A new dad looks at babies and Wi-Fi. Seemingly entirely dissimilar. But when you start looking at troubleshooting them, some commonalities arise.
Wireless IT also seems to personally effect end-users. Perhaps it’s because it’s easier for them to seemingly isolate Wi-Fi as the source of their frustration, it seems less bundled into other IT infrastructure (even if it really isn’t).
This makes these end-users both insanely frustrating, with the blanket declaration that “Wi-Fi sucks”, but also useful as the ultimate arbiter of performance. There’s generally only binary reactions of approving apathy or vocal derision.
Keith Parsons of Wireless LAN Professionals comments: We’ve all been in the situation where we are trying to explain to a customer or client why their D-Link Wi-Fi Router at home works fine, but it won’t work for an enterprise deployment. After years of explaining the reasons why — I thought to build a presentation […]
Keith Parsons of Wireless LAN Professionals writes: I had a task to help bring a bunch of non-technical people up to speed on how/why they needed to spend funds and time to upgrade their Wi-Fi networks to support a 1:1 initiative — where each student in K-12 has a minimum of one Wi-Fi enabled device. […]
Bob Oâ€™Hara, co-founder of enterprise Wi-Fi pioneer Airespace, tells the story of the origination of the controller-based architecture. He discusses the challenges of managing a multitude of access points and how a controller helped bring metrics and manageability to that market. Airespace built a centralized hierarchical system to control Wi-Fi access points in the early 2000â€²s and was purchased by Cisco in 2005.
Here’s a fabulous resource for Wi-Fi professionals, and anyone interested in the subject. Keith Parsons “stress tested” most of the major enterprise Wi-Fi access points and his results are startling. There will likely be major controversy about this in the AP vendor space! After weeks of planning, a full week of testing, and then a […]
John Herbert points out one surprising issue with Wi-Fi Intrusion Prevention systems: It deactivated an awesome science fair project! I had the pleasure this weekend of being one of the judges for my county’s Educational Technology Fair (the winners of which then feed up to the state Educational Tech Fair). Read more at: Detecting Un-fair […]
The most interesting products and companies at Interop Las Vegas 2011 were found around the edges of the show floor. Companies like NEC, Synology, Ciphertex, and Endace may have gone unnoticed in the shadows of towering booths of the industry titans but deserve attention. One such pairing was two Wi-Fi analysis companies, MetaGeek and Ekahau. Both work together to enable spectrum analysis and site surveying on portable devices – smart phones and tablets.