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Balancing wireless LAN troubleshooting strategies for BYOD
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of Feburary 2013 - Vol 4/ No.1
When it comes to creating a bring your own device (BYOD) plan, many IT shops focus on security and access policy, but wireless LAN troubleshooting can be just as crucial. After all, the more diverse the array of Wi-Fi devices in the workplace, the greater the impact on the enterprise wireless LAN. The good news is that there are a variety of tools that network administrators can use for proactive and responsive BYOD troubleshooting. Why Personal Devices Are a Nightmare For WLAN Troubleshooting Embracing BYOD in the enterprise may reduce equipment costs, but contrary to popular belief, it doesn't necessarily cut operating expenses. In fact, personal devices can drain the network and place a strain on IT staff. In a survey recently conducted by Fluke Networks, 52% of organizations said they receive daily complaints about BYOD WLAN issues, most related to slow or dropped connections. These problems frustrate BYOD users, but worse, they slow down the WLAN. After all, misbehaving devices increase competition for scarce spectrum. As a...
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Everyone knows security tops the list of BYOD challenges, but network pros will face a slew of other headaches along the way.
With no single solution for BYOD network security, engineers are getting crafty at integrating varied technologies to handle the challenge.
Security is only half the challenge when it comes to supporting a BYOD WLAN. The rest depends on WLAN troubleshooting to handle personal device drain.
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Since there is no silver bullet for BYOD networking challenges, engineers need to get creative in technology integration … and then get management on board.