NYC local event: UNIGROUP 26-JAN-2017 (Thu) Meeting: Latest WiFi Standards

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The UNIGROUP meeting for 26-JAN-2017 (Thu)
is: Latest WiFi Standards

Unigroup is THIS week on Thursday evening...
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Please understand the "Fee Schedule" below.
Every meeting includes dinner, which is usually catered.
That is the group's main expense.



     Topic:  The Latest WiFi Standards

   Speaker:  Conor Lyons, Sr. Solutions Architect,
             Advanced Solutions Group,
             ITsavvy <

      When:  Thursday, January 26th, 2017  (** SPECIAL 4th Thursday **)

     Where:  The Cooper Union  <
             School of Engineering
             41 Cooper Square       (3rd Ave @ 7th St, bet. 6th & 7th Sts)
             East Village, Manhattan
             New York City
             Meeting Room: 502  (** New Building: 5th Floor **)

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

      Cost:  See the Meeting+Membership Fee Schedule Below.


   Unigroup wishes you a Happy New Year 2017!

   Unigroup's January 2017 meeting will be on the Latest Wireless
   Communications WiFi Standards.

   *** Note: This meeting is happening +1 week later than normal.

   Unigroup Elections: Unigroup holds Board of Director Elections
   every January.  If you are a Unigroup Member and would like to
   run for the Unigroup Board, please contact us on or before our
   January meeting.  Board members are expected to regularly
   attend Unigroup General and Board Meetings, and basically help
   the rest of the board run Unigroup.  If you would like to help
   out Unigroup, but not join the board officially, please let us
   know.  Unigroup needs your help!  Unigroup is a not-for-profit
   volunteer organization, and has been serving the Greater NYC
   Metro Unix/Linux/BSD Users Community for over 30 years!

   Unigroup has a couple of interesting meetings in the works on the
   following topics: The Latest C/C++ Standards, The State of the C++
   Ecosystem, High Performance Computing Clusters, Fiber+Copper
   Network Cabling Infrastructure/Standards.



   Most Unigroup meetings are open to the public!

   To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
   Registration Page:

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   (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
   Please avoid Emailed RSVPs.

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   for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
   registered for this meeting, please check your Email for any last
   minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
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   If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
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   Also, if you have an interest in Unigroup, be sure to receive
   Unigroup information DIRECTLY from Unigroup, via direct receipt
   of our Emails and by visiting the Unigroup Web Site.  NO OTHER
   SOURCE provides timely, accurate and complete Unigroup information.

   Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
   prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
   RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

   Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
         will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
         properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
         seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
         If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
         still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
         we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
         you are "not on the list" (note: things tend to work out OK).



   Topic: The Latest WiFi Standards

   Related Topics/Keywords

   Computer Network Communications, Wireless/WiFi, 802.11, Standards.

   Introduction & Description of Talk:

   This talk will be an overview of Wireless WiFi Communications
   Standards and WiFi Fundamentals.

   Presentation Outline

     I. Overview of Wireless Standards, Organizations, and Fundamentals

        a. IEEE
        b. Federal Communications Commission
        c. International Telecommunications
        d. Internet Engineering Task Force
        e. Wi-Fi Alliance

    II. Radio Frequency Fundamentals

        a. Radio Frequency Characteristics
           1. Wavelengths
           2. Frequency
           3. Amplitude
           4. Phase
        b. Radio Frequency Behaviors
           1. Wave Propagation
           2. Absorption
           3. Loss (Attenuation)
           4. Multipath
           5. Gain

   III. Wireless Network Technologies

        a. ISM Bands
           1. 900Mhz, 2.4Ghz, 5.8Ghz
        b. UNII Bands
           1. UNII-1, UNII-2, UNII-2 Extended, UNII-3

    IV. WLAN Design and Troubleshooting

        a. 802.11 Coverage considerations
           1. Roaming vs Layer-3 Roaming
           2. Co-Channel Interference
           3. Channel Reuse
           4. High Density vs Low Density designs
        b. Capacity vs. Coverage

     V. Site Survey Fundamentals

        a. Business Requirements
        b. Capacity vs Coverage
        c. Security Requirements
        d. Tools and equipment
        e. Active vs Passive survey
        f. Manual vs Predictive

    VI. Very High Throughput (VHT) 802.11ac wave 1 and 2

        a. Modulation techniques
        b. Channel Bonding
        c. SU-MIMO vs MU-MIMO

   References & Web Resources:

   Wi-Fi Alliance:

   IEEE 802.11ac (Wikipedia):

   IEEE 802.11 (Wikipedia):

   IEEE 802.11 Working Group:

   IEEE-SA Standards "GET 802" Program:

   "802.11ac: A Survival Guide" at O'Reilly Labs:

   Network Computing on How Does MU-MIMO Work?

