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Rules for Successful Hotel Wi-Fi

by Wednesday - last edited Saturday by Chief Airhead

We all have experienced terrible Hotel Wi-Fi… the travel guide, or online research

showed ‘Free Wi-Fi’ – and then we end up on site with a horrible experience. The following is an

overview of the rules for successful hotel Wi-Fi deployments. 


On August 12, 2014, the California Court of Appeals made a ruling on BYOD reimbursement that created waves far and wide. The appellate court ruled that companies are required to reimburse workers for business calls on personal devices. While the lawsuit specifically concerned BYOD voice calls, one can easily assume that BYOD data usage would likely fall under the same guidelines.



On my first day as an intern at Aruba, I was handed an instant access point for trying out Central. I decided to validate Aruba Central against a list of features that one would look for in any network management system and here are my findings:


Apple iOS 8 WiFi Scanning Returns!

by MVP<br /><img src="/html/assets/MVPExpertRank.png"  /> a week ago - last edited a week ago by Chief Airhead

Apple iOS 8 WiFi Scanning Returns! Here's how to enable it ! 


Is your mobility infrastructure ready to identify and prevent the threat of being overwelmed by your users all downloading the iOS 8 udpate this week? This high bandwidth demand could feel like an attack on the network, but Arbua's AppRF can help you throttle this traffic and prevent it from bringing down your network.




George Stefanick shares some intersting findings about USB HUBs and noise. 


 If you are you looking to deploy Microsoft Lync voice over Aruba WLAN in a campus or distributed enterprise environment with Hosted Lync or in the cloud, look no further. Aruba’s fresh off the press Lync Validated Reference Design (VRD) guide is your single source for Wi-Fi design and configuration to deliver the best Lync experience to your mobile users.




Two ways of designing Wireless LANs.

by 4 weeks ago - last edited a week ago by

The first, and perhaps the easiest, is to look at designing your Wireless network like a big calculation. This begins to get quite complex with many variables, yet the idea behind it is simple enough.


A closer look at WiFi Security IE (Information Elements)

by MVP<br /><img src="/html/assets/MVPExpertRank.png"  /> a month ago - last edited a month ago

In this blog post George Stefanick breaks down IE (Information Elements) as it relates to WPA and WPA2/802.11i. 


Why best of breed UCC infrastructure?

by Moderator on ‎08-20-2014 04:17 PM

There are only two front-runners in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications: Microsoft in the top spot, representing the best-in-class multi-vendor school, trailed by Cisco, the poster child for single-vendor solutions..


Top 5 Accepted Solutions

by on ‎08-20-2014 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎08-21-2014 10:41 AM by Chief Airhead

solutions ahead.jpg  Top 5 Solutions for July - August


After taking a second look at a recently posted case study about Los Angeles Unified School District’s new 1:1 computing initiative, I counted over fifteen references to security and policy compliance. While a heavy emphasis was placed on an optimized learning environment, so was the idea of No Trust enterprise-class mobility.




Last week, we released ArubaOS 6.4.2 for Mobility Controllers.  This release adds a significant new feature - Web Content Classification - to the already powerful set of controls included as part of the Policy Enforcement Firewall.  Let’s take a look at what it does, and how to use it alongside our application visibility and control, or “AppRF”. 


Need for speed!!!

by on ‎08-12-2014 02:36 PM - last edited on ‎08-13-2014 10:15 AM by Chief Airhead

As I’m GoKarting my MINI around the city, I always gravitate towards the fastest or least congested lane. I'm the same way when it comes to Wi-Fi, always wanting to go faster.



Contending with Wi-Fi interference is like being stuck behind a slow driver in the fast lane. You can deal with it by honking, flashing your high beams or tailgating – none of which are recommended. Or you can simply change lanes and go around the problem.


Top 5 ClearPass Tutorials

by on ‎08-12-2014 10:00 AM


The community has been providing some very informative tutorials for our Mobility Hero Contest. These combined with tutorials posted by Aruba Employees give us amazing insight in how to do many things with ClearPass. See what 5 tutorials made my cut. 


Masters of the [Mobility] Universe

by on ‎08-11-2014 12:20 PM

In a prior post (The Technology is Right...) I stated what I believe to be the keys to getting mobility right. As I reviewed the post closely, I realized that I merely stated “what” and “why”. However, I never stated "who" must ensure that the organization gets mobility right. The answer may surprise you.
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Rightsizing with the only complete 802.11ac portfolio in the market.

by on ‎08-07-2014 09:02 AM - last edited 3 weeks ago

With Aruba having the industry's only complete 802.11ac portfolio in the market, you can rightsize your WLAN by mixing & matching the best AP's for each area of your deployment based on your requirements.


The addition this month of these new 210 Series Access Points complete the portfolio of 4 platforms, enabling you to select the AP's to best fit your performance, density and cost requirements.



Inside BlackHat 2014 – Mid-show report

by Moderator on ‎08-06-2014 11:05 PM

Daily summary of Aruba's Wi-Fi network at BlackHat USA 2014



It may seem counter intuitive that maintaining the configuration of another firewall inside your network will save you time and make for a simpler, more scalable design, but bear with me for a few minutes and I will explain how Aruba’s PEF firewall and related features do just that.


En Garde!

by on ‎08-04-2014 09:30 AM

Based on what I have learned over the last few years regarding mobility and security, I propose some foundational guidelines for protecting any enterprise mobility environment.

4 Ways to Safeguard your Guest Network

by Community Administrator on ‎08-04-2014 09:08 AM

If your guest network purely uses a shared key or an open SSID, you can forget about security. Anyone can connect when they want, and you have no record or way to enforce restrictions.


The Forgotten Perimeter

by Moderator on ‎07-29-2014 03:38 PM

Isn't one firewall enough?  Let's look at how the Aruba Wi-Fi mobility firewall helps protect you from your biggest enemy - your users! 


5 takeaways from LA Unified School District’s move to 1:1 computing

by Moderator ‎07-23-2014 08:35 AM - edited ‎07-23-2014 10:31 AM

LAUSD.pngCan you imagine the scale and complexity of rolling out iPads or Chromebooks to 650,000 students across 900 schools? Not an easy task, but if Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the U.S., can do it, any K-12 can!!


The district’s larger goal was to provide anytime, anyplace learning to each student. According to Shahryar Khazei, Deputy CIO of LAUSD, this meant “not only putting powerful tools in the hands of our students and teachers, but also building the appropriate infrastructure, including campus Wi-Fi, to support their use.”


Phase-1 of LAUSD’s one-to-one rollout was kicked off with 30,000 iPads across 47 schools.


Here are some tips & tricks from the LAUSD deployment that can be applied to school districts of all sizes.


A Tool's Got To Know Its Limitations

by on ‎07-16-2014 11:08 AM

One of the wonderful things about mobility and its related technologies is that, from the simple to the complex, you can learn something new everyday. In this post, I will address something that is relatively simple...
...virtual site surveys

Top 5 Airheads Conference Presentations of 2014

by on ‎07-14-2014 09:15 AM - last edited on ‎07-14-2014 04:55 PM by Chief Airhead

The Airheads conferences have so much great information and many great breakout sessions. This makes choosing the top 5 a monumental task, but we tackled the task and here is the Top 5 Airheads Presentations.


Poor Wi-Fi experiences on campus spread like wildfire

by on ‎07-10-2014 10:15 AM - last edited 4 weeks ago

You don’t want to get caught asleep at the wheel with poor Wi-Fi experiences and facing a social media train wreck that could hinder recruitment, student satisfaction, and learning outcomes.  





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