Access Networks Transforms Smart Home with New Enterprise-Grade Products, Partners, Price Points

Access NetworksCEDIA Attendees invited to see new lineup of Access Networks Wireless access points and a wireless controller all powered by Ruckus, new custom Core systems, and learn benefits of new integrations and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (August 2018) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, is celebrating a transformational year as it sets it sights on CEDIA 2018. There, Access Networks will showcase its new and proprietary lineup of Access Networks Wireless access points and a wireless controller all powered by Ruckus, new custom Core systems, and will be sharing details of new integrations and enhanced partnerships with major players in the AV and IT industries.

Access Networks expands offering with lower priced enterprise-grade options
A long time Crestron I2P partner, Access Networks now offers pre-configured Core Systems solutions optimized for Crestron NVX deployments as part of a new integration between the two companies (read more about that here). Through this integration, Access Networks’ Core2 and Core3 custom-programmed networking solutions are now certified to work seamlessly with Crestron’s DM-NVX Series of AV-over-IP encoders/decoders to provide the high bandwidth and low latency today’s video distribution systems need. Access Networks’ Core2 and Core3 Systems are comprised of a router, an Access Networks C120 wireless controller, a core Ruckus ICX switch, and a Helix monitoring device with proactive service.

New, lower-priced options available
Now available, Access Networks Wireless is a range of best-in-class wireless networking products with patented technology designed and manufactured for Access Networks by Ruckus Networks. Consisting of access points and a wireless controller, Access Networks Wireless offers lower price points and more effective support options, as well as the ability for integrators to increase both the performance and profitability of their residential network deployments. For instance, Access Networks Wireless components come with four years of support for no additional charge. The wireless controller includes eight access point licenses and additional licenses are available for purchase one at a time. The list goes on.

A Finalist in the 2018 CEDIA Best New Hardware Product Awards, Access Networks Core2 and Core3 pre-programmed systems provide customization capabilities to meet the needs of any home integration project, large or small. Core2 is a flat (or, layer-2) network core with a single IP scheme for the entire scope of the project. Core3 is a multiple-VLAN (or, layer-3) network with up to six pre-configured VLANs for network segmentation. Core systems include one year of their proactive Live Monitoring service, giving integrators the opportunity to generate recurring monthly revenue and exceed their clients’ expectations with a superior level of proactive customer service.

Learn why enterprise-grade networking matters during CEDIA Expo
Access Networks is offering valuable training sessions for CEDIA Expo attendees on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6, 2018. Open for registration now, these courses are free of charge and integrators who attend will learn why enterprise-grade networks are a must, about the importance of the network core, and the significant role video-over-IP plays in today’s homes, all while earning CEDIA CEU credits. To register for any of the sessions noted above, click on the links below.

Getting to the Core of Video Over IP
Wednesday, September 5th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5909&SessionDateID=263

Thursday, September 6th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5910&SessionDateID=264

Peeling Back the Layers of a Network Core
Wednesday, September 5th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5911&SessionDateID=263

Thursday, September 6th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5912&SessionDateID=264

To see what’s new, learn what it takes to deliver networks of scale, and how to ensure an exceptional end-user experience, visit Access Networks in booth 5321 during CEDIA Expo 2018 and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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 www.accessca.com and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

Access Networks Hosts CEDIA Expo Training Sessions, Revealing Insider Network Tips to Enhance the User Experience

Access Networks’ in-depth CEDIA Expo Training Sessions teach integrators why enterprise-grade gear matters, about the importance of the network core, and how to manage Video over IP

Los Angeles, CA (August 2018) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, is offering valuable training sessions on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6, 2018, during CEDIA Expo. Open for registration now, these CEDIA Expo Training Sessions are free of charge and integrators who attend will learn why enterprise-grade networks are a must, about the importance of the network coAccess Networksre, and the significant role video over IP plays in today’s homes, all while earning CEDIA CEU credits.  

Learn How Network Design Affects Video Over IP
Video over IP has taken the industry by storm. In media rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and home theaters, consumers are enjoying the on-demand capabilities of Video over IP as they “cut-the-cord” on cable services. It is vitally important for integrators to understand how Video over IP technology works and how network design has changed because of the increased bandwidth demands of Video over IP.

In this 90-minute training session taught by technical trainer, Nathan Holmes, attendees will learn the intricacies of Video over IP, why it is so important in today’s homes, and how streaming video affects network design for integrators.

