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Behind the WiFi Network @ Mobile World Congress 2014: Site Surveys

In my last blog I discussed setting the stage in preparation for the Wi-Fi network for Mobile World Congress 2014 which supported more than 80k devices over a span of 4 days. Today I’ll talk about one of the many site surveys we conducted at the Fira Gran Via to ensure the success of our high density network.  Full details in the white paper here.

High Density Wi-Fi deployments and site surveys go hand in hand. Pre-installation and post-installation site surveys account for the most effective way to identify the contours of your RF coverage and eliminate potential multipath distortions, hidden nodes, and other coverage issues. Special attention was given to the large keynote auditorium halls in order to keep a check on the additional RF coverage needs to accommodate the high density of users packed in a very close range.

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View of inside the Hall-4 Keynote Auditorium (23000 sq ft) before the Facebook keynote session

Site Survey analysis used to measure the RF coverage in Hall-4 keynote auditorium

Site Survey analysis used to measure the RF coverage in Hall-4 keynote auditorium

The Hall-4 auditorium was one example of such a high density area with the 2000 person capacity area had a peak connection of 1924 concurrently connected Wi-Fi devices distributed across 16 Cisco APs while the Facebook keynote was in progress, with a max load of 530 Mbps of internet traffic. To avoid an RF overlap, the ceiling mounted APs above the auditoriums were converted to monitor mode. Using the final pre-keynote site survey data, the RF profile for the Hall-4 auditorium was tweaked, and RRM automatically optimized the coverage to the desired degree by adjusting the Tx power levels. Read More »

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Wired or Wireless: Connect with Aironet 700W Series Access Points

Quality wireless is already considered a base expectation by consumers across industries. At Cisco we aim to provide our spectrum of customers with a whole range of high performing products, so they can select the product best suited for their organization. If you were to stop by the Enterprise Networking booth at Cisco Live Milan, you’d be able to examine our full portfolio of access points and notice that there are two that stand out from the others: the newly designed, 802.11ac integrated 3700 AP we introduced at Interop New York and one more, except this one can fit in your hand.

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We are pleased to announce Cisco Aironet 700W Series Access Point, a wall mounted wireless and wired integrated platform. 700W Series is the industry’s FIRST and ONLY dual radio, dual band 2.4/5 GHz Access Point with 4 GigE Ethernet ports for wired connectivity, like IP Phones, game consoles, entertainment devices or other connected devices. 700W Series can be powered either by Power over Ethernet (PoE) or by a local power adapter, while it also provides PoE out on one local port to power an additional connected device. Read More »

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Win the War on Buffering

February 22, 2012 at 7:48 am PST

Win the War on Buffering

How many times have you been streaming a video to your computer, downloading media, or playing online games when your experience is interrupted by buffering?  When you have to keep waiting for your media to load, it can be a big inconvenience and it’s then -- that you know you’re losing the war against buffering. 

We want to share four easy tips that will help give you the ammunition you need to win the war of buffering and get the most out of your video streaming or online gaming experience. Read More »

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Take the Guess Work out of Which Home Wireless Router to Buy

September 21, 2011 at 11:35 am PST

We at Linksys understand that picking out the right router can be a challenge.  Do you buy the cheapest, most expensive or right in middle?  Or is it not about price and all about function such as performance, dual band, features, or range?  Or do you not really know?   

60% of households are not wireless yet and we understand there are new users to wireless networking everyday and don’t really understand all the specs about a wireless router — only that they need one because they want to walk around their house with their laptop while still being connected to the internet or want to connect their new tablet to the internet wirelessly or maybe, just want to start a wireless home network. 

All these reasons are good reasons to invest in a wireless router.  The things you should look for are Read More »

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