Matthew Gast

Matthew Gast

San Francisco, California

Matthew Gast is the director of product management at Aerohive Networks responsible for the software that powers Aerohive's networking devices. He has been active within the Wi-Fi community, serving as the chair of both security task groups at the Wi-Fi Alliance, where he leads efforts to extend the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) certification to incorporate newly developed security technologies and drive adoption of the strongest forms of security by network administrators. He also led the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wireless Network Management marketing task group's investigation of certification requirements for new power saving technologies. Matthew is also the past chair of the 802.11 revision task group of the 802.11 Working Group.

Building Proximity Applications with iBeacon Building Proximity Applications with iBeacon
by Matthew Gast
May 2014

802.11ac: A Survival Guide 802.11ac: A Survival Guide
by Matthew Gast
August 2013
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $16.99

802.11n: A Survival Guide 802.11n: A Survival Guide
by Matthew Gast
April 2012
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $16.99

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide
by Matthew Gast
Second Edition April 2005
Print: $44.95
Ebook: $35.99

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide
by Matthew Gast
April 2002
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T1: A Survival Guide T1: A Survival Guide
by Matthew Gast
August 2001
Print: $39.99

Network Printing Network Printing
by Matthew Gast, Todd Radermacher
October 2000
Print: $34.95

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iBeacons, privacy, and security

April 22 2014

iBeacons and various BLE technologies have the potential to shake up many established ways of doing business by streamlining interactions. Although there are potentially many uses for iBeacons, much of the initial discussion has focused on retail. (I’ll follow up with … read more

Application programming for iBeacons

April 04 2014

Once you are set up with an iBeacon, no matter whether it is a dedicated device or a program running on a host device, you are ready to start writing applications. The iBeacon “protocol” is simple, as we saw in … read more

Horseshoes, hand grenades, and building mobile applications

March 28 2014

As the old proverb goes, “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” It doesn’t quite apply when building mobile applications, however. Smaller screens and the resistance to extensive keyboard input define the input and output constraints of mobile apps, … read more

iBeacon basics

March 21 2014

As any programmer knows, writing the “hello, world” program is the canonical elementary exercise in any new programming language. Getting devices to interact with the world is the foundation of the Internet of Things, and enabling devices to learn about … read more

Battery technology is not keeping pace with computing power demands

March 13 2014

I’ve spent the past decade of my professional life working to enable connectivity everywhere with Wi-Fi. Back when I started working with Wi-Fi, it was a way of connecting laptops to the network more easily. These days, Wi-Fi is more … read more

Wearables and the immediacy of communication

March 07 2014

I drown in e-mail, which is a common affliction. With meetings during the day, I need to defer e-mail to breaks between meetings or until the evening, which prevents it from being a real-time communications medium. Everybody builds a communication … read more

Bluetooth Low Energy in public spaces

February 27 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about the new low-energy form of Bluetooth (BLE) recently, with an eye toward thinking about ways it can be used. The core advantages the protocol has over other similar standards is that it’s optimized for lower data … read more

Oobleck security

February 21 2014

I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot lately about the intersection of hardware and software, and how standing at that crossroads does not fit neatly into our mental models of how to approach the world. Previously, there was hardware and … read more

Searching for the software stack for the physical world

February 12 2014

When I flip through a book on networking, one of the first things I look for is the protocol stack diagram. An elegant representation of the protocol stack can help you make sense of where to put things, separate out … read more

Wearable computing and automation

December 06 2013

In a recent conversation, I described my phone as “everything that Compaq marketing promised the iPAQ was going to be.” It was the first device I really carried around and used as an extension of my normal computing activities. Of course, … read more

Wearable computing and automation

December 04 2013

In a recent conversation, I described my phone as “everything that Compaq marketing promised the iPAQ was going to be.” It was the first device I really carried around and used as an extension of my normal computing activities. Of course, … read more

Obstacles to future proofing home automation

September 25 2013

When contemplating a home-automation project — as with many other technology decisions — the right place to start is ensuring you’re purchasing something that is future proof. As a veteran of the networking industry, future proofing is a technology decision … read more

If This/Then That (IFTTT) and the Belkin WeMo

August 20 2013

Like most good technologists, I am lazy.  In practice, this sometimes means that I will work quite hard with a computer to automate a task that, for all intents and purposes, just isn’t that hard.  In fits and starts for … read more

Extending MythTV recording space with LVM

May 13 2006

I dearly love my MythTV system. I travel a lot, and it enables me to take TV with me to 35,000 feet. What I love best is that it’s growing with me. I recently added an Air2PC HD5000 card, so I now have a three-tuner box. (I hope to write… read more

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Webcast: Gigabit Wireless Networks with 802.11ac
September 19, 2013
With the development of 802.11ac, wireless LANs surpass the gigabit speed barrier. New protocol features add speed compared to 802.11n, and future developments promise even higher speed.

Webcast: High-speed Wireless Networks
August 08, 2012
Join Matthew Gast to learn why 802.11n is so fast, how to build a network based on it, and take a peek ahead at the coming gigabit standards.