Mojo Networks recently introduced the C-130, a three-radio 802.11ac Wave 2 access point, because our enterprise and university customers demanded more functionality for their WiFi infrastructure. The C-130 is a multi-purpose access point that can dedicate the third radio for an array of functionalities and associated benefits:
It’s all about software! Software on networking devices, and a robust software management architecture delivered via the cloud that manages thousands of networking elements.
To assure customers about security, vendors of cloud managed WiFi often tell their customers that they use “SSAE 16 certified data centers.” It is essential to drill down into this claim, else it stands the risk of being a half-truth, and as Mark Twain once said, “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
Wireless Is Great, Except When It Isn’t
One of the challenges of WiFi is that clients are notoriously self-interested and use a very rudimentary decision-making process to determine which access point to connect to. This decision is simply based on AP signal strength or signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The IEEE 802.11k standard is designed to help the clients make better, more informed roaming decisions, but to date very few clients have implemented it.
When Oakland Catholic High School implemented a new 1:1 initiative during the summer of 2014, Vernon Young (Director of Information Technology) expected to encounter some hiccups along the way, but what he did not anticipate was how poorly their controller-based WiFi would perform in a high-density K-12 environment.
I have a friend in Hong Kong who bought a new Lamborghini. As an automotive enthusiast I was inquisitive. Hong Kong traffic is horrendous, thus I was particularly curious about where he could actually drive his Lambo. I asked: “Where can you go fast?” In all seriousness he replied: “Why would I want to go fast? Nobody would ever see me!”
The backbone of any WiFi network is the access point. Speeds have increased significantly with the advent of 802.11ac, and its second iteration (referred to as “Wave 2”) we are finally seeing multi-gigabit WiFi come to the forefront. These improvements owe a lot to the advancements made by chipset manufacturers and ODMs, who in turn create an ecosystem from which all major players pull their hardware. But hardware only goes as far as the software that lives within: in reality the highest levels of performance are realized from these two aspects working together. So when it comes to understanding that performance, two questions come to mind: How do you measure WiFi performance? And: Who has the best access point performance in the market today?
WiFi in K-12 classrooms is central to today’s e-learning approach to education. While there are many ways to deploy WiFi in schools, here are four simple things to consider when you upgrade the wireless network at your school.
There has been much chatter over the years on controller versus controllerless WiFi for large networks. No matter your WiFi religion, there is nothing like a real-world use case to see how the market is evolving, and we have an impressive one for your consideration.
Mojo Networks has captured anonymized data from a Global 2000 customer who runs both a cloud managed WiFi and a Cisco wireless LAN controller network. This customer supports large distributed and campus networks in K-12, higher education, enterprise, hospitality, retail, and an array of other verticals. They will eventually roll out one million access points.
Within a week of its launch, Pokémon Go has become one of the all-time hottest smartphone games.
The first popular implementation of augmented reality (AR), Pokémon Go is based on the Nintendo Game Boy games first introduced in 1996, and which then led to cartoons, card games, and more. (Ah, memories...!) The game has already captured players of all ages and pulled them into capturing Pokémon at the office, on the street, at the park, and everywhere in between. The question is, with schools starting back up in August and September, is your campus Pokémon Go ready?