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Wi-Fi & Taxes: Digging into the 802.11b Penalty

It’s that time of year again in the US – Tax Time!  That time of year where we review the previous year’s bounty, calculate what’s due, and re-evaluate our strategies to see if we can keep more of what we worked for.  Things change; rules, the economy, time to retirement, and before you know it you find yourself working through alternatives and making some new decisions.

Anyway, as I was working through the schedules and rule sheets, my mind wandered and I started to think about Wi-Fi and the taxes associated with it.  In my day job, I often play the role of forensic accountant.  Like a tax accountant, I’m always looking for a way to get more or understand why there isn’t more already.  So along those lines, lets talk about a little known tax that you may well be paying needlessly.  I’m talking of course about the dreaded 802.11b Penalty.

Wi-Fi protocols like 802.11b are referenced by standards committees for the workgroup that develops them.  In the 2.4 GHz spectrum, there is 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n.  Back in 1997, 802.11b  was the first modern Wi-Fi protocol ratified by the IEEE and it allowed transmissions of 11 Mbps, a major jump forward from the previous 2 Mbps  that was possible with the original 802.11 standard.


After 802.11b came 802.11a, and then 802.11g.  Both of these protocols where a radical departure from the simplistic 802.11b structure and employed Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) modulation (now standard in every 802.11 protocol created since then).  OFDM allowed for Read More »

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And the winners are… Cisco Recognizes Global Award Winners at Cisco Partner Summit 2014

At Cisco, we’re fully committed to our partners’ success. That’s why we feel it’s important to recognize our top-performing partners for their outstanding achievements.

Last evening during a Global awards reception held at Cisco Partner Summit, taking place this week in Las Vegas, we had the distinguished privilege of honoring our top global partners for their best-in-class performance.  Sixteen global partners were selected for their exemplary performance across several categories.

Winners of the 2014 Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are:

  • Global Learning Partner of the Year — NIL Data Communications
  • Geo Region Partner of the Year – Nexus
  • SP Architecture Partner of the Year — ECCOM Network System Co. Ltd.
  • APJC Partner of the Year — Logicalis
  • Solution Innovation Partner of the Year — Step Logic
  • EMEAR Global Partner of the Year — BT Group
  • EMEAR Global Commercial Partner of the Year — Kelway UK Ltd.
  • Services Partner of the Year — Dimension Data Asia Pacific
  • Cloud Provider Partner of the Year — Telstra Corporation
  • Architectural Excellence – Collaboration — Presidio
  • Enterprise Partner of the Year — World Wide Technology, Inc.
  • Global Cloud Builder of the Year — ePlus
  • Cisco Capital of the Year — Dimension Data
  • Architectural Excellence – Data Center — CDW
  • Architectural Excellence – Enterprise Networks — Insight
  • Distributor Partner of the Year — Tech Data

On behalf of Cisco, we thank you for your continued partnership and applaud you on your success. Congratulations again to all the winners!

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Cisco Partner Ecosystem

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is expected to create $19 trillion in value over the next 10 years. It’s also creating unprecedented opportunities for our partners to help customers unlock the massive potential this major market phenomenon is bringing to bear.

In order to help our partners seize these opportunities and embrace related market transitions like cloud, Cisco is announcing today, at Cisco Partner Summit 2014, the evolution of our partner program into the Cisco Partner Ecosystem. The Cisco Partner Ecosystem, which includes our existing channel program and our services program, is designed to attract a much broader set of partners, like Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), technology and Internet of Things partners as well as consulting firms.

These partners will provide solutions that address changing market conditions, enable flexible consumption models and help customers achieve desired business outcomes.

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Metageek Chanalyzer Pro + Cisco CleanAir = Powerful RF Visualization

As I partake in Cisco Live! activities, I wonder how the network team handles the thousands of geeks with their 3-4 geek toys each connecting to Wi-Fi from anywhere around the convention center.  I know a thing or two about how they went about planning, but hey, there is always Murphy’s Law that creeps up and nothing (always) works as planned…surprise surprise… think about the size of this conference and the World of Solutions (trade show floor) where so many of the partners want to show off their latest and greatest capability by setting up their own network. BAM: you have interference of all kinds all over the place. It’s a good thing the AP’s that are deployed have Cisco CleanAir® Technology to automatically classify and mitigates the interference. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to visualize the interference and the RF?

Enter visualization and Metageek.

It doesn’t take long for someone in the wireless industry to know that Metageek’s geeks know a thing or two about giving sizzle to RF and packets. We’ve certainly been around long enough, so that’s why we’ve been working with Metageek to cook up the Chanalyzer Pro with Cisco CleanAir® , the industry’s most advanced spectrum intelligence technology with the industry’s most visually captivating and comprehensive RF analysis tool. Perhaps you caught yesterday’s press release?

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Retailers Must ‘Catch and Keep’ Today’s Demanding Digital Shoppers

Retailers are entering a new era of consumer shopping behavior fueled by the digital world in which we live. The explosion of digital content has major implications for retailers across all of the channels through which they offer products and services.

In fact, a new study just released by the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) reveals that web-based digital content is now the most powerful influence on buying decisions for shoppers across all retail channels. The study surveyed 5,000 shoppers across five countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and China.

The study’s results highlight the need for retailers to “catch and keep” today’s consumers, who now effortlessly “mash-up” digital and physical shopping. At this week’s National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention & Expo, Cisco will explain how retailers can take advantage of this evolution in consumer shopping behavior.

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