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LANcompact – Networking Solutions for Digital Sovereignty

We are excited to announce the new format LANcompact roadshow, a must-attend event for anyone interested in the latest advancements in networking technology.

Over the course of the afternoon, we will teach you in a compact format how you can achieve success with LANCOM products & solutions and give your business a boost.

Suitable for both LANCOM newcomers & existing partners, we introduce our company and round off the program with topics such as market analysis, success stories and best practice examples, competitive strategy and much more.

Target Audience

  • Personnel involved in the sales of networking equipment
    Personnel involved in WAN, LAN & WLAN design & implementation
    Personnel involved in network managment
    Personnel involved in network security
    Personnel involved in training of network technicans

Location

The Johnstown Estate, Enfield, Co. Meath, A83 V070

Date & Time

5th October from 1230hrs to 1800hrs

Genexis signs-up Ethos Technology with a distribution agreement for the Irish broadband market

Ireland-based value-added distributor Ethos Technology and Genexis, the European leader in enabling fiber network operators to efficiently connect their broadband customers today announce the signing of a distribution agreement.

This agreement sees Ethos distributing Genexis’ portfolio of Connected Home Residential Gateways and Fiber-to-the-Home Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) in the Irish broadband market. By establishing this distribution agreement, Genexis will start supplying the Irish market supporting their targets to become available in most European markets.

Gavin Tobin, MD of Ethos says: “…Ethos proudly offers our resellers the most cutting-edge technologies and our partnership with Genexis is expected to help us provide more complete and industry-leading solutions for the fiber connected home. Together with Genexis we look forward to developing these opportunities in the Irish Market”.

Read the full press release here

LCOS LX 6.12 – Individualized Wi-Fi for maximum customization

LCOS LX 6.12 opens up new, smart possibilities for expanding your wireless network. Whether it’s the integration of Ethernet-capable devices into a vendor-independent WLAN using the client mode or the individual choice between the authentication methods 802.1X or WPA2/3-PSK, from now on, your Wi-Fi can be adapted to your personal requirements even more precisely.

The system configurations can now be managed clearly structured in submenus in the WEBconfig. In addition, further adjustments and improvements provide more detailed settings – for a Wi-Fi exactly tailored to your needs.

Feature Highlights LCOS LX 6.12

Client mode for flexible integration of Ethernet-capable devices in wireless networks

Your LCOS LX-based access points now support the client mode. From now on, you can use your LCOS LX-based access points flexibly to integrate a wide range of Ethernet-capable devices into existing wireless networks – regardless of the operating system and thus regardless of the manufacturer. For customized security, you can choose between certificate-based encrypted communication via IEEE 802.1X or via WPA2/3-PSK. Setup is conveniently carried out via the modern WEBconfig user interface.

Further features & improvements

New features

  • Re-design of the “System configuration” tab in WEBconfig
  • Adjustable speed for the Ethernet ports
  • Signalling in case of insufficient PoE power supply
  • Capture extension (Wi-Fi header can be optionally captured)
  • WLC configuration extensions

Note 

  • The features and improvements specified here apply to all LX-based access points except the LW-500

Downloads

Download -LCOS LX 6.12

Datasheet – LCOS LX 6.12

Release Notes – LCOS LX 6.12

 

LCOS 10.80 Release Candidate 1 – More security for your SD-WAN gateways

In addition to many new functions, LCOS 10.80 RC1 now also offers even more security with the best usability: Thanks to certificate creation via the free certification authority Let’s Encrypt, encrypted HTTPS connections for WEBconfig and the LANCOM Public Spot can now be set up in no time at all.

Feature Highlights LCOS 10.80RC1

Let’s Encrypt for WEBconfig and the LANCOM Public Spot

Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority that offers free HTTPS certificates to standardize encrypted connections. WEBconfig and also the LANCOM Public Spot now support Let’s Encrypt. This means that free and trusted certificates can be created, integrated via the gateway, and automatically renewed with just a few one-time and simple steps.

