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Profile of Lee Badman

Network Engineer & Wireless Technical Lead
Blog Posts: 199

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

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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Mobile Data Meets Infrastructure--The Time Has Come

4/17/2012
The usual scenarios discussed for mobile data tend to involve either single-user connectivity or mobile hotspots, and rarely get into the notion of using mobile links for "important" business connections. But that is changing, as more manufacturers work the value afforded by fast-enough carrier-provided network connections into their feature sets and more customers buy in. Whether used in a primary service role, or more commonly as wireless failover, 3G and 4G data links provide some interesting

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If I Were King Of The Wireless Jungle

4/11/2012
Given the number of players involved across all of today’s wireless and networking spaces, it is pretty amazing that our mobile connectivity is as good as it is. Regardless of what 802.11 standard you connect with, or what carrier facilitates your mobile data, the wireless world of today is generally impressive. But it could be better. If Wireless World were mine to run, here’s what I’d change. (Cue the day dream sound effects and wavy fading video.)

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Aternity Goes Beyond Simple MDM

4/2/2012
Better network management products have always been about rapidly boiling down complex environments into words and graphics that network administrators can easily draw accurate conclusions from. Server admins and router jockeys alike know the value of good management frameworks for end-user experience measurement, and now Aternity looks to bring the same philosophy and deep views to the mobile device realm.

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Innovation Reigns at Wireless Expo

3/30/2012
This year’s Unwired Innovation Expo (UIE) in Clovis, New Mexico was simply amazing. By now, we’re all a bit desensitized to the wonder of wireless technology, and easily forget that under the hood of our WLAN environments lives some impressive core technology. It takes an event like the UIE to really remind us of just how empowering the wireless industry is to innovative products, and the minor miracles that are possible when our wireless engine is running right. Here’s a look

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4G? No, It’s More Like 4Gee!

3/26/2012
Have you actually held a 4G device in your hands while it does a speed test? Has your brain struggled to reconcile the numbers displayed at the end of the test with the fact that you’re connected to a mobile network and not Wi-Fi? Have you felt your reality get pleasantly rocked in a way that left you a bit confounded over the numbers that your device was showing you? This 4G stuff is simply amazing.

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Ruckus Seeks To Re-Invent Muni-Wireless

3/18/2012
Around 2005, several US cities tried to make a go of metropolitan wireless networking. Many of the initiatives were costly failures, and just as many morphed into shadows of their intended scales and uses. But in IT, sometimes old ideas come back with new teeth. In a recent announcement, Ruckus Wireless announced a new urban wireless project, and in the most curious of locations. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out, and for multiple reasons.

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Taming Apple's Bonjour

3/8/2012
By now we know that iPhones and iPads (and a few of those Android things) have infiltrated the enterprise, but much of Apple's approach to networking and interdevice functionality is still a bit, well, consumer-oriented, which has IT scrambling to deal with protocols that often conflict with enterprise IT's goals.

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Trying To Stay Sane In A Crazy Wireless World

3/4/2012
I'm here to tell you, supporting wireless and mobile clients is nothing like keeping our Ethernet-tethered users happy. In the wired network world, you either get the speed that you're supposed to, or some counter or log somewhere points you to what's wrong. In the wireless realm, the variables are almost infinite. It's way more complicated, and getting worse. A lot worse.

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Toward More Reliable Wireless With AirMagnet Enterprise 10

2/26/2012
If the phone isn't ringing, then your wireless users must not be feeling any pain, right? That can be a dangerous assumption in large, complicated wireless networks. Some issues may not be crystallized enough to raise your clients' ire, but the fact remains that performance is degraded. AirMagnet's latest Enterprise version wants to make hard-to-find problems more obvious even as the WLAN gets ever more complex.

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Aruba Networks Swings Big At BYOD And More With ClearPass

2/21/2012
Gone are the days of simply providing good signal in the WLAN environment. Guest requirements, the new reality of the BYOD--or bring your own device--model and increasing reliance on the wireless network as a critical resource combine to make life complicated for us in the business of enterprise wireless networking. Aruba Networks is ready to answer the back-end challenges of contemporary wireless with its new ClearPass framework, and the impressive array of features is not limited to use by Aru

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Centrify's New MDM Strategy Priced To Move

2/14/2012
The mobile device management space is relatively new, but is already showing signs of being a study in same-old, same-old. How much can you really do with Apple's API for iDevices, after all? Judging by the current players, you'd think that all MDM solutions require a stand-alone management server and yet another console to administer. Though many MDM vendors put different faces on the same basic functionality, Centrify promises a unique methodology, at a price you won't believe.

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DocuSign Does Android

2/6/2012
One of the great promises of the mobile device explosion is increased productivity. But productivity is in the eye of the beholder, and many mobile users still haven't caught on to the notion that you can sign documents digitally, with a legally binding signature, from a mobile device. Whether the goal is paperwork reduction or expedience, DocuSign combines the power of digital ink and a slick, cloud-enabled document-handling framework to put an end to the likes of scanning and faxing. And now,

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Dysfunction in DC--The Lightsquared Matter

2/6/2012
What happens when the federal agency that is charged with regulating communications in the US butts heads with other agencies who oversee the likes of national defense, transportation, and aviation over issues of potentially devastating radio interference? Why, you get the FCC's current very strange stance on Lightsquared, a wannabe mobile broadband wholesaler.

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Prepare The Mobile Ship For Ludicrous Speed!

1/29/2012
Thinking back on the 1987 movie "Spaceballs," I picture a comical Dark Helmet standing on the bridge of his ship. In my mind, he holds a smartphone and contemplates the latest buzz on mobile network speeds, fresh from the International Telecommunications Union. As he ponders the 100-Mbps data speeds soon to be delivered by his preferred carrier, he utters the order, "Prepare for ludicrous speed," and the ship IMT-Advanced warps off to hyperspace at an impossibly crazy velocity. Speeds in

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Meraki Ups The Cloud-Based Networking Ante

1/23/2012
Mainstream network players and those chasing them are out to erase the lines between wireless and wired networking. As the network edge gets redefined and the cloud makes its presence felt in LAN and WLAN spaces, announcements like Meraki's latest update are getting to be more commonplace--and exciting. With a number of interesting product updates to share, Meraki is starting 2012 with a bang.

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Nearbuy Brings Shopper Analytics To Retail Wi-Fi Spaces

1/17/2012
As more consumers prowl store aisles equipped with smartphones, retailers have multiple reasons to want to harness the capabilities of these user endpoints for their own benefit. Nearbuy Systems is bringing an interesting tool set to merchants that should also benefit tech-savvy shoppers with its new Captive Portal and analytics utilities.

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