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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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Miercom Verified: The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is Ready for Your Next Generation of Wireless Networks!

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Businesses around the world are moving their focus from Mobile Apps to Mobile Experience. With Wi-Fi extending reliable coverage into public places, your users are going to expect the same service from you—a dependable high-speed user experience. The problem is, user devices are increasingly demanding more bandwidth.

How are you going to meet that demand?

To help increase the bandwidth needed to take wireless networks into support of the next generation of devices, Cisco Wireless Controller’s Control Plane scale has improved tremendously. A comparison between the Cisco’s older 5508 and the newer 5520 wireless controller platforms illustrates this improvement. Due to new hardware capabilities in the forms of CPU, memory and software updates, the user authentication per second rate has jumped from 235 users on the 5508 to 764 users on the 5520, or an increase of 225% of user authentication capacity.

This increased authentication rate matters because the faster a device is authenticated, the quicker it gets to access the network resources and better the user experience becomes. Read More »

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Aislelabs and Cisco Take Off

A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog

Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business outcomes. This blog is one in a series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners. Today—Aislelabs.

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Based in Toronto, Canada, Aislelabs is a Cisco Solutions partner with a portfolio of advanced location-based technologies serving large indoor venues such as shopping malls, airports, big box retail stores, convention centers, and other large spaces. Working with the Connected Mobile Experiences solution, their portfolio leverages the Wi-Fi and BLE beacon location information collected and calculated by Cisco.

Aislelabs Flow: Detailed venue analytics utilizing anonymous Wi-Fi data with no required app. Taps directly into existing Wi-Fi and delivers highly granular, customizable analytics around customer behavior.

Aislelabs Social Wi-Fi: Social analytics for the physical space to further understand guest’s interests, demographics, and where they spend most of their time. Enables email and social marketing campaigns targeting guests as well as advanced re-targeting (social, display ads) once they have left the venue. Read More »

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Cisco Helps Spark New Zealand Serve Up The Voice Of The Future

 

Spark New ZealandRemember when voice was the original mobile network use-case? It was a much simpler time, with more network control, greater profit, and fewer competitors. Fast forward to today and like the rest of the Service Provider industry, mobile voice communications are changing, and changing very rapidly. Mobile networks must provide a cost-effective, rich user experience.

According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), by the close of 2014 there were 360 mobile operators that had commercially launched LTE networks and service in 124 countries. Of those mobile operators only 14 had a commercially launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Voice continues to be the most popular Read More »

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