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08.2019

Custom monitoring for dense Wi-Fi using Kibana

We’ve built a high density and high capacity network. In order to properly operate such network, we designed a custom monitoring and analytics solution based on Elastic Stack and MQTTbeat receiving the measurements from all 494 IoT gateways (i.e. 494 Wi-Fi APs) through an MQTT broker. In this post I’m sheding some light on the different aspects of the solution and custom dashboards.

06.2019

Why Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE802.11ax) will be different than previous Wi-Fis?

The AP schedules the transmission according to the actual needs, and nobody wastes time on waiting and on collision. So, we end-up having the system that: is more robust towards low latency services; is more spectrally efficient; allows for actually use some QoS profiles; and coordinates the use of spectrum.

01.2019

Wi-Fi Generations – new naming convention for WiFi

Wi-Fi Generations affect not only new releases, but also refer to the past amendments. Currently Wi-Fi Alliance has defined 6 generations. Each step is significant improvement in network performance and security. No more minor version changes that can cause only confusion.

09.2018

Step in another direction in Wi-Fi? IEEE 802.11ax (High Efficiency WLAN)

The 802.11ax brings important features, focusing on network capacity, latency and range. High data rates are still in the picture, but rather in the background. Introducing OFDMA and using MU-MIMO allows AP to schedule data for multiple users simultaneously. This way, latency can be greatly decreased. With the new colors of the channels, frequencies can be spatially reused.

08.2018

Wi-Fi Radio Configuration & Measurements

This post discusses selected practical aspects of Wi-Fi systems including: explanation of some parameters and factors that the network performance is impacted by; showing how to configure some of the parameters them using CISCO Wireless LAN Controller; presenting simulated scenarios to show some examples of radio measurements.

07.2018

How we ended up in WPA3? – Wi-Fi Security Evolution

Introduction to Wi-Fi Security Distributing data using wireless medium means that anyone can capture the signal. There is no boundary, like in case of cable communication, which prevents unwanted access. This means we must take other security measures. In this blogpost we will review current algorithms providing Wi-Fi security and we will take a sneak […]

05.2018

Cisco AP can’t join the WLC controller… DTLS handshake failure.

The problem, network components and topology I recently faced the issue with AP join to vWLC. Cisco 2700 AP could not join to newly installed Cisco vWLC controller. Coleague asked me to take a look and explained the topology. The vWLC was located in Grandmetric DC Testing Labs whereas Cisco CAP-2700 was located at Grandmetric […]

Author: Marcin Bialy
05.2018

Wi-Fi Standards Evolution

Introduction First Wi-Fi networks appeared in late 90s and many of us use them ever since. During these years we could observe significant increase of throughput, but what is important, it is not only due to the ISP providing better link. Wi-Fi standard also evolved to keep up with the higher throughputs. If there will […]

04.2018

What Multiple Access schemes are used in Wireless Systems?

Introduction Communication between devices is often discussed on link level, which means that the focus is on how two end points exchange information: what is the protocol, waveform, timing in sending messages etc. This however, does not take into account that there are other devices wanting to use the medium. Using the same medium by […]

03.2018

How does OFDM work?

After discussing the main wireless transmission concept (How wireless works?), main channel propagation phenomena (What is pathloss? and What is shadowing?), and antenna configurations (What is MIMO?), let’s now take a look at one of the most commonly used transmission scheme nowadays, namely Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM). But, before we explain why do we […]

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