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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 […]

Does Wi-Fi Architecture Matter In 2018?

Last week, I looked at how to avoid RF interference in WLAN deployments. While this is something that affects everyone that uses Wi-Fi, the architecture your network uses is something that you can control (based on which vendor you choose). One of the primary differences between WLAN architectures is where and how the system is controlled. […]

How Can You Avoid RF Interference In Wi-Fi Deployments?

Last week, I talked about how to deploy a Wi-Fi network that actually works. I mentioned that the key is to avoid RF interference. This week, I want to discuss how to avoid it. First, I want to give you a “cheat sheet” on some basics of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Quick Reference Guide: Wi-Fi is a […]

Understanding RF Interference In Wi-Fi Deployments

In my last post, I looked at how to pick the best access point. This week, we will be looking at what it takes to deploy a network that actually works. A good Wi-Fi deployment looks like something out of science fiction; you simply put the access points up on the ceiling, and suddenly you […]

How To Pick Which Access Point Is Best For Your Network

Last time, we looked at how 802.11ac has become the industry standard since its ratification in 2014. For the first half of 2018, 802.11ac Wave 2 is the latest option for speed gains, with theoretical bandwidth over 1 Gbps. However, towards the middle of 2018, a new standard — 802.11ax will be released that focuses […]

The Ratification of 802.11ac, And Its Use Cases

Last time, we looked at the 802.11n standard. In January 2014, the IEEE approved the 802.11ac standard. With this standard, several advances were realized, including more dense modulation (this just means packing more data onto the same radio wave), more channel bonding (think of this as taking two 2-lane highways and turning them into a […]

Aerohive Atom AP30: My New Favorite Access Point

I came into the IT world when 802.11n was the primary Wi-Fi technology being used. Even back then, I always thought that wireless technology was racing towards a single common purpose: making deployments and management simpler. One of the challenges that I’ve had (and I know others have as well) is dealing with legacy cabling […]

Looking Back At The 802.11 Standard – Wi-Fi Basics

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), who write the 802.11 standards, is one of the names you will see most in any networking arena. They create and vet the standards, and, along with chipmakers and vendors, bring these standards to specifications and to the market. Another name to know is the Wi-Fi Alliance, […]