Zero-touch rollout for cellular routers

With the support of Zero-touch, the setup of LANCOM cellular routers is now even easier and faster. Where previously manual configuration of the cellular access point was required, it is now sufficient to insert a PIN-free SIM card into the device. Zero-touch rollout enables an automatic connection to the Internet and subsequently to the LANCOM Management Cloud to retrieve the appropriate configuration of the gateway.

LANCOM vRouter available via Google Cloud
With LCOS 10.80 RC1, you can now operate the LANCOM vRouter on demand with the cloud computing provider Google Cloud. This means that in addition to Microsoft Azure, VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, and AWS, you can now also use Google Cloud to move your own infrastructure to the cloud. The LANCOM vRouter guarantees a secure connection and handles encrypted communication between your site and your virtualized infrastructure in the Google Cloud. Furthermore, the virtualization of headquarters is also possible: the vRouter in the Google Cloud simply replaces the central hardware gateway.

WEBconfig in new corporate design

If you manage your devices via the web browser, LANCOM provides you with a graphical user interface via WEBconfig, which is directly integrated into LCOS and from now on shines with a new coat of paint in a modern design and maximum clarity.

Further features & improvements

New features

  • LANCOM High Availability Clustering Option L for the 1900 series
  • Routers can record and store traces and Wireshark captures directly on a USB stick
  • Entries in the action table can be tested or executed by a CLI command

Downloads

Download – LCOS 10.80 RC1

Datasheet – LCOS 10.80 RC1

Feature Notes – LCOS 10.80 RC1

Release Notes – LCOS 10.80 RC1

Reference Manual  Addendum – LCOS 10.80 RC1

LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0

Optimize Wi-Fi at the push of a button

Automated adjustment suggestions based on real usage data

Network administrators face the challenge of configuring wireless networks in such a way that availability and capacity are guaranteed at all times. Channel conflicts, incorrect transmitting power, or interference from third-party networks often lead to considerable losses in capacity.

LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0 is the answer to increasingly complex networks coupled with increasing cost pressure and a shortage of IT specialists: The self-learning automation solution optimizes Wi-Fi installations on the basis of real usage data and minimizes the workload for IT administrators. As a true market first in Wi-Fi optimization, LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0 is patent-pending and offers the best possible user experience for every scenario: from office, hotel, or hospital Wi-Fi to large-scale installations in stadiums and event arenas.

LANCOM ARC 2.0 in operation

In our techpaper you will learn all about the functionality and operation of LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0. This will give you a detailed overview of LANCOM’s unique Wi-Fi optimization solution and helpful hints for user-defined settings such as learning and prioritizing of access points.

Get to know mor about ARC 2.0

LCOS LX devices supported as of LCOS LX 6.10

  • LX-6500 / LX-6500E
  • LX-6400 / LX-6402
  • LX-6200 / LX-6200E
  • LW-600
  • OX-6400 / OX-6402
  • OW-600

LCOS devices supported as of LCOS 10.72

  • LN-1700B / LN-1702B
  • LN-1700 / LN-1702
  • LN-1700UE
  • LN-860 / LN-862
  • LN-830U
  • LN-830acn
  • LN-630acn
  • OAP-1700B / OAP-1702B
  • OAP-830 / OAP-822 / OAP-821
  • IAP-822 / IAP-821
  • 1780EW-4G+
  • 1790VAW
  • 1793VAW
  • 1800EFW

 

LCOS LX 6.10 enhances the feature set of LANCOM Systems LW, LX & OW series APs

New highlight features for best Wi-Fi

LCOS LX 6.10 takes your wireless LAN infrastructure to a new level. Your LX-based access points will benefit from point-to-point capability, improved resilience and performance through LACP, and increased flexibility thanks to L2TPv3. In addition, LCOS LX 6.10 prepares your access points for LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0. The automated, self-learning optimization solution gives you the best WLAN experience.

Feature Highlights LCOS LX 6.10

Preparation for LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0

With the support of LANCOM Active Radio Control 2.0 (ARC 2.0), you radically simplify the optimization of your Wi-Fi networks. Based on computer-aided learning, the solution from the LANCOM Management Cloud uses real usage data to calculate the best configuration in each case to improve your wireless LAN. The result: Channel conflicts are resolved, external networks are taken into account, channel widths and transmission powers are automatically optimized, and available capacities are provided where they are needed based on the learned usage behavior.

