Unplugged – Show 4 – Too Many iPads

Guests This Week

Jennifer Huber is the host and her twitter is @jenniferlucille and her blog http://jenniferhuber.blogspot.com/

Andrew von Nagyblakekrone.com @w4nm4n

Chris Lyttle wifikiwi.com @wifikiwi


* 802.11n adoption in the enterprise may be driven by iPads and iPhones today, and Android in the future. This may drive the greater of adoption of wireless networking generally.

* Will the prevalence of personal hotspot devices end up ruining enterprise guest networks? Guest networks are becoming important systems for external consultants and contractors and the wireless networks need to be more reliable. Discussions of some of the challenges around this.

* Fast roaming and why it’s important in an enterprise environment, especially with 802.1x/EAP authentication; forthcoming Wi-Fi Alliance Voice Enterprise certification.

* Keith R Parsons moving to Ruckus.


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  • http://www.hojmark.net Asbjorn

    Greg, according to Apple, the iPhone 4 does *not* support 5 GHz. The technical specifications (http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html) say: "802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)", so no "A" and no 5 GHz on "N" either.


  • http://fragmentationneeded.net chrismarget

    Great show, as usual.

    Jennifer mentioned a hands-free voice appliance used by hospital staff.

    What is this thing? Link?

    It's too bad that it's so difficult to get enterprises to roll out their guest networks in a way that people actually want to use them. These networks are either too locked-down, or the process to enroll as a guest is too difficult. Management seems to think that the guest network is either dangerous, or that it's a favor to visitors, and the visitors should be glad for whatever they've got. Making the case to management that deploying a usable guest network is doing *yourself* a favor is tough going.

    My favorite solution for limited guest access involves a stack of business cards or lotto-style scratch cards at reception. Each card presents a time-limited guest account. Just hand those things out, people.

    • Kyle


      Thats the product she referenced.

      I can't remember for sure what brand they were, but one of the local hospitals use these devices, they are tiny and look like a "help I've fallen and I can't get up" device around their neck. They just hit the button and say what they wanna do (call jeff, call dr. smith, etc.) and it does it.

      Super awesome tech.

      • http://fragmentationneeded.net chrismarget

        I just watched the videos. Nifty stuff. Thanks, Kyle.

        • Mark G.

          These voice badges were piloted in a semiconductor fabrication facility while i was working for one of the big ones. It was an abject failure so I hope things have improved in the meantime. you can imagine how much time it would save if you could have a 'teamspeak' like functionality on these devices for workers who are in full bunny suits and find it taxing to type an IM or dial a standard handset.