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Is Humor a New 802.11ac Feature?

Celebrating my newfound predilection for short blog posts, I am compelled to share this little tidbit of humor from the 802.11ac draft specification. Continue reading...

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Upcoming Wi-Fi Event: Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium

If Wi-Fi is your game, you don’t want to miss the Tech Field Day Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium on Wednesday, January 25. Industry expert (CWNE and CCIE-Wireless) Andrew VonNagy, will be co-moderating the event with an industry slug, yours truly. Expect some rousing, friendly debate, loads of pertinent information, and interactive Q&A to address everything you want to know.

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New Podcast: No Strings Attached Show

Come one, come all. There’s a new bi-weekly WLAN podcast/website called the No Strings Attached Show. The website just launched and the first podcast was posted last week. Consider the show a distributed effort with contributions from these fine individuals.

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Hotspot 2.0 and the Next Generation Hotspot

Hotspot 2.0 and the Next Generation Hotspot initiatives are possibly the most exciting areas of wireless progress occurring in 2012. For starters, these developments have a worldwide scope of influence. The technologies that come to market as a result of these programs will directly affect a large portion of the world’s population. If brought to market with extensibility, they could revolutionize the hotspot ease-of-use and security landscapes. These programs deserve the spotlight.

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WLAN Controllers and Fast Secure Roaming

The title is deceptive. Now that I have you thinking about WLAN controllers and fast secure roaming, my goal in this short post is to point out why WLAN controllers do not sufficiently address fast secure roaming. Why must I write such an article? Because in the past six months, I’ve read article after article claiming that the cure to fast secure roaming problems is a WLAN controller. IT IS NOT! I have nothing against controllers per se; I just want to set the record straight. My point is actually twofold. Continue reading...

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DHCP for Wireless LAN Clients

For us wireless folks that aren’t stellar routing and switching guys, one of the most daunting network tasks is integrating our WLAN infrastructure with the existing wired infrastructure and its services. Understanding wired design topics is pretty fundamental to installing or managing any network, so it really should be on our priority list to spruce up those skills. To give you a nudge on your journey, let’s talk about DHCP for wireless clients.

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Device Identification with a Spectrum Analyzer

Detecting and identifying radio transmitters in the Wi-Fi bands is an art. Gaining skill at this art requires knowledge and practice. Thankfully, there are tools that help us along the way by providing automated device identification, and those tools are becoming more sophisticated. But, there are different ways to skin the proverbial cat, and as new methods and features for device identification come to market, understanding how they work is the first step in determining their value. Let's take a quick look at the different ways to identify and classify RF transmitters with a spectrum analyzer.

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HT Duplicate (MCS 32) and non-HT Duplicate

Just when you think you pretty much understand 802.11n, you turn the corner and realize there’s more to learn. This time, the topic was non-HT duplicate and HT duplicate. I’d read before about the non-HT Duplicate format, but I had never realized that there is also an HT Duplicate format, which is the use of MCS 32. I'd like to document how they work and what they're for, even if I'm the only one who cares. Continue reading...

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802.11n and MIMO Are Not Synonymous

One of the most commonly confused concepts in 802.11n is the use of multiple input, multiple output (MIMO). There’s a ton of technical detail to understand in 802.11n, and for everyday network management, most of it is beyond the realm of necessary information. For us non-degreed engineers (what I call a pseudo-engineer), it’s easy to get lost in the numbers, formulas, and diversity schemes of 802.11n, but MIMO is a basic concept that networking folks should understand well.

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Aerohive, Big on Distinction (BoD)

…or is it Branch on Demand (BoD)? Either way, Aerohive announced the birth of a new child in their product family: the branch router, or AP, or router, or AP router. It’s the offspring of their cloud management offering, their distributed wireless architecture, and their Pareto acquisition in early 2011. Call it a branch in a box, or something like that.

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