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Profile of Lee Badman

Network Engineer & Wireless Technical Lead
Blog Posts: 216

Lee is a Network Engineer and Wireless Technical Lead for a large private university. He also teaches classes on networking, wireless network administrtaion, and wireless security. Lee's technical background includes 10 years in the US Air Force as an Electronc Warfare systems technician and Master Technical Training Instructor, and a stint in telecommunications in the private sector. Lee is an active amateur radio operator (KI2K), and writes a bi-weekly amateur radio column for the Syracuse Post-Standard. He has presented at several higher education and industry conferences, and has done extensive freelance writing work for several IT, low voltage, and communications periodicals.

Articles by Lee Badman

Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging

12/17/2014
Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.

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WLAN Management Startup Aims High

12/3/2014
Many WLAN administrators long for relief from native, legacy wireless networking management tools. Nira Wireless offers a new cloud-based system, but it isn't mature enough yet to displace Cisco and Aruba tools.

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Mobile WLAN Tools: Pros & Cons

8/8/2014
WiFi troubleshooting tools are moving beyond laptops to mobile devices. Though these professional-grade apps provide increased flexibility, they have their downsides.

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Drones: The Next WLAN Menace

7/22/2014
In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.

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The Wireless Perfect Storm

4/23/2014
The way data is consumed and delivered continues to change rapidly, causing technology shifts on every front that have dramatic effects on wireless networks. Lee Badman, network engineer and wireless technical lead for Syracuse University, explains where WiFi is headed in light of the combined complexity of factors like software-defined networks, 802.11ac, and LTE.

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The 802.11ac Paradox

5/28/2013
What will it take to reap the benefits of 802.11ac, the next generation of wireless networking? A whole lot of wire, and a whole lot of hardware.

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The Evolution of Wireless Bridging

4/19/2013
Wireless bridges that provide high-speed, site-to-site connectivity have boosted throughput from megabits per second to 100 Gbps, but challenges such as licensing and beam alignment remain.

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How To Secure WLANs: A Visual Overview

3/26/2013
Secure wireless networks don't just happen--users and IT pros have to make it happen. But what goes into making a wireless network secure? Here's a look some essential steps for locking down wireless communications, including advice for road warriors, small business owners and WLAN administrators running large networks.

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Mersive Cuts Wires for Projection Systems

3/7/2013
Mersive's Solstice software lets mobile devices connect wirelessly to projection systems and flat screens, eliminating the need for cords and adapters in conference rooms and campuses. But we're still a ways away from ubiquitous connectivity.

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10 Free and Low-Cost Mobile Wireless Tools

3/6/2013
There's no replacing meaty, licensed tools for wireless network support. But a growing number of free and low-cost apps are available when all you have is a smartphone or tablet at hand. Most of the gems live in the Android space, so you iOS developers need to get to work.

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Cisco Launches Combo Switch/WLAN Controller

1/29/2013
Cisco has announced new hardware and software to integrate wired and wireless networks under its Unified Access initiative, including the Catalyst 3850 switch that includes a built-in WLAN controller. New versions of ISE and Prime Infrastructure are also available.

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11ac Does Not Equal 5G

1/17/2013
A major wireless vendor wants to tag the forthcoming 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard as 5G, even though the G designation is traditionally associated with cellular networks. What gives?

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802.11ac: Cisco, Aerohive Offer Forecasts

12/27/2012
802.11ac promises significant improvements for WLANs. I interviewed representatives from Cisco Systems and Aerohive Networks to get their input on 11ac, how it will affect corporate networks, and if and when IT should upgrade.

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A Ruckus Over WLAN Testing

11/30/2012
A competitive review of WLAN products at Syracuse University stirred up controversy because of a vendor’s involvement in the tests. But the real question is, are they testing the right things?

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Xirrus Adds Application Control To WLAN Arrays

11/14/2012
Xirrus will add deep packet inspection to its wireless arrays to let administrators prioritize, block or limit bandwidth based on specific applications. Xirrus’ claim to be the first WLAN vendor to do so don’t ring true, but it’s still a good idea.

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The Yin and Yang of Indoor Navigation

8/8/2012
GPS units have become standard for driving, geocaching and other outdoor activities. But what about indoor navigation needs, like tracking merchandise and engaging customers? Learn who's using and offering location services.

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Edgewater Claims 50x Better Wi-Fi Performance

5/7/2012
As The Wireless Association’s CTIA show unfolds in New Orleans this week, one relatively new wireless company hopes to make its name known among potential customers and fellow industry players. Edgewater Wireless is a Canadian startup that is throwing some pretty big claims around in a market known for big claims. But will people buy in enough to learn more?

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RingCentral Puts A PBX In The Palm Of Your Hand

4/23/2012
Telephony has certainly done its share of morphing during the last decade, as IP networks have invaded pretty much all communications spaces. The traditional PBX has given way to server-based voice systems, and wireless networking has stretched the paradigm even further. Enter both the cloud and mobile apps, and we have RingCentral’s latest strike in the battle for ever-more-powerful business communications.

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