Mobile environment management

You know that feeling when you are looking at a Twitter stream and new messages pop up faster than you can even digest the previous ones?  That's the feeling I get when learning about the future of mobile.  It all started a few weeks...

06/06/11

Bring your own device? That's easy. Try App Internet.

There has been an ongoing debate about the feasibility of enterprise IT organizations supporting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs.  I clearly believe BYOD programs are the wave of the future.  But earlier today, my viewpoint was...

05/27/11

Emerging wireless standards

I admit it. I have been star struck in Vegas few times. There was the time I saw Vanna White. There was the time I saw Mike Tyson. And there was last week, when I got the opportunity to speak with Matthew Gast. Okay, so Matthew...

05/23/11

An open letter regarding BYOD programs

In response to my latest post, "I have an iPad. Now how do I get it on the corporate wireless network?", a reader posted an interesting opinion stating, in part, "Large companies will never be able or willing to risk allowing BYODs...

05/17/11

I have an iPad. Now how do I get it on the corporate wireless network?

I think it goes without saying, but smart phones and tablet PCs are absolutely revolutionizing the wireless & mobile industry.  For example, most of these devices don't even have wired Ethernet ports.However, that leads to...

05/16/11

Where have all the WLAN infrastructure vendors gone?

I'm currently attending INTEROP Las Vegas and one trend that I have noticed over the last few years is the declining participation of many WLAN infrastructure vendors.  In fact, of all the major players in Gartner's Magic Quadrant,...

05/12/11

Locating wireless devices through spectrum analysis

Last week I attended the Certified Wireless Analysis Professional beta course.  It was an intense 3-day course that focused on the physical and MAC layers of wireless communication and emphasized both protocol & spectrum...

04/19/11

It starts at home

A friend of mine once said she likes going to the mailbox because of the possibility of getting money in the mail -an expense reimbursement check, a rebate, or maybe even $5 bill in a birthday card from grandma.  I feel the same way...

09/30/10

The man who started it all

I recently received word that the man who is largely responsible for my success in the Wireless Networking industry passed away.   You see, Dr. Jon Barber taught my Physics class at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota. ...

08/24/10

Clearing up your channels

Simply wanting to listen to my iPod in the car turned out to be a lesson in co-channel interference.  You see, I have a vehicle made in 2005.  Like most cars manufactured that year, it has neither a cassette deck nor an auxiliary...

07/07/10

FutureCON

It's no secret that I believe mobile and wireless technologies are changing the way we conduct business. Conferences and trade shows are no exception.  Events of the future are being tailored to mobile workers.   This is especially...

07/03/10

Starbucks is taking free Wi-Fi to the next level

In case you hadn't heard, a couple days ago, Starbucks recently announced a change to their policy for in-store Wi-Fi.   I won't recap all the details, but you can read Network World's recap -- or go straight to the source by reading...

06/16/10

Apple WWDC highlights need for wireless capacity

You probably already heard the news. Steve Jobs had trouble with Wi-Fi based demos at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. In all fairness, there were reportedly over 500 access points operating in the area. That being said,...

06/09/10

Gist. The next big thing?!?

OK, I am going to go out on a limb here, and say that "I" discovered the next big thing.  OK, I didn't discover it, but at least I am fortunate enough to be an earlier adopter.  What am I talking about?  Let me give you the Gist of...

05/31/10

Overseas adoption of social media

This is my first video blog post for Computerworld. I recorded this video at the Forrester IT Forum in Las Vegas this week with my new Sony Bloggie videocamera. I interviewed Forrester VP Michael Gale after his session on "The...

05/27/10

Wireless Summit - Day 3 recap

I have been attending Gartner's annual Wireless, Networking, and Communications Summit the last several days.  If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been providing daily recaps of the event sharing what I thought...

04/22/10

Wireless Summit -- Day 2 recap

This week, I am attending Gartner's annual Wireless, Networking, and Communications Summit.  Just like your favorite SportsCenter anchor, I am going to catch you up on all the action.  And just like a great hockey game, the Wireless...

04/21/10

Wireless Summit – Day 1 Recap

You probably know that it's the start of baseball season.  What you might not know, is that conference season is also full swing.  This week, I am attending Gartner's annual Wireless, Networking, and Communications Summit.  Next week...

04/20/10

Wireless troubleshooting tip: Think of Wireless LANs as a "system"

What makes up a wireless LAN (WLAN)?  Is it just the Access Point(s) and any associated WLAN controller(s)?  Does it include anything else?  Personally, I think of wireless LANs as a system.   In my mind, there are three main parts...

04/06/10

3 dumb mistakes network admins make when configuring WLANs (Part 3)

This is the last post in a 3 part series about dumb mistakes network administrators make when configuring wireless networks.  In previous sections, I talked about avoiding excessive SSIDs and about the importance of broadcasting the...

03/26/10

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