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Topic: Wireless Problems

The User Experience: How to Support the Demand for Wi-Fi in Schools
Strategy

The User Experience: How to Support the Demand for Wi-Fi in Schools

Nothing is worse than a slow connection. Some of us remember the days when a wired internet connection delivered a sluggish loading page or when researching online was more painful than a dentist visit. Today, however, there is no reason to not have an efficient and reliable wireless connection, both in and out of the classroom. Free wireless connectivity on campus is today's norm. No longer do students hope to have wireless internet access, today they expect efficient, 24/7 access to their school's wi-fi for their academic needs and beyond (we know you're streaming Netflix too!) Unfortunately, the ongoing trend for BYOD amongst other trends is dragging down network performance. The multiple device world of constantly streaming videos, online gaming, web browsing, and socializing can seriously slow down your network's speed.  You do not want your campus being known for terrible wi-fi, that is almost as bad as being known for awful sports or worse academics. Campus wireless networks can either increase bandwidth or follow these 4 simple tips to improve the school’s Wi-Fi network (you could do both, of course!)

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10 Reasons Why Your Wi-Fi Performance Sucks (Infographic)
Mobility

10 Reasons Why Your Wi-Fi Performance Sucks (Infographic)

Wi-Fi connectivity is the fuel that drives a business. You need great Wi-Fi performance to keep the whole operation running at maximum efficiency. However, this isn’t always easy to achieve and oftentimes you see your connection fluctuating from day to day. Now you’re left wondering where it all went wrong and there is usually no simple answer.

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

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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4 Ways to Fix Your Warehouse Wi-Fi Performance Problems
Mobility

4 Ways to Fix Your Warehouse Wi-Fi Performance Problems

Often times what makes a business truly successful isn't what you see but what you don't. It's the behind the scenes efforts, the unsung hero of the business world, the warehouse. This unique environment is an essential part of almost every organization’s operations and is the heart from which all materials, products and merchandise flow. Retailers are leading the trend of embracing wireless network technologies to revolutionize their warehouse operations and gain ground on their competition. However, when your day-to-day operations depends highly on seamless, uninterrupted connectivity it is vital to ensure that your warehouse wifi infrastructure can support those requirements. While there are many challenges to providing a high-performing industrial wireless network, there are some simple best practices that will make sure your network can manage these demands.

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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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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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How to Solve the 3 Big Issues with iPads in the Classroom
Mobility

How to Solve the 3 Big Issues with iPads in the Classroom

iPads in the classroom make great learning tools that can provide unlimited benefits in education. Students and teachers alike love the engaging activities the iPad can provide, so their rapid proliferation into schools all over the country is no surprise. Despite all the possible benefits, iPads in the classroom do create new challenges for IT departments ranging from new sets of securities, configurations and management. Check out these 3 big issues with iPads in the classroom and how to solve them.

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Want to allow BYOD? Consider these 3 BYOD Wireless Network issues first
Mobility

Want to allow BYOD? Consider these 3 BYOD Wireless Network issues first

These days everyone has either a smartphone or a tablet or even both with them at all times. The expectation for businesses both large and small has become to allow and support these devices for every user at all times. However, how you set-up and support a byod wireless network, what kinds of issues can you expect? In the past month at SecurEdge we’ve had a number of IT Managers & Directors contact via our website or over the phone with the conversation going like this.

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Wireless Network Management: What is slowing your wireless?
Mobility

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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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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