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Topic: Wireless Network Management

[VIDEO] WiFi Minute: Why Managing Your Wireless Network is So Challenging!

[VIDEO] WiFi Minute: Why Managing Your Wireless Network is So Challenging!

Without proper management of your newly upgraded or freshly deployed wireless network, the chance that you'll run into performance problems is almost guaranteed — even if you're WiFi design was configured correctly. But managing your wireless network after it's been deployed can be difficult. In this week's episode, Danny reveals the four reasons why WiFi management is so challenging today.

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How to Overcome the Challenges of Managing Your Wireless Network
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Managing Your Wireless Network

Wireless networking has grown in both scope and complexity over the past 5 years or so. Businesses and organizations of all types and sizes are required to support programs like BYOD, guest Wi-Fi access, and a growing number of connected devices (yes, this includes the IoT). The problem for most IT teams is, how do you effectively manage your WLAN (especially when you’re a small team)?

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Creating an IoT Strategy: 3 Reasons it's More Complex Than You Think
Mobility

Creating an IoT Strategy: 3 Reasons it's More Complex Than You Think

IoT growth in the workplace is inevitable as we are transitioning into a culture where physical objects are being connected to the digital world through sensors. The “father of sensors” Janus Bryzek even described it as “the largest growth in the history of humans.” The internet of things will create new applications, new processes and new business opportunities, however it also has the potential to put a lot of strain on your wireless network's performance.

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How The Internet of Things is Making the World Smarter [Infographic]
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How The Internet of Things is Making the World Smarter [Infographic]

The Internet of Things has brought in a new era in how machines make our lives easier. Basically we gave objects brains (sensors) and now they can talk to us (using wireless networks) and we can make better decisions. Billions of the tiniest to the largest devices are embedded with smart technology (sensors) that allow these objects or machines to talk to each other and even to communicate with us. It's kind of mind-blowing when you first realize the limitless possibilities, I'll let it sink in... ... ... Awesome. Welcome to the reality that is IoT.

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3 Tests You Should Be Running On Your Wi-Fi Network For Max Performance
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3 Tests You Should Be Running On Your Wi-Fi Network For Max Performance

One of the most important aspects of mobility for any CIO is testing. It goes without saying that proper planning and using the right types of testing can be a powerful step towards supporting your users wireless demands today and creating a wireless network that can grow with you for tomorrow's challenges. While planning and testing might seem like a simple and obvious task, they shouldn't be overlooked. Not only will testing and planning help you to identify potential cost savings and efficiency issues but also how to create a higher-preforming WLAN--thus giving your end users the wireless experience they expect. To help you start building a more powerful Wi-Fi network, we've created a list of 3 tests you should be running on your Wi-Fi network right now.

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Want Better Wi-Fi Performance? Try These 4 WAN Optimization Tips
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Want Better Wi-Fi Performance? Try These 4 WAN Optimization Tips

In nearly every industry today mobile devices are being used more than ever before. From schools to healthcare institutions and corporate offices, individuals depend and rely on the uninterrupted use of their smartphones, tablets and wearable technologies.  For instance, BYOD relies exclusively on users’ utilization of their own mobile devices for work or learning purposes. Healthcare providers are using smartphones and tablets more often these days to provide a higher level of patient care, and students are using mobile workstations during class for an interactive learning experience.  With more traffic and demand being driven across your network, this new wireless landscape is starting to create some serious Wi-Fi performance issues particularly when it comes to bandwidth.  

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Unify Your Wi-Fi Network to Turbocharge Your ROI
Mobility

Unify Your Wi-Fi Network to Turbocharge Your ROI

Perspective is everything. In the days before high altitude photography, maps were not accurate. They were only made up of estimates and guesses. High altitude photography provided the perspective, which has then changed how we travel and how we view distance. Perspective allows for the ability to make smart and well-calculated decisions. Many Wi-Fi networks have multiple networks running independently of each other, we call these disparate networks and they are a nightmare for IT teams to manage and support. These disparate networks can be daunting not only because of the tedious and time-consuming tasks they create (i.e. troubleshooting, maintenance) but because they also dry up your budget with costly fixes and unnecessary infrastructure that frankly doesn't give you the performance you need. If this sounds like you're situation don't panic, there is an answer to your problems. Here's some tips to help you build a powerful unified wireless network.

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Student Demand is Killing Your Wi-Fi Performance: How to Keep Up
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Student Demand is Killing Your Wi-Fi Performance: How to Keep Up

It’s not a secret that mobile traffic is on the rise, especially on our college and university campuses. In fact, according to a recent Cisco report, it is expected that mobile traffic will grow tenfold by 2019. Simply put in the next 4 years mobile devices are expected to reach nearly 11.5 billion world-wide, nearly double the world’s estimated population, this could put a serious strain on your campus's Wi-Fi performance. This demand also means your school will have to provide enough bandwidth for each student—and it needs to be enough to support usage for big data apps and video.

