Wi-Fi Design while your Staff are working from Home

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With the coronavirus spreading in more than 160 countries, CDC the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the public should prepare for an extended coronavirus pandemic in the US. It’s time to discuss the near-term business requirements of what we need to do during the Corona Virus events around us.
Things to Consider:

  • Office Space reconfiguration moving people further apart and changing the work between “teams” where groups of workers only come in on specific days.
  • Cleaning and protecting our Wi-Fi devices while avoiding harm to the equipment.
  • What can be done now while our offices are closed, design, update and more.
  • Enabling more video conferencing options and online meetings.

Building proposals and obtaining approvals during this time are critical to restarting the whole process of restructuring WiFi infrastructure. People are going to return to their offices and things will have to change. Be ahead of the curve. I have been talking to other Wi-Fi experts and discussing what our plans should look like for 2020 considering the news to collaborate while all of us are working from home and keep up the pace with our productivity. We have the following new technologies to consider.

Wi-Fi 6 Fresh for end user devices and Access Points.
Increased RTLS usage and updated 2020 design methodologies to consider. Especially in hospitals and now for the elderly in general. Improved Wireless Experience products (client simulation and hardware sensors) to deploy. We can do one of two things. Shut down and work from home and be reactive to our users’ Or Start designing and building our Wi-Fi workload for when this is over or at least under more control that we can pick up again with our work. The most important point to consider over here is to plan and design now. We will have improved productivity and jump start into well-developed projects in place so when we return to the office, we can kick off all those projects we could never get to.

Office Space reconfiguration – if you have a recent survey teams like eTribeca, they can review these and make recommendations on the impact of Wi-Fi as you move desks and people around. It maybe you have to perform a full survey again or utilize a predictive but only a professional wireless company can successfully advise the best cause of action. Extending Wireless to the home as a business use. Companies will find a lot of issues from work at home where Wi-Fi is not managed. eTribeca has tools to assist identifying the issues on the consumer Wi-Fi network and assisting the remote users to resolve Wi-Fi network outages. Otherwise they may not be as productive or have increased downtime while working at home. This can take the strain off your help desk teams and improve tele working as an option even after this current epidemic.

Start talking to your wireless providers about upgrades and improved designs. Think about survey onsite as an option and cable deployment if access is still an option. End users are often a restriction to getting new things done. Pushing for Afterhours work sometimes or aggravated by planed downtime.

Being in the industry since 1997, we have worked on critical projects with continuous shift in technology. Our engineers deploy around the country and can scale to most client’s needs.
Let’s work together to stay safe during the Coronavirus crisis and be prepared for the time when it is under control.

Top 5 WiFI Companies in the USA and Why

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Today we are going to talk about the WIFI majors.

In 2020 what we are seeing is a consolidation of the Major players who manufacture WIFI access Points. Gartner states nearly 80% of all corporate Wi-Fi sold in the United States comes from these key vendors. eTribeca partners with all of them:
Cisco (who got into wifi early in the 90’s with the purchase of Aironet) and Meraki (Cisco Cloud only Solution purchased in 2012).
Aruba (who was purchased by HP in 2015 and has since rebranded their midline switches as well as all WIFI calling them Aruba).
Ruckus (now part of CommScope as of 2019, who is known for cellular and Indoor Cellular).
Aerohive (now part of Extreme networks as of 2019, who also purchased parts of Brocade switching and Avaya).

Cisco

We could talk about these companies and their respective product offerings for hours. I think if you scan the web you will see much writing about them. This is more about my impression of them as we move into WIFI 6 this year.

Cisco has always been able to keep their position due mostly to having a reliable outstanding product with a 20-year track record and focusing on the high value enterprise customer. The solution in recent years has become more and more complicated and requires attention to firmware updates and changes in client devices for optimal use.

Meraki

it’s the cloud gorilla in the room. It has a nice self-upgrading feature because its cloud but I put it a little like apple, works great but once you want to do something outside of the box it’s difficult to do so. We see people moving into this solution to have flat IT expense but as whole networks are now being pure WIFI some are considering the other manufactures either as a further cost cutting exercise of a specific feature, they can make better use of.

Ruckus

Probably the best head device on the market (AP with beamforming that is hardware and not just software as some of the others do). They have developed a cloud offering so you can switch the hardware back and forth between dedicated solutions (in house) and cloud. It took them years to get this right and this is there goldilocks period. CommScope have taken a hard hand to them and want to push them more to a wholistic solution inside the rest of the product line. With the best OpenG offering for 3.5ghz in building there is a fit and they should be considered in both indoor and outdoor.

Aerohive

The last of the self-standing wireless vendors that were suddenly sold last year to extreme

Honourable mention and up and coming

Two others Myst (now part of Juniper) and Ubiquiti. Myst has a great virtual beacon for wayfinding and fits in the retail space. We don’t know what privacy issues will come out of congress or state assembly’s in the next couple of years (or even sooner) but they will probably adapt to whatever legal landscape we end up in.
Ubiquiti is an Asian low cost, value priced solution. They tried to break out of that market about two years ago but do not seem to have succeeded yet. If you have a small network or Wi-Fi is an add on to your network, the price point is appealing. That said we tend to find people replace the product once a feature set is needed more. Example is reliable and fast support and WIFI features and updates.
If you have read this far then I think you are noticing a pattern. All the major Wi-Fi providers do an excellent job! You have to build a list of features you are interested in and weigh them by importance. We can help in deciding the solution that is a best fit for you. Contact my team so that we can start the conversation.

When to deploy WiFi 6?

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Question: When to deploy Wi-Fi 6 Access Points?

Answer: This year and here is why
A lot of Companies are starting to consider when to deploy Wi-Fi 6 on there network and what the uptake will be by devices.
Last year we had almost no device use, despite two or three manufactures coming out with early product (Ruckus and Aerohive etc.)
Now we are starting to see second generation Access Points from all manufactures roll out in the next 60 days.
I think this will show in simple terms what we can expect.

I would estimate that next year we will see a jump to at least 20 % usage and perhaps as high as 50% on Wi-Fi 6. Once we hit that kind of numbers we can get back 2.4ghz and more useful bandwidth management.

I put the Pope Inauguration image to show how fast change can come. OK that was 8 years but in today’s fast replacement world of devices, by 2025 we could see all Wi-Fi 6 and or Wi-Fi 6a products being used.

Think about contacting us to talk more about your options. Timing is always critical when deploying new or refreshing your technology, use eTribeca as your best resource for honest and expert advice. Call Us 212 219 0207 or email: sales@etribeca.com