WLAN Wrapup: February 2014

Check out these WLAN articles, blogs, news of interest (and stuff that I personally liked…) for February 2014.  If you know something I missed, drop me a note and I’ll include it for next month.  Enjoy!

(And don’t forget:  http://www.getwifive.wordpress.com has the best and most comprehensive WLAN blogroll on the web today!  Bookmark it and check it often….)

  • Wireless LAN Professionals Summit 2014 (#WLPC) was an incredible event. (I will be there next year!)    Congrats to Keith Parsons and team for a great inaugural WLPC conference!   Session videos are forthcoming and I will update with the link when available (These videos will be a “WLAN training class” in themselves and worth the investment to watch every one!)
  • Aruba just announced their first outdoor 802.11ac access point (AP270) (http://www.arubanetworks.com/products/access-points/270-series/)  Article from eWeek says they are “easy to install”.   Anyone able to confirm that?
  • Aerohive Networks announced it was going public (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/02/13/aerohive-networks-files-for-ipo/)  Forbes article here talks some about financial challenges Aerohive is having (not too uncommon for a growing company).  We’ll see if this IPO provides the needed resources for Aerohive to continue with their share in the enterprise WLAN arena.
  • Chameleon Wi-Fi virus attack (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26352439)  Although this probably affects only home/SOHO Wi-Fi networks, it is something to be aware of (wouldn’t you love to have a nickel for every time someone asked for Wi-Fi assistance on their home network?).  Coupled to this was another story about autonomous Wi-Fi vendors (Linksys, Netgear) leaving a port open (TCP 32764) so there was always a ‘backdoor’ into a home router.  (http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/01/backdoor-in-wireless-dsl-routers-lets-attacker-reset-router-get-admin/)  So, the fix is to make sure you have the “latest and greatest” firmware on your SOHO router and pray this fixes it!  Or, flash your home router to DD-WRT (my choice!).  Or, use an enterprise class router on your home network (not a first choice for my friends asking me about this…).
  • Kumu Networks have announced full-duplex radios, breaking one of the fundamental rules in wireless! (http://www.kumunetworks.com/).  Check out how they do it, using “self-cancellation interference technologies”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GFCSMyLhfA.  So the big questions are:  Will this dramatically change Wi-Fi and how?  Will vendors readily adopt this technology?  When will we see a ‘pilot’ AP and client that uses this technology?
  • Lastly, from the ROTFL WLAN Network — Every group project has team members like this:  (http://www.funnywallphotos.com/every-group-project-2/)   Oh, how true it is!

Until next time, have a safe and tech-filled WLAN month!