Alternative WLAN Project Lifecycle

Alternative WLAN Project Lifecycle   This is an alternative WLAN Project Lifecycle consisting of the following four core stages and two complimentary activities:   Define Design Deploy Diagnose Validate Communicate   The WLAN Project Lifecycle can be entered via any stage.  There is no defined start or end as the WLAN Lifecyle continually cycles through…

Guest on ClearToSend Podcast

Guest on Clear To Send Podcast – Episode 256 (2^8) If you haven’t already heard of ClearToSend – it is a podcast for wireless network engineers.  It is hosted by @rowelldionicio and @vergesfrancois who together have released over 250 episodes across audio and video formats.  If you are into Wi-Fi at all, I highly recommend subscribing…

Wi-Fi Design Resources

Wi-Fi Design Resources v1 This is a list of Wi-Fi resources I have found myself referring many times:   Understanding Wi-Fi Visualizing Waves Gjermund’s Airtime Calculator   Client Capabilities Clients.MikeAlbano.com RSSI Compared   DFS Testing DFS Pulse/Signal Generation (from NutsAboutNets) DFS Testing Results   Software Defined Radios HackRF Portapack   Wi-Fi Testing Tools WLANPi Documentation…

Ekahau Template Reporting Cheatsheet

  Ekahau Template Reporting Cheatsheet v1 The following is a list of useful quick references when building out Ekahau Report Templates:   Data Tags <#${project-name}#> <#${project-file-name}#> <#${project-owner}#> <#${project-notes}#> <#${project-location}#> <#${floor-name}#> <#${ap-name}#> <#${ap-number}#> <#${ssid}#> <#“loop-start”: {“type”: “aps”}#><#“loop-end”: {“type”: “aps”}#> <#“loop-start”: {“type”: “radios”}#><#“loop-end”: {“type”: “radios”}#> <#“loop-start”: {“type”: “ssids”}#><#“loop-end”: {“type”: “ssids”}#> <#“loop-start”: {”type”: ”aps”,    “filter”: {      “include”: { “on-map”: “false”…

Extreme Private-PSK (PPSK)

Extreme Private-PSK (PPSK) This post provides an overview of the Private Pre-shared Key (PPSK) feature available in Extreme Networks’ access points connected to ExtremeIQ. Explanations below provide greater detail with additional context and options for advanced configuration; however, it takes less than 5 minutes to configure a PPSK enabled SSID with three unique PPSKs to…

Wi-Fi Generation Names

Wi-Fi Generation Names In October 2018, the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA @ wi-fi.org) announced a new marketing scheme to brand different generations of Wi-FiTM. The initial three brands are summarized in the following table as described in the WFA Generational Wi-Fi User Guide. Highest level of technology supported Generation Name Band (GHz) 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 2.4…

Extreme Site Survey AP Configuration

Extreme Site Survey AP Configuration This post captures useful commands when performing site surveys for configuring access points from Extreme Networks (formerly Aerohive).  Sometimes events happen in the field and you need to factory reset or re-configure an AP in the middle of a site survey.  What follows are some notes about relevant commands to configure an…

With Extreme Power comes Extreme Responsibility

With Extreme Power comes Extreme Responsibility Have you ever wondered why RSSI values from validation surveys don’t match your predictive design?  Have you wondered why changing the AP transmit power doesn’t always correspond with RSSI values for the client? There are some subtle nuances to be aware of when setting the transmit power on Extreme…

Extreme Packet Capture

With some of the new features coming down the pipe with WiFi6, affectionately known as “11ax”, it may prove a little more challenging to capture all the frames.  This blog describes the process to capture WiFi6 traffic using WiFi6 radio interface(s) of an Extreme (formerly Aerohive) access point. Photo by natsuki on Unsplash   It’s often thought that…