Mobility Track

Given the pervasiveness of wireless networks, the proliferation mobile computing and communications devices of all forms, and the fundamental requirement for mobility in all aspects of IT today, it's no wonder that mobility is now at the core of so many IT strategic plans. Just as everyday life without mobility would be unpleasant at best, enterprises and organizations not optimizing their application of wireless and mobile technologies, products, systems and services are operating at a distinct disadvantage. Access to information and IT resources on an anytime/anywhere basis is key to productivity and business advantage no matter what the mission today.

The Interop New York 2014 Mobility Track brings you the most important, relevant, and valuable information on wireless and mobile in a fast-paced, informative, and accessible format.

Featured Mobility Sessions

But My 802.11n Is Only 2 Years Old
Many organizations have recently finished expensive 802.11n deployments, just to see the explosion of wireless devices and 802.11ac render these designs obsolete. It would be painful and expensive to completely redesign these wireless networks all over again, but we also have to satisfy user requirements and anticipate future needs. If you’ve already built an 802.11n network, how do you support the ever-increasing number of wireless devices on your networks? If you’re considering a change, should you adopt 802.11ac Wave 1, hold out for Wave 2, or continue deploying 802.11n? How do you design your WLAN as it pertains to your standards choice? What effect will it have on wired network requirements? How do these decisions affect capital and operating expenses? This session will share lessons learned from the speaker's personal deployment at a competitive private university, including how to approach migrating to 802.11ac, how to redesign networks to support -65dB in the 5Ghz band, and how to creatively minimize costs as the number of APs on campus doubles over the next three years.
Speaker: Matt Williams, Assistant Director of Networking, Bucknell University

BYOD: Getting It Right
BYOD is IT’s Kobayashi Maru: a seemingly no-win situation. Users and executives want unlimited choice on devices and access, while IT has to protect corporate data and find some way to support a grab-bag of hardware and operating systems. Can IT really balance these competing demands, or are we being set up to fail? In fact, you can do BYOD right, but it requires some groundwork. In this session we’ll cover the motivation behind BYOD, because it’s important in understanding why it becomes such a divisive issue in organizations. In addition, we’ll describe the steps required to make BYOD work. While tools play a role, what really matters is architecture, policy, data classification, and figuring out your organization’s requirements. We’ll also share sample use cases to show how BYOD can work in the real world.
Speaker: Michele Chubirka, Senior Security Architect, Packet Pushers

Optimal WLAN Design for Retail, Healthcare and the Enterprise
There is no cookie-cutter design and implementation of 802.11 wireless networks--at least, there shouldn’t be. What works for one environment may not work for another because of end user expectations, the different applications and devices to be supported, and the physical characteristics of the building(s). Designers shouldn’t cut corners by overpopulating the location with access points and then hoping the RF management system will solve interference and performance issues. This session will help attendees understand specific requirements of various vertical markets including retail, healthcare, manufacturing/warehousing and corporate office space. It will share design tips optimized for these environments. It will also review the pros and cons of the latest improvements (802.11ac) and discuss Wi-Fi software design and analysis tools that can help ensure a successful installation and ongoing reliability.
Ron Walczak, Principal Consultant, Walczak Technology Consultants

NEW SESSION: Building the Wi-Fi Onramp to the Internet of Things
The current evolution of Wi-Fi is driven by the rising need to enable machine-to-machine communication.  These new devices place completely different demands on the network.  These devices will vastly outnumber users as they enable building automation, physical security, and many forms of wearable technology.  To cope with all these new devices, IT departments need to build wireless networks supporting higher density and more differentiated security.  In this session, we'll talk about current and future technology developments to build robust networks that support IoT deployments.
Speaker: Matthew Gast, Director of Product Management, Aerohive Networks

