AM

Xiamen, China—May 30, 2018: Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, is now pleased to release its new VC200 huddle room video conferencing solution as of today. The launch of this new product is another step Yealink has taken to complete its video conferencing offering, providing another scalable and secure multipoint video conferencing solution. Customers with various business demands will be able to enjoy the flexibility and capabilities of video conferencing delivered by this Yealink Video Conferencing solution.VC200 Huddle Room Endpoint

The Yealink VC200 is designed for huddle rooms, which are productive and popular for both SME and Giant enterprise. By offering the VC200, VC500, and VC800,Yealink will have a solution that complements businesses who need scalable solutions for every size environment, from huddle rooms to large rooms. With its all-in-one design by integrating codec, camera, microphone and bracket, the VC200 can easily fit televisions ranging from 6mm to 50mm thick. With the deployment workload impressively reduced, it’s truly plug-and-play. The one-minute deployment brings minimum effort.

VC200 Deployment

The Ultra HD 4K camera supports 4x digital zoom and e-PTZ with super-wide 103° horizontal field of view, covering two to six people at the table. With the most advanced Beamforming technology, the VC200’s six built-in microphone arrays support directed voice pickup, ensuring a clearer voice by automatically identifying and comparing voices. Designed with a wireless application, the VC200 is ideal for businesses that require greater capability to handle a heavy video load. It will win you over with its excellent scalability, superb 1080P full HD video conferencing, and H.265/HEVC codec support. In addition, easily connect the VC200 through Bluetooth or WiFi and you can utilize wireless applications, including one-click wireless content sharing. With no installation hassles or messy cables, the VC200 greatly saves time and effort.

The Yealink Huddle Room Solution is meant to bring scalability to cordless communications, VC200 Cameraoffering users from different fields professional products and considerate services.

To learn more about this Yealink Huddle Room Solution, please visit the Yealink official website, www.yealink.com, for more information. Contact the 888VoIP team at 888-864-7786 or by emailing [email protected] to receive direct information on reselling Yealink’s innovative video conferencing solutions.

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May
23
Edgewater Networks’ New Trade Up to SD-WAN Program
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 23 May 2018 11:11 AM

Edgewater Networks, the market leader in Network Edge Orchestration, recently announced its new Trade Up to SD-WAN program, which will enable partners to upgrade their existing EdgeMarc Intelligent Edges to the new SD-WAN capable devices. This program allows partners to continue providing both security and service assurance to their customers in conjunction with an expansion in functionality, including SD-WAN traffic shaping and optimization capabilities.

The Trade-Up to SD-WAN Program

Interest in SD-WAN has been on the rise, and it is imperative that more manufacturers begin offering compatible devices. It is also necessary for businesses to offer partners the ability to trade up. Existing hardware must be easily upgraded without the need to purchase new hardware. For Edgewater Networks’ customers, this program does just that. The Trade-Up to SD-WAN program also leverages Edgewater Networks’ innovative Cloud2Edge Complete service and provides partners with:

√  High margin SD-WAN revenue

√  Trade-in discounts on the SD-WAN EdgeMarc Intelligent Edges

√  Zero-touch provisioning, enabling an easier & faster installation

√  Instant access to the EdgeView Service Control Center

Devices eligible for an upgrade include any legacy EdgeMarc Intelligent Edge, including the EdgeMarc 2900 series, the EdgeMarc 4806 and 4808 Multi-Service Gateways, and EdgeMarc 7000 series.

A Further Look at Edgewater Networks’ SD-WAN

SD-WANEdgewater Networks’ SD-WAN solution addresses many of the pain points that are commonly associated with corporate WAN, and also adapts to changes of corporate networks, such as distributed workforces or increase in cloud-based applications. This new SD-WAN product is an ideal fit for the needs of small to medium businesses (SMB).

Edgewater Networks’ SD-WAN solution is comprised of an array of different components, including application specific routing, multi-link performance, stateful SIP transfer, and survivability. The compilation of these different components provides a complete solution that will deliver application performance, quality experience, and business continuity.

  • Application Prioritization: Prioritization is done at the application level, based on either URL or IP address. Businesses are able to identify critical traffic, which will ensure a better overall customer experience. Deployment strategies can become more flexible, as priorities can be applied in single link or multi-link environments. Users are also able to set prioritization as both the destination and source.

 

  • Multi-link Performance: With multi-link performance, routing of mission-critical voice and data traffic is now enabled. SD-WAN will continually monitor link quality, which will determine if any degradation is occurring. If so, traffic will be moved accordingly. The traffic that you value the most will always find the best path to its destination.

 

  • Stateful SIP Transfer (SST): SST allows SIP sessions to be moved seamlessly from one WAN link to another whenever primary link quality has degraded. SST combines both application routing priorities and multi-link performance to manage SIP voice sessions. If there are degraded conditions, SST will then decide to move individual SIP sessions, which will be based upon degradation level. Voie sessions will stay during any transfer between WAN connections, though, so dropped calls and poor voice performance will be eliminated.

 

  • Survivability: This component will add extra resiliency and business continuity functionality. It includes failover functionality to analog (FXO or PRI) trunks, as well as limited PBX functions during outages. PBX features include station-to-station dialing, hold, transfer, conference, and park.

