Meraki Auto RF Explained

Meraki loves to chalk up the secret sauce in their products to "Meraki Magic" and boasts “anyone can do it”. Yet our inner engineering geek wants to open the curtain and see the real show. An example of that is Auto RF, which is a form of Radio Resource Management (RRM) that allows Meraki Wi-Fi… Continue reading Meraki Auto RF Explained


Designing Wi-Fi for High Density

In technical interviews, I often ask (and am often asked): How would you design a Wi-Fi network to support a large room with 1000 devices? The question is purposely vague to identify how someone thinks through a problem that doesn't have a single answer, and to observe how thoroughly they respond. Below I'll take my… Continue reading Designing Wi-Fi for High Density

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Multicast over Wireless

Multicast has brought a lot of efficiencies to IP networks. But multicast wasn’t designed for wireless, and especially isn’t well suited for high-bandwidth multicast applications like video. I'll cover the challenges of multicast over wireless and design considerations. But first, an overview of multicast: To level set, I'll briefly cover IP multicast. For the purposes… Continue reading Multicast over Wireless


Deploying Wi-Fi for Location Analytics

Many Wi-Fi vendors on the market now include the capability to leverage access points for location analytics in addition to serving clients. However, deploying location analytics has its own set of requirements, and attempting to simply leverage the same APs for location analytics may have suboptimal results if not planned out correctly. The following sections… Continue reading Deploying Wi-Fi for Location Analytics