Mojo Networks provides a great K-12 solution by covering the three S’s for education – Safety, Simplicity, and Savings. We provide safety with the best WIPS solution in the industry. Our cloud managed WiFi stretches E-Rate dollars, saving the unnecessary cost of controllers, and our pricing eliminates expensive AP markup. Our automatic AP configuration couldn’t be simpler. I’d like to add a fourth S to this line-up: Speed.
The classroom paradigm continues to shift as new technology is adopted. Long gone are the days of watching a movie in class by threading the film from one reel, through the projector, onto the other reel. Film was replaced by videotape, which was replaced by laser disks and then by DVDs. The new classroom instruction model includes HD video streamed wirelessly on demand from a local/regional distribution server (or from the web) to each student, who has their own computer or tablet.
The latest paradigm is much more personal and interactive, which greatly increases the number of clients (tablets, laptops, and smartphones), the client density, the different types of applications, and the requirements and bandwidth those applications. In order to be able to support this shift, many parts of the school’s IT infrastructure must be updated, especially the wireless LAN.
Mojo C-120 Dominates, Aruba IAP-325 Lags in Campus WiFi
When we do competitive performance testing, we expect the premiere APs from our competitors to be in the same ballpark. We were quite surprised at the poor showing of the Aruba IAP-325 in the 50 client, mixed application test. The Aruba IAP-325 performed on par with the Mojo C-120 for the video and voice clients, but at the expense of the data clients where only 40% met the 1 Mbps minimum data throughput standard.
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?