Get to know more about ARC 2.0

Support for point-to-point connections thanks to Wireless Distribution System

Whenever Internet needs to be provided over longer distances or through obstacles such as walls and ceilings in entire office buildings, or legal requirements such as fire protection do not allow cabling, point-to-point connections are an ideal solution. The advantage is that complex or perhaps even impossible cabling through the entire premises is no longer necessary. With support of WDS (Wireless Distribution System), your LX-based access points can pass on Wi-Fi signals to other access points and thus supply even hard-to-reach places with fast Internet. The access points can be used both as Wi-Fi repeaters for connecting Wi-Fi clients or for connecting wired networks via a radio link.

LACP for double speed and security


The supported LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol) standard offers you enormous added value in terms of performance and reliability. LACP enables Ethernet connections to be bundled into a virtual unit. This means that the transmission speed of redundantly connected devices is combined and subsequently greatly increased. In addition, LACP allows redundant connections to be set up between the access point and the switch infrastructure, giving you double protection: if one physical line fails, data traffic will continue to be transmitted via the other line.

L2TPv3 – more flexibility for Wi-Fi managementspeed

With L2TPv3 (Layer Two Tunneling Protocol Version 3), LANs can be interconnected across network and sites. If you operate your network via the LANCOM Management Cloud, this opens up the possibility for you to couple the traffic of the access points into an L2TPv3 Ethernet tunnel and decouple it again at a central concentrator without the need for a separate WLAN controller.

Further features & improvements

New features
  • Client isolation prevents data traffic between Wi-Fi clients, for example for hotspot networks
  • Wi-Fi driver update enables increased stability and compatibility
  • Support for Wi-Fi 6E
  • Improvements & bug fixes

 

Note: The features and improvements specified here apply to all LX-based access points (except LW-500).

Downloads

Release Notes LCOS LX 6.10

Reference Manual LCOS LX 6.10

ECSE – Design 4-Day Wi-Fi Design Training Course (ONLINE)

Date – Tuesday 27th of September to  Friday the 30th of September inclusive.

Time – 0900hrs to 1700hrs each day (Irish Summer Time)

Location Online

Cost €2,999 per person

Trainer – Renzo Notter https://www.linkedin.com/in/renzo-notter-37010613a/

This 4-day course consists of lectures and labs taught by Wi-Fi experts. Learn how to design, optimize, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi using Ekahau products.

Dive into all aspects of Wi-Fi lifecycle management including:

  • RF fundamentals
  • Predictive designs
  • Capturing and analyzing survey data
  • Spectrum analysis
  • Design across all three bands, 6 GHz included
  • And much more!

Course Specifics

  • Updated in 2022 to include 6 GHz
  • Designed for Wi-Fi engineers, architects, network owners, IT administrators, and other Wi-Fi and IT professionals
  • Receive a highly regarded ECSE Design certification via our partner Credly upon passing the certification exam
  • Four-day format: 9:00-12:30, 1 hour lunch break, 13:30-17:00
  • Training offered in English

Technical requirements:

During the course, students receive a temporary Ekahau Connect license to run Ekahau AI Pro on their computer and Ekahau Survey and Analyzer on their mobile device. Students will need:

  • Admin rights on their local machine to install AI Pro
  • A strong internet connection and a computer with video and audio capability
  • A physical mouse rather than a trackpad for designing

Please select a date below and fill out the form to find out about classes happening in your region.

Download Agenda

Call us now on +353 (1) 4011064 or email [email protected] to book your place.

LCOS LX 5.36 enhances the feature set of LANCOM Systems LW, LX & OW series APs

More flexibility in WLAN management

With LCOS LX 5.36 you get new features and improvements for your LX-based access points. For example, the LANCOM Layer 2 Management (LL2M) functions save the use of time-consuming on-site operations by activating and configuring unreachable devices via other LANCOM devices in the network.

