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New cloud tech simplifies WiFi security for SMEs

Jul 01. 2020
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Internet security for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) has been beefed up with the release of Zyxel Networks’ latest Nebula Cloud Networking Solution update.

The update features the industry’s first DPPSK for simplified WiFi security for SMBs, said Zyxel, enabling them to deliver cloud-manageable networking services via the Nebula.

The Nebula closes the security hole left by sharing WiFi passwords with guests or employees, instead offering cloud authentication enhancement through the Dynamic Personal Pre-Shared Key (DPPSK) feature – the first time this has been made available to the SMB market.

With DPPSK, each user is given a unique WiFi password, said the firm. With the tap of a button, passwords can be customised to expire or last for a particular timeframe, making management of WiFi access for multiple users simple, convenient, and secure.

“Zyxel’s enhanced Nebula provides SMBs with the tools they need to easily and securely onboard visitors, guests or employees to their WiFi,” said Jonas Dekkers, co-founder of the Wiflex project from Complit Networks in Belgium. 

“We applaud Zyxel Networks for opening their API to MSPs, giving our customers, and a far wider range of SMBs, the opportunity to achieve more secure, easy, and cloud-manageable WiFi onboarding services for their businesses. We already created our own cloud-based onboarding solution for guests [visitor registration] and employees based on Azure and G Suite with the unique DPPSK feature of Zyxel.”

The June Nebula release also features the Zyxel GS1350 series of surveillance switches. The switch boasts extended range, with all PoE ports supporting data transmission up to 250 metres to allow for deployment at a distance. Meanwhile, businesses can reduce downtime with the Auto PD Recovery feature to easily restart a malfunctioning power device. All of which, says Zyxel, allows network admins to save resources and more easily manage their CCTV networks through the cloud without having to send field engineers to visit each site.

The firm adds that the Nebula’s new SSID NAT function enables small businesses to set up Nebula-compatible access points (APs) as a router or gateway capable of assigning IP addresses to wireless clients, such as customer or staff phones and laptops, reducing the overhead of additional network infrastructure for many small businesses.

Other products available under the updated Nebula include new WiFi 6 APs (WAX610D, NWA210AX), XS1930 multi-gigabit switches and GS2220 aggregation switches, adding up to a total of 52 devices to its product portfolio. For more info, visit http://www.zyxel.com/nebula.

Nebula Cloud Networking solution allows you to control and manage Zyxel’s native and compatible Nebula access points, switches and gateways, all from one place with ease.

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