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Matthew Gast, Aerohive Director of Advanced Technology

Matthew Gast is Director of Advanced Technology at Aerohive Networks. He currently serves as chair of both the Wi-Fi Alliance's security task groups, was the first chair of the Wireless Network Management Marketing task group, and is the past chair of the IEEE 802.11 revision task group.Matthew is...

iBeacon Part 1: What the heck is it?

This post kicks off the iBeacon series that I promised a couple of weeks ago in a blog. Thank you for all the suggestions on the community and in e-mail. iBeacons are exciting because they let you know what you are near. In a restaurant? Have your automatically check you in and act as the “your table...

Why we care iPhone 6 supports 802.11ac

When the iPhone 5 first came out, one of the major disappointments for me was that it didn’t have 802.11ac. Among the many new features in the iPhone 6 is that the Wi-Fi interface has been upgraded to 802.11ac. Why is this important? First up, it’s just plain faster. The maximum speed of a...

Oh, No! The Wi-Fi Alliance is almost old enough to drive

I remember the first time I saw Wi-Fi in action. Of course, it wasn’t called Wi-Fi then. Back in 1999, it was this cool technology – if you could get $2,000 for an AP and $300 for a card in every client you wanted! If a child had been born in 1999, his or her parents would now be dreading the...

Why is iBeacon important?

Note to readers: I’m writing a series about iBeacon. This is a good first post in the series, explaining why it’s important, and trying to blend it in with "wireless expertise." Over its history, Wi-Fi has continually reinvented itself so that it is intimately related to many other developments in...

Be My Boss! NYSE:HIVE

The stock market runs in my blood. I have owned stock for most of my life, and I grew up watching Wall $treet Week with my grandfather on summer visits to New York. My favorite game growing up was Fortune 500, a game where players take charge of a company and try to triple their starting capital...

Spice mixtures, unforgiving cuisines, and wireless network product architecture

Some things just go together. Macaroni and cheese. Bacon and eggs. Cheese and crackers. Chips and salsa. (Reese’s would add peanut butter and chocolate.) Cheeseburgers and fries. Or, for a healthier take, tomato and avocado. Apples and cinnamon. Or, for something totally different, basically any...

A License to Learn

As I tell many people, I’m a pilot. It comes up in basically every presentation I give because well, I can put it in every presentation.   At the Wireless LAN Professionals Summit this week, I had a bit of a new twist on aviation. I’ve told many people that learning to fly has made me a better driver....

The software stack for the Internet of Things

It’s an exciting time in Wi-Fi. This year, 802.11ac will emerge from its long gestation to supplant 802.11n as the Wi-Fi physical layer you use. Just as importantly, the applications running on Wi-Fi continue to grow in diversity, and we’re witnessing a veritable Cambrian explosion of uses for Wi-Fi...

Why it’s safe to buy pre-standard Wi-Fi technology

In my travels, a common question that’s posed is something along the lines of “is it safe to buy pre-standard Wi-Fi technology?” While the question comes up most often in relation to new physical layer standards (such as 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.11ac), it is a fair question for any emerging...

802.11ac is ratified

In the closing days of 2013, the 802.11ac standardization project completed. The IEEE has published the 802.11ac-2013 standard.   Ratification of the standard was never in doubt, of course. The 802.11 timeline showed that as additional drafts were made available, support for the standard approached...