Wi-Fi

My thesis of this blog publish is to Wi-Fi is NOT an un-specialized outcome, but something to is highly unique and differentiates highly among various vendor options. Wi-Fi Access Points are NOT compatible with other Wi-Fi Access Points. So the very premise of Wi-Fi being a commodity is wide of the mark.

One of the many “take-aways” I had from last few week’s Wireless Tech Field Day is the differences among many of the Wireless LAN Vendors with respect to Wi-FI.

Some vendors discuss Wi-Fi like the tangible connectivity from Client Device to Access Point is a simple commodity. Nothing special. Nothing to seminar re. Nothing but a “everyone does it the same so why try to be different” kind of stance.

This allows folks vendors to ignore the Layer 1/Layer 2 aspects of 802.11 and Wi-Fi and focus their energies on the “Other” things they might be sunny on. Some seminar re Fabric Attachment, or Social Login, SDN, whether or not you bear a controller, or their impressive Dashboard… and entirely ignore the basic ground rules of sunny Wi-Fi.

Other vendors go with the RF and Layer-1/Layer 2 as a grown-up differentiator among their outcome line, and their feasible competitors.
Wi-Fi ≠ Commodity

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First, lets start impossible with a definition:

Commodity – a mass-produced unspecialized outcome. A basic sunny used in retail to is compatible with other property of the same type.

My thesis of this blog publish is to Wi-Fi is NOT an un-specialized outcome, but something to is highly unique and differentiates highly among various vendor options. Wi-Fi Access Points are NOT compatible with other Wi-Fi Access Points. So the very premise of Wi-Fi being a commodity is wide of the mark.

One of the many “take-aways” I had from last few week’s Wireless Tech Field Day is the differences among many of the Wireless LAN Vendors with respect to Wi-FI.

Some vendors discuss Wi-Fi like the tangible connectivity from Client Device to Access Point is a simple commodity. Nothing special. Nothing to seminar re. Nothing but a “everyone does it the same so why try to be different” kind of stance.

This allows folks vendors to ignore the Layer 1/Layer 2 aspects of 802.11 and Wi-Fi and focus their energies on the “Other” things they might be sunny on. Some seminar re Fabric Attachment, or Social Login, SDN, whether or not you bear a controller, or their impressive Dashboard… and entirely ignore the basic ground rules of sunny Wi-Fi.

Other vendors go with the RF and Layer-1/Layer 2 as a grown-up differentiator among their outcome line, and their feasible competitors.

I, pro individual, work out not think of Wi-Fi as a commodity on all!

Participating in spitefulness of pardon? WLAN vendors try and tell you, my consulting experience in plateful companies around the the human race to providing a impressive Wi-Fi experience to their customers makes me return again and again to the ground rules of Wi-Fi. A deep understanding of how 802.11 plant, and basic understanding of Radio Frequency Fundamentals is crucial in conniving Wi-Fi to now works… not including the drama so many Wireless LAN installations are used to.

Participating in my experience, many don’t “get it” at what time it comes to understanding Wi-Fi – and recurrently install bad wireless LANs and don’t understand why it doesn’t liberate to the clients, both the being client and the Wi-Fi client the experience as sunny as it ought to be.

I approve the labors of persons like George Stefanick (@WirelesssGuru) and his blog who advocates conniving Wi-Fi doesn’t bear to be tough. Just work out it fit the initial period. (if you are interested in following other WLAN Professionals – Glenn Cate has a blog with a giant catalog of other WLAN Blogs)

Treating Wi-Fi like a commodity is pardon? Gets many into perturb with their Wireless LAN. Some set off with the least-cost-bidder and benefit SOHO gear in an enterprise. Because Wireless LAN Professionals we cringe at what time we go with Linksys, D-Link, TP-Link, or Ubiquiti gear in enterprise environments. (There are many reasons to set off with Enterprise-Level Access Points – this publish isn’t paying attention on to aspect.)
My own take on this delivery is brought to the forefront at what time you look on the top three leaders in the WLAN space…

Cisco, Aruba, and Ruckus all focus greatly on the tangible Layer-1/Layer-2 experience pro clients. Differential skin like – Clean Air, RxSOP, ClientMatch, Adaptive Antenna Arrays, ARM/RRM, and focusing on SINR. All skin to allow pro a better Client to AP experience. This is especially loyal in upper density/higher role environments.

The logic is impartially easy and straight-forward:

Lower Co-Channel Interference channel upper SINR
Higher SINR channel upper data tax
Higher Data Rates channel more plans can share the same frequency
It is all re FREQUENCY REUSE – and how to finest reach it!

Contrast to with other vendors who in its place discuss Wi-Fi as a commodity, and discuss AP’s like compatible parts – and in its place solitary focus on the other skin to engender a feeling of them unique.

If Wi-Fi was really a commodity, we would bear refusal need pro Packet Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, and Wireless LAN Professionals.

I pro individual, am glad to Wi-Fi is NOT a commodity – but in its place still requires a combination of art and science in order to classify, design, validate, and troubleshoot.

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