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WLAN Pros Europe: Hang Out With AirTight Experts

July 21st, 2014

WLAN Pros is coming to Europe! As Keith Parsons (the conference’s chair and founder) puts it, “the Wireless LAN Professionals EU Summit consists of three days of fun, great topics, awesome gear, and wonderful networking.”

wlan-pros-europeAnd we are excited to have two of our technical gurus – Allen Walker out of the UK and Rick Farina from the US - presenting. As luck would have it, the organizers put the two sessions in the same time slot, so unless the attendees are completely slacking, they won’t be able to avoid both Rick and Allen at the conference.

What will they be speaking on?

Trials and Tribulations from a Wi-Fi and WIPS Deployment for a Global Distributed Enterprise

Allen Walker – Wednesday, 15 October, 10 am – 11 am

In this session Allen will discuss the lessons learned from a Wi-Fi and WIPS deployment in over 1200 locations spanning five continents. Allen will address the challenges faced in managing a rollout of this scale – across multiple geographies and different network management philosophies, and dealing with greenfield and incumbent vendor scenarios.

Allen will review challenges in remote planning and troubleshooting, and will also share the best practices in working with distributed IT teams. Join the session to learn from his experience, and marvel at the battle scars!

allen-walkerAllen Walker is a wireless professional with 25 years of experience. He has worked in IT across multiple industries, including local government, finance and education, deploying wired and wireless networks. Allen holds Cisco CCNA, ICRC, ACRC (yes really that old) certifications. He heads up AirTight’s EMEA technical team and is currently working on his CWNP certifications. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter (@AirTight_Allen)

 

Wireless Hacking 201: Protecting Your Data in the Mobile World

Rick Farina – Wednesday, 15 October, 10 am – 11 am

Rick Farina will guide you through his forensic research into recent wide-spread Wi-Fi attacks. These attacks only need a few seconds to take hold of your data, and can happen in a coffee shop, at the airport, in your corporate office, or when you are walking down the street.

Rick will share tips and tricks on protecting not just your core infrastructure, but the client devices which are the target of hackers’ recent (and effective) attacks. You will learn new security best practices to protect your data from exploits happening today, so you are not in the headlines tomorrow.

rick_farinaRick Farina is a senior wireless security researcher at AirTight Networks. During daylight hours, he works with AirTight’s most security conscious customers – in government, finance, and healthcare. As the sun fades from the sky, Rick spends his time in the dark corners of the internet researching wireless vulnerabilities and helping organize security and hacking conventions to share knowledge with the community. Connect with Rick on LinkedIn and on Twitter (@RickLikesWIPS)

 

Will you be attending?

We heard that the inaugural WLAN Pros Summit in the US sold out. So don’t miss your chance and register. The registration fee includes hotel and some meals. Plus you are guaranteed “awesome networking” with our own Allen and Rick.

To view the full agenda of the event, click on the image below:

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Thanks to the Summit’s organizers – Keith Parson and Evert Bopp - for including Allen and Rick in the speaker lineup!

Best practices, Wireless security

Channel Bonding Caveats – Over and Above Spectrum Hogging

July 14th, 2014

Popular literature on 802.11ac describes 40 MHz and 80 MHz operation (channel bonding) as doubling and quadrupling of the data rate, respectively. Every time I saw that mentioned, the following question came to my mind.

When radio transmits over 40 MHz (or 80 MHz) channel, is the total transmit power proportionally increased over 20 MHz to maintain the SNR (signal to noise ratio)? And, how is the data rate multiple with channel boding distributed over the cell?

This question nagged me like a little stone in the shoe that is impossible to ignore. My subsequent findings from the lab tests show that the popular literature is only partially true. Read on to find out why. Read more…

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Why #EdTech Needs Wi-Fi? And How FCC Aims to Help

July 2nd, 2014

ISTE 2014, the largest US education technology conference, closed July 1 – good-bye, Atlanta! The time frame coincided with new developments around FCC’s proposal to close the E-rate’s “Wi-Fi gap”; we cover these below. 

notatisteAs always happen with these large events, not everyone can go. But educators are a creative bunch. Rather than feeling left behind, they organized a parallel #NotAtISTE14 conference – complete with presentations, virtual badges and ribbons, Google+ community and hangouts, Twitter chats, karaoke (!), challenges and prizes. (Links and resources pertaining to a #NotAt… conference are at the end of the post).

We reached out to the community with a contest asking why they needed Wi-Fi for education technology initiatives.

A summary of the tweets are below, with responses ranging from robotics and iPad carts, to working with special ed kids and spurring creativity in students.

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Education

802.11ac Deeper Dive Webinar Recap

June 30th, 2014

Last week, AirTight’s Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Robert Ferruolo (@RAFerruolo), added another chapter to the AirTight 802.11ac webinar series.  Robert presented on “802.11ac Deeper Dive” focusing on features that come along with the 802.11ac wireless platform.

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During the presentation, Robert broke down channel availability, QAM, beamforming, MIMO, MU-MIMO, frame aggregation, and error correction.  To view the recording, click here.

Throughout this 6-part series, we’ll continue to break down why 802.11ac should be a serious consideration for your wireless network. The series will address the inevitable migration from 802.11n to 802.11ac.

