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Looking Outside an AP’s Domain for Network Issues

Access Points (APs) were widely adopted into network infrastructure in the late 1990s, soon after the first commercial WiFi products appeared. They are used in homes and businesses, and, while early APs only supported about 20 devices, modern access points can support up to 255 clients. This increase of over 1000% was necessary, as wireless …

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Keeping Students on Track with Secure Networks: An Education Use Case

A teacher’s day starts early with him or her reviewing lesson plans, checking e-mail, and pulling up an educational video or resource on the Internet.  Whether using a personal laptop or a school-issued device, the morning won’t be the only time the teacher needs to pop on the network.  Partway through the morning, they are …

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Wireless Deployment Best Practices

Planning a wireless deployment starts long before deployment commencement.  IT professionals need to define the project by listing deployment goals, and analyzing feasibility and risks; identify and notify personnel involved in the deployment; identify and notify personnel affected by the deployment; and, create a detailed maintenance window schedule.  An improperly planned WLAN deployment will create …

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Nursing BYOD Policies & Compliance

A nurse’s shift begins with the nurse checking his or her patient records, preparing for hours of on-the-go work. Over the next eight to twelve hours, lab results are reviewed, e-mails and messages to other healthcare professionals sent, and patient records and education materials referenced and reviewed – all while the nurse is on the …

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WiFi Analytics in Small to Mid-Sized Healthcare Practices

Technology’s role in healthcare is growing. Many offices and clinics are converting paper files into electronic health records (EHR). There’s an increasing adoption of web-based check-in tools and virtual waiting room technology. IoT devices are expanding into the industry, with a report by Allied Market Research predicting the IoT healthcare market will reach $136.8 billion …

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Sticky Clients

If you’ve been working in the IT world for awhile, you’ve likely encountered so-called “sticky client syndrome.”  A sticky client remains connected to an AP even as the device roams farther and farther away from the AP. Users can get frustrated because their device shows a low signal, even as they may be standing directly …

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WiFi Analytics: How to Listen to the Data

WiFi analytics is exploding in use as everyone realizes just how crucial data analysis is for understanding and enhancing network capabilities. This technology provides valuable insight into network usage and performance, simplifying WiFi upkeep and network optimization. The features and technology available differ from company to company, with solutions using a combination of hardware, software …

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Funding Sources for Digital Learning

There is a steadily rising demand for bandwidth in schools.  Digital learning goals are as high as 1:1 campus wide in some areas.  Other schools might only use digital learning in the classroom, but request higher bandwidth for online testing, distance learning, educational videos or other educational applications.  Factor in teachers’ WiFi needs for tasks …

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Utilization: When to Upgrade

Network upgrades are tricky, but necessary for anyone wanting to ensure that network infrastructure keeps humming along at close to 100% uptime. A general rule of thumb is that upgrades are needed every three to five years, but network performance isn’t something you want to leave to chance. It isn’t enough to upgrade whenever there …

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