Access Networks Adds Sophos XGS for Advanced Cybersecurity in Custom Core Networking Solution 

Access Networks Adds Sophos XGS for Advanced Cybersecurity in Custom Core Networking Solution 

Delivering even greater protection to enterprise-grade home networks is Access Networks’ addition of the next-generation Sophos XGS Series firewall/router. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2022) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider, continues to strengthen the cybersecurity capabilities of its custom Core Systems with the integration of Sophos’ next-generation firewall/router. The XGS Series from Sophos delivers a new level of performance and protection to home networks against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Given the steady increase in work- and learn-from-home environments, the addition of an advanced firewall comes at an opportune time. Systems integrators can now offer households the same degree of visibility, protection, and performance as corporations.

“Thanks to the utilization of dual processors, the XGS Series firewall/router provides not only greater protection against malware, ransomware, viruses, and other threats, but enables faster data throughput for networks of all sizes and scopes,” says Nathan Holmes, Senior Manager, Training at Snap One. “The dual processor gives even small networking systems the high throughput historically only possible with high-end systems. Home networks can achieve an unprecedented level of performance, helping integrators deploy and end-users enjoy the best networking experiences possible. And it’s not just computers that benefit. Anything that’s on the network—security cameras, electronic door locks, smart TVs, and other IoT devices—is safeguarded from infection.”

The Sophos XGS Series firewall is available now as a component of Access Networks’ highly acclaimed custom Core System. Dealers interested in learning more about Access Networks’ advanced firewall protection can visit https://www.accessnetworks.com/connect-with-us/contact-us/.

About Access Networks
Access Networks, a Snap One brand, 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 and system designers 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 Access Networks at www.accessnetworks.com and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Access Networks Helps Transition to Wi-Fi 6 with A350 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

Access Networks Helps Transition to Wi-Fi 6 with A350 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

Rounding out its Wi-Fi 6 Certified access point lineup, the A350 gives integrators and end-users a solid starting point for enterprise-grade performance networking.

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 25, 2022) – Access Networks, the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider, continues to broaden its line of Wi-Fi 6 certified wireless access points with the addition of an AP ideally suited for smaller environments and modest networking requirements. The A350 Wi-Fi access point joins Access Networks’ A550, A650, and A750, establishing an impressive portfolio with Wi-Fi 6 options for networking projects of every size and scope. It’s an important addition to the Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 family, given that Wi-Fi 6 is expected to make up 79% of all Wi-Fi product shipments within the next two years, according to research firm IDC. With its breadth of solutions, Access Networks is positioned to be a leading resource as the penetration of residential Wi-Fi 6 networks continues to escalate. With the new A350 Wi-Fi 6 access point, integrators can transition customers to Wi-Fi 6 gradually, integrating more robust access points if and when necessary.  

The A350 provides integrators and end-users a powerful entry-point into Wi-Fi connectivity, supporting the range, speed, and coverage associated with Wi-Fi 6 technology. Like the other Wi-Fi 6 access points in the line, the A350 features Access Networks’ Beamflex adaptive antenna technology to reduce interference and boost reception. Additionally, it is backed by four years of ongoing Access Networks service and support.

For larger environments and more complex applications, integrators can upgrade to the Access Networks A550 or A650. The A750 is the most robust Wi-Fi 6 access point in the portfolio, meeting the demands of large homes with heavy Internet traffic. These models, including the new A350, bridge the performance gap from gigabit Wi-Fi to multi-gigabit Wi-Fi and enable the network to function at full capacity even when multiple Wi-Fi devices are connected simultaneously. They also extend the battery life of mobile devices, include built-in functionality to avoid interference from other nearby Wi-Fi networks, and feature the latest Wi-Fi security standard, WPA3, for enhanced security of devices on the network.

“Access Networks is committed to providing industry-leading solutions that optimize network performance. The new A350 Wi-Fi 6 certified wireless access points, as well as our other Wi-Fi 6 access points, offer integrators and end-users the best Wi-Fi solution through their adherence to the newest networking standard,” says Bryce Nordstrand, Vice President and General Manager at Snap One. “They can be added to a home network at any time, easily integrate with legacy Wi-Fi products, and when connected to other Wi-Fi 6 compliant products deliver to bandwidth-strained households a Wi-Fi experience of exceptional speed, range, and reliability.” 

Integrators interested in learning more about Access Networks’ entire line of Wi-Fi 6 certified wireless access points and other home networking products can visit their online store at my.accessnetworks.com or contact their Client Services team at clientservices@accessnetworks.com

About Access Networks
Access Networks, a Snap One brand, 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 and system designers 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 and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Media Contact
For interviews, reviews, or more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 

 

Access Networks Offers Suite of NetAlly Network Test and Analysis Tools

Access Networks Offers Suite of NetAlly Network Test and Analysis Tools

Access Networks partners with NetAlly to distribute full line of basic to advanced testing equipment designed to more effectively plan, install, validate, and troubleshoot vitally important wired and wireless networks.

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 12, 2022) – Access Networks is making it even easier for integrators to properly design, deploy, validate, and troubleshoot wired and wireless residential Wi-Fi networks by offering a full range of testing and analysis tools from leading manufacturer NetAlly. The partnership demonstrates Access Networks’ continued commitment to helping integrators prosper in the challenging IT marketplace. From simple handheld measurement devices to comprehensive software platforms, Access Networks’ new line of NetAlly products provides instant visibility in the palm of the hand for efficient problem solving, streamlined workflow, reduced service calls, and greater customer satisfaction through network optimization.

“The NetAlly partnership rounds out our service and support program nicely, giving integrators yet another method to ensure successful deployments of home networks, says Bryce Nordstrand, Vice President, General Manager of Managed Services at Snap One. “Our mission has always been to support our Partners through innovation, pre- and post-installation support, and exceptional customer service, so providing quick, easy access to proven testing and validation tools was a logical next step in our progression as a leading home networking provider.” 

Adds Nathan Holmes, Senior Manager, Training at Snap One, “The addition of NetAlly solutions is a perfect complement to our on-site consultations and custom design and service assistance. It gives our Partners tools they can use themselves in the field to validate network performance that’s quick and relatively easy. Our Partners were asking for an alternative to our on-site surveys, and now, through our partnership with NetAlly, they can handle many of the same validation tasks themselves.”  

Through NetAlly products offered by Access Networks, integrators can proactively identify and locate interference, accurately plan and design Wi-Fi 6 networks before rolling out APs, observe the Wi-Fi coverage and reach of APs, and create visual heatmaps for reference, among many other tasks. 

Integrators can visit the Access Networks Partner Portal to peruse and purchase NetAlly products. To learn more about proper testing and validation practices, contact the Access Networks training team at training@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 Media Contact

For interviews, reviews, or more information please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phoning (425) 328-8640 or emailing katye@kmbcomm.com.

 

All products, product names, trademarks, and registrations mentioned are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

 

About NetAlly

The NetAlly family of network test and analysis solutions has been helping network engineers and technicians better deploy, manage, and maintain today’s complex wired and wireless networks for decades. Since creating the industry’s first handheld network analyzer in 1993, NetAlly continues to set the standard for portable network analysis. NetAlly simplifies the complexities of network testing, provides instant visibility for efficient problem resolution, and enables seamless collaboration between site personnel and remote experts. To learn more and see how NetAlly helps network professionals get their jobs done fast, visit www.netally.com

 

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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.