So, you’re excited by the idea of a Smart Home? You like the idea of motion detectors detecting you walking in and turning the lights on for you? You dream of saying things like “Alexa, turn the kitchen lights off”, “Hey Google, turn the temperature down by 1 degree”, or “Siri play ‘Game of Thrones’”?…

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I wanted to let you know that there are other IoT protocols out there besides BLE. We hear a lot about BLE, and last time, I wrote a lot about the operation of BLE. This time I want to write about other alternatives. This isn’t going to be a comprehensive list but, hopefully, will give…

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Welcome to our April 2020 blog update where this month I want to focus on Bluetooth (BT) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). You may see a lot of talk about BLE. I thought I’d write a little blog on the differences between Bluetooth (BT) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). A lot of people think they…

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Welcome to our November 2019 Blog update where this month I want to focus on changes to the Cisco security settings for WLANs and the new WPA2 and WPA3 options. Cisco has changed its configuration options on both its AirOS and IOS-XE based controller platforms to include WPA3. Now, when you select the security options…

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WPA3 better than WPA2

There is a lot of buzz in the industry about WPA3 and, especially, after the scare we had with WPA2 (see our blog post: krack-hack-is-wpa2-dead/). So, how is WPA3 more secure then WPA2? WPA3 is promising to improve security in multiple ways, over WPA2 If you have 802.1X/EAP/RADIUS (WPA2-Enterprise) configured (correctly) you can be quite…

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AP Power settings made easy To fully understand and sometimes troubleshoot our wireless networks, we need to know exactly what is going on with our APs, especially what power they are outputting. So in this post we are going to look at AP Power settings made easy. The Problem – Different AP models each have…

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802.11ax is it the next best thing? Happy New Year everyone! and with the new year, comes new shiny things – 802.11ax. As a networking engineer who has been around from long before 802.11n, and 802.11ac came along, it seems to be the same old story. Every time a new technology comes along, we get like…

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All I want for Christmas are some home Mesh APs… Well, it’s getting close to Christmas. You’re getting excited, you’ve been really good this year, and you’re hoping Santa will bring you a nice home Mesh network system for Christmas! Many Vendors are now selling home Mesh systems which operate by connecting wirelessly to each…

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So what exactly is Duty Cycle? and what have Zombies got to do with it….  I want talk about the Duty Cycle that we see on our Spectrum Analyzers. Since it’s Halloween, and everyone loves a good horror story, I thought I’d try and explain what Duty Cycle is, with the use of Zombies! A lot…

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Mesh Calculations Thought I’d take some time to discuss bandwidth using Mesh APs and the associated mesh calculations. This blog entry is aimed at a slightly advanced level, so I am working on the assumption that you already know how a Mesh works. Basically, the node APs (MAPS or Node APs – do we call…

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