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Managed Services - Does Your School Wireless Network Really Need It?
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Managed Services - Does Your School Wireless Network Really Need It?

With the rollout of 802.11ac, the face of school wireless network communications is changing. Because of the broad changes involved, wireless networks that are only a few years old may already be facing obsolescence, and school IT departments may not be positioned to handle a total system overhaul. Managed services may be the solution to your problem, providing professional network management without the expense of hiring additional staff.

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5 Hidden Costs When Deploying Wireless Networks in Your School
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5 Hidden Costs When Deploying Wireless Networks in Your School

The old adage proper planning prevents poor performance has never been more relevant than when thinking about how to deploy wireless infrastructure in a school. Over the next two years with the changes in E-Rate funding, along with the demands of common core and online testing; we’re poised to see a lot of school districts either upgrading their wireless networking or completely replacing it with 802.11ac, the newer (and much faster) wireless standard.

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5 Things You Should Be Monitoring On Your WLAN
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5 Things You Should Be Monitoring On Your WLAN

Integrating a Wireless LAN management tool is a first step in proactively managing your network. Without a set of tools for alerting, reporting or troubleshooting everything becomes reactionary and done after the fact. With proactive processes you avoid the call from your boss asking why a section of your wireless network is down or why you didn’t know the system has been running at capacity for months.

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5 Reasons to use a Managed Service provider for Wireless Networking
Mobility

5 Reasons to use a Managed Service provider for Wireless Networking

In the old days of AT&T, and I mean 30 years ago old days (no, I don’t remember, but I used to work for AT&T). Many of the customers actually rented their phones with their phone service. Similar to the way we pay for cable TV remotes today. It was just something you needed with the service and you became accustomed to the few bucks a month for the hardware.

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3 Wireless Management System features for Troubleshooting
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3 Wireless Management System features for Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting network issues in the old days were relatively simple. You could use simple network monitoring tools to look at ports on switches and routers combined with remote PC software. As long as you had some simple logic in your troubleshooting process- Is the power on? Is the switch port up? etc., you could solve most networking issues. In today’s mobile environment the users are no longer plugged into a wire. Go to a college campus today and take a look at the type of connectivity the students are using. We found that with our higher education clients the average student has 3-5 Wi-Fi enabled devices- tablet, notebook, smart phone, and gaming console. We also have used traffic sniffers to monitor wired port traffic in an average college dorm no one is using the wired ports, not so shocking.

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Planning Your Wireless Network for the iPad (and other Devices)
Mobility

Planning Your Wireless Network for the iPad (and other Devices)

One of the most critical pain points all IT Network administrators face today is how to handle the influx of mobile devices like the iPad. School Wifi Networks, as well as Enterprise and Hospital Wireless Networks, need to have the ability to support the iPad (and other mobile devices), as well as manage the devices, all while maintaining security and the usually limited IT budget.

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Wireless Network Management: What is slowing your wireless?
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Wireless Network Management: What is slowing your wireless?

When talking about wireless network management I'm asked all the time “what kind of speed can we expect with our wireless network?" The answer is always "What is the slowest point on your network?" The slowest point on the network is the speed limit. Its like asking how fast a car will go…in a 25mph school zone, the answer is 25mph.

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Employee Wireless Network Management and Control
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Employee Wireless Network Management and Control

An hour a day keeps the manager away. The internet is something that today’s business can’t live without (I literally tried to think of a business that wouldn’t use the internet for advertising).  According to a recent article on salary.com, 44.7% of wasted time at work is surfing the internet.  This begs the questions; how do you allow the internet for the applications you need and still control what people are doing with it? SecurEdge Networks, based out of Charlotte NC, has been solving this problem for years now. Here are a couple solutions we have implemented:

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Easy BYOD Solutions for School Wireless Networks
Mobility

Easy BYOD Solutions for School Wireless Networks

Last year the iPad changed the rules for IT administrators.  The iPad, combined with many other new wi-fi enabled mobile devices put them in one of two positions: 1) Either they wanted to keep the devices off the internal network, or 2) they wanted them on the network in a secure way, without IT involvement.   SecurEdge Networks has been able to help customers on either side of the fence using the same solution. 

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The Problem with School Wireless Network Passcodes
Mobility

The Problem with School Wireless Network Passcodes

School Wireless Networks need to be controlled because there are way to many opportunities for improper use of the network from guests, staff or students. In this article, we explain the OLD WAY schools would use passcodes for accessing the school wireless network, how that system lacked and how we can help you gain back control of the users on your school wireless network.

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