A long time ago I wrote a blog on the Meraki experience Cisco does something “Meraki-lous”. I had my hands on a free Meraki MR12 Wireless Access Point and I was delving into its capabilities. However, with the passage of time came the passing of the three-year license and I lost the ability to manage … Continue reading How to OpenWRT and Cucumber your Meraki Access Point
The deployment of WiFi networks can be particularly challenging. We’re going to take a look at three problems that occur when deploying in the 2.4 GHz (Gigahertz) band. In the three examples we’re going to take a look at, they will be real life examples. For instructor-led Wireless training, see our 5-day course: WIRE400: Wireless Networking … Continue reading 3 Problems That Occur When Deploying in the 2.4 GHz Band in WiFi Networks
With IT professionals, I’m sure all of us have done things that we’ve been rather embarrassed about and would be considered to be rather silly. For instructor led wireless training, see our 5-day course: WIRE400: Wireless Networking for the IT Professional I’m going to share with you one of the funniest things that IT professionals do … Continue reading Planning your Wireless Network for IT Professionals. Can the Access Point Hear You?
“Does it matter which wireless adapter is in my new laptop?” I get this question whenever a coworker or friend is buying a new laptop. My first answer is that it depends on what they want to do with it. For basic users, no, it usually doesn’t matter. Any old wireless network adapter (WNIC) will … Continue reading Accessing Advanced Wireless Settings for Intel Wireless Adapters
What is interference? Wi-Fi operates in the license-exempt frequency bands. The main advantage of operating in these bands is that the network administrator does not need to pay a licensing fee to operate their equipment. The primary disadvantage of operating in these bands is that other equipment may also be transmitting in these bands, and … Continue reading Sources of Interference and When You Should Be Concerned
Many Wi-Fi network administrators decide to disable SSID broadcasts. They do this, in part, in an attempt to hide their network from uninvited users. The common belief behind it is that if the network name is not being broadcast, it is harder for an attacker to find the network. Nothing could be farther from the … Continue reading Finding Hidden Wireless Networks
It is all about throughput: The IEEE 802.11n standard is called “high throughput”. The newer IEEE 802.11ac standard is called “very high throughput”. As the name suggests, 802.11ac enables higher throughput. Wikipedia defined throughput as “the rate of successful message delivery over a communication channel”, in other words, the number of bits per second successfully … Continue reading Should you wait for 802.11ac Wave 2?
Planning and deploying a wireless network for user access is considerably more difficult than implementing a wired network. This is because every location has a unique radio frequency (RF) environment. Even if you have offices or floors with the same physical layout, changes in construction material, the location of filing cabinets, the presence of microwave … Continue reading Three Common Mistakes IT Professionals Make When Planning Their Wireless Network
Why IT professionals need to understand wireless Wireless networks are becoming increasingly more important to all organizations, from mall mom and pop stores, to major corporations. It is forecasted that by 2018 wireless devices will account for 61% of IP traffic, greatly exceeding traffic from wired devices, which will reduced to a mere 39% of … Continue reading Wireless Networking for the IT Professional. Now Available at Interface Technical Training