Access Networks Adds Unmanaged Option to its Cloud-Based Wireless Controller

Access Networks Adds Unmanaged Option to its Cloud-Based Wireless Controller

 

ARCC, a cloud-based wireless controller solution by Access Networks, is now available as an unmanaged service that can be added to any access point purchase.

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2021) – Access Networks is making it even easier for integrators to monitor and manage clients’ enterprise-grade home networks. Adding to its recently released cloud-based solution ARCC (Advanced, Resilient Cloud Controller), Access Networks now offers ARCC as an unmanaged service that can be added to any access point purchase. 

ARCC delivers a new level of simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job, and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading capabilities. Additionally, it offers a solid source of recurring revenue. From a single pane of glass, each clients’ network is easily monitored and managed remotely from anywhere. Quick and easy remediation and configuration changes can help boost integrators’ bottom line and improve customer satisfaction. 

Along with offering a new level of simplicity to the home network, ARCC provides a solution to integrators and their clients that keeps them ahead of the technological curve. ARCC enables real-time control of the access points and is constantly adapting RF energy to the ever-changing environment of today’s complex wireless world. Updates introducing new features and capabilities download to ARCC remotely via the cloud, providing an easy, dependable, affordable way of keeping clients’ networks as current and capable as possible. 

“Historically, wireless residential networks have required an on-premise controller for visibility, configuration, and control,” says Access Networks VP of Sales Ben Jurow. “Now, with the introduction of ARCC, which can be added to any Access Networks Core system or access point purchase, integrators can deliver an exceptional level of service and support remotely via the cloud without having to install any additional hardware. ARCC provides efficiency and the most complete Wi-Fi service for clients including deployment, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and upgrades.”

ARCC seamlessly integrates with any Access Networks-enabled network, unmanaged as well as custom Core network solutions. Once the access points, routers, and switches have been installed, the access points will connect to the Internet and self-configure. Then, from a computer or mobile device, the integrator can button up the system, administering security protocols and setting up passwords, for example. The entire process is seamless and transparent to the customer, and repeatable with custom-made templates when possible, saving integrators time and manpower. This gives integrators interested in utilizing the cloud for remote network management more design flexibility, faster system deployment, greater workflow efficiency, and less equipment to install and service.

Existing Access Networks integration partners can find more details about ARCC in their MyAccess partner portal. Others who are interested in learning more about ARCC are invited to contact clientservices@accessnetworks.com. 

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the leading provider of enterprise-grade networking solutions for the modern smart home. Focused on designing and supporting reliable and secure networks, we help people stay connected to what matters most. Our solutions are customized to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of any household, and through our network of highly qualified technology integration firms, are configured and installed to deliver an exceptional experience, every time. No matter how your home evolves, you’ll always stay connected, as our team of knowledgeable and experienced designers and engineers continually refine our innovative product and service offerings. To learn more, visit Access Networks online at www.accessnetworks.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stable Wi-Fi Streams Entertainment Faster, Simplifies Control for New Homeowners

Stable Wi-Fi Streams Entertainment Faster, Simplifies Control for New Homeowners

Installed by integration firm SAV Digital Environments, business-grade network keeps tech-heavy home running smoothly.

When a family depends on smart devices to handle nearly every aspect of their home environment, a robust home network is an absolute necessity. Such is the case for the owners of this 3,500-square-foot, newly constructed home in Big Sky, Montana. Here, best-in-class electronic systems, integrated seamlessly with the contemporary design and architecture, are on call 24/7, simplifying the operation of everything from the lights, motorized shading, thermostats, and security devices to the distribution of audio and video signals to displays and speakers throughout the smart residence.

It all adds up to a very heavy stream of Wi-Fi traffic—and the need for an enterprise-grade networking system to manage the flow of data. To maintain the speed, stability, range, and reliability required of signal transmission in a smart home of this caliber, Bozeman-based integration firm SAV Digital Environments chose Access Networks. 

“A smart home is only as good as its network, and if the network is weak, everything else fails,” says Derek Flikkema, Senior Technology Advisor at SAV. “With an Access Networks solution managing the flow of audio, video, and data, there is no weak link. No matter how many devices are connected to the Internet, no matter how much bandwidth is being consumed, no matter how much content is being streamed to displays and speakers, the networking backbone of this house handles it all without a hitch.”

