A solid wireless network is the foundation of any successful enterprise. Without a reliable or fast internet connection, you may find that a number of business components can be severely effected. It feels like establishing a stable internet connection is a bit of an art form that requires constant tweaking and adjusting until you figure out what works best for you. While it may seem tedious, building your network doesn’t have to be so difficult. There are a number of resources available for you, many of them free. You may opt for one of the countless online guides (such as those from Gartner, or here at Solutions Review) or, you may consider a hard copy of a book (we’ve provided Amazon links). No matter what your wireless woes may be, you can be certain that you’ll be able to find some help in our list of the top 10 wireless network resources.
1. White Papers:
Gartner Market Guide 2016 – Network Access Control
Gartner Research has compiled a list of today’s top NAC vendors with important information you need to know before deploying an NAC solution. Pulse Secure is one of the vendors evaluated by Gartner. This year’s Gartner report brings you up-to-date on the latest products and gets you asking the right questions like: Which NAC enterprise security solution is best for your company? What do you require? Is your enterprise ready for an NAC upgrade? What must an NAC vendor offer?
The Solutions Review 2017 Wireless Buyer’s Guide includes a list of the top 28 vendors in the wireless market. This list includes top features, a “from the company” section, an overview of the vendor, and a bottom line summarizing what separates this vendor from the others. In addition, the Solutions Review Buyer’s Guide includes a list of questions to ask yourself while looking for anything from a new router to a new service provider.
In Forrester’s 58-criteria evaluation of vendors that offered wireless networking solutions, Forrester identified 10 significant solutions in this category — Aerohive Solution, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks, Cisco Aironet, Cisco Meraki, Fortinet Secure Wireless LAN, HP FlexNetwork WLAN, Meru Networks WLAN, Motorola Solutions WLAN, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi products, and Xirrus Wireless — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report details our findings about how each vendor measures up against our defined categories and plots where the wireless solutions stand in relation to each other to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals select the right partner for their enterprise edge.
Wireless Communication Networks and Systems covers all types of wireless communications, from satellite and cellular to local and personal area networks. Organized into four easily comprehensible, reader-friendly parts, it presents a clear and comprehensive overview of the field of wireless communications. For those who are new to the topic, the book explains basic principles and fundamental topics concerning the technology and architecture of the field. Numerous figures and tables help clarify discussions, and each chapter includes a list of keywords, review questions, homework problems, and suggestions for further reading.
Fully updated throughout to address current and emerging technologies, standards, and protocols, Wireless Networks, Third Edition, explains wireless system design, high-speed voice and data transmission, internetworking protocols, and 4G convergence. New chapters cover LTE, WiMAX, WiFi, and backhaul. You’ll learn how to successfully integrate LTE, WiMAX, UMTS, HSPA, CDMA2000/EVDO, and TD-SCDMA into existing cellular/PCS networks. Configure, manage, and optimize high-performance wireless networks with help from this thoroughly revised, practical guide.
3. Software Review Sites
Gartner Peer Insights is Gartner’s answer to the crowdsourced review site—a crowdsourced review site of their own. With their Peer Insights program, Gartner is trying to present the collective experiences of thousands of qualified (and verified) tech buyers and end users who have already gone where you are headed. Perhaps most importantly, Gartner’s Peer Insights democratizes the evaluation process, allowing for vendors not typically included in Magic Quadrants and Critical Capabilities reports due to their stringent requirements. Gartner’s Peer Insights on Identity Governance and Administration features 113 reviews on 19 vendors—far more than considered in the Magic Quadrant and Critical capabilities reports.
In addition to Gartner’s Magic Quadrants and market guides, they also provide a site for consumers themselves to voice their opinions on wireless network solutions. Going beyond the typical customer review, Gartner presents consumers with a series of specialized questions related to their experiences installing the product, using the product, and what needs drove them to choosing that product. Similar to G2 Crowd, Gartner, gives you nothing but the reviews of customers themselves and keeps out any vendor employees.
TrustRadius is a review site for business software, helping buyers make better product decisions based on unbiased reviews, many of which that come from the actual end-users themselves. The resource collects reviews that are in-depth and substantive, with every reviewer on the site vetted by the TrustRadius research team before publication. This is important to note so you know the reviews aren’t being submitted by paid actors or vendor marketing teams. In addition, TrustRadius employs a handy algorithm that ensures product scores represent only true customer sentiment by correcting for selection bias.
4. LinkedIn Groups:
This group connects experts, researchers, academics, practitioners, engineers, managers, executives, analysts & economists from academia & industry in order to understand major strategies of mobile services and challenges over the future of wireless technologies.
An introduction to 802.11ac (series)
This series from Aerohive networks gives a breakdown of establishing your wireless network. From understanding the basic ideas behind 802.11ac to planning your network all the way to understanding beamforming and channel planning, this video series should have you covered.