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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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My productivity has and is increasing. Does yours?

I am a typical Gen X employee and started my career as a university teacher in the early days of the Internet. I was restricted to working in an office and wasted a great deal of my time commuting. Once I arrived into my office, I tried to be as productive as possible which wasn’t always easy after commuting – especially if I’d encountered delays on my journey. Same challenge on the way back. This was my life for many years. Sound familiar to you?

However, as time passed my career progressed and for the last 15 years I have been working for global American IT companies (MSFT, CSCO). My working days are very different now. I no longer commute to an ‘office’ and instead my days are flexible and provide me with a very different work/life balance – all of which has increased my productivity.

What factors have transformed my working life so dramatically I hear you ask? Let me share with you the top five things that have changed my professional and personal life and as a result have increased my productivity and the everyday impact I have.

And at the end “there is one more thing” …

1. The evolution and use of technology.

Do you remember your first mobile telephone? I do! It was HUGE and bulky. I look back today and smile at how ridiculous it probably looked. But technology evolves rapidly and that bulky device is now a smart device that most people are incapable of living without.

My smartphone, tablet, a laptop (who uses a desktop anymore) and an Internet connection is all I need to enable me to work from anywhere at any time. With the agreement and encouragement of my employer I choose to work from home regularly. I have a home office and no commute which means I am immediately more productive.

With my coffee in hand, I focus on high quality work in the morning – this quiet time enables me to focus. Have you tried to work out a strategy in a noisy open office environment? It is near impossible! I can do so much more effectively out of my home office.

Video technology provides me with ability to connect with my team members across Europe and has the positive side effect that with cameras turned on, people don´t do emails in the background. They are focused on the meeting and discussion! And I need to travel less.

Technology has revolutionized employee experiences and I have seen the workplace transformation happening firsthand. My employer Cisco and former employer Microsoft have played big roles in allowing and promoting this type of mobile working style. At the same time, I must admit that technology has blurred the lines between personal and work time. We are reachable 24/7 and work is in the palm of our hand. Some discipline is needed.

Thank you, Cisco for enriching my life and enabling me to combine an international career with a family life.

2. Through learning and development

Don´t underestimate the power of training and education. They are important for our professional and personal growth. The key is to apply the learning and not just follow the training and not allow your books to become dusty in your office. How many brilliant training and development books do you have gaining dust? I bet there are many!

I’ve found that by attending and applying the learnings from courses (in my case conscious leadership, time management, project management, coaching, mentoring etc.) I have increased my productivity and added impact not just in my work life but also my personal life. Leadership, coaching and mentoring can be applied to your family life too. I have two daughters and I love applying the trainings I’ve learnt to aid their development. Education for me is guiding your children and providing opportunities.

3. By motivation and passion

If your work is your passion, there is a direct correlation with your motivation and productivity. Think about an athlete. It is their motivation, passion and dedication that sees them accomplish great success. The same applies for employees.

4. Prioritisation

We life in a digital era where information overload is a fact. We need to make choices and prioritize. By focusing on your priorities you become more productive by default. Don´t waste your time on sorting out all your emails and follow up on everything coming in. It could well be you are wasting your precious time.

5. Focus and Mindfulness

Take five minutes at the start of every day to think about where you can make a difference. What can you do that will have the most impact on your day? How will you go about achieving this? How will it make you feel? At the end of the day think about what you have achieved. What WAS the impact and has it made a difference? By focusing your mind and practicing mindfulness techniques you will be surprised at the amount of impact you can have on the world around you.



My productivity will be further increased through innovative  technology via the recently announced strategic partnership between Apple and Cisco. Together we will change the way we (will) work. Read more about the how and in the latest blog from our CEO. I am very much looking forward to it.


What techniques do you practice to increase your productivity and the world around you? What impact has it made on your life? I’d love you to share your techniques with me.



#Ciscochat: CMX Analytics Creating Personalized Mobile Experiences


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


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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