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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...

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...

802.11ac: Matthew Gast answers webinar questions

Last Thursday, Aerohive presented a webinar, Understanding the Network Impact of 802.11ac, on the quickly emerging  802.11ac standard. Talking about fast-evolving technology is one of my favorite things to do because it “closes the loop” between what we build as an industry and how it is used to...

Talking Career Background at the South Carolina Governor’s School

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math, a statewide school for advanced science and math students. I was allowed to speak to several classes, with the highlight of my day being in front of an entrepreneurship class talking about my...

Voice Quality Does Not Need to Take a Toll on Your Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi AllianceVoice-Enterprise certification program is a must-have if you are supporting real-time media applications on your wireless LAN. The certification gives you a one-stop shop for everything you need. Delivering “voice-grade” networking requires much more than simple prioritization and...