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Zyxel addresses fast-paced SMB growth needs with the introduction of Multy Plus

by Anthony Weaver

Multy Plus launches to tackle SMB growing pains and to prioritise agility and security equally without sacrificing one over the other

Networks are the backbone of all modern businesses, however smaller-sized businesses struggle to prioritise their fundamental network needs as part of operational efficiencies. As a result, SMBs are struggling against the pressure that comes with fast-paced growth.

Zyxel Communications today announced the introduction of the Multy Plus, a mesh-WiFi solution that changes the game for SMBs by delivering business-grade mesh WiFi at a more affordable price point and with easier, plug-and-play usability. Greater security standards protect businesses at the vulnerable stage of growth to make network flexibility and security manageable at the click of an app, no matter where you are.

Multy Plus comes packaged with hardware for wall, ceiling, T-bar, and desktop mounting plus a stylish upright stand.

“Small businesses have long been relying on commercial access points to provide wireless internet to guests,” said Bill Su, senior AVP of Zyxel’s Smart Living SBU. “It’s a far from optimal solution as wiring these APs takes a great deal of time and money. Managing them is equally difficult given their complex interfaces, which even experts can struggle with.

“As a mesh solution, Multy Plus gets the job done better, with less work and less expenditure. It only requires placing two or more access points anywhere around the premises—no wired connections necessary—and its interface is straightforward enough that even non-IT staff can use it.”

From restaurants to small offices, the device’s tri-band WiFi and 5-GHz dedicated backhaul offer speeds of up to 1,733 Mbps across 5,000 square feet via nine internal antennas.

Introducing AiShield

Multy Plus is raising the bar for cybersecurity with AiShield, a dedicated security app that takes numerous GUI functions and packages them for convenient mobile use.

AiShield makes real-time insight and security options accessible from any mobile.

AiShield’s security features include access control, which lets you restrict access to tens of thousands of categories of inappropriate websites and up to 500 apps. And, with the AiShield app, users can also:

  • View threat and warning data, including most-attacked devices
  • Receive push notifications on network threats
  • End or extend users’ authentication times with one swipe
  • Harness Big Data for instant insights, such as sorting users by device type, profile, time connected, etc.

Every Multy Plus comes with a 30-day trial of AiShield and the duo packs comes bundled with one year’s free license.

GUI and app make management easy and easier

Multy Plus is the first Zyxel mesh solution that can be managed with both a companion app and a web-based GUI, giving businesses practical flexibility in how they administer their networks.

With either platform, you can check data usage, adjust bandwidth allocations, and separate the network into up to three services: one for administrators, one for employees, and one for visitors—all with different permissions.

Easy-to-configure captive portals

Multy Plus also streamlines and simplifies the process of setting up a captive portal that users must navigate through to gain WiFi access.

The GUI offers businesses straightforward options for their captive portal, letting them configure the password, terms and conditions, and images, such as a logo or photo.

Every mounting option—right in the box

Most mesh access points come with limited mounting options, often forcing buyers to purchase additional installation hardware for each one.

Not Multy Plus. It comes with every installation option in the box: wall, ceiling, desktop, and T-bar mounting as well as a chic upright stand. In addition, Multy Plus’s clean, unobtrusive design means it blends in if simply placed on a table or shelf.

Multy Plus is the latest member of Zyxel’s mesh family. Its predecessors for home users and service providers—Multy X and Multy Pro—have earned widespread recognition, including at the Taiwan Excellence Awards and the Broadband World Forum.

For more information, visit Zyxel.co.uk/multyplus

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