Redesigns in wireless are done more for compulsive than technical need. When a new access point comes out, the entire wireless network doesn’t need a redesign, other than to satisfy the need to tinker for those managing them. We discuss if and when a redesign is actually needed, why you need to consider what’s driving your wireless refresh in the decision, and how to put a monetary value on defining a “pointless” redesign.
Does your home wireless network run a little slow? Do you wish you could find a way to improve it without buying new hardware? Ian Beyer has some tips and tricks for you here.
How can cloud and artificial intelligence combine to make your wireless network more resilient to faults? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at how Mist Systems, now a Juniper Networks, is using brand new ideas to solve age-old reliability issues.
How hard is it to maintain old code? Can you keep upgrading architectures from the last decade indefinitely? When do you need to cut over to something more modern and familiar? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at one such choice from Cisco in the realm of wireless controller software.
Is your wireless network producing more data than you can manage? Is there a way to sort through it all to provide real information? And how does that all scale in a stadium? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at the new hardware and software releases from Extreme Networks and how they’re working together to build the next generation of wirelessly-connected stadiums.
In this episode, the roundtable discusses what impact 5G will have on traditional networking. They dig into why wireless is a more finite resource than wired networking, the difficulty of service degradation, and how to justify rolling out 5G for fixed end points.
Solving the riddle of wireless multicast isn’t always cut-and-dried. Guest blogger Hank Yeomans takes a look at the challenge he need to solve for his company and details his solution in this post.
Big news! Ekahau is being acquired by Ookla, the power behind Speedtest.net. What does this mean for Ekahau? And why would a speed test website want wireless smarts? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at both companies to find out where the synergy is between them and how this will pay dividends in the future.
Wireless analytics are waiting for you to discover them. But you shouldn’t be paying for a dedicated solution to find out what you don’t know. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Mojo Networks from Mobility Field Day 2 and their inventive solution of putting a third radio in every AP they sell.
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.