Cisco SDA Fabric Key Concepts

Software Defined Architecture is the concept that we can configure the network from a centralised management system. In the case of Cisco, this is DNA Center.   SDA removes us as engineers from the CLI configuration layer, although the physical layer still needs careful design in order to ensure no single points of failure and that the physical design[…]
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Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: How to Review a Wi-Fi Installation - Part 1

We are getting more and more requests to review Wi-Fi networks which aren't quite meeting the specification. Many customers are finding that companies which don't truly understand Wi-Fi - or how to make it work - have deployed their network and are either incapable of making it work or don't care. 
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Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: How to Gather Evidence for a Wi-Fi Review: Part 2

Wi-Fi reviews are not the easiest of things. Unlike fault finding most networking, Wi-Fi has the added complexity of RF - and all those multitude of clients. In this blog, we'll take a measured run through on where to start in your fault finding journey.
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Clinical Wi-Fi Design: Top 5 Tips

This week, I wanted to look at what it takes to build a clinical grade Wi-Fi network. We've worked on and upgraded lots of hospitals that just didn't have a fit for purpose Wi-Fi network. Building Wi-Fi in hospitals is unique - there are lots of use cases, critical reliance on the technology and the building fabric is often different throughout the[…]
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Education Campus Technology: Top 5 Future Ideas

In terms of networking, educational establishments are often at the forefront of the technology wave. For Universities, colleges and large schools alike, they have the opportunity to test out the latest and greatest innovations in networking – making the technology work for them, and then reaping the benefits of deploying at scale. 
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Cisco RX-SOP: How to Turn Down the Noise

Cisco RX-SOP is a feature that de-tunes the receive sensitivity of an Wi-Fi Access Points. Essentially what feature is doing is to tell the AP to ignore transmissions it hears below a certain threshold - it's not removing the traffic from the air, but allowing the AP to ignore it and be able to talk over the top of background noise.
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Wi-Fi Troubleshooting: How to Fault Find a Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting is a specialist networking discipline all of its own. Over the years we have dealt with a large amount of bugs in controller code, old drivers on devices, chipsets that can’t roam properly, interference, rogue APs causing interference, incorrectly configured equipment and so on – the list of possible reasons for faults is a long[…]
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How to Build better Hotel Wi-Fi

Have you ever stayed in a hotel and the Wi-Fi wasn't great? I'll bet the answer is an unqualified yes. I've traveled quite a lot for work, which has given me plenty of opportunity to sample the delights of hotel Wi-Fi. It can be a bit of an inconvenience when you're travelling and you can't access your email - when you need to work and have some urgent[…]
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Wi-Fi Channel Power: Not all Channels are the Same

When designing a new wireless network, RF power levels are often overlooked or misunderstood. Depending on the type of deployment, power levels can have a great impact on client performance and reliability. And here's the catch - not all Wi-Fi channels run at the same power!
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Warehouse Wi-Fi - Best Practice

Warehouses have very special requirements when it comes to providing Wi-Fi coverage, for a whole host of reasons. They are a challenging environment in RF terms - there's often high ceilings, lots and lots of metal racking, RF attenuation is constantly changing (shelves filling and emptying, forklifts moving loads around and so on) and small devices[…]
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