What’s the deal with Wi-Fi 6?

Let us share with you why this version is so different from the others and why you should upgrade your network to the big 6.

First of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: Faster throughput speeds, better battery life for clients, and less bandwidth congestion

Second of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: Wi-Fi 6 allows you to future-proof your total network with Extreme solutions designed by the Wi-Fi experts at Keenan Systems.

Third of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: As video and voice continue to consume greater amounts of bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 ensures a quality of service that does not impact users or the business.

Fourth of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: Wi-Fi 6 makes it easy for IT and users to leverage IoT technologies easily as use the enterprise networks as the critical underlying infrastructure.

Fifth of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: More and more Wi-Fi 6-enabled clients are entering the market and are quickly becoming the standard.

Sixth of six reasons to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6: Keenan Systems has a team of experts that can help you upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, allowing you to enjoy all the breakthrough benefits.

Stop compromising! Enjoy an exceptional user experience across all of your devices with an Extreme Networks solution designed by the experts at Keenan Systems. Let us show you the way.

We’re On It! At Keenan Systems, it’s our job to protect the health of your Extreme network and solutions, while helping guide you through the ever-changing technology industry.

Wi-Fi 6 goes to the Extreme! The ExtremeWireless™ AP410 combines powerful Wi-Fi 6 technology, advanced security, and ML/AI management capabilities together into an enterprise class solution that allows you to deploy high-speed, highly secure Wi-Fi into the toughest environment. Let us show you more.

Success. Simplicity. Satisfaction. That’s what you get from the networking experts Keenan Systems who have all the answers for faster, better Wi-Fi!

The key to success is to keep moving forward. Learn to move forward by migrating to Wi-Fi 6 with the help of Extreme’s full portfolio of Wi-Fi 6 enabled products. Let us show you the way.

Start here! A wireless site survey is the key to planning and implementing a successful wireless network installation. The experts at Keenan Systems get it right the first time!

Is your network secure? Are you sure? With so many people working from home, your network security could be compromised. Keenan Systems can assess your network’s strengths and challenges. Let us show you the way.

We’re here for you. Keenan Systems is your resource for answers and assistance on your hardware, Extreme network, mobility solutions, new challenges and future opportunities. Contact us to learn more.

Four Reasons to Consider Wi-Fi 6 in Your School District

There’s no question that the recent pandemic has affected every aspect of our daily lives. For some, it’s served as an interruption. While, for others, it’s been a permanent game changer. K-12 education is a group that has been hit the hardest. In addition to figuring out immediate solutions for the 2019-2020 school year, they’re scrambling to put together plans for the uncertain 2020-2021 school year.

While there are a lot of issues to consider, never have schools been more reliant and dependent on a secure and trustworthy Wi-Fi system. School sites getting smarter, with more devices and more digital content in the classroom, as well as additional IoT is unlocking increased conveniences, efficiency, and safety. Adding to that, the lack of high-speed Internet at home has forced students to connect to the schools Wi-Fi in order to complete assignments during quarantine. A number of schools are fast-tracking the addition of outdoor Wi-Fi to meet this critical demand.

With Wi-Fi 6 emerging on the scene, each school district should consider the different options regarding how to best upgrade their aging wireless LANs. Wi-Fi 6 is the industry certification program based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, and it provides the capacity, efficiency, coverage, and performance required by users today in the most demanding Wi-Fi environments. Some key benefits include:

  • Higher data rates
  • Increased capacity
  • Performance in environments with many connected devices
  • Improved power efficiency

Of course, even before the pandemic took hold, school IT budgets are notoriously stretched thin and scrutinized. Each district needs to evaluate the needs of their physical locations as well as the needs of their students and faculty, both for today and in the uncertain future. Here are four reasons to consider migrating to Wi-Fi 6.

Deliver a better experience

Wi-Fi 6 is ready to handle a growing and diverse amount of applications and traffic. Multiple devices connected to an access point can communicate at the same time. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to handle demanding applications like voice, collaborative applications, and streaming video with ease. And it enables the fast growing contingent of IoT devices to share the airspace nicely.

Eliminate Wi-Fi pain points

Wi-Fi 6 is ideal for ultra-high-density mobile environments, like large multipurpose rooms, auditoriums and stadiums. If students and faculty are reporting poor wireless connectivity in these areas, consider deploying Wi-Fi 6 strategically.

plan for the Future

If you’re considering a network refresh or extending Wi-Fi to new areas, it makes sense to put the latest Wi-Fi technology into the consideration mix. Deploying Wi-Fi 6 now will enable your district to move forward with a great educational and operational experience, without worrying about Wi-Fi capacity for the next several years.

