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Topic: 802.11ac

11 Helpful Ways Beacons are Changing Education
Strategy

11 Helpful Ways Beacons are Changing Education

It's not a secret anymore, mobile is everywhere and it's transformed how the world operates, especially in education. From BYOD and 1:1 programs to interactive and personalized learning our schools have been evolving at a rapid pace to support their students needs and demands in this new environment. However, staying ahead is challenging for even the most seasoned IT professionals and just when you thought you had a handle on things, new technology comes out set to change things once again. Beacons and location based solutions are here, but what are they and how will they be used in education? 

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4 Ways Unified Enterprise Wireless Networks Are Simplifying Your Life
Mobility

4 Ways Unified Enterprise Wireless Networks Are Simplifying Your Life

To say it’s an interesting time for IT professionals is an understatement to say the least. Everywhere you look mobile is taking over. From students to doctors everyone is using smartphones, tablets, laptops and even wearable tech to access your enterprise wireless networks. For most of us this has been a fantastic advancement, for others such as IT leaders and professionals this has created more than a few headaches, namely from increased user demands and network security risks.

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6 Rules to Offer Your Guests an Amazing Hotel Wi-Fi Experience
Mobility

6 Rules to Offer Your Guests an Amazing Hotel Wi-Fi Experience

Every time I travel whether it’s on vacation or for business I ask myself two questions, one, will the hotel Wi-Fi be free and two, will it be any good? Even when I’ve read reviews online, I’m still left with some uncertainty about what kind of wireless experience I’ll have. The frustrating part about it all is that hotel Wi-Fi doesn’t have to be terrible. If hotels would simply follow some simple best practices every guest could have an amazing hotel wireless experience.

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What the HP Acquisition of Aruba Networks Means to Customers
Mobility

What the HP Acquisition of Aruba Networks Means to Customers

Over the past week we’ve received numerous questions, emails, and phone calls from our customers and potential customers who are using Aruba Networks or considering Aruba Networks about the acquisition announcement from HP. I’m writing this article to answer those questions and provide some feedback on what we’ve found out from the Aruba team this week at Atmosphere 2015 and what the acquisition likely means. I have been in meetings with the Aruba founder/CTO and CEO, as well as other members of the leadership team.  However, this blog is entirely my (Philip Wegner) opinion.

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Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?
Mobility

Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?

At SecurEdge, my office is next to Michael McNamee who is head of our professional services group. Our office is a converted warehouse/techy kind of office place with stained concrete floors, so when Michael is on the phone, I hear much of the conversation. I’m struck by how many phone calls he gets from prospective customers calling with wireless performance issues that are simply a matter of improper planning from their current Wi-Fi provider. Many times, the wireless company just threw up some access points down the hallway with no real thought into how the technology works and how access point placement directly affects Wi-Fi performance. To save yourself some pain, we recommend having a wifi site survey completed if you’re planning for 802.11ac wifi. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a physical site survey; you may just need a predictive RF design completed using software.

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3 Reasons “Long Range Wi-Fi” Creates Warehouse Wi-Fi Issues
Mobility

3 Reasons “Long Range Wi-Fi” Creates Warehouse Wi-Fi Issues

Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers are well known for advertising “long range wireless” or “with our system you’ll need the fewest number of access points” or “our access point can cover 10,000 sq. ft.” Or whatever the latest marketing lingo is to tell you that you’ll need less of their equipment than anyone else’s.  To me, this is like the drug commercials on TV that advertise to help you with a problem, but the known side effect is that it may cause another problem that is much worse (even death!). Before you rush out to buy some wireless access points for your warehouse wifi network, it’s important to read the fine print, or this case, understand the side effects of the poor wireless design.

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4 More Incredibly Common Reasons Your Wifi Performance is Awful
Mobility

4 More Incredibly Common Reasons Your Wifi Performance is Awful

A particularly hot topic we’re constantly talking about at SecurEdge is wifi performance. Everyone, even long time IT professionals have had to deal with wireless performance issues, the challenge comes in when you have to diagnose those problems. The simple fact, is that with the explosion of mobile devices our networks have become increasingly complex, not only in their design but in the devices and applications they are supposed to support. So, when it comes to designing your network for optimal performance or diagnosing current performance issues, it’s difficult to know where to begin.

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7 Things to Know About 802.11ac and Your School Wireless Network
Mobility

7 Things to Know About 802.11ac and Your School Wireless Network

One of the most frustrating things about today’s wireless and digital world we live in is having a slow wireless connection. With new technology out pacing our current infrastructure it has caused many schools to face wireless traffic jams, making it almost impossible to support the goals of the school or the needs of the students. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and that’s 802.11ac.

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3 Things People get wrong about Predictive Wireless Site Surveys
Mobility

3 Things People get wrong about Predictive Wireless Site Surveys

When it comes to mobility and wireless network designs we get a lot of questions regarding our process and more specifically how we do wireless site surveys for clients that are not close to Charlotte, NC. Our answer is always simple, predictive wireless site surveys. Predictive means just that -- predictive, or a virtual survey of your school, hospital or facility.

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The Power of Free WiFi and How to Build Your Retail Wifi Network
Mobility

The Power of Free WiFi and How to Build Your Retail Wifi Network

In our last blog we looked at how customer engagement rates can rise when employing powerful retail wifi networks. Shruti Jain a senior analyst at Cisco in a recent Huffington Post piece stated, "There is a transition happening. With the increase in the number of devices with more computing power and features we see that there is a real momentum towards increased use of internet time on portable and other non-PC devices in general, away from PCs.”

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How to Build a Wireless Network: The Science of a Wireless Site Survey and Why They're a Must
Mobility

How to Build a Wireless Network: The Science of a Wireless Site Survey and Why They're a Must

Typically when we first begin helping anyone with a wireless network design we ask for the ability to create a wireless site survey for them. Most of the time we can create a predictive site survey and save the company loads on our engineers’ costly hours of coming on site. But I think it’s an important topic to tackle WHY we always start with a site survey?Why begin there? If a school or business needs mobility why is that so important?

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3 Ways to Use NAC to Support Your School Wireless Network Strategy
Security

3 Ways to Use NAC to Support Your School Wireless Network Strategy

Many teachers worry about the same thing, how do they securely use new mobile technology in the classroom? I come from a long line of teachers. My mother was a teacher, my sister is a teacher, and even both of my sister-in-laws are teachers. As they sit around and gab about how times have changed, a reoccurring theme arises; technology. “Technology” is the new buzz word in schools. It is seemingly as common of a word as “vanilla lattes” ordered at Starbucks; ever present and ever growing. Whether they fear the rise of technology in the classroom or not, they know it is going to be implemented sooner rather than later. Yet, they all worry about the same things, how will they securely allow students to roam the web in class? How will they and their schools adhere to the CIPA regulations put in place?

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6 Key Features of Wireless Network Solutions for Schools
Mobility

6 Key Features of Wireless Network Solutions for Schools

Mobility is a word that seems to get tossed around quite a bit lately. A recent Harvard Business Review Article perfectly surmised the term when the author, David Armano stated, “Mobility trumps mobile. The difference between mobility and mobile is like the difference between hardware and software. Mobile is linked to devices — it is always one thing, wherever it is. But mobility changes with context.”

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