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Welcome to the XCellAir Blog! A few promises:

  1. Self-promotion will be kept to a minimum and if the occasional blurb on some achievement is jotted down, it’ll be accompanied by a market or technology-related piece or two.
  2. We’ll be posting regularly…otherwise, what’s the point?!
  3. Periodically, the blog will have nothing to do with industry stuff. Our team is comprised of interesting individuals and we’d like to let you see behind the curtain.

Enjoy the reads, join in on the conversation and come back often!

Guerilla Engineering Part 2

Todd Mersch — 12 May 2017

Welcome to the second installment of our “Guerilla Engineering – Tales from the Start-Up Trenches” series of blog posts. This edition is half bravado and half ingenuity with […]

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Guerrilla Engineering Part 1

Todd Mersch — 26 April 2017

Much of our blog space is taken up with commentary on market trends or new technology, which is good, but it certainly is not the whole XCellAir™ story. That’s why I’ve decided […]

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Going Going Gone… Not so Fast

Todd Mersch — 5 April 2017

When watching sports, I suffer from chronic early celebration and – without fail – my exuberance acts as a jinx. “He’s going to take it to the house… fumble”, […]

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Wireless Evolution: Intelligence, Diversity and Harmony

Narayan Menon — 22 February 2017

Each year, the telecoms industry promises a revolution of some kind, stating that wireless technologies will change in a way that will disrupt our lives significantly. But revolutions […]

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Comcast’s new Wi-Fi solution only solves half of the problem

Todd Mersch — 13 February 2017

For a moment it seemed that Comcast had listened to our plea to service providers. At CES the company previewed its new smart home platform designed to make the onboarding of Wi-Fi […]

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What’s ahead in 2017? – XCellAir Trends Blog

Todd Mersch — 8 February 2017

2017 presents a wealth of prospects for the wireless industry, especially as operators seize opportunities in the home. But all will not be so easy if operators cannot overcome the […]

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You Likely Need More than One Wi-Fi AP

Todd Mersch — 31 January 2017

I’d like to start off by saying how excited and humbled we are with the overwhelmingly positive response to our Home Wi-Fi Advisor tool. Both the number of press outlets covering […]

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BestBuy wants to help Home Wi-Fi Engineer

Hardik Ajmera — 8 November 2016

For consumers, internet means Wi-Fi and that’s the technology of choice for their entertainment & work to security & convenience at home. In the quest to solve the home […]

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Battle of the bands – do you have the best, the fastest or the strongest Wi-Fi?

Todd Mersch — 20 October 2016

Comcast recently claimed to have “the fastest internet in America”. A pretty big and bold claim – and one that was quickly retracted thanks to the National Advertising Division […]

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ISPs must fight for their place in the home

Todd Mersch — 15 August 2016

Walk into your local Best Buy and another device is fighting for space alongside the 4K televisions and ever-thinner laptops: routers. It was once the case that these devices were […]

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Reaching the Urban Unconnected needs more than just ‘more Wi-Fi’

Todd Mersch — 7 July 2016

Last month saw the inaugural World Wi-Fi Day, run by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), as a tool to promote Wi-Fi for socioeconomic development, and also to focus stakeholder […]

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Ofcom’s plans aren’t enough – service providers need to manage Wi-Fi congestion

Narayan Menon — 23 May 2016

How do you solve a traffic jam? If the traffic on a road is congested during rush hour every day, what measures should the authorities take to manage the road better?

A very […]

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Ring’s Single Point of Failure

Todd Mersch — 19 April 2016

Pop quiz… what do a recent CBS Good Morning segment, the Wall Street Journal, and the best man from my wedding all have in common? They all provided the Wi-Fi based, camera-enabled […]

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Wi-Fi’s Not-So-Passive Approach for IoT

Narayan Menon — 11 April 2016

Although there has been a buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) for a few years now, Wi-Fi has been around for much longer. And even though it is older, Wi-Fi seems to have been […]

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Future of Home Networking – Single Play?

Hardik Ajmera — 5 April 2016

As my wife and I prepared to move house, I was given the task of making sure the Wi-Fi would work in every corner of our new home – not just because I am the techie of the house, […]

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Tragedy or Opportunity?

Todd Mersch — 15 March 2016

Recently Tim Worstall published an opinion piece in Forbes, “Free Cellphone Bandwidth and the Tragedy of the Commons” based on an article from Reuters covering a similar topic. […]

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MWC Survival Tips

Todd Mersch — 19 February 2016

On the eve of my ten-year anniversary attending the “Congress” (as us regulars call it…) I finally feel justified in sharing a few of my own strategies to thrive not just survive […]

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POTUS Puts White House Wi-Fi on Blast

Todd Mersch — 12 February 2016

During the annual pre-Super Bowl presidential interview, I still find it strange the president gets on TV before sporting events as a matter of tradition these days, many may have […]

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Hello HaLow

Todd Mersch — 2 February 2016

Well, I’ve been a bit of a stranger – it’s been super busy but I am trying hard to get back into regular blogging. The recent news in the IOT space provides a nice opportunity […]

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Improving Wi-Fi QoE with CableLabs®

Amit Agarwal — 10 December 2015

Hopefully you saw the recent news regarding our efforts with CableLabs® to demonstrate the potential of Wi-Fi radio resource management & self-organizing networks capabilities. […]

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