Thursday, 9 March 2017

Typical Network Setup with BANA WiFi Routers and DVR

I am going to introduce a new Feature in this post. One can save the Surveillance video streams recorded by BANA WiFi Routers (Through USB Cams). Needless to say, DVR is also a wireless device. We made the configuration very easy for DVR also. It joins the network with a minimal configuration and saves the video streams.

A typical setup involving BANA WiFi Routers and DVR is as shown below.  ROOT is the main WiFi Router that starts the network and connected with Internet directly through a WAN cable. Non-ROOTs extend your WiFi Network and will  help you to avoid WiFi dead-spots. DVR saves the Surveillance videos captured by  USB-cameras (not shown in the figure) attached to ROOT and Non-ROOT Nodes. One can view the recorded videos through our App. 




There is no subscription fee to use this service. Just buy the DVR, attach an USB Hard-disk and configure it. Thats it. There is no limit on the size of the videos that you save. The streams are stored, as long as your hard-disk has free space. The oldest streams will be automatically cleared in case of non-availability of space. 


BTW, we have updated our website recently. Please check, http://www.nearhop.com . Also let us know if you are expecting more features. We will start selling the BANA Routers very soon through a crowd-funding platform.  Register at http://www.nearhop.com/#SIGNUP to hear more about the crowd-funding campaign. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

WiFi Router vs WiFi Range Extender vs WiFi System

WiFi Access is one thing that people can't live without. Traditionally you need something called WiFi Router through which you can access Internet.

WiFi Routers have a range of around 30 meters. In case you need to access beyond this range, you need something called WiFi Repeater / WiFi Range Extender. 

WiFi Repeaters have some limitations though.  Some of them are enumerated below.

  • WiFi Repeaters are not that easy to configure
  • Sometimes they create a new Network
  • There might be some compatibility issues between multiple vendors


WiFi Systems address the above limitations. They are easy to configure. There will be exactly one WiFi network with a typical WiFi System and there will be smooth roaming for clients between Routers.


People started moving towards WiFi Systems from traditional WiFi Routers / WiFi Repeaters and next few years belong to WiFi Systems. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Data Usage History with BANA

Reaching FUP limit is a nightmare :). But you can plan and use your bandwidth effectively if you know the  amount of data  that you (and other devices in your Network) consume every day / week / month.  Using BANA's UI you can know how much data is consumed everyday / week / month. You also can know which device eats up  data. 

Copying a screenshot of the data usage. 

Check our website, http://www.nearhop.com or read more posts on this blog to explore more features. Or shoot an email to us, contact@nearhop.com




Connected Clients and their Bandwidth on BANA Router

Using BANA's Android app, you can see the list of Connected Clients in your Network. You can see the list from anywhere. Say if you are in office and want to see who all are connected to your home Network...

Copying a screenshot below


Port Scanning with BANA

Open Ports   make the clients  (Laptop, Mobile etc) devices vulnerable to cyber attacks. It would be good to know the opened ports and take appropriate action like killing an application or removing an app etc. 

BANA helps you to find the open ports on your Laptops, Tablets and Mobile Phones using an easy to use interface. Copying the screenshot below. . There are a maximum of 65536 ports that a system can have. You can choose the number of ports to scan using BANA's UI.







Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Parental Control With BANA WiFi Router / WiFi System

Everyone wants  control over their Internet connection, either it is permanently blocking a client (Laptops, Mobiles, Tablets etc) from accessing Internet or limiting access to kids. Especially with WiFi Routers we always should be very careful on who gets access to the Internet from your Network.  For eg. You have found an unwanted client device in your Network and you want to block access to it completely. Or Everday from 6PM to 7PM you want your kids to complete their homework and hence might want to block Internet Access during that period for selective clients or block Internet Access at dinner time. 

Unfortunately most of the WiFi Routers does n't let you to control the access. There are few WiFi Routers that let you to control the access. But they are very expensive. A WiFi system similar to BANA is priced around $400. You will get a BANA WiFi Rotuer for $40 and 3-BANA Router pack for $105. 

With BANA,  you will have full control over your network, including the following. 

  • Block / Unblock Internet Access for a selected client device
  • Schedule Internet Access for your kids (Say 6PM to 7PM on weekdays and 8PM to 9PM on weekends)
  • Block / Unblock Internet  Access for everyone (Say at dinner time)

You can control the above using a simple to use Web UI or through our Android App. You can also control the bandwidth consumption for each client in your Network. I will write about this in another post.  I am copying below the configuration screenshots from my BANA Routers.  You can see that with a single click you can block access to a client device.

We will start selling the Routers very soon. Share you email id  here, http://www.nearhop.com/#mc_embed_signup  to get your BANA. 







Sunday, 29 January 2017

Complete WiFi Picture with BANA

So, one can remotely monitor premises using BANA Routers and simple Webcams. BANA can also be used to add WiFi capabilities to Printers. What about core WiFi features? BANA supports almost every feature that you expect from your WiFi Router including Bandwidth Report (and Control), Data Usage Report,Parental Control and Port Scanning. Along with this BANA supports some other features that you might not have seen on other WiFi Routers or Systems. I will write more about each feature in coming days.  This post focuses on complete picture of your WiFi Network.

As I wrote in one of my earlier posts, a WiFi System is a combination of multiple co-operating WiFi Routers to cover larger areas that generally a single WiFi Router cannot do. Your clients (Laptops, Mobile Phones, Tablets etc) can connect to any of these Routers. You might want to know how the BANA devices are connected with each other. You would be curious to know how all your client devices are connected? We call this as Complete WiFi Picture. BANA UI presents this complete information in an easy to understand form. I have captured a screenshot of
my network (Copied below).

The Blue nodes are BANA devices and the green nodes are Client devices. 

Off-topic, our website is up, http://www.nearhop.com/. We will start selling the Routers very soon. Share you email id  here, http://www.nearhop.com/#mc_embed_signup  to get your BANA.