One of the most frustrating terms in the wireless industry is the term “site-survey”; it means one thing to some and a completely different thing to others. The reality is that having such a mixed consensus on what the term really means is confusing and in a lot of cases causes the wrong expectations and ultimately a poorly designed, poor performing WLAN.
It’s time we try and settle the confusion.
There was a time not that long ago, when physical wireless site surveys were becoming obsolete because new software tools were making it possible to predict with about 90% accuracy a number of things about a wireless environment.
Healthcare facilities that might have been considering a wireless network refresh now have another reason to move forward with those plans. Earlier this week at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, the IEEE announced approval of IEEE 802.11acTM-2013 as the new industry standard for wireless connectivity.
With 2013 coming to a close, most of our office phones keep ringing with complicated issues that involve wireless devices. In 2014, we expect that trend to continue as more consumers add tablets to their tables and smartphones to their pockets. Some estimates indicate 64% of Americans now own a smartphone and more and more employers allowing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are feeling the squeeze on the available bandwidth.
Another week, another reported “cyber attack”. That might make you wonder what Edward Snowden is doing for a living in Russia these days. If you follow the story, you’ll see that hackers have stolen sensitive information from some of the larger social media networks and gained access to end user accounts. This time, hackers exploited vulnerable desktop computers - not necessarily the wireless devices that are brought into a healthcare facility.