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Bad WiFi? Check the Client

Todd Smith of WiFiTodd comments:

While doing wireless engineering work for a large hospital system, a problem added to my radar. The workstations on wheels (WOWs) were intermittently disconnecting from the wireless network. The client electronic medical records (EMR) application session would disconnect.

The WOWs used an external USB wireless dongle. Specifically the ASUS USB-AC56. This dongle on the manufacture’s website looked quite good. Dual spacial stream 802.11ac wireless USB NIC. The device’s documentation didn’t go into detail which wireless frequencies the dongle would support.

Love this post from Todd. People always assume it’s the wireless network without thinking about the client. Maybe it’s time to check your device before blaming your network.

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