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Compliments of (and to) Devin

Civil EngineerOne of my human resolutions is to be more optimistic and to find more opportunities to speak words of affirmation. I know, that seems better suited to a pop-psychology Christian blog than a WLAN blog, but bear with me for minute. Words of affirmation are sometimes rare in technology realms because if we’re really honest, most IT folks are surly, irascible, and unwilling to say nice things or help junior engineers. That’s a pretty crummy way to spend your days. And that’s why I’m often inspired, encouraged, and even surprised when I meet skilled senior engineers that are willing to be human by graciously recognizing that everyone has to start somewhere.

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Gigabit Wi-Fi Summed Up

At the Wireless Mobility Symposium, I had the privilege of introducing/moderating the discussion on gigabit Wi-Fi and asking a lot of the questions. Here’s my quick summation of the gigabit conversation.

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Observations from the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium and Wireless Field Day

I spent the latter half of last week in sunny (compared to Michigan) San Jose at the Wi-Fi Mobility Symposium and Wireless Field Day. Along with 11 other independent delegates, I had the chance to engage several leading WLAN vendors in a fresh dose of technical discussion. Continue reading...

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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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