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The Wireless Perfect Storm

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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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Jamescon
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Jamescon,
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4/25/2014 | 11:03:34 AM
Backhaul
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lee. Great perspective. I suppose that we're at a point where the legendary curse "may you live in interesting times" might apply for networking and wireless professionals. Technologies are colliding and user demands are growing, which provides both headaches and full employment for those professionals.

Just to throw one more log on the fire, let's not forget about backhaul and the work that will have to be done to efficiently move all of that data from all the small cell WiFi nets and other remote locations back to the public and corporate networks. At minimum corporate IT will have have to ensure that the service providers that they rely upon make the infrastructure investments needed to deliver the goods.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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4/25/2014 | 6:09:27 AM
Re: 802.11ac
802.11ac is an employing of the Single Channel Architecture whereas previous generations of 802.11 were primarily using Multiple Channel Architecture.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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4/24/2014 | 11:49:53 AM
Re: 802.11ac
I agree with you Lee -- there are a lot of trends converging, making the job of a WLAN architect extremely complex. Mobility dominates the enterprise more than ever before, and WLAN performance and security demands are increasng exponentially. It will be interesting to see how SDN impacts the wireless space.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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4/24/2014 | 11:42:07 AM
Re: 802.11ac
Lee, thanks for the reality check. I think you are right -- in all of the networking profession, there is a huge amount of convergence going on that is coming to a head right now. Tjose who are not working in the thinck of it may not be aware, but it is a very real and palpable thing. We often talk about these "transformative" technologies that are changing the industry, but mobility and cloud are truly having huge effects.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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4/24/2014 | 11:33:19 AM
Re: 802.11ac
Hi Aditya -- That's interesting, can you provide more details? Do you see any value in migrating to 802.11ac?
lbadman132
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lbadman132,
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4/24/2014 | 11:18:49 AM
Re: 802.11ac
Thanks for any and all comments. This was hardly meant to be a grand thesis, but at the same time a range of forces are converging- or at least getting ready to converge- whether you realize it or not. The "loosley related phenomena" comment is especially appreciated, because that's the point here- these relationships are tightening up, and what the end products will be remain to be seen. It won't be long (for many of us that run enterprise environments) before SDN and wireless are part of the same conversation. Mobility and security are already tightly coupled, and though huge increases in data are an "old story", it's also the current and future story. It's all melding into the same soup as a the pot boils, but how the recipe turns out remains to be seen.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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4/24/2014 | 4:50:16 AM
Re: 802.11ac
The expected throughput from 802.11ac was possible with extended support of  802.11n.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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4/23/2014 | 5:51:37 PM
Re: 802.11ac
Andrew, are you not aware of the impending flood, nay, deluge of traffic that is soon to flood the spectrum, the frequencies, the atmosphere -- the very air we breathe -- with data, data, and more data? How can we convince you? Armageddon is truly upon us! ;)
Andrew Binstock
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Andrew Binstock,
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4/23/2014 | 5:18:30 PM
Re: 802.11ac
Sorry, not seeing from this video re what the imminent disruption and uncertainty are. Certainly not anything that resembles a "perfect storm," which generally refers to the unexpected confluence of negative events resulting in outsized consequences.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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4/23/2014 | 1:07:19 PM
802.11ac
Interesting times for sure in WiFi, especially with the arrival of 802.11ac products. While it promises a lot of benefits I wonder if more companies will opt to wait for Wave 2 products.
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