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Cone vs Beach Ball – When to Choose an Access Point with an External Antenna 

In the world of wireless access points, one size does not fit all. There are choices to be made in ensuring that you have the best technology fit for the requirements of each situation and one of the key considerations is whether to use an Access Point with an internal or external antenna. So how do […]

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 […]

Aerohive Atom AP30: Enterprise Coverage At A Great Price

When the Wi-Fi first came to the enterprise, it had two things that were commonplace: it was expensive, and it was complicated. The tricky thing for the Wi-Fi industry is as the technology for WLAN’s got better, our devices continued to push the boundaries of the network. If the access points could provide faster access, […]

Video Demo of Aerohive Atom AP30 Installation

  When I initially wrote about Aerohive Atom AP30, I honestly was as excited about it as I was the first time I saw HiveManager (version 3.0 back in 2011!). Aerohive Atom AP30 represents technology built for what I consider to be “normal” environments. What do I mean normal? I really should say imperfect. In […]

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 […]

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 […]