Find out more about LCOS LX here.

Feature Highlights LCOS LX 5.36

LANCOM Layer 2 Management (LL2M)

Whenever a device in the network can no longer be reached and does not respond even via the LANCOM Management Cloud or LANconfig, LANCOM Layer 2 Management is the ideal solution to avoid the time-consuming on-site operations of technicians (e.g. for ceiling-mounted access points). To enable configuration access to a device without an IP connection, the LANCOM Layer 2 Management protocol (LL2M) is used. This integrates a client-server structure so that the inaccessible access point can be found, activated, and configured via another LANCOM device in the network.

Proxy ARP 

With Proxy ARP (Address Resolution Protocol), the access point assumes responsibility for forwarding data packets to the receiving end device. In this way, the access point intercepts ARP requests for the WLAN client and answers them on its behalf. The advantage here: Valuable airtime is saved, because ARP requests do not place an unnecessary load on the wireless network. The end device can remain in power-saving mode until the data is forwarded to it.

Untagged VLAN for Ethernet port

Untagged VLAN gives you more flexibility by allowing you to connect an additional network client to all LX-based access points with two Ethernet ports. You determine the VLAN to be used as untagged VLAN for the port according to your requirements and use the function e.g. to integrate TVs, cash registers or also wired customer devices in the hotel.

LCOS LX improvements 5.36

New features
  • LL2M protocol support
  • Support for proxy ARP / ARP handling in wireless LAN
  • Untagged VLAN/access port configuration of additional Ethernet ports on
    access points
  • Delayed reboot
  • Opportunistic Key Caching (OKC).
Bugfixes / Improvements
  • A vulnerability in the zlib library has been fixed (CVE-2018-25032).
  • A vulnerability in the OpenSSL library has been fixed (CVE-2022-0778).
  • When an access point tried to connect to a LANCOM WLAN controller operating in a remote network, the connection could sporadically fail because the WLAN controller rejected the connection request due to a parameter in the DTLS protocol used that was unknown to the LCOS.
  • When a LANCOM WLAN controller tried to enable the ‘Multicast-to-Unicast’ function on a managed LANCOM LW-500, this failed because the LANCOM LW-500 did not use the correct Multicast  protocol.
  • When using the Fast Roaming function, access points could sporadically restart without warning due to a memory leak.
  • An access point has different MAC addresses for the two Wi-Fi interfaces. In a WLAN controller scenario, the access points each reported the MAC address of a different Wi-Fi interface (WTP MAC) to the WLAN controller when adding and deleting Wi-Fi end devices, so that these did not match. This resulted in a discrepancy between the Wi-Fi end devices registered in the station table on
    the WLAN controller and the access points.
  • When trying to connect via LL2M with specification of the correct interface, it could happen that the specification of the interface was not recognized and the options available for LL2M were output instead. The connection setup via LL2M failed as a result.
  • If only one change was made to the netmask in the IP parameter profile in the LANCOM WLAN controller, the WLC transferred this change to the access point. The access point did not accept the change due to a missing comparison function (actual state/setpoint state) and continued to use the old netmask.
  • Sporadic packet loss could occur within a WLC tunnel

Downloads

Release Notes LCOS LX 5.36

Comparison LCOS & LCOS LX

Reference Manual LCOS LX 5.36

WLAN vulnerability “Fragattacks” – LANCOM provides patches

Introduction

FragAttacks (fragmentation and aggregation attacks) is a collection of new security vulnerabilities that affect Wi-Fi devices. An adversary that is within radio range of a victim can abuse these vulnerabilities to steal user information or attack devices.

Three of the discovered vulnerabilities are design flaws in the Wi-Fi standard and therefore affect most devices. On top of this, several other vulnerabilities were discovered that are caused by widespread programming mistakes in Wi-Fi products. Experiments indicate that every Wi-Fi product is affected by at least one vulnerability and that most products are affected by several vulnerabilities.

