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Topic: 802.11n

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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5 Examples of How 802.11ac Technology is Making Our Lives Better
Mobility

5 Examples of How 802.11ac Technology is Making Our Lives Better

Unless you haven’t heard, there is a new standard in town and it’s called, 802.11ac. There has been a lot of talk lately within the Education, Healthcare and IT communities about the new “802.11ac technology”. As SecurEdge Networks Chief Network Engineer explains, “802.11ac takes many of the features from 802.11n and builds upon them …utilizing 

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How 802.11ac and Air Travel Can Improve Your School Wireless Network
Mobility

How 802.11ac and Air Travel Can Improve Your School Wireless Network

International travel in and of itself is rather tricky. We’ve all been there. Imagine you’re at the airport, you’ve gotten there about an hour or so before your flight, mostly because that’s what everyone has told you to do. You wait in your first line of the day, checking your one bag that costs around $25 dollars (that’s another story). Once checked in, your off to the second line of the day, this one is even worse than the last. 

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3 Simple Reasons to Move Your School WLAN from 802.11n to 802.11ac
Mobility

3 Simple Reasons to Move Your School WLAN from 802.11n to 802.11ac

The start of 2014 brought with it a new standard in wireless connectivity. 802.11ac is a set of physical layer enhancements for higher throughput in the 5-GHz band that is projected to completely replace the 802.11n technology by 2018. The access points with the newest technology bring with them additional antennas, wider channels, more spatial streams, and a number of features that improves throughput and reliability.

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About 802.11ac
Mobility

8 Things You Didn’t Know About 802.11ac

Many of the folks we speak to on a daily basis still feel like preparing an enterprise business for wireless access is similar in nature to home networking. Unfortunately, that line of thinking is a bit misguided, as the technology changes about as frequently as the sheets on their bed. One of the most recent changes is users ability to now be provided 802.11ac connectivity, offering up to gigabit speeds over wireless.

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How to Properly Evaluate 802.11 Wireless Network Solutions
Mobility

How to Properly Evaluate 802.11 Wireless Network Solutions

I don’t come from a long line of distinguished scientists or researchers like the Frankenstein’s (pronounced Fronk N Steen). My lineage is made up of mostly civil servants, teachers and some mechanical engineers. However, I know how to distinguish between abnormal (pronounced Abbey Normal) and normal when conducting a product evaluation. I also know that my evaluation is only as good as the criteria I have set forth to measure it with and the process by which I will conduct the evaluation.

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Can you mix 802.11ac Access Points with 802.11n Wireless?
Mobility

Can you mix 802.11ac Access Points with 802.11n Wireless?

In previous iterations of Wi-Fi standards mixing technologies (802.11a/b/g/n) was like mixing oil and water. It was a no-go, it had the potential for a disaster and made migrations from one technology to the next complicated. In order to achieve a green field replacement of your current WLAN technology you had to remove all the current access points and then put up the new ones. This created many headaches for network admins and the staff they were trying to support.

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New Classroom Technology with 802.11ac
Strategy

New Classroom Technology with 802.11ac

I recently googled, “iPads in the classroom providing creative benefits for students” and the very first website that popped up was a You Tube video.  Almost anything googled in this day in age will produce some type of informative video.  Even Twitter is constantly leading me to a video feed.  My point is this is the year of video.  And we all want access to video streaming ALL THE TIME and with no degradation in performance.

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What Affects 802.11ac Capacity?
Mobility

What Affects 802.11ac Capacity?

In a previous blog, I discussed what the capacity of an 802.11n access point. In another blog I also discussed how many users could connect to an 802.11n access point. With 802.11ac technology we have the opportunity for even greater capacity but the variables and factors deciding this capacity are still in play.

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How Many Users Can Connect to an 802.11ac Wireless Access Point?
Mobility

How Many Users Can Connect to an 802.11ac Wireless Access Point?

While this is a question we are asked more often than I would like on sales calls it is a valid one for planning purposes. However, I would not recommend it as heavily weighted criteria in determining what wireless product you choose for your WLAN. There are many variables that affect the resulting capacity of a wireless access point which are outside the scope of this article. I will delve into them in a later article but for now let’s answer the question by digging into the core question posed above.

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How Do I Install My Wireless Access Points to Optimize My Network?
Mobility

How Do I Install My Wireless Access Points to Optimize My Network?

When talking about wireless network design, we've come across a lot of questions regarding wireless access point placement. When done right, proper placement and design can have a dramatic effect on your wifi networks overall performance. Below we discuss various applications and how to make sure you get it right the first time. In the room or in the hallway? With 802.11ac the best practice recognized in the industry is to install the access points (AP) in the room. Installing 802.11ac wireless network access points in the hallway introduces a number of issues that can be avoided by just installing them in the room where the wireless clients most likely are found.

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