Thursday, April 7, 2011 by
Matthew Gast is Director of Advanced Technology at
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
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by
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...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by
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...
Friday, September 12, 2014 by
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...
Thursday, August 14, 2014 by
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...
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by
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...
Monday, March 24, 2014 by
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...
Friday, February 14, 2014 by
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
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....
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by
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...
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by
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...
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by
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
available, support for the standard approached...