What are some of the best whitepapers you've found on various 802.11 WLAN topics?

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David, to wrap up this hour of discussion, let's build a list of great whitepapers on various 802.11 topics. What are some of your favorites, possibly even including documents like design guides and such - like the excellent high density doc that Aerohive makes available?
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Here is the great Aerohive High Density whitepaper: http://www.aerohive.com/pdfs/Aerohive-Whitepaper-Hi-Density%20Principles.pdf

And here is the page with other Aerohive whitepapers as well: http://www.aerohive.com/resource-library

Just click on Whitepaper under "Types"

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Interestingly, at PC Magazine's website, Aerohive currently rules they day on whitepapers: http://whitepapers.pcmag.com/wireless/802x/
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We also have several whitepapers on security, mesh Wi-Fi and other topics here at CWNP: http://www.cwnp.com/training/freeresources/whitepapers/
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"802-11_arbitration" by Markus Burton. That is a very useful for CWAP studies & in general 802.11 studies.
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Thanks for the link Tom..
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Fantastic white paper by Marcus Burton
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Agreed. Fantastic resource that I am using as a reference regularly. It's a must have. 

I'd also recommend the infamous "Chicken and the egg"  white paper by Devin Akin: http://www.cwnp.com/uploads/802-11i_key_management.pdf
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Every vendor offers a boatload of white papers that available for free for download. Yes, WLAN vendor white papers can be biased and often have too much marketing and not enough technical info. That being said, if you look hard enough on the vendor web sites, you will find some precious jewels of information in the form of white papers. 
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As Tom mentioned,  one of my favorite Aerohive white papers is about High-Density Design.  We also have a competitor with an orange logo that has a very good white paper on the same subject.
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Yes, their design guides are certainly worth the time.
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The Wi-Fi Alliance is also a GREAT RESOURCE and they have many free white papers.  The only problem is that their web site appears to be offline today :(

http://www.wi-fi.org
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I wonder, have any of our participants found a great whitepaper that helped them understand 802.11 technologies?

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Keith Parsons www.wlanpros.com is also an excellent source. His recorded podcats contains some good stuff. with references to many other places and WLAN gurus.and their blogs and white papers.
Also check his free to view/download recorded session from the conferences he runs. will take a week to listen to it all. Most of it is vendor-neutral.
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I recently started reading Devin Akin's collection at http://divdyn.net/library/. Very good reads.
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All vendors offer various degrees of technical documentation. Design Guides, How-to-Guides, white papers and help files are great resources even if they are vendor specific.  At Aerohive we have a fantastic documentation team. One of our best resources is the HiveManger Help file:  HiveManager Help Files for Enterprise Mode
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Vendors are also doing creative things with interactive documentation.   This is a neat free resource from Aerohive that you can download in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hivebook-aerohive-access-points/id826271125?mt=11
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You can even see David Coleman and all the other great members of the Aerohive Training team in videos throughout the iBook explaining wireless concepts and demonstrating how-to steps. 
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I did the WiFU certification (Offensive Security) at the same time I was studying for CWNA and the practical excercises and the lot of Wireshark packages helped me to understand a great deal of the wireless processes take place in a wireless solution.
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Good links!

I know this one is really good too:
http://wirelesslanprofessionals.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Math-Physics-for-the-RF-Engineer-Joe-...

"I'm Going To Let My Chauffeur Answer That"
Math and Physics for the 802.11 Wireless LAN Engineer

as it says "A Discussion of What Every LAN Engineer Should Know About 802.11" ;)
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