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Topic: Wireless Access Points

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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Which Wireless Access Point Do I Need, 2x2 or 3x3 MIMO?
Mobility

Which Wireless Access Point Do I Need, 2x2 or 3x3 MIMO?

Here in the Charlotte, NC area we have been fighting to get some of our roads widened to relieve the congestion we fight each day to and from our places of business. As a means of resolution to this challenge the state has decided to move forward with instituting toll roads. I am less than hopeful that this solution will alleviate the congestion because it isn’t quite what I or my other fellow commuters had envisioned as optimal.

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How Many Users Can a 802.11ac Access Point Handle?
Mobility

How Many Users Can a 802.11ac Access Point Handle?

Being squarely focused on wireless mobility over the last 8 years, we are fortunate to receive questions like, “How many users can access an 802.11ac access point?” Now, depending on who is posing this question (hard to read a person’s body language over the phone) and in which format the question is posed (hard to read “tone” in the written word of an email), a close friend might receive the following response: “Over what period of time? A day? A week?”

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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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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 was. In another earlier 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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When Is a WLAN Truly Controller-Less?
Mobility

When Is a WLAN Truly Controller-Less?

The WLAN marketplace has been heating up the past 12 months due to several new product offerings, product enhancements and changes in ownership. As a result we have been seeing and hearing of lots of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) from vendors and resellers about products in the marketplace. 

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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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3 Common Misconceptions About The Wireless N Access Point
Mobility

3 Common Misconceptions About The Wireless N Access Point

If you think about the internet as your local highway, then an wireless n access point would be the car you drive.  Keeping it simple…no matter what car you drive it can only go 55mph and it has to pass an inspection.  Access points are similar, the FCC regulates radio power and frequency while the speed is limited by network infrastructure , internet connection and device capabilities.   

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How Much Capacity Does a 802.11n Wireless Access Point Have?
Mobility

How Much Capacity Does a 802.11n Wireless Access Point Have?

When you’re planning a wireless network, figuring out how many users a wireless access point can host is a very important part of the system design. But, like a lot of things, the answer is complicated.  It is kind of like asking “how many people can you fit into a phone booth?” Well that depends on how tall the people are, how much they weigh, their shape and the size and volume of the phone booth.  I could put lots of middle school students in the booth versus maybe one member of the Green Bay Packers defensive line unit (my world champion Packers that is).

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Going Rogue: What is a Rogue Wifi Access Point or Router?
Security

Going Rogue: What is a Rogue Wifi Access Point or Router?

Going Rogue might have been a good idea for Sarah Palin, but it’s not a good idea for your 802.11n wireless network. Chances are if you are in a Campus environment you run a very high risk of having a Rogue Wifi Access Point (AP) on board, even if you do provide a campus wifi solution for your School or Hospital. And you almost certainly will, if your solution to a wireless LAN is a “no wireless access point” on campus policy (which no one listens to).

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