We’ll be continuing to post our Q&A sessions for all of our webinar series. Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming webinars and their corresponding Q&A sessions.

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802.11ac

Suddenly, Everyone Attacks Monetization – Wi-Fi Offload Summit, Day 1

June 19th, 2014

The Wi-Fi Offload Summit is taking place in Palo Alto through today, June 19. Lots of interesting perspectives on what Wi-Fi offload is, Wi-Fi monetization and how to go about it, along with privacy discussions and the future of mobile network operators.

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See Anthony’s presentation on SlideShare

The number of solutions (and vendors) in the Wi-Fi monetization space seem to have exploded in the last 18 months. There are options for

  • Pure-play Wi-Fi presence analytics
  • Pure-play social engagement
  • Social engagement integrated with Wi-Fi and social media monitoring focused on SMBs (similar to what our partner Frontera Consulting is doing in this space)
  • AirTight’s approach of integrating Wi-Fi, presence analytics, brand engagement and compliance/security

Antony Paladino, AirTight’s president of technology services, focused his session on “unconventional engagement” – using Wi-Fi to connect communities, develop company culture, and, yes, fight crime!

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Carrier Wi-Fi

802.11ac Webinar Series Launched

June 19th, 2014

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Last week AirTight launched its 802.11ac webinar series. Throughout this six-part series, we will be touching on various aspects of the 802.11ac wireless platform.  The first session touched on the Essentials of 802.11ac.

Upcoming Webinars: 802.11ac Deep Dive & Beyond

We will be continuing the series next week with “802.11ac Deeper Dive.” Stay tuned for later installments in our 802.11ac series, where we’ll be discussing:

  • Is 802.11ac Right for Your Network?”
  • “802.11ac Deployment Best Practices”
  • “802.11ac Channel Capacity Planning”
  • “802.11ac Network Optimization”

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802.11ac

Wi-Fi Offload Summit: Who Will Monetize Your Brand?

June 17th, 2014

With the theme of “Monetize Thyself!” AirTight speakers will tackle issues of real-time business intelligence, user engagement and creating value from Wi-Fi investments. Update: Please see our recap of Day 1: Suddenly, Everyone Attacks Wi-Fi Monetization.  

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In today’s environment even the non-traditional telecom companies are jumping into the big data and monetization fray, as seen in Google’s leaked plans to offer free Wi-Fi equipment to local businesses and Facebook’s integration of its sign-on with Wi-Fi.

Most recently, Apple announced plans to obscure MAC addresses in iOS 8 potentially impacting Wi-Fi presence analytics. The change in iOS 8 was heralded as a privacy win, but astute observers noted that the move supports Apple’s iBeacon technology, which collects location data much more comprehensive than information inferred from MAC addresses.

Carriers need to ask themselves: “Are you willing to have Google, Facebook or Apple monetize your brand, or would you rather do it yourself?” With tools and solutions available today, carriers do not have to give up control (and monetization opportunities) to others.

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Carrier Wi-Fi

802.11ac Essentials – Webinar

June 9th, 2014

Webinar2Join us for a 45-min webinar on 802.11ac essentials on June 10 (11 am EST or 7 pm EST) with our senior technical marketing engineer, Robert Ferruolo.

Topics include:

  • What’s new in 802.11ac standard?
  • 802.11ac capabilities compared to 802.11n
  • Should I jump in now or wait for 802.11ac Wave 2?
  • 802.11ac scalability compared to 802.11n
  • How does 802.11ac change the game for client devices?

Edit: We will update the blog with the recording and the presentation.

Meanwhile, you can register for the next webinar in the 802.11ac series to take place on June 24

 

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802.11ac

Wi-Fi Hacking 101 – Ethical of Course! (+ Video)

June 4th, 2014

Watch the video from Wi-Fi Hacking 101 event series with Rick Farina, AirTight Networks senior wireless security researcher and resident hacker.

“Security? Who cares,” I hear most people say. They would quickly change their mind if they had met Rick Farina, AirTight’s ethical hacker (known on Twitter as @RickLikesWIPS). UK resellers got the opportunityat a series of Wi-Fi Hacking Events  in May. The audience definitely got more than they bargained for with these workshops.

rick-farina-hacking101In attendance were partners who sell into all verticals varying from schools and colleges to banks and retailers. Rick was not only able to demonstrate the importance of providing a secure wireless solution, he showed the audience a range of wireless threats that hackers from around the globe may use to steal sensitive data.

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Wireless security

Social Wi-Fi Finds Home in Education (+Video)

May 28th, 2014

UK high school uses social networking technology to enhance student experience.

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Harwich and Dovercourt High School uses social Wi-Fi to engage students

Headmasters in the UK see social Wi-Fi as an invaluable way of promoting their schools as tech savvy. Competition is fierce, especially among private schools, and social Wi-Fi is an innovative means of recruiting students and connecting with them. What better way to reach students regarding events, news and key issues than by communicating on their preferred social platforms.

“Children often find school boring, so if we as an institution are able to communicate with them on a level that they find interesting and engaging, then we are not going miss out on this opportunity. On the other hand, the need for security within education is paramount and is often a deciding factor for parents when looking for a school. AirTight social Wi-Fi supports our mission to be social, while protecting the network and securing users’ communications.”

Richard Blott, IT manager for Harwich and Dovercourt High School

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Education