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Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 – The Performance You Need, At the Price You Want

It doesn’t matter whether you’re running the IT department for a small operation or a multi-national conglomerate; you’re going to share similar worries. Whether it’s securing your network or keeping it up-to-date, both large and small companies are feeling the effects of the growing need to support wireless devices and maybe more importantly the growing impact of their applications. The difference is, the bigger company usually has the money and the resources to address those issues while building for the future. The little company? Not so much.


Until now.

As part of Cisco’s Mobility Express solution announcement on Tuesday, September 15, the Cisco Aironet 1830 Access Point (AP) was released. This access point joins the Cisco Aironet 1850 Series Access Point—released in June—in helping smaller and medium-sized business keep up with the big companies.

Cisco Aironet 1830 Series Access Point is the lowest cost enterprise-class access point on the market and is a terrific first step in preparing for the impact of new 802.11ac Wave 2 devices and the applications they serve. It’s inevitable that your customers will demand Read More »

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Cellular Calls on your nearest Wi-Fi AP

Can you place phone calls over Wi-Fi to save roaming costs when you travel abroad? Is there an easy solution for making phone calls despite poor indoor cellular coverage?

The answer is Yes! You can do all of the above using a new solution adopted by service providers and cell phone vendors known as Wi-Fi calling. The most compelling aspect of the solution is its non-intrusive nature. You don’t need to install any apps or change your directory; it’s all tightly integrated and built into the phone itself.


Mobile Service Providers (MSP’s) are extensively using Wi-Fi to offload data to meet the ever-increasing demands of mobile device users. In the next phase of Mobile-Offloading MSP’s are now supporting Voice over Wi-Fi (and refer to it as Wi-Fi calling).

iOS and Android devices support it today. Apple’s supports Wi-Fi calling with newer phones along with iOS8, whereas on the Android front, Wi-Fi source code is publicly available, and is being supported on almost 30+ phones.

Services providers are embracing Wi-Fi calling throughout the world. As Sprint and T-Mobile are leading the way in the US; EE in UK and 3, SmarTone are early adopters in Asia. Wi-Fi calling is expected to be supported by larger variety of mobile devices and offered on more MSPs by the end of 2015. AT&T has already enabled this service in the latest version of iOS 9 beta.

Challenges in enabling Wi-Fi calling on IT managed Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks

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Improve Your Backbone, Improve Your Business

Cisco recently announced the Cisco Catalyst 6840-X backbone switch to address new network backbone needs, especially in space constrained deployments.

According to the Visual Networking Index, Network traffic has grown exponentially over the last several years, and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2018, there will be over 20 billion networked devices, a 100% increase from 10 billion in 2011. Business IP traffic is expected to reach 13.1 exabytes per month in 2016[1].

While devices grow in number, wireless connectivity speed is increasing. Gigabit wireless (802.11ac) enables a network that is three times faster due to its 1.3 Gbps capacity.  802.11ac Wave 2 more than doubles that.  Thus, the bottleneck is moving “up the network” from wireless AP to the access uplinks. With 1G becoming the standard for access switch ports, access switch uplinks will need to move to ubiquitous 10G and 40G.

To help improve business, networks must be capable of scaling well beyond the needs of today to deal with the traffic of tomorrow while at the same time providing investment protection.  While most Enterprise network engineers agree with this approach, the actual number of enterprises moving in this direction is still relatively small. According to a report published by the Dell’Oro Group, it’s not a technology issue – there are plenty of products on the market to handle 10G – but the economics of the network upgrade remain the key challenges, such as equipment cost, expense of upgrading and future proofing.

Cisco is changing those economics by offering easy, cost effective, network upgrades to support the explosion of mobile devices and video applications. The Cisco Catalyst 6840-X Series Switch is a prime example. Read More »

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Putting Cisco on the Map at ONS

ONS1When one of the oil and gas industry’s largest events needed a solution to save resources, time and money, they called Cisco. At the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference, organizers wanted to find a way to eliminate the paper maps, guides and updates that needed to be printed for the over 90,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors participating at the event. Forgoing the printed material, ONS came up with the idea of a digital app to guide conference goers around their show.

With the help of Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) ecosystem partner, MazeMap, ONS had the searchable and linkable maps it needed. With Cisco CMX Location Analytics, ONS identified and addressed congestion at the venue.

“Cisco CMX is a key component of our wayfinding solutions,” says Thomas Jelle, CEO at MazeMap. “Attendees can search for exhibitors on the ONS app and maps guide them to the booth they’re looking for.”

The next part of their solution was installing the hardware needed to make sure those maps made it to their attendees’ wireless devices. Using Cisco switches and wireless access points (APs) with integrated 802.11ac, ONS was able to provide their members with the ability to navigate the 40,000 square meters of conference space spread out over multiple buildings. Read More »

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Cisco and Brunel University Prepare for WiFi Future Together!

brunel1Understanding how quickly technology is growing year over year, Brunel University London looked to Cisco to enhance its bring your own device (BYOD) program with an all-encompassing and reliable WiFi access solution. In addition to the continuous WiFi access, Brunel University needed to make sure that network usage was both secure and visible.

To meet the University’s needs, Cisco devised and delivered a complete BYOD Smart Solution that included access points (APs), controllers, security and network management. This solution needed to be robust enough for the 17,000 University users spread out over the 70 campus buildings.

The Cisco solution included the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series APs with integrated 802.11ac, Cisco Mobility Service Engine, Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) for Wireless, Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2), Cisco SCE 8000 Series Service Control Engine as well as Cisco security, management and services software. Read More »

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