It goes without saying that WiFi can be, how should I put it, a bit temperamental at times. To be fair, any mode of digital communication that occurs over-the-air is subject to subtle and invisible fluctuations that pop up in the surrounding environment at any time. But when you add on top of that the necessity that WiFi provide an uninterrupted, easy-to-access and (above all else) fast experience, you can begin to imagine the tremendous stress WiFi administrators must feel every day. But imagination doesn’t help us quantify the problem, nor fix it. That’s where a brand new survey by ZK Research comes into play.
Disaggregation is a hot topic, and a major trend for data centers. Many large enterprises look for flexibility, choice, rapid deployment and cost efficiencies that disaggregation brings technology. By separating the costs of hardware from the costs of cloud software, enterprise organizations are able to find the best solutions.
Hello Mojo World! Autumn is fast upon us and as the leaves begin to change (depending on where you are of course) so too does our cloud platform with another great product release. Today I want to highlight two key aspects, each of which represent a significant foot forward towards the future of WiFi, and we are excited to share them with you today.
In today’s mature networking market, there are a good number of wired and wireless networking vendors. They offer traditional hardware pricing, complicated packages, expensive on-premise appliances, and limited cloud managed WiFi solutions. They are trusted logos and appeal to the “play it safe” mindset.
However, there are a good number of organizations that don’t want more of the same. They are looking for something innovative. They are looking for networking infrastructure solutions that offer:
Why don’t most enterprise WiFi access point vendors tell you what’s inside their AP? They don’t publish which WiFi chipset the AP uses, or the CPU specification. At best they state the amount of RAM. When you evaluate APs for your deployment, you should consider hardware components. Hardware components and the software running on it will impact the AP’s performance and user experience. The test results below demonstrate this.
While doing research on the Ruckus website for the R710, I noticed the statement of “Up to 2 times extended range and coverage with Ruckus BeamFlex technology.” Challenge accepted! To evaluate this claim we used a distributed client test, which determines the AP’s downstream performance when its clients are spread near and far, from excellent to marginal signal strength and points in between. This test simulates the performance of the AP in a typical enterprise, carpeted environment.
WiFi is a Utility, and Needs Capacity Planning
When is the last time you said: “Wow, this WiFi is great!”? You don’t really notice it when it works. You are more likely to say: “This WiFi is crap” when it doesn’t meet your expectations. WiFi is no longer a convenience, it’s an essential utility like electricity. You would like it work every time and without hesitation, like turning on a light.
Like the power grid, one of the biggest challenges in designing a wireless network is capacity planning. The goal of capacity planning is to determine how many access points are needed to provide a good user experience. Deploying too many APs is a waste of money and can make performance worse, but deploying too few will cause user experience problems (the equivalent of brownouts) when an AP becomes oversubscribed.
Surprisingly, we have been receiving a lot of social media chatter from Meraki folks about our latest performance testing comparing the Mojo C-120 to Meraki’s MR53, two leading 802.11ac Wave 2 access points.
In a recent blog post we compared the performance of the Mojo C-120 to the Meraki MR42. In that blog we highlighted results of a test we ran last spring. When we test, we test the best of the competition with the latest software and published best practices at that point in time. When that test was run, the MR42 was the best Meraki had to offer. Once Meraki made the MR53 available, we tested it and here are the results.
Google Apps for Education is crushing it in the education market. They deliver tons of management features, securely via the cloud, and make their architecture highly extensible via rich application programming interfaces (APIs). To date, Google Apps for Education hosts user and device policies for more than 50 million students, teachers, and administrators around the world.