White Papers


Wireless LAN

802.11ac In-Depth →
802.11ac is a set of physical layer enhancements for higher throughput in the 5-GHz band, chiefly with video in mind. To achieve this, 802.11ac extends the techniques pioneered in 802.11n: More antennas, wider channels and more spatial streams, along with a number of new features that significantly improve throughput and reliability.

Improve Air Quality by Minimizing SSIDs →
This white paper explains the negative effects that multiple virtual access points can have on available wireless LAN bandwidth and makes recommendations that help optimize deployments.

Secure the air for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 2.0 Compliance →
Retailers can have secure end-to-end mobility in stores, distribution centers and headquarters while consolidating wired, wireless and remote networks into one centralized architecture. This unifies security, network access and management services and delivers higher levels of operational efficiency at lower cost.

The Whys and Hows of Deploying Large-Scale Campus-wide Wi-Fi Networks →
Deploying a large-scale, campus-wide wireless LAN presents many challenges that can delay its ubiquitous adoption in higher education environments. This white paper explains how to overcome coverage challenges, capacity limitations, density requirements and security concerns.

WLAN RF Architecture Primer: Single-Channel & Adaptive Multi-Channel Models →
This paper examine the advantages and disadvantages of the single-channel RF architecture compared to the adaptive, cellular-like alternative. The RF model is a significant aspect of WLAN architectures, and the initial selection of a single-channel model drives significant consequences, both good and bad.


Mobile Devices & Apps

Tunneled Internet Gateway →
The Aruba Tunneled Internet Gateway lets mobile device users wirelessly access the Internet without compromising the security of the restricted network. Unsecure Internet traffic is logically and cryptographically separated from restricted network traffic across the entire network.

Interactive Learning 2.0: How Wi-Fi Enhances Learning and Improves
Student/Teacher Interaction →

The virtualization of smart classrooms, coupled with the propagation of interactive learning throughout and outside the classroom, is just the start of a movement to extend and improve the quality of learning. Ubiquitous Wi-Fi deployments are enabling these exciting new paradigms and wireless technology is now available to easily deploy and manage high quality, interactive learning environments.

Bringing QoS Over Wireless LAN into Focus →
In this paper, we will briefly examine Wi-Fi QoS standards, and see the role these play in delivering end-to-end QoS. The paper will conclude with a detailed explanation of Aruba’s self-tuning QoS mechanisms and how they ensure the reliable delivery of latency-sensitive voice and video streams.

Mobile device and app behavior over Wi-Fi and best practices for wireless networks →
WLANs must be able to distinguish between corporate apps like Box and personal apps like FaceTime, especially on the same mobile device. It’s also critical to track mobile app usage over Wi-Fi and to know how much bandwidth specific mobile apps use on each device.


Network Management

Driving Operational Efficiency: A Guide to Using AirWave for Service Desk Troubleshooting →
This white paper provides a step-by-step guide explaining how the service desk can use AirWave 7 for triage and troubleshooting, so that the network engineering staff can focus on the real Level 3 problems.

Using AirWave RAPIDS to Implement Wireless Security and PCI Compliance →
As WLANs become mission critical, organizations are finding that the operational aspects of network security take on much greater importance. Technical requirements are only one part of the equation; regulatory requirements relating to Wi-Fi are also consuming significant time and resources, prompting many to rethink their approach to security in network operations.

Network Access Control for Mobile Networks →
While it is unanimously agreed that network access control is a problem, opinions differ about how to address it.

WLANs for High Reliability and Performance: 6 Best Practices You Can Implement Now →
It is now possible to offer the benefits of enterprise mobility to everyone, everywhere. Organizations are deploying 802.11n infrastructures to expand existing wireless LANs (WLANs) to more locations, replace older, less reliable technologies, and rightsize their wired networks.