A new wireless standard should be ratified next year, 802.11 ac. They expect to have chipsets shipping early next year, with the standard ratified at the end of 2013. Some consumer products are already shipping, but they are pre-standard and may not be upgradeable to the released standard.
802.11 ac will have some changes to it. The first change is it will only run in the 5 GHZ spectrum. To get the speed that was needed, they needed to move into that spectrum. 802.11 AC will support over 1 GB when phase 2 of the standard is implemented.
Some things to consider with this new wireless standard. First and foremost, you will need an upgraded wireless card to take advantage of the speed. Experts figure that the IPAD4 will include 802.11 AC support and notebook manufactures will be shipping it next year.
You will have to maintain a dual network to support clients that run in the 2.4 GHZ spectrum. Most of the manufactures will release access points with dual radios in them or you will place 802.11AC in certain locations.
Also, to get the full speed, you will need 1 GB uplinks to the Access Points along with power over Ethernet plus. They figure the access points will draw at least 30 watts of power. You will need either Power injectors or a POE+ switch.
Finally, a site survey or redesign of your wireless will more than likely be necessary once 802.11 ac becomes a viable shipping product. Much like in the 2.4 wireless spectrum channels 1, 6, 11 were not overlapping, it will be the same with 802.11ac they are designing a wider band which will require multiple channels in the 5GHZ spectrum, meaning channel placement is important. With some Vendors, such as Meru, you do not need to worry about channel placement.
If you are making a wireless decision, make sure you ask about 802.11 AC.
Bring your Own Device or BYOD
I have numerous clients that are looking at BYOD, but they don’t have an idea of where to start. I will give you some high level guidelines of what to consider with a BYOD project.
Network Access Control – NAC
The first and foremost thing you need to consider is how are you going to secure your network? Since you are going to have a flood of machines that are not corporate owned or managed, you will want to be sure that you have the ability to place machines on the correct network and also possibly scan them to ensure that they do not have some sort of malware or spyware on them.
If you do not have wireless deployed today or if it is only in key areas, you might want to consider expanding your wireless access. Most devices these days have wireless built into them. Some such as tablets that is the only way that you are going to connect them. So if you are going to allow tablets and notebooks, you will need to provide wireless.
Virtual Desktops/Terminal Services/Citrix
You are going to have to have something for the person to access. One of the easy ways to handle this is to have them access remote desktop or remote applications. This will allow you to deliver the same experience no matter what technology they are using.
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
If you are going to have users with devices such as IPADS, Droid devices and smart phones. MDM software will be needed. MDM software will allow you to remotely wipe and also control what is installed on the mobile devices. It will also help you enforce corporate policies while still allowing users to access their own applications.
BYOD is not hard, but you have to make sure you have the correct plan in place…
[tech-tip]LinkedIn recently was hacked and had its passwords compromised. I highly suggest using separate passwords for online accounts. Use one set of passwords for banking and other important sites and different password for Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.
The reason for this if a password is compromised; they do not have access to all of your accounts.
To make things really secure, I would recommend using a password vault product like password safe. It will keep your passwords in a database that is encrypted; you just need to be sure your master password is secure.
Embrace the use of separate passwords.[/tech-tip]
New Gadget of the Month – Micro USB
I always seem to have an issue losing my USB drives (I don’t store any critical data on them). I was at Best Buy a few months back and they had a micro USB drive. It is very small and you can leave it attached to your laptop. I like it because I can leave it in my laptop, minimize if I am going to lose it or not.
I have used the device for at least 4-5 months and I am very happy with the performance. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Final Thought of the Month – How to get more done!!!!!!
I am always looking for a way to become more effective and efficient. One of the tricks I just learned that is simple but effective is making a list of the top six items I need to accomplish the next day. I do this before I go to bed at night. I cross of the items that I have completed and move others to the next day or drop them.
If you think about it, if you get only one item a day on the list complete, that is 30 items a month or 365 items a year get 6 items each day and you have accomplished 2190 items in a year.
Once you start doing this, you will find that you are getting farther ahead and can feel accomplished.
When you start this it may take a bit to come up with the list. Once you do, it will start to become easier. You will also need to stay will this for at least 26 days. It takes about three weeks to learn a habit. (If you have a bad habit, unlearn it).
Anyway, I know this is not a technical item, but it will help you get more accomplished in life and your career.