Peplink/Pepwave Link Controller for Retail/POS

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Peplink/Pepwave Link Controller for Retail/POS



Link controllers are designed to make managing multiple WAN connections a simple task. This typically involves both inbound and outbound rules that allow you to dictate how each ISP’s connection is used on your network. If you’ve thought about adding another ISP for redundancy or already have multiple ISP’s, Peplink and Pepwave offer several routers that can give you complete control over your network. Multiple WAN connections can be used to either load balance, aggregate or failover to make sure you have no interruptions throughout the day.


In retail environments like restaurants, gas stations, malls and others that use POS systems it’s crucial to have a redundant ISP. To provide redundancy you can add another Cable/DSL provider, or 3G/4G connectivity where traditional ISP’s are limited. Without a backup source of Internet your business could grind a hault. According to Forbes 66 percent of POS transactions are now done with credit, debit or gift cards; all of which require Internet access in order to process. This means if your ISP goes down without a backup in place you’ve just lost the majority of your sales as they go somewhere else that can accept their plastic.

(Slower transaction times equal longer lines)

If you take your average sales per hour, amount and subtracted 66 percent of sales you can see how much this could cost you. This number only grows the longer your ISP stays down and getting the correct equipment can ensure your business continues to operate as normal and not slow you down. Older POS systems may have a dial-up backup that can help, but dialing in for transactions and latency can make a typical 3 second transaction last a minute or longer. This ultimately leads to longer lines and increases the chance of a customer walking out because they don’t want to wait a long time in a line.

Replacing dial up backup or adding a cheap Cable/DSL or 3G/4G service is simple and creates a more efficient infrastructure. Peplink routers offer anywhere from 1-13 WAN (Wide Area Network) connections and Pepwave models can support up to 4 USB based wireless connections. Wireless failover backups start as low as $9.99/mo and you can typically pickup a cheap backup Cable/DSL option for around $20/mo. Compare this cost to the amount you stand to lose if you can’t process transactions a having a backup solution in place is a no brainer.

Why Peplink/Pepwave Routers?

Both Peplink and Pepwave routers will allow you to link control the data flow amongst multiple ISP’s. In most scenarios a company will leave their main dedicated T1, MPLS or Cable connection to serve as the primary Internet source. In the event the main ISP fails a cheap backup ISP can be used and adding simple outbound policy rules allows you to configure only your core systems to operate on the backup connection. By only operating your POS equipment or other essential components you can reduce the need for more speed on your backup connection saving you more each month on backup service.

If a Cable/DSL backup isn’t an option integrated cellular solutions like the Pepwave Max BR1 series allow you to connect a rugged cellular gateway for redundant backup connectivity. Low usage backup packages can be set up for as little as $3/mo (Varies by carrier, contact 3Gstore for more on M2M plans). If you’re using the cellular connectivity exclusively for just POS transactions you can get roughly 1,000 transactions per MB of data so the plans are much smaller compared to more traditional packages where you pay by the GB. In addition to the failover capability you’ll be able to know exactly when your company is operating on a backup connection via email notifications or the easy to use Router Utility app available for iOS and Android devices.

Outbound Policy Management Demo:


The SpeedFusion Advantage:

There are lots of routers on the market that have load balance and failover support, however, most need to create a new session or VPN each time a WAN fails. Unlike traditional VPN’s like IPSec VPN and SSL VPN’s both Peplink and Pepwvae boxes support SpeedFusion. Unlike a traditional connection SpeedFusion allows you to encapsulate multiple WAN connections through a single 256bit AES encrypted tunnel for true uninterrupted redundancy. As long as at least one WAN/USB connection is active within the tunnel you’ll never lose a connection or be forced to connect another VPN to continue use. You can quickly deploy a Balance unit like the Balance 380 and support multiple chain stores throughout the country giving them complete redundancy back to the home or branch offices.

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