Passing the iPad & Cutting Cords

“When a network is designed properly, comprises high-quality equipment, and operates to exceptional standards, a home is not only more efficient but can be a lot of fun,” Flikkema remarks. The owners of this luxury residence exemplify the notion. From any iPad they quickly connect to a streaming service of choice; select a movie, TV program, or music; and direct the content to and or all displays and speakers. Guests can do the same, “often turning their parties into a game of ‘pass the iPad, where “everyone gets a chance to be the D.J.” 

Another perk: Because the network so ably handles multiple streams of entertainment content, should the owners ever decide to forgo traditional cable and satellite service they won’t miss a thing. “This house is set up perfectly to facilitate cord-cutting and transitioning the family easily to solely streaming media,” says Scott Abel, Director of Quality and Customer at SAV.

Streamlining the Flow of Network Traffic 

Directing the home’s heavy network traffic is an Access Networks C120 Controller. Based on parameters established by the technicians at SAV, the controller assigns each type of signal its own “lane” on the communications highway. For example, signals from online streaming services travel to the home’s wireless Sonos music system on one lane, while commands from the Crestron Home automation system travel on another lane to lights, thermostats, shades, and other components. 

Using the configuration settings of the C120, SAV also assigned bandwidth priority to certain applications, like giving home office connections precedence over less important activities like music streaming. These settings help optimize Wi-Fi speed and prevent communication loops, where signals end up in the wrong place, Flikkema explains. “Unlike most residential networking controllers, the Access Networks C120 has these capabilities built-in, which significantly minimizes our design and engineering time, especially for large projects like this.” 

Streamlining the setup further for SAV was Access Networks’ in-house design services. Working off the blueprints SAV sent them, the Access Networks design team created a heat map, a diagram indicating the best locations for the router, controller, switches, and access points (see Home Network Equipment List below). Four strategically located A610 Access Networks triple-stream wireless access points work around many obstacles which often create interference, such as the home’s interior design elements and construction materials. The end result ensures consistently stable connections throughout the residence. 

SAV used this as a roadmap during installation and validated its work by testing Wi-Fi signal strength throughout the installation, giving the network their seal of approval once the owners had moved in and the furniture was in place. “That ‘aha’ moment for the family was realized when they could grab an iPad and stream music, command multiple smart devices, and have the whole house running smoothly,” Flikkema says. Thanks to stable, fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, living with technology feels as natural as flipping on a light switch.

Wi-Fi Networking Equipment

Access Networks C120 Controller

Access Networks A610 Wireless Access Points (4)

Araknis Gigabit Switches (8)

SonicWALL TZ300 Router

 

Other Smart Home Equipment

Crestron Home Automation System with handheld and wall-mounted touchscreens

Crestron Lighting and Shading Control

Crestron HVAC Control

Crestron AV Distribution 

Sonos and Sonance Speakers

Sony and Samsung Displays

Ademco Security System

Axis Communications and Visonic Surveillance Cameras

Stable Wi-Fi Streams Entertainment Faster, Simplifies Control for New Homeowners

Access Networks Introduces Cloud-Based Wireless Controller and Management Platform

ARCC, a cloud-based wireless controller solution by Access Networks, provides integrators streamlined and fully customizable deployments, remote access and control of clients’ networking systems, and an opportunity to leverage recurring revenue. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 23, 2021) – Access Networks continues to evolve its enterprise-grade networking solutions with the introduction of a cloud-based configuration and management platform. The next-generation cloud-based wireless controller, ARCC, is built on Ruckus architecture and delivers a new level of simplicity during deployment, a higher level of control with more tools to customize each job, and a lower cost of entry for industry-leading capabilities. Additionally, it offers a solid source of recurring revenue, as ARCC enables networks to be easily monitored and managed remotely. Quick and easy remediation and firmware updates can help boost integrators’ bottom line, streamline workflow, and improve customer satisfaction. 

“Historically, wireless residential networks have required an on-premise controller for visibility, configuration, and control,” says Access Networks VP of Sales Ben Jurow. “Now, with the introduction of ARCC, integrators can deliver the same level of service and support remotely. ARCC has all the same features, and more, of our popular C120 hardware-based wireless controller, so dealers can transition to cloud-based service while offering customers the same high-level of performance.”

