IPv6 for Higher Education and Healthcare

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Below is our presentation from the KINBER member meeting this morning - you can also download it here. Feel free to email us with any questions.

Top 5 Design Principles for WiFi Networks

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Over the years, we've designed and built a variety of wireless networks across a number of industries, from high-demand manufacturing and warehousing to secure, private healthcare deployments. Most recently, we built one of the largest municipal, outdoor WiFi networks in the Southeast, and one of the first in the United States with native IPv6: http://bit.ly/19t5t8K.

Along the way, we've learned some important design principles for building scalable and reliable wireless networks. Below, are the top five principles for deploying or upgrading a WiFi network:

1) Identify client device types:
One of the first steps in designing a WiFi network is understanding the client device requirements for the network. For example, what kind of client devices will be in use over the network, what radio types are in the devices, what channels do the devices support, what is their transmit power, their maximum data rate, and channel width, among other factors.

2) Identify applications and throughput requirements:
Each network will have users with different needs, so administrators should identity the applications that will be in use, and the throughput required for these applications, as well as the estimated number of users, including simultaneous users, and upstream requirement, if applicable, to support these users and applications.

3) Perform Site Surveys:
Once device types, applications and users are understood, a site survey should be conducted to understand the physical aspects of where the network will be deployed, the RF characteristics of the environment, as well as map the coverage areas and AP placements, and understand any power, cabling or mounting requirements. A post-deployment survey, coupled with performance testing should be conducted to validate the design, minimize interference and determine if any adjustments should be made, including, but not limited to power, channel, QoS or AP placement.

4) Implement Network Monitoring and Configuration Best Practices:
Your production wireless LAN is dynamic and should always be monitored to ensure critical events are responded to and resolved quickly. Additionally, appropriate security and network optimization best practices, including band steering, load balancing and dynamic airtime scheduling, among others, should be incorporated, when applicable. We also recommend implementing native IPv6, if possible to meet present and future network demands.

5) Create Detailed Documentation:
An often overlooked, but important principle is creating documentation detailing the WLAN topology, cabling, addressing, configuration, and management, among other aspects, such that the network is readily understood and managed by another administrator.

VTIA Technology Conference

Monday, June 10, 2013

We're participating at the Virginia Telecommunication Industry Association Tri-State Technology conference June 23rd-25th. If you're attending, or will be in the area during that time, please feel free to send us an email to schedule a meeting as we're always open to explore new opportunities.

IPv6 Comments on Twitter

Saturday, June 08, 2013

As a follow-up to the World IPv6 Launch anniversary infographic, below is an infographic illustrating IPv6 comments on Twitter during the last month:

IPv6 Growth by the Numbers

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

An interesting infographic form World IPv6 Launch visualizing the growth of IPv6, which has almost doubled since last year, as well as some interesting statistics on deployments - a timely chart as we just completed one of the first IPv6 enabled public WiFi networks.

IPv6 Growth graph

Network Utility Force Completes IPv6 Enabled Municipal WiFi Network

Monday, June 03, 2013

Today marks an important milestone for our deployment of the City of Douglasville's free, public WiFi network, as we have completed the installation phase (about 60 acres), building one of the first municipal WiFi networks with native IPv6 support. To read our press release, go here.