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Wireless

RSSI Conundrum

What’s the number one go to value for “design” a wireless network? If you ask most people they will say RSSI. Received Signal Strength Indicator, or RSSI, is the quickest way to see if you have coverage. It’s the “four bars” approach to wireless design, but it isn’t anywhere close to designing a working network….

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A look back at the CWNE

For awhile now I’ve been curious about the growth of the CWNE. If you look at the program over the course of its history you would notice that until recently there wasn’t a lot of CWNE’s out there. It’s only been in the past few years that the number has increased a lot. What has…

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Welcome to Mobility Field Day 1

Mobility Field Day 1 is just 1 week away so I thought I would take a moment to discuss what’s in a name? While this is the first Mobility event it isn’t the first Wireless related Tech Field Day event. We had 8 prior Wireless Field Day events over the past couple of years that…

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Cisco Mobility Express

What Is Mobility Express? Cisco recently introduced a two new AP models: the 1850 and 1830. The purpose of this article is not to discuss the exact technical specs of those two models, but I will say they are 802.11ac Wave 2 APs. What I really want to focus on is a new “controller” that…

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Evolution of cradlepoint

Do you remember when you had to use a USB modem for connectivity on the go? I do. I would use them primarily when bringing new sites online as their networks were not up and running yet. But this had one major drawback, cellular service is most buildings was bad and even worse inside a…

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You Are Here #WFD8

Have you ever walked into a building on a corporate or healthcare campus and struggled to find where you needed to go? Be honest, we have all been there. But did you know that wireless can help solve that problem? I’ve been working with various location based technologies for a number of years now but…

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Causing a Ruckus and Rocking the Cradle

It’s that time of the year again, Wireless Field Day is upon us this week! For #WFD8 we’ve got what looks to be an awesome lineup of sponsors to harass meet. Here’s the sponsor list, some should be familiar, some maybe not so much?   I can tell you right off the bat I’m REALLY excited…

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Meraki Can Be Enterprise

Tom, aka Networking Nerd, recently made a post about Meraki not being a large enterprise solution so as a fan of the “Tenth Man Rule” I’ve decided to write about why Meraki CAN be used in a large enterprise. What defines a large enterprise network? Is it 10 infrastructure devices? 20? 30? 100? It’s hard…

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Are the MiFi’s the problem or is it you?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about MiFi’s and the impact they have on wireless networks. We have hotel properties saying they are within their rights to block networks other than the ones they operate and then you have FCC rules which kind of state you can’t really do that. This all seemed to…

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My CWNP Journey

So if you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I’ve had this goal of becoming a CWNE where I made my first post about it back in August of 2012. Today I’m glad to say that after a VERY LONG 3 months of hard core studying I am eligible to submit…

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