Apple released another update to macOS in the form of the 11.2.2 update although it appears that Apple haven’t gotten around to uploading a updated version of their macOS installer. I have a feeling that since Apple were happy to push out the 11.2.2 update gives me the impression that macOS 11.3 and iOS 14.5 it is still a month or two away – iOS will probably be released first with macOS 11.3 probably being released when the rumoured product refresh occurs in the next couple of months. Just this week Apple has released beta 3 – keeping in mind that any release notes only has the most high profile fixes and generally excludes any security fixes since disclosing those involve disclosing vulnerabilities that need to be kept hush-hush so that the baddies don’t get a hold of that information and start exploiting them.

Ubiquiti has released the UDM 1.9 firmware which includes support for WPA3 but keeping in mind that the firmware on the access point has to support it as well although I think I’ll stick with WPA2 until most of the bugs are hammered out in both the standard and the implementation. I’m happy that things are picking up in the world of Ubiquiti and I’m looking forward to the 5.x firmware series for my Unifi AP AC HD (although, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m looking to upgrading to a Wifi 6 AP when I upgrade my iMac and MacBook Pro to the new Apple Silicon). For all the issues experienced in the early days of owning a UDM, it was the best investments I ever made when it came to networking equipment.

The one thing I always remind people when it comes to buying something – yes, you an go for the cheaper option but 9/10 in the long run you end up spending more than if you went for the slightly more expensive option straight off the bat. In the world IT the general rule of thumb ‘you get what you pay for’ very much applies – although there are exceptions to that rule (high price but low quality but high market share due to inertia within the market when it comes to changing vendors. For example, see how long it took for the Microsoft Explorer monopoly to be undermined) but most of the time the general rule of thumb ends up being true. If you buy decent quality networking equipment it’ll run for years – set and forget with the occasional software update keeping the network secure.

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