Aerohive has recently announced Bonjour support for networking. If you aren’t familiar with Bonjour it’s the zero configuration protocol that used by Apple for all their devices to discover services on the network such as printers, AppleTVs, File Shares and more. Apple technologies such as Airplay (for music/media sharing), AirDrop (for file sharing) and Print Servers to get access to resources. And with companies adopting Apple products on a large scale it’s time for the network to have some control and management of services.
At the networking level, the Bonjour protocol was designed for local access only and uses mulitcast and broadcast protocols to announce available services. For example this is a snap of services on a simple networks:
Aerohive has placed Bonjour forwarding agents into their hardware that allows control over Bonjour and sponsored this podcast to talk about these features.
Side note from greg: Although I learned a lot about Bonjour/ZeroConf in this podcast it’s important to realise that you can control Bonjour traffic on LANs in addition to wireless networks.
- What is Apple’s Bonjour protocol?
- How does it work?
- What are the problems with it?
- What has Aerohive introduced to solve these issues?
- Why did Aerohive build this feature?
- What types of companies are in need of this type of solution?
- Were you the first to address this problem?
- Show 75 – Mid November – Aerohive and Branch networking
- Bonjour Browser can be downloaded from here.
- Aerohive Blogs
- Areohive blog post with more technical detail : Breaking Subnet Boundaries with Bonjour: Simplifying Apple TV and AirPlay in the Enterprise
About Mathew Gast
Matthew Gast is the Director of Product Management at Aerohive Networks, where he leads development of the core software technologies in Aerohive’s fully distributed Wi-Fi network system. He currently serves as chair of both the Wi-Fi Alliance’s security task groups, and is the past chair of the IEEE 802.11–2012 revision.
Matthew is also the author of 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly), which is now in its second edition and has been translated into six languages.
His second book on wireless networking, 802.11n: A Survival Guide (O’Reilly) is expected in March of this year.
[OReilly 802.11 book](http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596100520.do)
[Oreilly 802.11n book]( http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021988.do)