SDN and Wi-Fi Part 1 – SDN Background
Oct24

SDN and Wi-Fi Part 1 – SDN Background

The purpose of this blog is to define what Software-defined Networking (SDN) is and to start a dialogue around what this could mean for Enterprise Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). The first part of the blog involves defining SDN, what is driving it, what the benefits are, how it impacts us today and how it will impact us in the future. The final phase involves starting a dialogue around what this does and could mean for...

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SDN and Wi-Fi Part 2 – SDN in Enterprise Wi-Fi
Oct24

SDN and Wi-Fi Part 2 – SDN in Enterprise Wi-Fi

To date, the SDN discussion has been largely focused on the data center and wired networks. As enterprises move to virtualization and the cloud, they see that the configuration of conventional networks are time-consuming and error-prone. A virtual server might be created in minutes, but changing the underlying network infrastructure might take days or weeks. SDN has emerged to solve this problem for data center and wired networks the...

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Don’t Wipeout with 11ac Wave 1.5
Oct11

Don’t Wipeout with 11ac Wave 1.5

You have probably heard by now that enterprise grade 802.11ac chipsets from the chipset manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Broadcom are arriving in what has been dubbed “waves” or phases. Enterprise wave 1 11ac access points started shipping in the second half of 2013 and the majority of the 11ac access points on the market today can be considered wave 1. Wave 2 11ac access points were expected to start shipping in the second...

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Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 1 – Premium Access and User Journeys
Oct06

Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 1 – Premium Access and User Journeys

Introduction Wi-Fi is now the preferred method of access to the network. More and more applications are moving to the cloud. Consumers are demanding always on anywhere wireless internet access and they are expecting it for free. They see Wi-Fi as just another utility, like water and electricity. They expect it there, they expect it free and they expect it just to work. This possesses a significant challenge for venue owners and...

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Wi-Fi Evolution
Oct04

Wi-Fi Evolution

I have been fortunate enough to experience firsthand several Wi-Fi architectures over the years. With the emergence of a second generation of 802.11ac enterprise products and the likes of professionals such as Lee Badman declaring Wireless Controllers are Dead, I thought it might be a great time to take a walk down memory lane regarding the evolution of Wi-Fi architectures. For those not fortunate enough to experience it firsthand, it...

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