Posts by Jan Buis

How to bring light to the Wi-Fi standard’s jungle

The newer, the better?  Technology in the network industry has evolved significantly over the last two decades. Thanks to ever-newer standards and transmission technologies, we now have stable broadband connections that deliver gigabit speeds. Fiber optics or Super Vectoring are just two examples of the latest developments. In parallel to the increased speeds in cabled […]

Unlikely Twins: Cloud-managed Wi-Fi and Software-defined WLAN

Years back in the early days of wireless LAN technology, Wi-Fi installations were only used selectively. Managing those networks was relatively easy as they often consisted of only one or a few wireless devices. But Wi-Fi quickly became a key technology in connecting devices and people all over the globe

802.11ax: Is Europe missing the next big step in Wi-Fi?

The coming Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11ax is an omnipresent subject at trade fairs and is equally gaining traction in the media. The tenor is always the same: In the world of Wireless LAN, ax is the next big thing. Many see this new standard as the answer for the overcrowded radio networks of the future. […]

Why Wi-Fi Needs More Spectrum

More than thirty years ago when Wi-Fi was still a nascent technology, a limited amount of mid-band radio spectrum was available for unlicensed use. While this spectrum has only seen minor additions since then, the number of wireless devices bustling around in this limited part of the radio spectrum has skyrocketed – but

Wireless in the mountains

On the ski slopes without a smartphone? Unthinkable for so many people today. Sharing snapshots of that final ski run, or of lunch at the mountain lodge have become as much a part of a skiing holiday as après-ski. It is therefore no surprise that tourists and ski resorts increasingly rely on wireless Internet via […]

Wi-Fi is not an Island

As hard as it may be to predict the future, when it comes to networking technologies, one thing is for sure: The future is wireless! According to a study by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, by 2019 only 19% of Internet traffic will come from wired devices, while 81% will arise from wireless ones. […]

How Wi-Fi is revolutionizing healthcare

The healthcare sector is undergoing a remarkable change. Whereas the quality of treatment used to be the sole consideration for patients choosing a hospital or clinic, today other criteria have also come to play a role—primarily the presence of wireless Internet access. More and more hospitals and healthcare facilities are hoping to attract patients by […]

Hello, hello, can you hear me…? How to improve your Voice-over-WLAN quality

VoWLAN quality

We all know the situation: One moment we are talking to someone on the phone and, the next, the connection cuts out, repeatedly. All you can hear is garbled nonsense, so you hang up in frustration. This will keep happening as long as the telephone or internet connection is poor or unstable. So

Wi-Fi in historic buildings – signal different

Wi-Fi in historic buildings

The process of digitalization is unstoppable, even taking hold in places of historical significance. For example, where buildings under monument protection are being converted into modern offices, or in centuries-old buildings such as museums or theatres which, of course, have to keep pace with the digital age. This is the collision of two worlds that […]

How to get the maximum out of your Wi-Fi network: Optimize!

LANCOM Active Radio Control (ARC)

“Never touch a running system,” is a widespread sentiment among network administrators and stems from the experiences gained from operating-system updates. The general opinion is: Once a system is set up and configured, think twice about changing it. These days this is a rather negligent approach,