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You may have seen Aruba’s recent press release stating that we’re the first vendor to have FIPS-validated and Common Criteria evaluated 802.11ac equipment. If you work in the US or Canadian Federal government, you might already know what this means – it means you now have access to the fastest Wi-Fi technology available today. If you don’t work for the government, this blog post is going to explain why our announcement is still relevant to you.

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This past week on Twitter I witnessed a brief “discussion” between some wireless folks regarding the elimination of 2.4GHz radios in APs and the creation of a 5GHz Wi-Fi utopia. Now I’ve had this conversation many times before and I’ve had neither the popular opinion nor the ability to sway the minds of self-proclaimed saviors of the industry. That’s not to say it’s entirely impossible, it’s just wholly impractical for nearly every enterprise out there and would create more issues than it would solve.

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The recently published E-rate Modernization Order (aka E-rate 2.0) has a new funding target of 2 Billion dollars for Wi-Fi in FY2015 & FY2016. In additional to the sizable target amount, the FCC has also proposed several changes to how and what will be funded.

 

Last week, Aruba partnered with E-rate expert, Dan Rivera, to host an educational webinar on how school districts across the nation can maximize their funding with the upcoming E-rate 2.0 changes.

 

View the webinar slides and Q&A. For a detailed explanation of the changes by Dan Rivera, check out the on-demand webinar.

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Finding Your Wavelength in Wireless: Get Yer Sealegs

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WOO! Congratulations! You’ve decided to pursue Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi/WLAN) technology as a career.

 

Now what?

 

That’s what this series is all about. It’s about getting your “sealegs” in the world of Wi-Fi. There’s a lot out there and so many possible directions it’s easy to get lost, so I thought it best to take a step back and to ask one question at a time.

 

What do I need to know to “make it” in this field?

 

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Recently I had a chance to sit in on the Scalable WLAN Design and Implementation (SWDI) training...

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Support + Community = Gold

by 3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago by Chief Airhead

Thank you for your support and helpful feedback as we integrate Support features into the Community--as many of you have told us, it's long overdue!

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With over 750 devices already Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac as of the end of September 2014, innovative and transformative institutions like Stony Brook University are meeting the explosion of 802.11ac devices on campus, such as the iPhone 6, by rolling out Gigabit Wi-Fi infrastructure to handle the increasing density and performance demands.

 

After upgrading its expansive Javits Lecture Center to a Gigabit Wi-Fi infrastructure last fall, 24,000-student Stony Brook also tackled an upgrade to 802.11ac for over 1900 wireless APs in its 56 main campus residence halls over the summer of 2014. And, with the help of Aruba experts, finished the project in time for the start of the academic year.

 

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Top 5 Kudoed Blogs July- September

by a month ago - last edited a month ago by Chief Airhead

We have had many excellent blogs since July. The following are just the top performers, receiving the most kudos since July.

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The First Annual CWNP Conference

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After 15 years of training wireless professionals, CWNP (Certified Wireless Networking Professional) finally held their fist ever conference. And I was there to witness it all!

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When user demand drives mobility needs, organizations are often faced with unexpected results. IT teams are now looking for policy managment guidance beore things get out of hand. Find out where to start and what to consider.

 

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Rules for Successful Hotel Wi-Fi

by on ‎09-24-2014 08:39 AM - last edited on ‎09-27-2014 02:08 PM 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. 

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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.

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My experience with Aruba Central

by on ‎09-22-2014 10:58 AM

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:

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Apple iOS 8 WiFi Scanning Returns!

by MVP<br /><img src="/html/assets/MVPExpertRank.png"  /> on ‎09-22-2014 07:08 AM - last edited on ‎09-23-2014 06:42 AM by Chief Airhead

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

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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.

 

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

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A Closer Look at 802.1X

by on ‎09-16-2014 10:00 AM - last edited on ‎09-17-2014 11:07 AM by Chief Airhead

 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.

 

 

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Two ways of designing Wireless LANs.

by on ‎09-04-2014 12:17 PM - last edited on ‎09-22-2014 10:21 AM 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.

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A closer look at WiFi Security IE (Information Elements)

by MVP<br /><img src="/html/assets/MVPExpertRank.png"  /> ‎09-02-2014 10:49 AM - edited ‎09-02-2014 02:08 PM

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

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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..

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Top 5 Accepted Solutions

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

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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.

 

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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”. 

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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.

 

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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.

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Top 5 ClearPass Tutorials

by on ‎08-12-2014 10:00 AM

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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. 

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