Javier Solis

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interop wifi access point on a stick picture

Wireless is a bust, at least in the conference room I’m in. The 2.4Ghz spectrum is saturated with hotel AP’s, mifi’s, and Interop wifi sponsor Xirrus AP’s.

I then turned my nexus 4 to strictly use 5Ghz (knowing that there is much more channel space available in 5Ghz band), however Xirrus doesn’t have good 5Ghz coverage in the conference room I’m in. I was able to connect my macbook pro to a 5Ghz channel. Signal shows a -72db.

The more the 2.4Ghz band is saturated, 5Ghz will become even more important. As we move up the spectrum, our coverage range falls. Building out your wireless network coverage in 5Ghz is extremely important. If you know your 5Ghz coverage is great, then you already know your 2.4Ghz coverage will be more than adequate.

A great tool to use on OSx in the command line is:

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -I

Running the command without any switches will show you all the available options.