Posts about Wi-Fi

Each year starts with CES in which the world is introduced to thousands of new products, concepts and applications that are all designed to make our lives easier, safer, healthier, and happier. Many of these are truly innovations in technology; others might offer a “gee-whiz” moment of excitement; while some leave you simply asking why ...
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After many ambitious starts by operators hoping to build gigabit networks, the reality sets in. Building out fiber to all premises is difficult, slow, complicated and expensive. In order to achieve a reasonable ROI, many operators avoid locations that are difficult to serve, resulting in these high-speed, high-quality networks going to only a chosen few. This not only widens the digital divide but also makes the goal of a “gigabit society” difficult to achieve ...
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If you’re a network operator or a service provider, you know that the speed at which data, voice and video traffic is growing will soon swamp your existing network resources. To support that demand, and to continue to grow the network in an efficient way, you must find solutions for preserving spectrum and providing good quality of experience for the end user. But you also know that 5G isn’t far off, so it’s critical to future-proof the network investments you make today ...

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In 2014, the number of smartphones sold worldwide topped 1.3 billion. That’s more than 3.5 million per day; 41 every second. Indeed, phones have become as much a fashion accessory as communication device, with many consumers upgrading their models every two years or less. Clearly mobility is here to stay, both in our personal and professional lives, and the enterprise needs to open up to mobile both as a means to connect employees and reach customers. The cloud can be of tremendous help in this effort but the enterprise needs to integrate the two carefully to avoid traffic tie-ups, miscommunication and security vulnerabilities. Indeed, it’s getting hard to distinguish mobile from the cloud, so closely do the technologies complement each other. According to...
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Questions: In what way is Wi-Fi like the Rocky movies? In what way is it opposite? Answers: 802.11 and Rocky are the same in that new versions of each are released one after another in seemingly endless succession. They are opposite because each version of Wi-Fi is actually better than its predecessor. That's only a little snarky and, in any case, odds are against Sly Stallone reading Technically Speaking (but you never know … don't forget the amazing case of actress Hedy Lamarr). Corporate decision makers planning their organization’s 802.11 future have a few things to think about. One is simply sorting out all those versions of 802.11. Everything before 802.11n is more or less obsolete, though plenty of the older stuff is still out there and must be supported. The current stars of the show are different variations of 802.11ac, Wave 1 and Wave 2. Further down the road is 802.11ax, which isn't an issue yet – but is worth keeping in the back of your mind, since it will arrive before gear bought today is antiquated ...
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