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How to design for high-density Wi-Fi deployments

Most network designers are worried about Co-channel Interference (CCI), where APs on the same channel are contending for access, but equally important to consider in today's high-density deployments is Adjacent Channel Interference (ACI). There are 7 distinct ACI-related parameters that may come...

The Next Wave

Gartner says that midmarket CIOs will struggle to adequately staff their IT organizations in the near future and that SMBs should consider managed network services for a long list of IT flexibility, cost, and staffing reasons. I couldn’t agree more, and I’d like to discuss these issues in this blog.M...

Wi-Fi Design for iPad Deployments in K-12

The iPad is the most popular tablet in a variety of venues today, including K-12 classrooms. Here are some things to consider when designing your wireless network.   For a closer look at what I'm talking about:     Read the High-Density Wi-Fi Design and Configuration Guide and related blog here. See also ...

Bob the Builder, Ben the Brainiac

OK, so I know what you’re thinking … What does Bob the Builder have to do with Aerohive? Well, I have a snappy answer to that. He’s Aerohive’s Regional Sales Manager in the Northern UK, actually … and his name is Bob Mark Calvert. He works with Ben Wilson, superstar Sr. SE, and all-around brainiac....

Gimme a HUG!

OK, I will. Come here big guy!Aerohive is kicking off Hive User Groups (HUGs) all around the world and I, I, I…think you should go to one. The inaugural (I like that word) HUG kicked off in the A.T.L. (that’s local-speak for Atlanta, aka Hot-lanta) this week, and it was a slam dunk … and there...

802.11n & 802.11ac Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) Tool

Our friends at WiTS (Wireless Training & Solutions) have done it again – another awesome HTML5 reference tool! This time, an interactive MCS tool. Click an MCS rate or modulation type once to see just those items, and click it again to return to the main screen. This is helpful when you want to know...

Wi-Fi Channel Simulator 2.0

Well, you knew it had to happen. The makers of Wi-Fi Channel Simulator have brought us a 2.0 version. Yes, now with 80 and 160 MHz wide channels and in HTML5 for all of you Apple-lovin’, iPad-packin’, Flash-hatin’ geeks out there. Oh, by the way, that describes me too. SWEET!           (For a...

Here’s Your Sign

Meraki has taken Wi-Fi infrastructure to a whole new level of ridiculous with the “Split Controller.” My inner sarcastic comedian couldn’t keep quiet about this.Meraki devices (APs, switches, and routers) connect to their cloud management platform for management and control. To be absolutely clear,...

Architecture Still Matters

It’s been exactly 3 years since I started at Aerohive, and I’m pretty dang sure I mentioned that every Wi-Fi infrastructure company would be forced to “copy Aerohive or die.” Wait for it … wait for it… I TOLD YOU SO! Ah … that feels nice … OK, I’m over it. So … moving on.  Here we are, after all...

Classroom Wi-Fi design facts for homogenous iPad environments

The iPad is the most popular end user device in the K-12 classroom today. Today's de-facto standard for K-12 deployments is 1 AP per classroom. It's typical to see ~30 iPads per classroom most anywhere in the world. Less in some places, more in others.iPads are "single spatial stream capable (1SS)"...