The Wireless Engineer’s Essential Toolkit
WLAN designers, engineers and administrators have a variety of tools from open source to paid, general to specialized. Tools are available as traditional software, in the cloud, and even some that run on smartphones and tablets. It’s nice to have choices, but which ones can you rely on? This session will provide an overview of must-have survey, spectrum, troubleshooting and management tools at a variety of price points and for a variety of jobs. We’ll cover a range from simple packet sniffers to site survey and spectrum analysis tools to premium management suites. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of popular products and share some personal favorites that may not be in your toolbox (but should be).
Speaker: George M Stefanick Jr., Wireless Network Architect, The Methodist Hospital System

The Yin and Yang of Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi
The “as a service” paradigm has upended a variety of IT disciplines, and WLANs are no exception. Cloud-managed Wi-Fi, which has been around for several years, is the natural evolution of WLAN technology. Advantages abound for Cloud Wi-Fi, but as with any networking technology, it also has limitations and may not be for everyone. Is Cloud Wi-Fi for you? We’ll help answer that question by looking at real-world Cloud Wi-Fi deployments and discussing why they were chosen over legacy approaches. We’ll also review the trade-offs of the Cloud Wi-Fi model. In addition, the session will examine how innovation in feature sets is fast becoming more important than speedy access points, and what to expect in the near future as Cloud Wi-Fi gains prominence in the WLAN industry.
Speaker: Lee Badman, Wireless and Network Engineer, Syracuse University, Contributor, Network Computing
Using 802.11ac to Build Next-Generation Wireless LANs
802.11ac applies a variety of techniques to increase speed, and these new protocol features require network administrators and architects to use different techniques to build next-generation networks.  When building a network based on 802.11ac, architects must be aware of the differences from previous-generation networks based on 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g.  As part of the continuing rollout of 802.11ac, network deployments must adapt to the changing nature of the protocol, and administrators need to consider how the additional features for speed and efficiency affect the underlying architecture of the network.
Speaker: Matthew Gast, Director of Product Management, Aerohive Networks
Wi-Fi for the Mobile-Enabled Business
The wireless LAN you have in place today has likely served you well, but your line of business partners may be asking for even more. Updating your wireless environment isn’t just about replacing access points anymore. Business and security drivers change over time, and if you don’t adapt your wireless network to them, you could be missing out on business advantages. New WLAN services are cropping up around BYOD, location tracking, social login, and business analytics, while the technical underpinnings continue to evolve with new radio technologies such as 802.11ac, unified policy management across wired and wireless, increasing capacity demands, and IPv6 on the horizon. We'll discuss why wireless networks evolve, and how to steward that evolution for operational success.
Speaker: Christian Renaud, Senior Analyst, Networking, 451 Research

Wireless Bridging: Pros and Cons for Extending Your LAN
Wireless bridging lets you extend your LAN from one location to another without the need to lay new cable or lease lines from a local provider. It’s a compelling alternative to provide network access for organizations with multiple sites, including schools, hospitals and companies that are expanding to nearby buildings. This session will explore the techniques and technologies available today to link multiple sites over the air. We’ll examine free space optics vs. radio frequencies, licensed vs. unlicensed frequencies, point-to-point vs. point-to-multipoint, and proprietary vs. standards-based approaches. We’ll also prepare you to make good decisions on both cost and throughput.
Speaker: Keith Parsons, Managing Director, Institute for Network Professionals

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Lee Badman

Lee Badman

Writer, Network Computing

Lee is a Wireless Network Architect and Network Engineer for a large private university. He has also taught classes on networking, wireless network administration, and wireless security as an Adjunct Instructor. Lee has designed and/or implemented wireless networks of all sizes in several states and also in Haiti, England, and Italy. His technical background includes 10 years in the US Air Force as an Electronic Warfare systems technician and Master Technical Training Instructor, and a stint in telecommunications in the private sector. Lee is an active amateur radio operator (KI2K), and lover of all things technical and outdoorsy. He has presented at several higher education and industry conferences, and has done extensive freelance writing work for several IT, low voltage, and communications periodicals.