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Mobility Field Day Review – Wi-Fi Is Yuuuge!

Side of the Westin Hotel

Mobility Field Day 1 was held as the Westin Hotel in San Jose. The hotel was declared a historic building.

On April 13-14, 2016, I was fortunate to join a group of smart Wi-Fi individuals. All of which contributed greatly to the discussion of Wi-Fi and its future. Mobility Field Day 1, as a first time delegate, met all my expectations and more.

The presenters came with their all and provided a chock-full of information that could make your head spin.

Look, Wi-Fi is a big deal. There’s so much to it that I can barely keep up. At the end of the whole event, Chuck Lukaszewski laid down knowledge bombs of 802.11ax that I couldn’t even comprehend most of it.

In the beginning Cisco gave us the lowdown on the direction of CMX, hint: it’s going to the cloud! While the analytics may be of value to any organization, location services has me a little intrigued. I just couldn’t relate it to a higher-ed use case.

Cisco CMX Cloud: Insights and Experiences Simplified from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

In addition to CMX, I learned of Cisco performing access point testing at 100 MPH. Where can I add that requirement in Ekahau?? Aside from that, the outdoor access point – IW3702 – was kept at a cool compact form factor. That’s something I can use in extreme weather conditions.

Cisco IW3702 IoT Access Point from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Probably one of my favorite presentations at Mobility Field Day came from Jim Florwick and the 2800/3800 access points. More specifically, I wanted to know how the dual 5GHz radios coexisted in a single access point. I was not let down and I look forward to getting my hands on it for testing.

Cisco Flexible Intelligent Radio Roles with AP 2800 and AP 3800 from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

The secret or not-so-secret company, Nyansa, left a positive impact. The only thing I can say about Nyansa’s Voyance product was “Now this is how Prime should be.”

Think of it as a tool that truly has 360 degree views into your network for the ease of troubleshooting and getting down to the root cause of an issue. Someone can now say with certain, “There’s something wrong with the network.” Or you can call out their BS.

I am really looking forward to seeing Nyansa grow.

Nyansa Voyance Introduction and Overview with GT Hill from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

But speaking of impressions, Ventev really came out swinging. Is there not a place they have thought about placing antennas? Bollards – they got it. Low profile stadium antennas? Yup. They will make it work! You have to check it out for yourself.

Ventev Concealing Access Points from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Wi-Fi wouldn’t be where it is today without talking about the wired side. Peter Jones spoke to us about the evolution of Ethernet and where it’s going. Wes Purvis started a discussion of starting out in the Wi-Fi industry. And I will soon follow up his talk in a future blog post and podcast episode. Blake Krone gave us a glimpse of location services which I also thank him for the Estimote Beacons! Trond Wuellner gave us some insight into the Google OnHub, Stefano Gridelli showed us how we can use distributed network monitoring for wireless metro networks and we heard from Mike Albano about client capabilities.

I want to thank everyone involved with putting Mobility Field Day together, especially Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth, and Blake Krone. It was a great event and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Everyone was friendly and very accommodating.

You can find all the videos on Stephen Foskett’s Vimeo page.


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