TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking

TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking

TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking
TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking
2020-07-01 08:50:00 - last edited 2020-08-10 09:39:37

 

SHENZHEN, China – July 1, 2020 – TP-Link®, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today announced they are upgrading TP-Link Omada, a smarter cloud solution for business networking. The cloud management platform is unveiled along with the releases of new SafeStream gateways, JetStream switches, and Omada Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 access points.

 

Based on the success of the current Omada business Wi-Fi brand, TP-Link is integrating gateways, switches, and more Wi-Fi 6 access points into its Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions. TP-Link provides fast, reliable wireless connections with Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6, as well as 10GE, 2.5GE, and GE wired connections to fit various scenarios.

 

TP-Link Omada offers customer professional, reliable, and secure end-to-end cloud solutions dedicated to business networking. These solutions are specially designed for hospitality, education, retail, office, and other industries, providing scenario-based products and extensive benefits. 100% centralized cloud management is integrated, ensuring control of all devices from a single interface—anywhere, anytime.

 

 

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Traditional enterprise networks with complicated network topology require devices to be repeatedly configured one at a time. Network information (device status, client status, traffic, etc.) is distributed among different devices, and it is difficult for administrators to quickly understand the overall status of the network. Furthermore, it is difficult to readjust networking infrastructure when expanding network scale, wasting time and necessitating intensive maintenance.

 

SDN overcomes these obstacles. The concept of Software Defined Networking came about with the proposal of OpenFlow in 2008. As technology advances, network development is centered around the goal of improving network automation and reducing configuration complexity, ensuring security and stability. SDN achieves automatic batch management for networking functions via a centralized controller. Moreover, agile network topology and easy device configuration enable quick and flexible network expansion, leading to faster deployment and lower maintenance fees for the whole network.

Various vendors have successively launched SDN solutions, but TP-Link delivers surprises beyond what would normally be associated with an SDN network. TP-Link Omada is an SDN network with a controller as the core so as to realize automatic deployment of network services and automatic data distribution across gateways, switches, and access points. The Omada SDN solution boasts multiple advanced features that make it ideal for any business, with higher efficiency, higher reliability, and higher security.

1. Centralized Cloud Management

100% centralized cloud management makes Omada access points, JetStream switches, SafeStream gateways, and more all controllable from a single interface—from anywhere, at any time.

 

2. Zero-Touch Provision

Zero-touch deployment allows to remotely deploy and configure multi-site networks, so there’s no need to send out an engineer for on-site configuration. Omada Cloud ensures efficient deployment at a lower cost.

3. Easy Network Monitoring

The easy-to-use dashboard, makes it easy to see your real-time network status, check network usage and traffic distribution, receive network condition logs and abnormal event warnings and notifications, or even track key data for better business results. Network topology helps IT admins quickly see and troubleshoot connections at a glance.

 

4. AI-Driven Technology for Stronger Performance and Easy Network Maintenance*

With AI-driven technology, TP-Link Omada helps IT staff analyze potential network problems and receive optimization suggestions to improve network efficiency. It further helps to locate network faults, notifies users of them, and generate solutions to reduce network risk.

5. Automatic Channel Selection and Power Adjustment

Adjusts the channel settings and transmission power of neighboring APs in the same network to provide powerful wireless performance and drastically reduce Wi-Fi interference.

6. High-Density Wi-Fi Deployment

Omada APs are equipped with enterprise chipsets, dedicated antennas, advanced RF functions, and auto channel selection and power adjustment, for high-concurrency capacity in high-density environments. The latest Omada Wi-Fi 6 access points are capable of connecting up to 1,000 clients**.

7. Scenario-Based Design

TP-Link Omada satisfies diverse needs in various environments with Omada mesh, seamless roaming, guest networks, WPA3, and other advanced features.

8. Higher Reliability

Service-Level-Agreement (SLA) of Omada Cloud guarantees 99.99% availability with 24/7 automated fault detection. Geographically isolated back-up servers reduce the possibility of cloud downtime. Your network will function even if management traffic is interrupted. Besides, high product quality further ensures the reliable operation of system.

9. Higher Security

TP-Link Omada separates network management data from user data, with no user traffic passing through the cloud, ensuring a better protection for user’s privacy. Powerful firewall and advanced security functions further protect the network and data.

