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Topic: Wireless Network Solution

3 Smart Ways Beacons are Changing The Event Experience
Mobility

3 Smart Ways Beacons are Changing The Event Experience

Recently I attended a marketing conference in Boston, and of course while it was exciting and full of great speakers and networking opportunities I couldn't help from feeling like the event could have stepped up their technology game.  First off the event's Wi-Fi connectivity was rather spotty and overall could have been better (but that's a different subject) and secondly, even though they were trying to enhance the experience with a custom event app it just felt like they didn't do all that they could have to take a great event and turn it into an extraordinary event. For example, they had a map service in the app, which was great considering the building was gigantic (I think I walked 10 miles a day) however, when you used it all it did was draw a line on a map from a pre-determined location to the next location.  In other words you can see on a map a line from one room to another room, kind of helpful but not interactive and not contextual. What they could have done was placed beacons throughout the event and then paired them with the app to offer me wayfinding. This would have allowed me to navigate the event from wherever I was to wherever I wanted to go in a personalized "GPS" style experience. This would have wowed me number one, and number two been a lot more helpful. What this event failed to grasp fully was how they were interacting with their audience. Marketing and event messaging used to be just that, all about the messaging. Sure sometimes a push notification can be valuable, but most of the time if it is it's because you got lucky that it happened to be at the right time in the right place. There has to be a better way than just hoping to get lucky, there has to be a way to take your messaging and actually give it personalized context to your audience. Beacons paired with the right applications can provide attendees with meaningful connections and dynamic interactions with brands, sponsors, and each other. The emphasis has shifted from what you're saying to your audience to enhancing the event experience by adding real context. 

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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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Why Hotel Wi-Fi is Your Most Important Investment
Strategy

Why Hotel Wi-Fi is Your Most Important Investment

In today’s technological world you’re judged on the quality of your Wi-Fi. In hotels, this can be doubly true—they're establishments frequently dealing with business people whose online needs are often essential, travelers unwinding or simply connecting with friends and family back home. Nothing is more frustrating to hotel guests than battling with an irregular Wi-Fi connection. In fact, in a lot of cases having poor Wi-Fi quality and upset customers will negatively affect your hotel’s return on investment (ROI).

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Fix Your Wi-Fi Networks Blind Spot with Network Performance Monitoring
Mobility

Fix Your Wi-Fi Networks Blind Spot with Network Performance Monitoring

Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) handles performance measurement and diagnostics for network components to identify areas of opportunity for optimization. Largely consisting of debugging and deep packet inspection tools to facilitate fault tolerance as well as outage resolution management, the market has traditionally taken an inside-out approach to network management.

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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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5 Hidden Costs When Deploying Wireless Networks in Your School
Strategy

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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Want to Improve Your Wifi Performance? Here are 3 Ways You Can
Mobility

Want to Improve Your Wifi Performance? Here are 3 Ways You Can

These days just having wifi isn’t good enough, you have to have “good” and “reliable” wifi. It’s almost become universally expected to have top-notch wifi performance at all times, no matter where you are, no matter what the device. Half the battle is creating a robust network, the other half is continuously optimizing your network for the best possible performance. This can be easier said than done, especially in an increasingly mobile, app-centric world.

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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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Unique Answer to Solving Your Wifi Performance Problems for Good
Mobility

Unique Answer to Solving Your Wifi Performance Problems for Good

“My Wi-Fi isn’t working and I have no idea why?” Sound familiar. That’s a phrase we hear from businesses and organizations all the time—typically because they got in over their head, or partnered with the wrong consultant or managed wifi service provider. Here at SecurEdge when we here this phrase we know it’s time to break out the detective gear. Alright, there is no detective gear but if you know anything about wireless networks or Wi-Fi then you probably know that it can be a very fickle animal. So when something goes wrong, its very frustrating to figure out why, especially when today's networks are more complex, user expectations are higher than ever before, and the number and types of devices and applications are increasing by the second. Needless to say, IT professionals have a lot on their plates and troubleshooting why their Wi-Fi is not performing correctly is the last thing they have time for.

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5 Simple Reasons You're Having Terrible Wi-Fi Performance
Mobility

5 Simple Reasons You're Having Terrible Wi-Fi Performance

For even seasoned IT professionals getting the most out of your Wi-Fi can be very challenging. But like a lot of things, especially in wireless, we want them (most of the time need them) to work at the peak of their ability. When you try to envision even a modest wireless network today, it becomes clear that they have become full-on, living and breathing environments where everything is working together.

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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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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 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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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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6 Key Advantages for Having Controllerless WiFi in Your School.
Mobility

6 Key Advantages for Having Controllerless WiFi in Your School.

The 1:1 and BYOD shifts are continuing to grow in wireless design for education, forcing school districts across the nation to find proper solutions to these trends, while staying in-lin with budgetary restrictions and guidelines. With mobile security, monitoring and 100% up times all standards parents and board members are looking for, schools must find the right wireless solutions.

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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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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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BYOD in schools: 4 Key Wireless Network Infrastructure Requirements
Mobility

BYOD in schools: 4 Key Wireless Network Infrastructure Requirements

Like it or not, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the future of learning, largely because schools lack the money to support 1:1. Educators have recognized the significance and necessity of mobile devices for this generation of tech-savvy learners. It just makes sense. Mobile learning not only promotes increased collaboration and engagement, it’s also preparing students for their future careers which will inevitably include utilizing these devices. The benefits of BYOD in schools are endless.

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