Nomadix, a manufacturer of Internet gateways, also develops software for its hardware units to help users make the most out of their traffic. The launch of Nomadix Service Engine (NSE) 8.6 works with a handful of company gateways to address the corporate need for guest networks.
With this release of NSE that works for the AG 2400, AG 5600, AG 5800, and AG 5900 gateways, Nomadix is primarily answering the call of the hospitality industry, which has a steady stream of visitors that carry multiple devices that all need access to the network. The gateways listed above and the software that controls them extend the use of a public Internet to all hotel guests – a network that is scalable and can distribute available bandwidth fairly to all users and all devices. Fred Reeder, the chief commercial and operating officer at Nomadix, echoed the need for this type of system in his statement about the product release.
“In providing visitor Internet connectivity, it’s all about making sure guests’ needs are met, and providing a fast, seamless Internet experience plays a big part in that,” Reeder said.
NSE 8.6, now commercially available to all interested businesses, begins its utility by addressing quality of service. It now contains support for Layer 3 differentiated services and can manage specific user traffic according to individuals’ needs. It actively scans user behavior to determine the type of traffic they want and, for instance, may provide low-latency service if they are completing voice calls or participating in a video conference.
The software also understands how to use multiple XML servers for user authentication instead of relying on static IP addresses. It takes authentication one step further by acknowledging a company’s user of RADIUS servers for authentication requests. The software gives IT admins the power to set a specific limit of authentication requests to keep bandwidth from being absorbed by extraneous use.
NSE also tries to become more reliable for businesses by validating its ability to send and receive traffic. The gateway can determine if it is functional or not; from there, maintenance crews can know when units need to be repaired. Assuming everything is in working order, the software can automatically update its clocks to address the use of credit cards and similar time-sensitive functions on the network.
Each gateway listed above has a specific purpose that, in general, scales to meet the needs of any size organization. As users move up the chain, they can support more devices and expand their operations as far as they desire.