 

“We are extremely proud to roll out TP-Link Omada, an end-to-end cloud solution dedicated to business networking.” said Pingji Li, GM of the Network Business Department at TP-Link. “TP-Link Omada aims to simplify network management, and help build a business network with higher efficiency, higher reliability, and higher security.”

 

 

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About TP-Link

TP-Link is a global innovator and provider of consumer and SMB networking products and the world's No. 1 provider of WLAN and broadband CPE devices,** with products available in over 120 countries to hundreds of millions of customers. Committed to intensive R&D, efficient production, and strict quality management, TP-Link continues to provide award-winning networking products in wireless routers, cable/DSL gateways, powerline adapters, range extenders, cloud cameras, smart home devices, and accessories for global end-users. For small and medium business customers, TP-Link endeavors to provide stable Business Wi-Fi solutions along with reliable enterprise switches and routers.

 

*Intelligent Network Analysis, Warning, and Optimization are being developed and are scheduled to be released in 2020.

**Maximum wireless transmission rates are the physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual wireless data throughput, wireless coverage and maximum quantity of connected devices are not guaranteed and will vary as a result of network conditions, client limitations, and environmental factors, including building materials, obstacles, volume and density of traffic, and client location.

***According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker Report, Q1 2019 Release. Based on units shipped.

 

For more information about TP-Link, please visit us online at www.tp-link.com or follow us on:

 

All information and pricing provided are subject to change without notice. TP-Link is a registered trademark of TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd. All trade names are the property of their respective owners.

 

More information: www.tp-link.com/omada-sdn/

Contact: pr@tp-link.com

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Re:TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking
2020-07-08 08:41:07

@Yao When is the update forOC200 Controller scheduled? EAP245v3 has it already. Software Controller is also updated. Is there a problem with the OC200 in combination with tthe new SDN-software?

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Re:TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking
2020-07-10 06:39:49

@Yao 

 

Hi 

 

Do we know a list of switches that will be supported to be managed by Omada?

 

The infographic only list a few and say "and more" - would be really nice to know as I am right now deciding what to buy

 

Kind regards,

Henrik

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2020-07-10 09:10:33
Find the switch lists that support here please, and more switches will be showed here too. https://www.tp-link.com/en/business-networking/all-omada/#omada-switch
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2020-07-10 15:59:19

Thanks @Navie - so in reality it's not possible to buy a Omada supported switch at the moment...

 

/Henrik

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Re:TP-Link® is Upgrading Omada, a Smarter Cloud Solution for Business Networking
2020-07-19 11:25:54

@Yao  why not make a reliable outdoor access point just like ubiquity uap ac m pro and make it a 4x4 streams mu mimo imstead of wifi 6.

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2020-07-23 13:44:03 - last edited 2020-07-23 13:47:13

Some queries related to older Omada non-SDN controller, if suitable to be asked on this forum:
 

(1) whether old Omada non-SDN controller is End-of-Life ? Will it see bug fixes and *selected feature enhancement ? Do we have some publically shareable EoX strategy ?
(2) Will  new Wifi6  (802.11ax) APs work with older Omada non-SDN Controller solution or only with the new SDN controller ? Any other feature enhancement for older Wifi5 (802.11ac) and Wifi4 (802.11n) systems ?

(3) Will existing Wifi 5 (802.11ac like EAP225, EAP245) and Wifi 4 (802.11n like EAP 115 - latest & older hardware versions) continue to be supported on non-SDN controller ?  By way of backward compatibility & firmware upgrades. Atleast for bug fixes ?

(4) what feature in 1-9 is entirely absent in older Omada solution, but implemented in SDN controller

 

We are using systems built incrementally over a 3 year period. So we have different AP models and hardware versions based on availability in country of purchase. Our existing deployment involves

 

(1)  99% mobile device users most of which support a/b/g/n or a/b/g/n/ac (and in future a/b/g/n/ac/ax) modems or multiple generations of Wifi

(2) Less user density per AP. maximum 5 per AP and rarely exceeding 20 per AP

(3) Each AP Client mobile rate limited to max. of 4 mbps. So 802.11n radio is enough in most cases. 

(4) large number OF APs pread over wide area. The application is cellular offload [actually Wifi access in absence of 3G/4G/5G signals]

(5) Very less (almost insignificant) network management workload, Current need is met even by a PC with Remote Access (anydesk, teamviewer, etc) and browser

 

I understand that if we are building a green field deployment SDN controller family maybe the best way forward. But what for existing deployment like ours, I am strill trying to find a very compelling case to upgrade ...

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