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The Basics of Wireless Mesh Networks

The advancement of, and the growing popularity of 802.11 mesh networks is a continuing hot topic among many different wireless groups. This topic is also fueled by the recently ratified 802.11s. Mesh networks often fall short of our expectations; mainly due to high latency and dropped packets. Why they work and why they don’t; the two biggest reasons that wireless mesh networks fail. Continue reading

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Is Your Data Safe on Public WiFi Networks?

The staff of your favorite fast food joint may be able to make a great burger, but they do not have the expertise or time to be a computer support person. Wi-Fi is a free service that they offer, but their business is to prepare and serve food. So inherently the Wi-Fi must be easy to connect to and not involve the staff’s time. In general this means you are connecting to an unsecured, unmonitored network, where all of your data is going through the air in plain text. Continue reading

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