   Cisco Technical WhitePaper on 802.11ac Wi-Fi:


   Speaker Biography

   Conor Lyons, Solutions Architect

   Conor brings an in-depth knowledge of designing and deploying local
   area networks, security, and wireless solutions with a proven track
   record for resolving mission critical issues while adapting to
   rapidly changing environments that ensure bottom line success.

   Conor has more than 10 years in diverse information technology and
   industry experience.  He has fulfilled multiple roles in systems
   design, deployment and support of wireless and network-based access
   controlled solutions.  Conor is an experienced lead engineer of
   network technologies ranging from LAN/WAN, Security, Datacenter,
   and Wireless.  He has hundreds of WLAN deployments in through his
   career with over 20,000 access points deployed.

   Conor's professional career includes: ITsavvy Inc, Marcum
   Technologies, Core BTS, Custom Computer Specialists, St. John's
   University, Intelligent Network Communications, ICOA/Webcenter
   Technologies, and a central school district.

   DeVry University - Bachelor, Network & Communication Management.
   Johnson & Wales University - BS, Network Engineering.
   Technologies: LAN/WAN, 802.11, 802.1X, DHCP, DNS, OSPF, EIGRP,
   RIP, HSRP, TLS, VSS, VoIP, mDNS, Multicast.


   Company Biography

   For information about ITsavvy, please visit:



   Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have
   been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their
   books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
   meetings.  The publishers always ask that the persons receiving
   the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

   Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
   provided by their User Group programs.

   As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
   start of the meeting.

   Note: Our book supply is currently running low, and we need to


   Fee Schedule:

   Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
   and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
   there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
   their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
   meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

       Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting Fee:                  $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

     * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.
                        MasterCard, VISA, Discover (since 2013).

     ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
       currently enrolled in classes (rather than working
       full-time), and as such, your Student ID should show
       a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
       containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
       current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
       to university facilities just does not feel right.
       If your ID contains no date, please bring
       additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

   NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
         NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.

   Members: Remember to bring your Unigroup membership card with
            you to the meeting, to confirm your yearly renewal date!



   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

   This normally includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef,
   chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads
   (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water
   and assorted SOFT beverages.

   ** However, we are planning Pizza and Soft Drinks for this meeting.



     The Cooper Union  <
     School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
     41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th St, between 6th & 7th Streets)
     East Village, Manhattan
     New York City, 10003
     Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room Changes Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7 Street.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to Unigroup (the room varies from month-to-month).

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
                   or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East,
                   or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
     Astor Place (8th Street), across from the West side of
     Cooper Square, as well as various others in the area.


   Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
   Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   ** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
      in an upcoming announcement.  Unigroup issues a "Thank You"
      to all our speakers and sponsors!

   Our thanks goes to The Cooper Union School of Engineering,
   and its staff, for hosting our meetings.






   We have a series of meetings in the works:
   - 20170126: The Latest WiFi Standards.
   - 2017????: What's new in the latest C/C++ Standards.
   - 2017????: The State of the C++ Ecosystem.
   - 2017????: High Performance Computing Clusters.
   - Planning: Popular Linux Distribution Round-Up and Comparison
               (aka: Are there too many Linux Distributions?)
   - Planning: Building a Data Server with Oracle/Sun ZFS
   - Planning: Virtualization: KVM, Xen/XenServer, VirtualBox
   - Planning: DNS / Dynamic DNS
   - Planning: Fibrechannel and iSCSI Storage
   - Planning: IPsec and VPNs  (possibly 2 meetings)
   - Planning: Cloud and Grid Computing
   - Planning: Unix/Linux Authentication
   - Planning: NO SPAM!
   - Planning: Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
   - Planning: The latest on *BSD (FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD)
   - Planning: The latest on Solaris
   - Planning: Anti-Virus
   - Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
   - Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, apt, etc.)
   - Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - LAMP Part 2 - PHP/Python
   - Unix 40th+ Birthday Celebration
   - Samba
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - GNU Development Environments
   - Java and/or JavaScript Programming
   - Web Development Frameworks

   ** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
   technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
   the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
   Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
   volunteer organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event
   meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to the
   Unix/Linux/BSD Operating Systems and User Communities.  Unigroup
   meetings tend to be focused towards System Administrators, Network
   Administrators, and Software Developers.

   Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
   Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
   ability to hold monthly meetings at our regular meeting location.

   Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
     01/26/2017, 02/??/2017, 03/16/2017, 05/18/2017, 06/15/2017, ...
   Also watch for Special Event meetings and "Field Trips" to the
   facilities of local hardware and software vendors.

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   meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
   content suggestions for our newsletter.  Unigroup is a volunteer
   organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
   can help!


-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (-a_t-)

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