EdgeView Service Control Center

Management Through the EdgeView Service Control Center

Edgewater Networks’ SD-WAN can be managed entirely through the EdgeView Service Control Center, a cloud-based platform for provisioning, managing and troubleshooting a VoIP network. The EdgeView interface allows service providers to easily and efficiently manage all their devices across all customers and enables SD-WAN control. The dashboard provides a visualization of SD-WAN’s overall performance, as well as detailed troubleshooting records. To learn more about the EdgeView Service Control Center and Cloud2Edge Complete, visit CloudCo Partner’s C2E site.

 


Looking to learn more about Edgewater Networks’ new SD-WAN solution or Trade Up to SD-WAN Program? Contact the VoIP specialists at 888VoIP by calling 888-864-7786. One of our expert Channel Managers will be able to assist you with more information.

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May
11
How the Grandstream GWN Series is Helping Businesses
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 11 May 2018 03:32 PM

Our networking line had its humble beginnings back in October of 2016 with the release of the GWN7610 WiFi AP. Since then, we have released two additional APs, a Gigabit Router and will soon launch a cloud-based WiFi management platform. Since its inception, the GWN series has been delivering success to our customers throughout the world. Let’s take a look at some recent examples of how our GWN series is helping business compete in a mobility-driven world.

Service Deployments

Within the restaurant service industry, meeting the needs of your customer is a top priority. Providing them with an easy WiFi connection is no exception. Blazing fast speeds, a captive portal for network protection, separate guest and employee networks, and easy centralized management are all necessities. Luckily, our networking line is capable of delivering just this and a lot more to boot. This is why Edith’s restaurant, a popular restaurant in one of Mexico’s prominent vacation destinations, relies on Grandstream’s GWN series for their wireless networking needs.

Edith’s wireless network is comprised of Grandstream’s long-range WiFi access point, the GWN7600LR. Offering up to 300 meters of range and weatherproof casing for outside environments, the GWN7600LRs were able to offer 1.27Gbps speeds to all areas of the restaurants while being able to stand up to the occasional rain and heat of Cabo San Lucas. The GWN7600LRs’ built-in centralized network control empowers the restaurant with an easy-to-manage and monitor network. Edith’s can now process credit card payments, track reservations, manage inventory, place orders, mobilize employees and offer customers a dedicated network all over WiFi, thanks to our GWN networking series.

Click to read the full case study.

Office Deployments

Enterprise-grade speed, support for thousands of clients, comprehensive range, and centralized management and monitoring are key aspects of an office’s wireless network. Being able to mobilize employees is proven to increase productivity and employee collaboration. Yeah1, a popular multimedia platform in Vietnam, kept growing but found themselves running on an outdated WiFi network. After being held back by slow connections and unstable wireless zones, they chose to upgrade to a network of Grandstream enterprise-grade WiFi access points, the GWN7610.

By deploying GWN7610 WiFi Access Points throughout their office, Yeah1 was able to successfully upgrade to an enterprise-grade wireless network. Providing up to 175 meter range and 1.75GBps speeds, the deployment was able to ensure the fastest possible connections without any drops or dead-zones in the office. Additionally, Grandstream’s built-in controller offers powerful network management and monitoring features, along with an easy setup process for adding new WiFi access points. All of this comes together to create a successful wireless network for Yeah1 that can scale as much as they do.

Click to read the full case study.

Fast and powerful wireless networks provide mobility benefits that all organizations need. Deployment after deployment, our GWN series of networking devices continue to deliver success to customers by providing a scalable wireless solution that is easy-to-setup, manage and monitor.


This blog is adapted from an original blog post on Grandstream.com, written by Brian Van Meter, Community Marketing Specialist

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May
7
Why Should You Become a Yealink Education Reseller?
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 07 May 2018 09:42 AM

The competition is tough in the Education market, but Yealink is insistent on helping resellers gain (and win!) more school projects.  Enter the Yealink Education Reseller Certification program.  This program is designed to assist resellers in obtaining more project opportunities.  Above all, you will experience an increase in project win rates.  Learn more about the program, the qualifications, and the benefits of being a part of Yealink’s program.

Are you Qualified to be a Yealink Education Reseller?

Yealink’s program is divided into two different certification levels: Certified Partner and Advanced Partner.  Both are applicable in North America and will be valid for one year provisionally (through August 2018).  Are you a reseller in the Education Market?  Want to know what certification you would qualify for?  Check out the qualifications here:

Yealink Education Reseller Program

The Program Benefits

Both certification tiers offer resellers a vast array of benefits, making this certification program one not to miss out on.  Partners will receive demo package discounts, MDF incentives, and numerous support benefits. See below to learn about the different benefits you can receive from being either a Certified or Advanced Partner.

Yealink Program Benefit Matrix

For both Certified and Advanced Partners, you will receive a free extended warranty service based upon the number of units.  For 1000 to 3000 units, you’ll receive a one-year warranty for free.  Have over 3,000 units?  Yealink will extend your free warranty to two years.

Next Steps to Learn More & Register…

Interested in becoming a Certified or Advanced Partner?  An 888VoIP sales representative is here to help!  You will prepare a registration document, which your sales representative will then receive.  Afterward, you will fill out an application form for Yealink Certified SI.  Yealink will then evaluate your qualifications.  Depending on your status, you will then receive your certification (with all its benefits!) and a certification logo.  Yealink will review your partner status on an annual basis to ensure you are in the right partner tier.

Contact the team at 888VoIP by calling 888-864-7786 for additional information on this program.

More information directly from Yealink about their Opportunity Incentive Programs can be accessed here.

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