The Hunt for Rogue October

The Hunt for Rogue October by Rick Farina via AirTight blog

Rick Farina describes his Wi-Fi investigations at Wireless LAN Professionals Conference Europe in Maastricht, Netherlands 2014. WIPS   Read more

The Impact of IoT on Enterprise Wi-Fi

The Impact of IoT on Enterprise Wi-Fi

Choose your wireless network carefully. Cloud and APs are not all created equal.

Clearly we’re not in Kansas anymore … According to IDC, the growing global Internet of Things (IoT) market is on course to hit $7.1 trillion by 2020. With the rapid rise of connected devices in the IoT landscape there is growing concern about elevated security risks associated with the sheer volume of new devices coming online. AirTight can help you plan for IoT capacity and network traffic, as well as optimal secure coverage across your site.   Read more

Wire-Side Containment – Hidden Gem of Rogue Access Point Protection

Wire-Side Containment - the Hidden Gem of Rogue Access Point Protection | by Hemant Chaskar via Airtight blog

The FCC’s decision to fine Marriott Hotels for unscrupulous Wi-Fi containment practices has set off numerous debates around the use of unlicensed spectrum. Many in the WLAN community have posted their interpretation of the decision and recommended best practices moving forward (see references below). Twitter debates have abounded as well. These parleys have focused on topics ranging from performance, to security, and monetization.
That being said, in the domain of security and PCI compliance, there is one Wi-Fi containment feature that hasn’t been mentioned, but deserves a shout-out as it is still very effective and virtually unperturbed by these events. It is called “wire-side containment”.   Read more

Wireless LAN Professionals Conference – Europe

Europe Wireless LAN Conference

October 13-15 2014: Wireless LAN Professionals EU Summit #WLPC_EU | video archive available | Keith R. Parsons   Read more

iOS8 MAC Randomization – Analyzed!

iOS8 MAC Randomization – Analyzed! via blog.airtightnetworks.com

In June of this year, at WWDC#14 Apple announced that the Wi-Fi scanning behavior of their devices would change starting with iOS8. They would start using randomized and locally administrated MAC addresses in the probing state. The touted rationale was that such an approach would hide the real MAC addresses of the device and make Wi-Fi device MAC based analytics difficult. Apple made iOS8 generally available as part of their September 2014 launch. Accordingly, it was time for me to take out the packet sniffing gear and dig into the workings of randomized MACs (no pun intended here). Read on to find out how they work.   Read more

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: Guilty until Proven Innocent

WizShark: A picture is worth a thousand packets

More often than not, when things don’t work as they should, Wi-Fi is the obvious scapegoat even though the problems aren’t necessarily Wi-Fi specific.

In fact, I’ve come to expect this “guilty until proven innocent” rational. My job is to investigate, get to the root of the problem, and then propose a plan of action to remedy the situation. Such is the life of a troubleshooting Jedi! There’s never a dull moment, something is always happening.   Read more

Black Is The New Orange

If the U.S. Navy had its way, the Bridge might have been painted black and yellow stripes to assure even greater visibility for passing ships.

Out with the Old Look, In with Mojo Wireless! Let’s face it … change is hard. It really is. This is especially true when you see the world through orange colored glasses. It boxes you in.

So imagine how difficult it was for us to take one of the most identifiable traits of the AirTight Networks brand, the color orange, and eliminate it almost completely from our newly redesigned company blog. Considering that AirTight Orange runs through the veins of investors, board members, partners, distributors and company employees it seems like a crazy, if not foolhardy idea.

But at AirTight, we’ve never been the types to shy away from a challenge, especially when it’s the right thing to do. Now if you think this seems obvious, all bets are off where AirTight Orange is concerned! The mere thought of even questioning the AirTight Orange in our branding leads to endless and fiery debates. One thing is certain though–everybody thinks they’re a marketing expert!   Read more