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Tips on Getting the Most from the Apple Watch and Your Wireless Network

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Since the release of Apple watch in April 2015, a considerable amount of articles have been published on the features of the watch and how it connects to the iPhone through either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Unlike those pieces, this article analyzes the impact of the Apple watch on the wireless network.

The Apple watch is powered with watchOS and features Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and 802.11b/g/n to connect to the iPhone 5 or later version. The Apple watch is single band and thus works only in 2.4 GHz. Although there are two modes of communication, the Apple watch’s primary mode of connectivity is Bluetooth to transfer data back and forth between watch and iPhone. If the Bluetooth is off, the watch switches to Wi-Fi to stay connected to iPhone. However, this switching process is not seamless for all wireless networks. Sometimes the watch loses connectivity to iPhone altogether if the Bluetooth is out of range or if it is disabled on the phone. Since the watch is single band, it cannot connect to 5GHz band. However there is a work around to allow it to talk to iPhone that is associated to an AP using 5GHz radio.

Steps to make Apple watch talk to iPhone on 5GHz

  • Forget the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz SSID on your phone. Enable the Bluetooth on the iPhone and make sure the watch is connected.
  • Connect to 2.4GHz SSID on iPhone and then disable the Bluetooth.
  • The Apple watch should now show connected to iPhone via Wi-Fi after a brief disconnect. Test it by pinging the iPhone from the watch by pressing the phone icon shown below in the picture.

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#Ciscochat: CMX Analytics Creating Personalized Mobile Experiences

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Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Analytics helps you create personalized mobile experiences for mobile end users and gain operational efficiency with location-based services. CMX Analytics lets you tap into the visitors connected lifestyle and provide relevant mobile content while gaining meaningful data.

Cisco CMX Analytics allows mobile customers to connect through your onsite Wi-Fi. It opens a direct channel of communication to let you better understand and deliver what your guests truly want. The ability to capture new customers and engage with existing ones by delivering more value is essential to continued growth in all industries.

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During our #CiscoChat on Tuesday, September 1 from 10-11 a.m. PST, @Cisco_Mobility will host the Twitter event and @Phunware will be asking questions and moderating the conversation. This will be an open discussion with the audience to ask questions, provide feedback and answer questions.

The Phunware CTO, Luan Dang and Cisco subject matter experts Darryl Sladden and Jagdish Girimaji will be discussing how CMX Analytics can tap into the lifestyle experiences in the retail, hospitality, transportation, healthcare, education, or government and visitors to your venue. Read More »

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Best Practices for Effective Technology Deployment in Education

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Technology is all the rage in education circles. But correctly deploying mobile technology takes more than talk. Without a clear path, schools and districts can make common mistakes that hamstring their efforts.

In a recent article “Ten Barriers to Technology Adoption”, Travis Allen, president and CEO of iSchool Initiative, explains the common issues he sees impeding the adoption of technology throughout the world. However, with some preplanning, many of these challenges can be avoided.

In short, schools and districts should actively and continually listen to students, teachers, and parents during the early stages of planning. Not only does this open discussion create a more active forum for sharing ideas, it also creates a culture of collaboration that accelerates adoption. Read More »

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Order Up! The Cisco Aironet 1850 AP is Now Available!

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During the Cisco Live! event in San Diego, CA, the Aironet 1850 Access Point was unveiled to the public. Now Cisco has followed up the device’s debut and has announced the orderability and the shipping of the Aironet 1850 AP.

A perfect fit for any small or medium-sized networks, the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP is an entry-level device boasting cutting-edge 802.11ac Wave 2 capabilities that offers faster client performance. This high performance is enabled by multi-user, multi-in, multi-out (MU-MIMO) and the ability to offload to wired networks with two gigabit Ethernet ports.

When your network upgrades to Wave 2, you are afforded the abilities to take advantage of increased wireless bandwidth and to handle the demands of many more devices at one time. Gone are the days of slow and bottlenecked WiFi speeds. With a Wave 2 migration, you’re essentially stretching the bandwidth you already have.

The devices that connect to the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP don’t all have to be Wave 2 compliant. The AP supports the newest generations of WiFi clients as well as any of the previous generations.

For more information or to order the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP, please go here.

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Cisco and Illinois School District Make Learning Fun

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Morris (IL) Elementary School District 54 had a problem. The district had recently purchased and outfitted their students with 450 Chromebooks but only five of the computers would connect to a single WiFi coverage area. This spotty connection was frustrating students and teachers alike.

“We learned very quickly that we couldn’t have an effective one-to-one rollout without the infrastructure to support the number of devices we have,” says Dr. Teri Shaw, superintendent, Morris Elementary School District 54. “We needed to change gears and recover quickly before our one-to-one initiative turned into an epic failure.”

Shaw and the rest of the district turned to Cisco.

Thanks to Cisco and delivery partner Unified Concepts, Morris Elementary School District 54 was outfitted with a state-of-the-art wireless mobility solution. The solution was made up of the following Cisco products:

  • Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Point with integrated 802.11ac
  • Cisco 5508 Wireless Controller
  • Routing and Switching
  • Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches

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