Happy Belated Birthday Wifi 1997- 2019

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Wi-Fi as a product name and standard that is 20 years old this weekend. I started in Wifi well before this, when it was just called 802.11 by proxim and aeronet (later att and Cisco). In those days the hardware clients available did not necessarily work well with the competing access points. Today you can buy almost any Access point and have it connect to Wi-Fi. This is due to the hard work that both eTribeca and many other deployment organizations put countless hours to make Wifi Seamless in both home and enterprise alike.

Imagine in the past you needed special drivers on your operating system and perhaps implementations like CCX from Cisco to seamlessly run from one location to another even in the same building. Today basic Wi-Fi is taken for granted but we still have a long way to go. The latest standard 802.11ax is the first step and we may take another 5 years from now to see the next major interoperability in WiFi systems increase seamlessly work.

The new iPhone 11 as well as other manufacturers have started to add the .AX standard and CBRS capability. I have been advising those making new client purchases to embrace these technologies not for what they can use today but where it will be in 2022 and beyond cBRS is a 3.5 GHz capability that I hope to see turned on for in building by both the carriers and companies like ours by manufacturers like Ruckus.

Imagine being able to take a phone call or video call from outside and walk right through the hospital without loss of signal or connection. Other than the cool factor maybe this is what can be used in telemedicine and other critical services. (eTribeca) puts these technologies to be together in reliable and unique ways for both small and medium size as well as Enterprise clients. I think the early adopter mentality this leap forward in technology and has more merit as we coming to 2020 and needs the discussion to be started soon as possible.

Technology Enhancement and Adoption

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For an organization to fully reap the benefits of modern IT services, business leaders must come to the realization that IT is not a cost centre, it is an innovation centre. That leads to productivity increases and fresh initiatives. IT is increasingly underpinning operations, business models, customer interactions and more. The department is becoming critical to organizations According to a report from Accenture companies that fail to scale innovation may lose collectively up to $20 billion in revenue over the next five years as enterprises have demonstrated they thrive based on successful IT decisions.

Accenture's report was based on a survey of more than 8,300 companies across 20 industries and 22 countries. Business leaders must recognize that investing in technology to improve internal operations and processes is as critical as the investments they are making in enhancing the customer experience.

When a smooth client experience at the front end is linked to an inefficient back-end, organizations risk delivering, at best, an average overall result. Here is a short summary of the challenges faced by the most business while adopting new technologies:

Not achieving full value even after significant investments in new technologies.

Businesses are deploying technologies in pockets, or silos, within their organizations, without a strategy for scaling the innovation from these technologies across the enterprise. Unable to scale their innovation, they're not realizing the full benefits of their technology investments or are repeating the process over and over again unnecessarily. This is creating what we call the innovation achievement gap.

Not implementing the right systems and procedures.

New tech must be integrated into current business processes to utilize its full potential. Buying new technology is not enough. After purchase, your existing systems and procedures need to be adjusted to incorporate the new technology in a way that limits disruption and the need for additional training, while still taking advantage of all the new tech has to offer.

Not training staff adequately in the utilization of the new technology.

Every new technology adopted by your company is going to require training so that your employees can use it. Just because the new tech is similar to something you used before, or it claims to be “user-friendly,” does not negate the need for training. Training is an expense, and it is an area where some businesses get cold feet after spending so much on the new technology. Do not fall into this common trap. Include training costs into your estimates before you adopt the tech, and follow through on the training.

Not monitoring the data.

One of the greatest things about new technology is that you can control numerous data points to get a clear picture about its usage and effectiveness. Monitoring data and progress can seem tiresome and unnecessary, especially when you are personally watching your employees and company. But remember that monitoring the data on your new tech is the most efficient way to measure progress toward your goals.

When it comes to Wi-Fi deployment this is clearly the example of the need for deployment refresh methods, testing procedures and company-wide bye in. Upgrading Wi-Fi is not the only productivity improvement, enhancing its utilization and measuring the client (users devices) is also critical and extend the overall health of the network. A sound review and direction that is monitored over time to take advantage of the changes in Wi-Fi technology is a good user of consulting dollars for the enterprise.

When should you switch your Wireless Manufacture?

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When did you last update your wireless access points? Think about this for a minute. The technology has been improving approximately every 2 to 3 years, if you're running a business with equipment in its 4th to 5th year of owning your access point and infrastructure, you're starting to feel some pain.
Let's look at some of the watch points:
  • End Users refresh cycle their equipment in what I call batches, this occurs every 12 to 18 months in a normal enterprise. That means the latest Wi-Fi devices and drivers are coming onto your network but perhaps your access points and network firmware are not keeping pace.
  • Consider your neighbors. We often get called in as soon as a year or so after installation to find the new tenant above or below their floors has a competing Wi-Fi network. This is when we would look at performance improvements and remediation. Doing so extends the life of your access points and deployment.
  • ERP systems: a number of manufacturers and warehouses have started to take increased rollouts of these technologies and have gone from needing an access point in one or 2 locations to everywhere. These facilities can be highly complex for radiofrequency RF design and often require an active survey rather than a paper or predictive survey
  • If you notice something repeatedly wrong with your end point devices, then a review of overall network will be needed rather than replacement.
  • Did you Forget you have Access Points: Wireless Wi-Fi Devices are amongst those appliances that a lot of people install at their businesses and tend to forget about them. (Think of kitchen fridge in the cafeteria, see that's the first time you thought about it in years!). If you are also among those business owners who think that "I'll let my Wi-Fi equipment perform its job and leave it as it is", then it's time to reconsider the whole Wi-Fi network.
    Here are the major reasons that explain why you should switch your wireless manufacture.

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