Build a solid network foundation for IoT

When mounted on the ceiling, access points are ideally positioned to provide coverage for devices that use Wi-Fi, Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The 410i/e Access Point from Extreme Networks, for example, is a tri-radio AP with Wi-Fi 6 data rates up to 4.8 Gbps and dedicated dual-band threat sensor and is ideal for temperature controls, intrusion detection, energy management, asset tracking as well as wayfinding and geofencing for location services. Wi-Fi 6 can even extend the battery life of IoT devices. It has a power-efficient operating mode that minimizes battery drain, allowing allows devices to sleep for longer periods between checking in with the access point.

Naturally, there are a number of questions to be answered before decisions can be made. Will Wi-Fi 6 connect with current endpoints? Will we need to re-haul our entire system? Which vendors are best suited for Wi-Fi 6? The Wi-Fi experts at Keenan Systems are available to help you answer these questions and more, allowing you to make an educated decision before moving forward.  With a new year right around the corner, perhaps a new Wi-Fi system is just what’s needed. Connect with Keenan Systems to ensure you’re ready for the new normal… whatever that may be.

Do Hotels Need to Upgrade to Wi-Fi 6?

There’s so much to consider when running a hotel or any type of hospitality venue. And in 2020, that number has increased exponentially? Now that Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) has been introduced, is it critical that it be considered? The answer depends, really, on if your business model focuses on giving guests what they want and if you aim for repeat business. Oh, it is? And, you do? Well, then… read on.

It turns out, reliable WiFi is extremely important to business travelers. According to Motorola Solutions’ “The Growing Importance of WiFi in Hotels,” a recent study reveals that more 90% of business travelers want reliable WiFi access in their rooms, while a third stated they would not return to a hotel that did not meet this expectation. Another study reports that one in three people travelling for leisure purposes would not return to a hotel with poor internet access. In other words, lesser-quality Internet service could translate into a painful loss of business.

Many travelers have, in fact, ranked quality Wi-Fi is their #1 hotel amenity. That’s why it is incumbent upon hospitality businesses today to offer high-quality, seamless connectivity for their customers. Smart network infrastructure from manufacturers such as Extreme Networks meets the unique business and physical needs of the mobile-driven hospitality environment, including switching, centralized management, and contextual network analytics. And Extreme offers the ability to outfit customized, high-quality guest wireless across any property regardless of the existing infrastructure deployed, enabling organizations with the ability to:     

  • Connect with guests across an environment, regardless of the existing infrastructure deployed
  • Harness actionable analytics and better understand guest engagement behaviors and preferences
  • Identify, secure, and manage the broad range of ‘Things” (or IoT) connecting to the network 
  • Leverage location-based services and create a value-added personalized experience.

So, what about this next generation of Wi-Fi? It is designed to work even better in high-user-density situations such as stadiums, airports, malls – and yes, hotels and convention centers – anywhere with a lot of simultaneous users, or even locations with a lot of Internet-enabled devices or applications such as videoconferencing that use a lot of bandwidth.

Wi-Fi 6 enables eight simultaneous communication streams, as well as implements beamforming technology to aim those streams more accurately at the receiver’s antenna. It also incorporates several other existing technologies, many from the cellular space, and uses them together in new ways to improve Wi-Fi performance in other ways. For example, more data can be transmitted per packet, and the available communication spectrum can be used more efficiently, making it easier for devices to find a clear path to the access point.

It’s important to note that Wi-Fi 6 is not just the next in a series of technology advancements, it’s a leap to the next level with visible benefits. And it’s designed specifically for high traffic applications, such as hotels. So, does it benefit you to upgrade? Absolutely. Do you NEED to? Well, that’s a question you should discuss with the Wi-Fi experts at Keenan Systems. They are available to help you answer these questions and more, allowing you to make an educated decision before moving forward.  Connect with Keenan Systems to ensure you’re as relaxed and comfortable as you try to make your guests.

Remotely Deploy Great Wi-Fi With Ruckus Cloud


With the new ruckus cloud you can onboard Access Points and switches from across the country using the ruckus cloud website or app.  You can have Keenan Systems drop ship access points or switches directly to your customer and then remotely configure them.  You can even invite us to help setup your cloud networks.



With the ruckus cloud app you can monitor and create Wi-Fi networks from your pocket!



You can even managed your switches using the ruckus cloud



Most ruckus access points are cloud ready and you can convert any unleashed or zonedirector managed access point (R500 or newer) to cloud managed with a simple firmware update. Contact me for questions.

The cloud license cost covers 24/7 support, software upgrades and a mobile app for configuration and monitoring.

Unlike other solutions you can convert your cloud managed access points back to zonedirector managed or unleashed at any time protecting your investment. Also AP’s continue to work even if a cloud subscription ends.


Please contact me today for a quote with special cloud promotion pricing. There are no minimums you can start with as little as one cloud managed AP.

Jeff Keenan


860 748 4110