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Higher Education Case Study: Improving the WiFi Student Experience
Posted by Erika Hashemi on Nov 9, 2016

Walsh, a Catholic University of Distinction, is well known for its outstanding academic facilities, chapel, residence halls and unique educational programs. Over the last fifteen years, Walsh has seen an 80 percent growth in student enrollment; they soon discovered that their student capacity was growing too fast for their wireless network to keep up, and they needed to clear up the bottleneck. The Office of IT quickly found that their Cisco, controller-based wireless network was a significant contributing factor and could not maintain adequate throughput for the growing number of devices connecting to it. More importantly, they began to see that students and faculty were unable to stay connected at all.

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Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate… Performance and Rogue Detection is Always Better Together
Posted by Sean Blanton on Nov 18, 2016

We all know performance testing is as important a task as any in the WiFi business. We need to know the limits of our access points after all, and it certainly helps you to have all the information at hand to make the most informed decision you can. But performance testing focused soley on speed? Well, while it's important, it doesn't give you all the information you need. Because you, dear reader, are not just upgrading your WiFi for speed. You want all the bells and whistles that come standard with enterprise WiFi platforms today. And you want to turn them all on. And most importantly, you want to know if and how they affect speed.

Higher Education Case Study: Improving the WiFi Student Experience
Posted by Erika Hashemi on Nov 9, 2016

Walsh, a Catholic University of Distinction, is well known for its outstanding academic facilities, chapel, residence halls and unique educational programs. Over the last fifteen years, Walsh has seen an 80 percent growth in student enrollment; they soon discovered that their student capacity was growing too fast for their wireless network to keep up, and they needed to clear up the bottleneck. The Office of IT quickly found that their Cisco, controller-based wireless network was a significant contributing factor and could not maintain adequate throughput for the growing number of devices connecting to it. More importantly, they began to see that students and faculty were unable to stay connected at all.

What are the Realities of WiFi Troubleshooting?
Posted by Sean Blanton on Oct 18, 2016

It goes without saying that WiFi can be, how should I put it, a bit temperamental at times. To be fair, any mode of digital communication that occurs over-the-air is subject to subtle and invisible fluctuations that pop up in the surrounding environment at any time. But when you add on top of that the necessity that WiFi provide an uninterrupted, easy-to-access and (above all else) fast experience, you can begin to imagine the tremendous stress WiFi administrators must feel every day. But imagination doesn’t help us quantify the problem, nor fix it. That’s where a brand new survey by ZK Research comes into play.

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Bringing True Disaggregation to the Network
Posted by Rick Wilmer on Oct 13, 2016

Disaggregation is a hot topic, and a major trend for data centers. Many large enterprises look for flexibility, choice, rapid deployment and cost efficiencies that disaggregation brings technology. By separating the costs of hardware from the costs of cloud software, enterprise organizations are able to find the best solutions.

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Mojo Cloud Managed Platform Release 8.1.1 — September 2016
Posted by Sean Blanton on Sep 26, 2016

Hello Mojo World! Autumn is fast upon us and as the leaves begin to change (depending on where you are of course) so too does our cloud platform with another great product release. Today I want to highlight two key aspects, each of which represent a significant foot forward towards the future of WiFi, and we are excited to share them with you today.

How Will the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure Landscape Evolve?
Posted by Freddy Mangum on Sep 22, 2016

In today’s mature networking market, there are a good number of wired and wireless networking vendors. They offer traditional hardware pricing, complicated packages, expensive on-premise appliances, and limited cloud managed WiFi solutions. They are trusted logos and appeal to the “play it safe” mindset.

However, there are a good number of organizations that don’t want more of the same. They are looking for something innovative. They are looking for networking infrastructure solutions that offer:

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What Drives Great WiFi Access Point Performance? Hardware Components and Software Architecture.
Posted by Robert Ferruolo (Dr. RF) on Sep 20, 2016

Why don’t most enterprise WiFi access point vendors tell you what’s inside their AP? They don’t publish which WiFi chipset the AP uses, or the CPU specification. At best they state the amount of RAM. When you evaluate APs for your deployment, you should consider hardware components. Hardware components and the software running on it will impact the AP’s performance and user experience. The test results below demonstrate this.

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Mojo C-120 Accepts the Ruckus R710 BeamFlex Challenge
Posted by Robert Ferruolo (Dr. RF) on Sep 15, 2016

While doing research on the Ruckus website for the R710, I noticed the statement of “Up to 2 times extended range and coverage with Ruckus BeamFlex technology.” Challenge accepted! To evaluate this claim we used a distributed client test, which determines the AP’s downstream performance when its clients are spread near and far, from excellent to marginal signal strength and points in between. This test simulates the performance of the AP in a typical enterprise, carpeted environment.

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Benchmark: C-120 vs. Aerohive AP250 in the Classroom
Posted by Robert Ferruolo (Dr. RF) on Sep 14, 2016

WiFi is a Utility, and Needs Capacity Planning

When is the last time you said: “Wow, this WiFi is great!”? You don’t really notice it when it works. You are more likely to say: “This WiFi is crap” when it doesn’t meet your expectations. WiFi is no longer a convenience, it’s an essential utility like electricity. You would like it work every time and without hesitation, like turning on a light.

Like the power grid, one of the biggest challenges in designing a wireless network is capacity planning. The goal of capacity planning is to determine how many access points are needed to provide a good user experience. Deploying too many APs is a waste of money and can make performance worse, but deploying too few will cause user experience problems (the equivalent of brownouts) when an AP becomes oversubscribed.