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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: The features and improvements specified here apply to all LX-based access points (except LW-500).
Date – Tuesday 27th of September to Friday the 30th of September inclusive.
Time – 0900hrs to 1700hrs each day (Irish Summer Time)
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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.
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:
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During recent interactions with some LANCOM resellers we became aware of some LANCOM routers in the wild that were still running their originally deployed LCOS firmware. This was even though the hardware was capable of running the very latest LCOS firmware.
We remotely viewed some LANCOM 178x series routers that were actually running LCOS 8.82 dating from 2013. We consider a router running firmware this ancient to be a security threat and recommend that ALL deployed routers running such very old firmware should be upgraded as a matter of urgency to the latest LCOS release which is currently LCOS 10.72ru4 (as of 26/06/23), if they are capable.
There are obviously a number of very good reasons to upgrade from older LCOS to the latest but some of the reasons are list below…
All features from page 10 back to page 4 of the LCOS 10.50 datasheet are features that have been added to LCOS devices for FREE since LCOS 8.82. This means that a 10 year old 1781va/vaw router gets almost all the latest software features of a brand new 1790x router.
Once you decide to upgrade your devices to you need to choose whether to maintain the existing configuration or whether to upgrade, factory reset and start from scratch. Many LANCOM routers in the wild have only a basic configuration, many have only a single internet connection with no backup, many have only a small amount of defined VPN tunnels if any and many utilise only limited port forwarding configurations.
a. Maintain Configuration – If a deployed LANCOM has a complex configuration with VoIP integration, complex firewall rules or many VPNs you should upgrade* firmware whilst maintaining legacy settings.
b. Nuke Configuration – If a deployed LANCOM has only a simple configuration it is best to upgrade* firmware, factory default and configure from scratch.
*In both cases above make a manual backup in LANconfig using BOTH configuration file and configuration script before starting any upgrade process.
It may take multiple steps to upgrade firmware from 8.82 all the way or 10.72. So we would recommend upgrading in intermediate steps as suggested below.
It may take multiple steps to upgrade from for example 8.82 all the way to 10.72. So we would recommend upgrading in intermediate steps as suggested below.
LANCOM devices since LCOS 10.20 now feature automatic software update feature at Configuration-> Management->Software Update
We would suggest configuring the Update Mode as “Check & Update” and “Update Policy” to “Current Version”. This means that if you are on 10.40 the router will receive 10.40ru1, 10.40ru2, 10.40su3 etc but NOT 10.50.
LANCOM devices being managed by the LANCOM Management Cloud can also use functionality within the LMC to keep devices on the latest firmware.
For very old router that are no longer receiving new release versions of LCOS we recommend that they should be upgraded to the last available Release Update (RU) or Security Update (SU).
Since writing this blog post LANCOM have released a Knowledge Base article offering another alternative method of updating a LANCOM LCOS device from very old to recente firmware.