802.1X Authentication Overview
Nov08

802.1X Authentication Overview

First things first. It’s 802.1X, not 802.1x or 802.11x. Now that we have that straight, let’s move on. 802.1X is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standard for port based network access control. 802.1X provides a framework for authentication and authorization as well as dynamic encryption key management for over the air encryption. With 802.1X, all traffic with the exception of authentication...

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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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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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