Hiding your SSID does nothing for you… There, I have stated it out loud. Look, for all you security types who think hiding the SSID makes it less likely to be noticed, guess what? It will likely lure more people (read: script kiddies) to want to test it out! Security through obscurity is sooooo last […]Read more "To Hide or Not to Hide…Not even a question!"
I admit that I fall into the same trap I bet many in our industry do. You see I work for a VAR that mainly works in Cisco Wireless products and while we are a professional services shop we don’t often stray outside the lines of the usual suspects – mainly Cisco (add Meraki) and […]Read more "Looking at other options is a good thing"
I admit that I had heard about Python, reading about it mostly as a hacker’s toolbox. But thanks to two really cool Wi-Fi experts putting together a boot camp at the Wireless LAN Professionals Conference in Phoenix, AZ last month, I have now been exposed to something that is much, much more. Jake Snyder (Twitter: […]Read more "And I thought Python was a snake…"
The dreaded retry. In wireless networks we can not avoid them. Retries happen for several reasons from non-responsive clients to collisions and more. The retry is an integral part of ensuring the frame gets through. But at what point do retries become a problem and how do we know? This is where we take a […]Read more "Retries…"
I cannot tell you how many times I have been at a client site performing Wi-Fi troubleshooting where the system works fine for most devices but not for the one device type that the client needs for their productivity. The common misconception from the user’s point of view is, “The Wi-Fi here sucks.” Notwithstanding their […]Read more "Understanding Device Roaming Behavior Crucial to Effective Troubleshooting"
I was experimenting with Aruba Networks ability to use their AP units to spectrum analyze the RF and I thought of writing this post with regards to channel bonding capabilities of 802.11n and 802.11ac. I know that many of my clients do not understand how channel bonding works – at least not completely. So, I […]Read more "SpecAn and Channel Bonding"
I recently performed a couple troubleshooting visits to some new clients. In the process of discovering their wireless challenges we had to cover the capabilities of both their access points and their client devices. On the client devices side they had very little control, similar to just about all deployments, especially ones with Guest Access […]Read more "The Importance of Knowing Your Hardware"