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Network Access Security – a simplified view

Over the last year, network security has come back into focus in a big way. Organizations are implementing upgraded security measures to make sure their data is safe. Client devices are targeted all the time, making the networks they join vulnerable. If any of these devices join your network, they can infect it – causing […]

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 […]

Aerohive A3: Helping IT Radically Simplify Access Management

In the IT world, I’ve watched the two massive shifts in my career. When I first entered it, it was workstation mode. Employees came into the office, logged into desktop computers, and did their work. We eventually moved to the mobility era with smartphones and tablets. That era took us to where we are now. We are currently […]

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 […]

Aerohive Atom AP30: Retail Analytics Kit In A Box

Retail has become a favorite location to provide guest wireless access. Whether finding out where an item is located in the store, checking online pricing, or looking up coupons, retail Wi-Fi is here to stay. Many retail locations such as shopping malls provide building-wide Wi-Fi for guest access, so the individual stores don’t have to […]

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 […]