Attendees will learn:

  • How multicast traffic differs from ethernet traffic
  • Why true enterprise-grade networking hardware leads to profitability with Video over IP
  • How to develop robust network designs that support Video over IP
  • Basic troubleshooting tips for Video over IP installations

Getting to the Core of Video Over IP takes place Wednesday, September 5th, in Room 9 at 10:00 am, and again Thursday, September 6th, in Room 8 at 10:00 am.

Peeling Back the Layers of a Network Core with Access Networks
As the number of network devices, the amount of data they transmit, and client cyber-security concerns have increased, so has the need for quality networks that adequately address these bandwidth and security requirements.

In this intense three-hour CEDIA Expo Training Session taught by technical trainer, Nathan Holmes, attendees will learn how different technologies use network resources and how to properly develop networks that not only support these technologies but also enhance the client experience. A robust and reliable network Core is the key to superior network performance and, ultimately, customer satisfaction.

The in-depth course discusses the following:

  • Taking a layered approach to networking by applying the OSI model
  • How you approach the layers you control can significantly affect the performance of Layers you don’t
  • How data travels through your LAN
  • When and how to use VLANs
  • How Wi-Fi traffic can significantly decrease hardwire LAN performance
  • How to leverage enterprise-grade benefits to enhance the consumer experience
  • Best practice network designs

Peeling Back the Layers of the Network Core takes place Wednesday, September 5th in Room 9 at 1:00 pm and Thursday, September 6th Room 4 at 1:00 pm.  

“Network requirements are changing rapidly, and it’s important for today’s CEDIA members to keep pace. The network core is the heart of the smart home, and knowing how to integrate and manage it effectively increases customer satisfaction and improves profitability for integrators. These CEDIA training courses give integrators the tools and information they need to address common network challenges in any size home,” says Access Networks Technical Trainer Nathan Holmes.

Those interested in attending any of the training sessions noted above are encouraged to register in advance:

Getting to the Core of Video Over IP
Wednesday, September 5th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5909&SessionDateID=263

Thursday, September 6th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5910&SessionDateID=264

Peeling Back the Layers of a Network Core
Wednesday, September 5th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5911&SessionDateID=263

Thursday, September 6th:
https://cedia.a2zinc.net/CEDIA2018/Public/SessionDetails.aspx?FromPage=Sessions.aspx&SessionID=5912&SessionDateID=264

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 www.accessca.com and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

Access Networks Core2 and Core3 Custom Network Systems Selected as CEDIA Best New Hardware Product Finalist

Scalable enterprise-grade networking offering is easy with Access Networks’ new Core2 and Core3 systems

Los Angeles, CA (August 2018) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, is pleased to announce that its Core2 and Core3 Enterprise-Grade Residential Custom Network Systems have been named Finalists in the 2018 CEDIA Best New Hardware Product Awards.

CEDIA Best New Hardware Product Access Networks Core2 and Core3 systems are comprised of a router, an Access Networks C120 wireless controller, a core Ruckus ICX switch, and a Helix monitoring device with proactive service, creating a complete premium enterprise-grade networking solution when combined with selected access points and additional switches.

Core2 and Core3 systems offer more networking horsepower at a lower cost while retaining better margins for integrators than prior solutions. Core systems are simpler and more scalable enterprise-grade custom solutions ideal for any project that needs a reliable network.

To make system design and integration even easier, Core systems can be specified online via Access Networks’ new portal, my.accessca.com. Once a Core system request is submitted online, a design review is automatically initiated to confirm proper specification, and advanced design services are still available if needed leading to guaranteed success. These systems come with a category-leading four years of Access Networks support and an available upgrade option at the end of the four years.

Additionally, the Core Systems are now offered as pre-configured solutions optimized for Crestron NVX deployments as part of a new integration between the two companies. Through this integration, Access Networks’ Core2 and Core3 custom-programmed networking solutions are now certified to work seamlessly with Crestron’s DM-NVX Series of AV-over-IP encoders/decoders to provide the high bandwidth and low latency today’s video distribution systems need.