The discovered vulnerabilities affect all modern security protocols of Wi-Fi, including the latest WPA3 specification. Even the original security protocol of Wi-Fi, called WEP, is affected. This means that several of the newly discovered design flaws have been part of Wi-Fi since its release in 1997! Fortunately, the design flaws are hard to abuse because doing so requires user interaction or is only possible when using uncommon network settings. As a result, in practice the biggest concern are the programming mistakes in Wi-Fi products since several of them are trivial to exploit.

Fragattacks and LANCOM

These vulnerabilities have been fixed in LANCOM WLAN products that are operated with LCOS as of LCOS 10.42.  A corresponding security patch has also been released for the older LCOS versions below:

With LANCOM access points of the type LW-500 the vulnerabilities have been fixed as of LCOS LX 5.30 RU2. The security patch as of firmware version 5.30 SU3 is available for Wi-Fi 6-capable LANCOM access points of the type LW-600 and LX-6400/6402.

LANCOM Systems recommends updating to the firmware versions mentioned which can be downloaded free of charge from the LANCOM website. In the LANCOM Management Cloud, all patches are available now. If you use the LANconfig auto-updater, the availability may take some time. For older products that no longer receive this security patch, we recommend migrating to new WLAN technologies in the medium term.

For more information on Fragattacks please see the website related to the discovery below.

https://www.fragattacks.com/

LCOS LX 5.30 enhances the feature set of LANCOM Systems LW & LX series APs

For cutting-edge wireless applications

With LCOS LX 5.30 you upgrade your access points based on LCOS LX with new features.

For example, a new Bluetooth Low Energy interface (REST) enables the integration of the access point into systems for offering location-based services.

With the support of the LANCOM Wireless ePaper USB extension module, you can also now upgrade your access points for the implementation of Wireless ePaper applications.

The option of a cloud-managed hotspot, in which the LANCOM Management Cloud acts as a central hotspot portal, rounds off this LCOS LX version.

Find out more about LCOS LX here.

Feature Highlights

BLE API for the realization of innovative location-based services

Whether for indoor localization of patients in hospitals, evaluation of customer traffic in retail stores or asset tracking in the logistics sector: For all LANCOM access points with Bluetooth Low Energy Module (BLE), a new API interface (REST) is now available for the integration of location-based services. In cooperation with third-party providers, this enables the implementation of a wide range of location-based services (LBS) and innovative IoT applications.

LANCOM Wireless ePaper extension for your LX series access points

Now you can easily connect your existing LANCOM access points of the LX series to the Internet of Things (IoT), because with LCOS LX 5.30 your devices now support the extension module LANCOM Wireless ePaper USB Stick. With this your access points can easily be upgraded with Wireless ePaper functionality. An ideal solution for the subsequent implementation of Wireless ePaper applications such as digital room signage or wireless price labelling.

Cloud-managed Hotspot

Create a simple Wi-Fi hotspot with a few clicks – directly from the LMC. No additional gateway or WLAN controller with LANCOM Public Spot Option is required. Intuitive menus provide you with the opportunity to customize your hotspot welcome screen with your logo and corporate colors and integrate important information such as imprint and usage guidelines for your hotspot users. Afterwards you can assign the new hotspot to the respective location and it will be available to your visitors.

LCOS LX improvements 5.30

New features
  • Support for the cloud-managed Hotspot in combination with the LANCOM Management Cloud
  • Wireless ePaper support (for the LX-640x series in combination with the LANCOM Wireless ePaper USB expansion module)
  • Support for the BLE REST API
  • Support for setting a Wi-Fi target transmission power
  • Support for packet capturing via WEBconfig
  • Support for remote syslog servers
  • The Wi-Fi multicast and broadcast transmission rates can now be configured
  • Automatic collection of diagnostic information in the event of a device crash
  • Wi-Fi driver update for increased stability and compatibility
  • Multiple NTP servers can now be configured simultaneously
  • Ping and traceroute commands are now available on the CLI

Downloads

Datasheet LCOS LX5.30

Release Notes LCOS LX 5.30

Comparison LCOS & LCOS LX

Reference Manual LCOS LX 5.10