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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Inspired, CWNP Wi-Fi Trek
Oct04

Inspired, CWNP Wi-Fi Trek

I attended the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) Wi-Fi Trek September 24-26 in San Francisco and can really sum it up in one word, inspired. You see I’m no newbie to the Wi-Fi industry. I have been doing Wi-Fi and nothing but Wi-Fi for about 8 years since joining Bluesocket, a Boston based startup back in 2007. You may have known Bluesocket for their kick a*% guest access, the first enterprise MIMO access points or even...

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Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 2 – Presence Analytics and Indoor Location-based Services
Oct06

Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 2 – Presence Analytics and Indoor Location-based Services

Presence Analytics When a Wi-Fi enabled device such as a smart phone or tablet comes within range of a wireless network, it sends a message called a “probe request” asking for the identity of the network. While probe requests are not used by most Wi-Fi networks if the client device does not associate or connect to the network, these simple transactions from un-associated client devices could yield important information. For example...

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Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 3 – Application, Website Analytics and Social Media
Oct06

Monetizing Wi-Fi Part 3 – Application, Website Analytics and Social Media

Application and Website Analytics Application and Website Analytics scour data around what websites people go to, what search terms they enter, what applications they use, what social media they engage in, for how long, if they buy something, and other relevant data and present it to the customer via user-friendly dashboards, notifications, reports, and or APIs that interface with 3rd party CRM, POS and advertising systems. This was...

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