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 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.
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.
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!
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”
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.
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.
Join 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.
- 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.
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.
In 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.
UK high school uses social networking technology to enhance student experience.
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
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.
Greg Griffiths, vice president of retail solutions at EarthLink
What are retailers looking for in WiFi today?
We need to look at retail and restaurants separately. Restaurants have deployed WiFi for a while for their operations and mobile POS. They want to take advantage of their loyalty programs to further connect with their guests, doing more with what they already have.
On the other hand, specialty retailers are just now deploying WiFi and it’s all about connecting with the consumer, especially the millennial generation. And that’s all because marketing is evolving from ‘one-to-many’ to ‘one-to-one.’
With AirTight’s scanning technology, retailers get presence analytics at the device level – when people come in, how long do they stay, etc. And with the social media integration, retailers can engage with the consumer and continue to do so even after they leave the store.
Wireless packet capture has always been important to Wi-Fi professionals and support engineers for resolving network problems. With the diversity of wireless clients that is already around and which is only expected to grow with the Internet of Things (IoT), packet capture capabilities will continue to be critical. Wireless packet capture can be facilitated in the AP radios using the hardware and the driver level hooks. Read on to find out what’s under the hood.
There are two main plumbing points to get frames from wireless up to the application: one in the hardware and the other in the driver software. At the hardware level, the radio supports “Promiscuous Mode” option. When this option is activated, the hardware passes all wireless frames received on the channel where the radio is operating up towards the driver software. When this option is deactivated, the hardware passes only the wireless frames for the MAC of the radio (and the frames like probe requests & beacons based on the additional sub-settings under non-Promiscuous mode) up towards the driver software.
The driver software can operate in AP, STA, or Monitor Mode.
by Ryan M. Adzima
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At Interop in Las Vegas, a Wireless Field Day delegate and all around wireless guru George Stefanick presented “The Wireless Engineer’s Essential Toolkit” and covered everything you could need to properly deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot a WLAN. George took extra time to emphasize how important it is to quickly get the information needed to diagnose an issue. The attendees were engaged and afterwards the conversations continued in the hallways. It’s clear that people want to know how to use the tools of the trade but not everyone has the time to learn such specific tools (I know I didn’t when I was the resident networking jack-of-all-trades).