The Great WiFi Migration

Cloud this, virtual that… it’s the future, and mostly it’s a good thing! Welcome to the great WiFi expansion, folks!

The Past

Not too long ago, when people started deploying multiple wireless access points (APs) in a single location, they realized how cumbersome it was to manage all APs individually. The masses demanded a way of managing multiple APs from a single location, and so the Controller was born. A Controller is just what the name says: a device that ‘controls’ and manages all APs from one central location.

For some time, this was the only option for managing multiple APs, and there was no way around it. And it was a great thing. It still is.

Now 

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Controller, Cloud Managed and Standalone WiFi Deployments, Oh My!

Hello all, the speaking.

 

In the WiFi world, there are three major types of wireless deployments. These are, as the title says, Controller Based, Cloud Managed, and Standalone; They are all different, and each one has its correct application, benefits, and vices. It has come to my attention that the differences among these groups aren’t understood well. Usually people are more interested in the brand name rather than the group it falls in. And that’s okay, I am here to help you choose the correct WLAN solution for your needs. Just to clarify, I will NOT be going into a discussion of which manufacturer falls into which category, or which one is better. That type of battle is best left alone for another day.

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802.11ac – The New Kid On The Block

802.11ac  is the newest Wi-Fi standard in the market. It is more powerful and advanced than each of its predecessors – and there are a few of them. The new 802.11ac offers faster speeds, improved range and reliability, lower power consumption, as well as a free puppy. (Alright, I lied about the free puppy). 802.11ac will be released in two waves. Wave One is already out as of Q3 of 2013. Wave Two will bring even more advancements and is expected to hit the market late 2014.

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How Ruckus Wireless is Different

Hello,

Saar here, resident engineer at Myriad Supply. Today I’ll be talking about Ruckus Wireless.

How Ruckus Wireless is Different: 

1. Ruckus makes and designs their own antennas. If you need an analogy, you can use the V-22 Osprey, which the Marines had custom-designed from scratch to perfectly fit their needs, instead of just taking some plane from the Air-Force.

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Cisco Quick Tips/Answers #2

Today, we are going to give some quick pointers when considering the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Wireless Access Point and Cisco’s CleanAir™ technology.

  • All thew new Cisco CleanAir™ 3500 APs require a controller. There are no stand-alone autonomous version available as of current.
  • The Cisco CleanAir™ Technology is supported on all Cisco WLAN Controllers. However, OS Version 7.0 or higher is required to be able to utilize CleanAir™
  • Example AP: AIR-CAP3502I-A-K9

Stay tuned for the next Cisco quick tips and answers!

Cisco Quick Tips/Answers #1

Today, we start our Cisco quick tips series to help you determine the right Cisco equipment for you. At Myriad Supply, a major reason for RMA is incompatible Cisco license/parts, this tips series is designed to answer and alleviate some of the most common problems our customers encounter.

Cisco LAP (Light-weight Access Point) Wireless Access Points

  • All Cisco LAP access points require a Cisco WLAN controller in order to function.
  • When purchasing please make sure you have a controller or buy a stand-alone Autonomous version access point that doesn’t require a controller.
  • Example part number: AIR-LAP1141N-A-K9

Stay tuned for the next Cisco quick tips and answers!