Adding even more value to the assortment, Access Networks Core2 and Core3 pre-programmed systems provide customization capabilities to meet the needs of any home integration project, large or small. Core2 is a flat (or, layer-2) network core with a single IP scheme for the entire scope of the project. Core3 is a multiple-VLAN (or, layer-3) network with up to six pre-configured VLANs for network segmentation. Core systems include one year of their proactive Live Monitoring service, giving integrators the opportunity to generate recurring monthly revenue and exceed their clients’ expectations with a superior level of proactive customer service.

Winners of the 2018 Best New Product Winners will be announced Thursday, September 6th, 3:00 PM at the CEDIA booth.

See Access Networks Enterprise-Grade Networking at CEDIA
To see Core2 and Core3 in action and learn what it takes to deliver networks of scale and how to ensure an exceptional end-user experience, visit Access Networks in booth 5321 during CEDIA Expo 2018 and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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 www.accessca.com and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

Access Networks Joins KMB Client Roster to Maximize CEDIA Expo Exposure, Elevate and Amplify Brand Presence

Enterprise-grade network solutions provider partners with KMB Communications for strategic public relations, content development, and social media management.

Great news, KMB is growing, yet again. Access Networks has appointed KMB Communications as their public relations firm of record, and we’re already fully entrenched and on the way to a very successful CEDIA Expo.Access Networks

Taking our holistic, multimedia approach to strategic communications, the KMB team will work closely with Access Networks to develop content, including blogs, case studies, email marketing, and feature articles, as well as social media contribution across several dynamic platforms.

“I couldn’t be more excited to add Access Networks to the KMB portfolio. They [Access Networks] share a similar approach to consumer and custom AV as many of our other brands, so it made perfect sense to partner to create a more visible presence and established voice for Access Networks in the channel. With CEDIA Expo on the horizon now, we’ve got a lot to share with our friends in the media,” says KMB Communications CEO and Chief Strategist Katye (McGregor) Bennett. “Get ready, everyone!”

As the home network grows ever more important in every size custom integration project, dealer outreach and education becomes crucial. Years ago, when Access Networks first launched, the network was barely a topic of discussion in residential AV installations, and networking wasn’t recognized as a CEDIA category. Now, Access Networks is positioned to inform and guide custom integrators to making the right decisions for their clients when it comes to building a robust network. KMB Communications is the right choice to help Access Networks reach that dealer audience through well-established relationships with trade editors and journalists and a consistently expanding social media network.

KMB’s skillset, connections, and corporate culture are a perfect fit to help guide Access Networks into its next stage of growth.  

“We have spent a lot of time listening. Listening to our clients and partners’ networking needs has resulted in an exciting new line-up of enterprise-grade solutions. We have (quietly) worked with extreme focus to create solutions for today that scale into what they will need to be in the future. And now, with KMB by our side, we are ready to start talking about it”, said Access Networks Director of Business Development Haley Patterson. “The KMB team stepped right up and embodied who Access Networks is without skipping a beat. They are experts in what they do and they have fun while they do it. KMB has already brought a tremendous amount of value and we look forward to kicking it up a notch at CEDIA Expo!”

The KMB and Access Networks teams joined forces in June and have since hit the ground running, penning press releases, case studies, contest entries, competitive messaging, and other PR and marketing content and collateral in preparation for CEDIA in September. There—in booth #5321, Access Networks will showcase a range of enterprise-grade networking product and related services that spans in price and performance from value-oriented to premium level. Unlike years past, Access Networks now serves a much broader customer base with better margins and much more affordable price points. KMB is honing this message and will help the brand articulate, elevate, and amplify it with the integration communities we are deeply involved in.

Access Networks Provides Seamless Network Infrastructure Configuration for Crestron NVX Video Over IP Distribution

Integration between Crestron NVX and Access Networks preconfigured solutions delivers high-quality AV over IP

Los Angeles, CA (July 23, 2018) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, and a long time Crestron I2P partner, now offers preconfigured solutions optimized for Crestron NVX deployments. Access Networks’ Core2 and Core3 custom-programmed networking solutions are now certified to work with Crestron’s DM-NVX Series of AV over IP encoders/decoders. The standardized configurations ensure deployments are seamless and efficient for dealers integrating Access Networks’ Core Systems with Crestron NVX products.

IP infrastructure is the future of video distribution. Delivering superior image quality with no latency, the new Crestron DM-NVX system is the only secure solution to deliver 4K60, 4:4:4, and HDR video over standard 1gbps Ethernet. Access Networks Core systems provide the high bandwidth and low latency today’s video distribution systems need. Coupled together, DM-NVX and Core are an easy to deploy solution for new installations as well as retrofit projects.

