Beam me up, Scotty!

What better way to spend a 38 degree (Celsius, or 100F) Brisbane summer day than to relax in the air conditioning and enjoy a Star Trek marathon?

Or, I could put my wireless nerd hat on and satisfy my curiosity as to whether my AP (Cisco Meraki MR33) and computer (Surface Pro 2017) were utilising beamforming.

The CWNP courseware does a great job of explaining and analysing beamforming, however I came across a great chapter in the book “802.11ac: A Survival Guide – Wi-Fi at Gigabit and Beyond” by Matthew Gast which goes into greater detail.  I’m not going to digest and translate the entire chapter here (though I highly recommend reading it), though I will provide a brief overview and I am going to illustrate how I confirmed if my stations were beamforming or not.

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Re-blog: Start the New Year With a Six-Pack of WLAN-Related Blogs You May Not Know About

Awesome start to the New Year being mentioned in Lee’s post, along with some other great blogs!


Man, there are soooo many smart people out there doing wireless networking. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you have no trouble bubbling up at least a few names of people who are seen and heard often in the WLAN community. Maybe they are very active on social media, or frequently present at conferences, or have a podcast that you enjoy. We’re fortunate in this realm to be in the company of awesome folks that are happy to share of their knowledge and of their opinions/philosophies on matters that matter to us.

As 2018 kicks in, I’d like to direct your attention towards a half-dozen blogs that might not currently be on your radars. I’ve come to know of these from different circumstances for each, but have found value in all of them.

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