In the 1st part of a 2 part blog series, we reflect on the Year of the Horse and 2014. In the second installment, we look ahead to 2015 and the Year of the Goat. Read more
Scale versus Scalability: They are different notions. Scale is mostly about numbers, but scalability incorporates business enablement in addition to scale.
In the Wi-Fi industry, we’ve always talked about “scalability at the edge” which is about higher wireless speeds, more clients served, high density and so on. This will continue to be important in 2015 as more applications and clients connect to Wi-Fi.
However, there is another scalability requirement that is becoming increasingly important in some verticals. I call it “scalability behind the edge” and I think that it will be a hot topic in 2015.
What is “scalability behind the edge”? Read more
Our security researchers recently took a look at Apple’s iOS8 MAC randomization feature. It was touted by Apple for its ability to protect consumer privacy from persistent Wi-Fi tracking, but turned out to be of limited usability as currently implemented. With all the interest in privacy features, we thought we’d give you a look at what’s ‘under the hood’ in retail Wi-Fi analytics in our upcoming webinar (available on-demand). Read more
AirTight Networks was honored with two industry awards for Cloud Wi-Fi, and Social & Analytics. AirTight won a 2014 Cloudys Cloud Channel Innovation Award and a Gold status from 2014 Golden Bridge Awards. Both awards were announced on September 8, 2014. Read more
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
Did you know that Tencent Holdings Ltd is China’s largest listed Internet company? And that WeChat, or Weixin as it is known in China, is Tencent’s flagship mobile messaging product?
In just 3 years since Tencent debuted WeChat, it has become one of the largest social networking sites in China. WeChat has secured its position as the most powerful mobile app in China today and is fast becoming one of the world’s most powerful as well. Read more
A guest blog by Drew Lentz (@Wirelessnerd) of Frontera Consulting
My first real interaction with AirTight Networks came after watching the presentations at Wireless Field Day 6. There was an offer made to get a free AP/Sensor by signing up, so I did. After receiving the device, it sat on the floor of my office for a few weeks; until we had a Wi-Fi outage at a restaurant my wife is a partner in. I was asked to fix the outage, but not go overboard; what better way than with a demo AP, right? I installed the app, fired it up, configured the cloud services and it was online.
The first feature that stuck out to me was the Social Media login feature. One of the problems that plagued us at the restaurant, and is a pain in the neck for a number of different places, is providing secured Wi-Fi to your guests, while handing out a key that only allow customer access. Read more
Wireless Field Day 7 (#WFD7) is just around the corner and AirTight Networks is pumped about being in the vendor line-up. This is our third WFD and certainly won’t be our last.
You won’t want to miss our session which takes place on Wednesday, August 6 from 13:30-15:30 (Pacific time). Most vendor presentations – including ours – are streamed live at TechFieldDay.com
Can’t make it for the live session? Keep calm and view video recordings of our presentations at your convenience. Read more
Read the interview with Greg Griffiths, vice president of retail solutions at EarthLink Business, on the trends in retail WiFi. Also download RIS report “Is CMO on Your Side?”, courtesy of EarthLink. What are retailers looking for in WiFi today? We need to look at retail and restaurants separately. Restaurants have deployed WiFi for a… Read More
In the comments to my earlier blog post (Social Wi-Fi and Privacy: Keeping Balance in the Force), Dale Rapp correctly notes that brick and mortar stores can use social Wi-Fi and analytics as a way to compete with online commerce, where every click of the mouse is tracked and scrutinized. It’s been my experience that many… Read More