ARCC rounds out Access Networks’ full range of network management platforms, now giving integrators a choice of a cloud-based solution, as well as the company’s legacy C120 hardware solution or Unleashed software solution. “ARCC marks the next evolution in our product development and offerings,” Jurow says. “Integrators can stick with traditional solutions or embrace the cloud as a reliable, easily accessible, and failsafe method of monitoring and maintaining clients’ home networks.” 

ARCC seamlessly integrates with any Access Networks-enabled network, much like the C120 appliance. Core managed network solutions ship preconfigured based on dealer-supplied network parameters and requirements specific to the deployment. Once the access points, routers, and switches have been installed, the access points will connect to the Internet and self-configure. Then, from a computer or mobile device, the integrator can button up the system, administering security protocols and setting up passwords, for example. The entire process is seamless and transparent to the customer, and repeatable when possible, saving integrators time and manpower.

Additionally, ARCC allows integrators and their clients to stay ahead of the technological curve. Updates introducing new features and capabilities download to ARCC remotely via the cloud, providing an easy, dependable, affordable way of keeping clients’ networks as current and capable as possible. And when new Access Networks products are added to the network, modifications to the ARCC configuration platform happen automatically.

Access Networks plans to offer ARCC training to integrators interested in offering the platform. Existing Access Networks integration partners can find more details in their MyAccess partner portal. Others who are interested in learning more about ARCC are invited to contact clientservices@accessnetworks.com. 

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the leading provider of enterprise-grade networking solutions for the modern smart home. Focused on designing and supporting reliable and secure networks, we help people stay connected to what matters most. Our solutions are customized to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of any household, and through our network of highly-qualified technology integration firms, are configured and installed to deliver an exceptional experience, every time. No matter how your home evolves, you’ll always stay connected, as our team of knowledgeable and experienced designers and engineers continually refine our innovative product and service offerings. To learn more, visit Access Networks online at www.accessnetworks.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Access Networks Promotes Ben Jurow to Vice President of Sales

Access Networks Promotes Ben Jurow to Vice President of Sales

A combination of exceptional technical skills and years of sales experience helps Jurow leverage new growth opportunities for Access Networks.

Los Angeles, CA (February 10, 2021) Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, continues to strengthen its presence as a leader in the industry with the recent promotion of Ben Jurow to Vice President of Sales. Chosen for his exceptional technical acumen, years of sales experience, and commitment to the evolution and growth of Access Networks, Jurow will direct the company’s inside and outside sales teams, foster relationships with manufacturer rep firms, lead dealer support and service programs and strategies, and help shape and inspire the development of new networking solutions. Jurow also joins Access Networks’ Executive Leadership Team, providing perspective and guidance toward even greater contributions to the smart home industry. 

Previously, Jurow held several key sales leadership roles at Access Networks. “Through those experiences, Ben honed his sales skills and developed a deep understanding of the nuances of home networking and the importance of providing our integration partners with the best experience possible,” says Access Networks CEO Bryce Nordstrand. “He’s able to apply these qualities to this new leadership role, pushing us all forward to bigger and better things.”

Before joining Access Networks, Jurow held various sales positions with a home automation manufacturer and was a systems programmer at several integration firms. “His passion for products, sharp technical knowledge, and exceptional client relationship skills are a winning combination and suit our company culture perfectly at Access Networks,” Nordstrand continues.  

“I’m excited and honored to take on the role of Vice President of Sales where I can use my talents to develop strong working relationships with new and existing dealers, increase sales, and explore new business opportunities,” says Jurow. “I understand that networking can be a complex system to configure and install for some integrators, and as part of Access Networks’ mission will strive to smooth out and simplify the process, leading success for our integrator partners.”  

To learn more about Access Networks, please visit www.accessnetworks.com, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Access Networks
Access Networks is the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home. We design and maintain sophisticated network solutions based on a simple premise: keeping our customers connected. Access Networks assists custom integrators by working to specify, select, source, and configure the networking gear before it is shipped to the project site. From design and deployment to service after the sale, we are here to ensure our network solutions meet the bandwidth demands of today’s AV and control components and enhance the overall technology experience. 

Access Networks Appoints Bryce Nordstrand as New CEO Signifying an Exciting New Chapter for the Company

Access Networks Appoints Bryce Nordstrand as New CEO Signifying an Exciting New Chapter for the Company

After eight years as Chief Sales Officer, Bryce Nordstrand takes the helm as Access Networks CEO; founder Hagai Feiner will act as president and serve on the executive board.   