“Crestron always and only partners with the best, and Access Networks certainly fits into that category. This partnership enhances our client’s options in providing a flawless Video solution over IP which in turn provides the most important portion of what Crestron wants to deliver, the best user experience by far” John Clancy, VP Residential.

“As we enter this new era of video distribution, integrators can deploy this next-generation system with confidence. Our partnership with Crestron ensures the homeowner will have the technology experience they demand and expect,” says Access Networks Founder and CEO Hagai Feiner. “We continually collaborate and innovate our network designs based on mutual feedback between the two companies”.

Access Networks’ Core2 is a flat (or, layer-2) network core with a single IP scheme for the entire scope of the project. Core3 is a multiple-VLAN (or, layer-3) network with up to six pre-configured VLANs for network segmentation. Since all Ruckus ICX switches utilized in this system are capable of layer-3 functionality without the need for a hardware change, Access Networks is able to provide true layer-3 configurations more affordably than previous multiple-VLAN solutions.

“Leveraging the stability of our products, we worked to make sure the new Core system configurations when paired with the Crestron DM-NVX products, meet the high standards the industry has come to expect from both brands,” says Access Networks Technical Trainer Nathan Holmes. “By developing internal configuration standards, we know that when an integrator is deploying a network using Crestron DM-NVX, regardless of the integrator’s level of networking expertise, our solution will ensure that the dedicated resources each device requires are available.”

As a Crestron I2P partner, Access Networks’ Core2 and Core3 products will work in lockstep with Crestron products to provide consistency in an increasingly complicated landscape of IP-based products that “ride” on the home network. To make it even easier, Access Networks Core systems also includes four years of support from its industry-leading team of certified support engineers, providing a future-ready solution as network requirements change over time.

About Crestron 
Crestron builds the technology that integrates technology. Its automation and control solutions for homes and buildings let people control entire environments with the push of a button, integrating systems such as AV, lighting, shading, security, BMS and HVAC to provide greater comfort, convenience and security. All of its products are designed and built to work together as a complete system, enabling you to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform.

Crestron products are backed by more than 90 fully staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support across the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Discover Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com.

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 Promotes Ben Jurow to National Sales Director

Experienced territory sales manager Ben Jurow expands role as Access Networks builds coast-to-coast sales team.

Los Angeles, CA (July 16, 2018) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home, has promoted Ben Jurow to the role of National Sales Director, effective immediately. On the 18-month anniversary of his appointment as Territory Sales Manager, East, for Access Networks, Jurow is excited to step into a new role where he will be supporting Access Networks reps and dealers across the country.  

In his new position, Jurow will focus on dealer training and support, as well as sales, along with representing Access Networks at trade shows and buying group events throughout the U.S. “I’ll continue giving our dealers and reps in the Eastern states the attention they need, but I will continue that outreach westward to Access Networks dealers and reps everywhere in the U.S. except Southern California and Minnesota.”

As the Access Networks sales team expands, Jurow will manage a team of sales managers and individuals focusing exclusively on the western states but he will also maintain dealer and rep relationships he has developed on the East Coast.

“Ben has already brought a tremendous amount of value to Access Networks. Our East Coast business has grown significantly in the year and a half that he has been on the team” says Bryce Nordstrand, CSO for Access Networks. “Ben has a technical mind with a personality that allows him to thrive on the sales side of the business, that is a rare find. Because of his past work experience, he has a deep understanding of our products and offerings and why they are valuable to the clients he interfaces with.”

Jurow joined Access Networks from Savant Systems, where he was a Sales Manager for New York, New England and Canada. Prior to that, he was a Crestron programmer for a variety of top New York-area integration firms. Combined, Ben’s varied yet focused background provides an ideal blend of technical expertise and sales management experience that Access Networks customers and prospects will find both refreshing and rewarding.

“Today’s smart homes require a robust network for optimal performance and reliability. Access Networks provides many solutions to exceed consumers’ expectations,” Jurow says. “I’m excited for this opportunity to work with our reps and dealers across the U.S. to help ensure a superior technology experience.”

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.  

Learn more at www.accessca.com and follow @AccessNetworks on Twitter and Facebook.