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Ubiquiti Gets Serious About Hospitality (?) Wi-Fi Market

I’ve written about Ubiquiti a fair amount over the last year or so. The company is simply fascinating to watch evolve. They are on a trajectory that sees them shaking their perception by mainstream networkers as “that company that sells A LOT  of cheap gear with no real tech support”, and becoming more of a legitimate contender in many, many markets where bigger pedigrees tend to dominate. Competition is a good thing for customers, and it’s nice to see Ubiquiti and other “down-market” solutions provide some balance to the high-end stuff that is getting ever pricier, hyper-complex in spots, and way buggy if you land on the wrong code.

Now, word has made it’s way to me that something else big is afoot in the Ubiquiverse.

Take a look here:
ted Watson

I generally don’t care so much about who went where, and am not a fan of ego-stroking the C-levels just because the PR folks think I should. But Mr. Watson above (and some talented co-workers) have jumped from the Ruckus ship to Ubiquiti in a move that further tells the market that Ubiquiti is serious about growing up. I’m told from insiders (I run in those circles) that Ruckus’ deep penetration into the hospitality WLAN space has a lot to do with Watson and Crew.

And now they wear Ubiquiti polo shirts when they drive to work. THEY. A team that worked at Company A who now works at Company B, and who will no doubt be trying to duplicate their successes in at least the hospitality vertical for Ubiquiti. (Who knows- maybe other verticals as well?)

Stay tuned-  I have no doubt that Ubiquiti has other things brewing as they continue their metamorphosis to the big leagues.


Past Wirednot blogs about Ubiquiti 
One in Network Computing about early Ubiquiti 802.11ac
Ubiquiti Elite (paid support) Testimonial at IT Toolbox

Wireless Field Day 8 Takes “Wireless” Up a Notch

If you’re not familiar with the Tech Field Day franchise,  you’re really missing out on a fantastic resource. When the events are live and playing out, you get a nice feel of the pulses of the various spaces covered (Network, Storage, Wireless, and Virtualization).  After the live coverage is done, the session recordings become excellent on-demand resources.

I’ve had the privilege of attending a number of Wireless Field Days (WFDs), and I think the upcoming WFD8 really moves in a nice direction. Each WFD event I’ve been to  has provided a wonderful glimpse into the goings on of the presenting WLAN-related vendors. I’ve got to see and hear first-hand what the following companies have to say on their own offerings, industry trends, and what the future of wireless might look like:

  • 7signal
  • Aerohive
  • AirTight Networks
  • Aruba Networks
  • Avaya
  • Cisco Networks
  • Cloudpath
  • Extreme Networks
  • Fluke Networks
  • Juniper
  • Meraki
  • Meru Networks
  • MetaGeek
  • Motorola
  • WildPackets
  • Xirrus

WFD8 features Aruba Networks as an HP company for the first time, Cambium Networks, Cisco, Cradlepoint, Ruckus Wireless, and Zebra Technologies. I like this lineup a lot, for various reasons.

With Aruba and Cisco, it’s always good to hear from the WLAN industry’s #1 and #2. I’m a Cisco and Meraki customer, so visiting Cisco’s campuses is a bit more personal for me. I’ve long respected and admired Aruba, and I’d like to see how things “feel” now that HP is the mothership.

Cambium Networks is a bit exotic as I think of them as a backhaul company- but they certainly do more with wireless, and it’ll be exciting to hear from a relative newcomer. I did one blog entry about Cambium awhile back.

The Field Day organizers did well in my opinion to land Cradlepoint. Modern day “wireless” is about so much more than Wi-Fi, and Cradlepoint’s 4G edge-routing will take the delegates down a new WFD path that could serve as precedent for future non-mainstream Wi-Fi vendors. I’ve covered Cradlepoint in my blog as well.

With Ruckus, WFD finally lands one of the main WLAN vendors out there that I’ve not met with, though they were at #WFD3.  Ruckus covers a lot of ground, so their presentation is hard to predict, but is guaranteed to be interesting.  I’ve done a fair amount of coverage of Ruckus, both for Network Computing (like this one) and right here in this blog.

Finally, there is Zebra Technologies. I’ve personally never laid hands on a Zebra product, and for those who don’t know, Zebra bought Motorola’s Wi-Fi interests (which I blogged about.) With a fascinating product line of their own, this too should be a very interesting session.

Put a reminder on your calendars- this Wireless Field Day promises to really put a fresh spin on an already excellent event. Woo woo!


Did TLPS Just Publicly Become a Ruckus-Only Show?

I’ll try to to keep it brief. On the heels of this recent blog regarding information I found on the FCC’s web site in relation to TLPS, Globalstar has put out their own new ex parte filing that concedes/admits/declares (?) that “These deployments are utilizing prototype TLPS access points manufactured by Ruckus and client devices from HTC, Microsoft, and Apple that were upgraded to operate on Channel 14 or were able to operate on Channel 14 “out of the box” with no changes necessary. ”

Curiously, Ruckus themselves continues to maintain radio silence on TLPS.  But, this filing seemingly does explain the missing filters that Greg Gerst called out after the very limited demonstration that was done at the FCC facilities a few months back.

I guess now the spectators are left to wonder if the FCC somehow knew about the modified access points despite no prior obvious mention of “prototype” hardware while high profile stakeholders like Gerst had to sleuth out their use, and if so why the lack of transparency here.  Regardless, this does show that TLPS is now implied to be a Globalstar/Ruckus endeavor based on the new type of Ruckus hardware, and will not use unmodified off-the shelf access points (or any of the millions of APs by a slew of vendors already installed across the US). Let that rattle around in your craw a bit, as there are lots of implications there.

Why Globalstar is just trickling this out now is curious, and seems to be in response to Gerst’s raising of the filter issue. With all of the scrutiny that has been afoot throughout the TLPS Big Adventure, you’d think Globalstar would get it all out there in the daylight to quiet the naysayers. But even in this last filing, we’re left to wonder what specific device models fall under client devices from HTC, Microsoft, and Apple that were upgraded to operate on Channel 14 or were able to operate on Channel 14 “out of the box” with no changes necessary.  Were these all smartphones? A mix of LTE devices and not? There’s no way to know based on the filing, and we’re all way past “just trust us, it was a legit test” by now. It’s time for the utmost of transparency in any future demonstrations, with full disclosure for the many eyes that are watching from afar.

Finally, it’s still utterly warped that Globalstar continues to prattle on about TLPS being the savior of 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi while utterly discounting or simply ignoring the importance of 5 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi.  802.11ac sales are skyrocketing, and it’s a 5 GHz-only technology. I’ve said it before- ANY spectrum has value, but when you properly include 5 GHz in the Wi-Fi conversation, TLPS claims of 33% of this or 40% of that drastically reduce themselves to something much, much less. In this regard, facts are being distorted by omission, says I.