After nearly two decades at the helm, Access Networks founder Hagai Feiner hands over the CEO reins to Bryce Nordstrand. Previously Access Networks Chief Sales Officer, Nordstrand has become a well-known entity at the company and in the custom integration industry, delivering an unmatched level of enthusiasm, a profound understanding of the networking industry, and a firm grasp of integrators’ needs. 

“Bryce has demonstrated ownership in everything he has done. He exhibited a unique ability to understand and service our clientele, while also bringing our team together and paving a path into a relevant future for Access Networks,” says Feiner. “Bryce has taken every challenge on our path to growth in stride, making bold plans for Access Networks’ future while showing strong leadership. With Bryce leading, we’ll continue growing and exploring new opportunities. I’m so proud of what he, and the company, have accomplished.”

As Bryce assumes the CEO role, Feiner will transition into his new role as president and retain his position on the executive board, continuing to guide and shape Access Networks’ future.

“Our goal to bring the highest quality network solutions to the finest homes in the world is just beginning to evolve. We have products, services and solutions in our development pipeline that will continue to change the competitive landscape and provide more opportunities for our committed dealer partners,” says Nordstrand. “This is a very exciting time for our company and for the industry at large.” 

Other key internal promotions come alongside Nordstrand’s appointment, allowing Access Networks to harness the team’s knowledge and maintain its exemplary level of personal customer service while strengthening its core business operations and product development. Alesia Hendley has been promoted from Associate Sales Engineer to Sales Engineer; Ira Bruyere has been promoted from Logistics Manager to Director of Logistics and Brandon Hubbard has been promoted from Senior Web Developer to Director of Web Development.  Additionally, the marketing team gets a boost with the addition of Kelly Perkins as Digital Marketing Manager. Hendley and Perkins bring a level of knowledge and experience from the commercial industry to help strengthen Access Networks’ presence in this market as the company gears up for a big commercial push later this year. 

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the leading provider of enterprise-grade networking solutions for the modern smart home. Focused on designing and supporting reliable and secure networks, we help people stay connected to what matters most. Our solutions are customized to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of any household, and through our network of highly-qualified technology integration firms, are configured and installed to deliver an exceptional experience, every time. No matter how your home evolves, you’ll always stay connected, as our team of knowledgeable and experienced designers and engineers continually refine our innovative product and service offerings. To learn more, visit Access Networks online at www.accessnetworks.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Access Networks Raising Money to Buy and Donate 1,000 Pairs of Nike Shoes for The Boys and Girls Club

Access Networks Raising Money to Buy and Donate 1,000 Pairs of Nike Shoes for The Boys and Girls Club

Positioned as an industry-wide fundraiser, the Access Networks’ Nike Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive invites fellow vendors, integrators, and friends to contribute from Nov. 2 until the end of the year; Access Networks will match each pair of shoes donated. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2, 2020) – As families across the nation struggle with economic hardship, the holidays can be particularly difficult. To help families in need, Access Networks is bringing the entire integration community together for a fundraiser to provide children across the country with a pair of brand-new Nike shoes. To ensure that the donated shoes go to children who need them the most, they have teamed up with the national organization The Boys and Girls Club.

Access Networks has set a fundraising goal of at least 1,000 pairs of shoes. For every $30 a pair of shoes can be donated, and for every pair donated by industry friends, Access Networks will match that generosity.

The Nike Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive runs from November 2nd until the end of the year, and contributions can be made to a GoFundMe page. Details can be found on the Access Networks website www.accessnetworks.com/kicks-for-kids/.

“In times when there are so many less fortunate than us, let’s band together as the powerful community that we are to make a difference. Not only will each donation help keep a child’s feet stay warm, but it may also be their only holiday gift and it will give them something to take pride in,” says Access Networks director of business development, Haley Patterson. “Let’s end the year with something that brings us together and gives us something to feel good about.” 

Individuals interested in donating to the Access Networks Nike Shoe Drive can visit https://www.accessnetworks.com/kicks-for-kids/. 

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home. We design and maintain sophisticated network solutions based on a simple premise: keeping our customers connected. Access Networks assists custom integrators by working to specify, select, source, and configure the networking gear before it is shipped to the project site. From design and deployment to service after the sale, we are here to ensure our network solutions meet the bandwidth demands of today’s AV and control components and enhance the overall technology experience. Visit and follow Access Networks at www.accessnetworks.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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