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

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

802.11ac WLAN Sales on a Tear

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Did you know that sales of enterprise-grade wireless LAN equipment with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard are expected to skyrocket over the next four years? This is partly due to the aggressive pricing strategies, according to a report from Dell’Oro Group. Find out why customers should interested in AirTight Networks for their 11AC needs.   Read more

Riddle for Wireless Field Day 7 Delegates: What am I?

Mojo Moonshine

Following are seven clues to help the delegates resolve this Wireless Field Day 7 riddle.

1) It is personalized

2) There is one for each day of the week

3) Helps you relax

4) Smooth and sweet

5) Travel size

6) Better than a t-shirt

7) Works like magic

The answer to this Wi-Fi brain teaser will be unveiled during AirTight’s #WFD7 segment. Addition insight can be found in Wireless Field Day: Are you ready for Lucky Number 7? As a viewer tuning in, you’ll be able to see which of the delegates manages to solve AirTight’s #WFD7 riddle. More on AirTight via TechFieldDay archive.   Read more

…And the Meshin’ is Easy

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As someone who has walked more than a few miles in a network administrator’s shoes, I’m all too familiar with the challenges of configuring and troubleshooting mesh environments. In my last position, as an administrator responsible for 300+ mesh nodes, I know the stress and frustration of dealing with dropped connections along with the other problems associated with mesh environments.

Our approach here at AirTight has always focused on making IT managers’ lives easier, and our Wi-Fi mesh implementation follows in the same footsteps.

As you may have already noticed, a new feature is now available in the AirTight Networks cloud console under configuring the SSID for your templates.

Since its release to the Wi-Fi product line, this enhancement has received lots of positive feedback regarding its innovative visual capabilities of managing mesh links, as well as the new options that offer both indoor and outdoor flexibility.   Read more

Channel Bonding Caveats – Over and Above Spectrum Hogging

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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 bonding 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

802.11ac Deeper Dive Webinar Recap

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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. During the presentation, Robert broke down channel availability, QAM, beamforming, MIMO, MU-MIMO, frame aggregation, and error correction.  To view… Read More

Away from Corner Cases: High Density, Low Throughput Wi-Fi

Out of the corner

In my blog called Corner Cases, I mentioned that high density, high throughput (HDHT) cases are in the extreme minority (<1%). In this blog, I would like to discuss High Density, Low Throughput (HDLT), which I believe will be the situation that over half of the installed Wi-Fi infrastructures of the world will face at some point over the next 5-7 years. I want to clarify that that when I use the term “high density”, I’m referring to client density (lots of clients in a physical area), not AP density (lots of APs in a physical area).

Unless you’ve been camping out under a rock, you may have heard the term “Internet of Things” or IoT for short. This moniker refers to the movement toward connecting previously-unconnected devices onto the Internet. To clarify, things are being connected to the Internet, thus we get Internet of Things. So how many of these things are we talking about? Oh… a few I suppose. Gartner is saying there will be 26 billion IoT devices and an additional 7.3 billion smartphones/tablets/PCs by 2020.   Read more

Corner Cases

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Most Wi-Fi manufacturer’s marketing departments would have you believe that 99% of all deployments are what I’d call “corner cases.” I call B.S. (as usual). Here are the high-density/high-throughput (HDHT) corner cases that so many manufacturers would have you believe are so prevalent: Large K-12 and University libraries, cafeterias, lecture halls, and auditoriums Stadium or… Read More