Alexandra Gates

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Alexandra Gates is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Aerohive Networks, where she helps define market strategy and vision for the cloud and WLAN products. She is a CWNA with a comprehensive background in wireless technology, including capacity and management planning, RF design, network implementation, and general industry knowledge.

Ongoing Management and Troubleshooting Of Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks

Particularly in education, it is vital for the WLAN to be easy to troubleshoot. In many cases, the consumer mobile devices being used in the classroom, whether school-owned or BYOD, are optimized for battery life, not for radio transmission; unfortunately, the end user will not be aware of that. All users will see is that […]

How Do You Understand The Overall Cost of WLAN Deployments?

The majority of this cost section is dedicated to the consideration of initial deployment and installation of a Wi-Fi solution, as well as to the cost of its day-to-day management. This is because at the end of the day, what you spend on access points for your WLAN may not turn out to be where […]

Other Considerations With AVC

In addition to keeping your network running smoothly as it prioritizes important traffic, AVC (application visibility and control) features can offer information that can be used to help teachers and administrators understand what is actually happening on the network. A good solution will give you the ability to see exactly how your bandwidth is being […]

What is Application Visibility and Control?

What Is AVC? Application Visibility and Control, or AVC, is one feature out of the multiple elements that should be considered when you are looking at a Wi-Fi solution. This feature delivers complete Layer 7 awareness, where applications, user authentication, and privacy are handled, among other critical services. AVC enables the ability to see what […]

Security Concerns for K-12 Networks

Network security (read last week’s article if you haven’t) is inextricably linked with BYOD, but it is also an issue of its own. Protecting student data has been a concern in K-12 for years, as shown in the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Acts in the U.S.; the […]

Network Security Questions To Answer Before Considering BYOD

Last time, I looked at the role BYOD plays in K12 environments. Whether you are actively implementing a BYOD program today, or are simply allowing students and teachers to bring devices onto the network, BYOD will affect your Wi-Fi network. Some questions to consider before starting include: How do you enable access to substitute teachers […]

When Wi-Fi Needs Change Quickly: Enter Aerohive Atom AP30

As an industry, we often like to think of enterprise-grade wireless networks as somewhat static. They are planned for, designed, installed, verified, and then maintained (firmware upgrades, policy changes, etc.). We forget that, in practice, this is not the case. For instance, capacity needs change, employees move offices, new departments are created, and countless other […]

What Role Does BYOD Play In K-12 Deployments?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the Wi-Fi strategy when considering a K-12 deployment. Like with any network rollout, eventually the end-user devices come into play. When Intel first coined the term BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” in 2009, the idea of people bringing their own PCs, tablets, or smartphones in to […]

If Wi-Fi Networks Can Operate Without Controllers, Why Do Companies Still Use Them?

Last week, we started the discussion about if the architecture of WLAN networks was a relevant topic in 2018. If a company offers both controller and cloud-managed controller-less architectures, ask why do they offer both? If the controller-based design is considered the right path for larger or more complex deployments, what elements, specifically, would contribute to the […]

Why Is OFDMA One Of The Most Important Features In 802.11ax?

Last week, I wrote about Target Wake Time (TWT), and how it was a key feature for IoT and mobile devices in 802.11ax. As exciting as that feature is, OFDMA is arguably the most important new feature correlated to 802.11ax. As a refresher, OFDMA stands for orthogonal frequency division multiple access. OFDMA is a multi-user version of […]