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OMG, here comes another WiFi iteration – 802.11ax

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OMG, here comes another WiFi iteration – 802.11ax

Just when we were getting used to 802.11ac there is chatter of the next iteration of WiFi technology, 802.11ax, coming out soon. For a pseudo-technologist like myself, it is a real bane keeping up with the pace of technological advancements. It is more painful to be able to technically understand, and explain to others, what […]

March 21, 2018 Wireless no Comments
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Wireless Trends – FCi’s Story in 2017

Calendar Year 2017 was a great year for FCi’s wireless division that continued to see double-digits percentage YOY (Year-Over-Year) growth. This growth has been fueled mainly by 2 solutions in our wireless portfolio – DAS and WiFi. The growth in these 2 areas (as shown in the pie-chart left) of our wireless business indicates a […]

January 19, 2018 Cabling, Company News, and Wireless no Comments
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No Radios, No Trains

Have you seen Ottawa’s bid to Amazon for its second global headquarters? Besides wooing the giant that is Amazon in their video pitch you will immediately notice the massive expansion plans that Ottawa-Gatineau is undertaking in the coming years. As one of Ottawa-Gatineau’s largest and most well-known service providers and integrators for critical building infrastructure, […]

November 7, 2017 Wireless no Comments
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The future comes with “no wires attached”

By the end of 2016 there were about 3.7 billion internet users on the planet. All those people collectively generated approximately 1 zettabyte* of internet traffic in 2016 (that’s 21 zeros just in case you were wondering). And over 70% of that traffic was routed using WiFi**. WiFi has become such a critical aspect of our communications infrastructure […]

September 14, 2017 Wireless no Comments
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BYOD: Disruption-proofing your organization.

There are two salient features of mobility devices today that are giving IT departments’ sleepless nights: (1) They are forever, and very rapidly, changing technologies; (2) They are unmistakably getting more expensive! In the disruptive world of technology, one year is enough time to have multiple iterations of devices and technologies. I personally, rather expensively, […]

May 17, 2017 Wireless no Comments
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Can you hear me now? You will soon!

A recent study suggests that we spend 87% of our time indoors (home, office, malls etc). Our connection to the outside world is mostly through our cellular phones. When was the last time you found yourself frantically running around a building to get enough cellular signals to make/continue a phone call? Have you ever noticed […]

March 20, 2017 Wireless no Comments
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Bring Down the Corporate Walls!

 Millennials are the largest workforce in 2017. Actually, according to Pew Research Center, Millennials (born between 1981 – 1997) outnumbered Generation Xers (born between 1965 – 1980, like yours truly) in 2015 in the workplace. In this day and age of Big Data, this is important information for corporations. Here is another startling fact for […]

February 6, 2017 Wireless no Comments
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WiFi in Heritage Buildings

It turns out that Ottawa is rife with Heritage Buildings (No surprise, being the Nation’s Capital).  FCi is frequently called upon to design, install, upgrade or troubleshoot Wireless networks in these difficult locations. There are multiple concerns when building a WLAN in a heritage building; Limited pathways for Cabling Limited Access to AC power Restrictions on […]

March 8, 2016 Wireless no Comments
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Extending Your Local Network Across the City

So you’ve opened up another new corporate site.  Growth is always exciting, but it presents unique challenges to daily operations when the network is suddenly split across multiple sites. Traditionally, a LAN extension is implemented with a dark fiber (very expensive) point-to-point VPN over the internet or one of various carrier Leased-line solutions. The monthly cost, […]

June 11, 2015 Wireless no Comments
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Who’s (ab)using your guest network?

These days, everyone seems to expect free Wi-Fi but as a facility manager, Amenity Wi-Fi (guest wireless) can be a painful proposition. When you offer guest wireless access, YOU are tech support! (“Hey, I put a wireless card in my Apple Newton… can you help me hook up to the Wi-Fi?”) For those not in […]

April 30, 2015 Wireless no Comments
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