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

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

Peek Inside 802.11ac Access Point Hardware Designs

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There is large and ever increasing assortment of enterprise access points offered by wireless vendors today.  APs have different number of radios, number of streams, 11n/11ac, POE compatibility, peripherals, price, etc. While this diversity is overwhelming, have you wondered what lies in the hardware guts of these APs? What are the hardware design concepts that… Read More