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Expanding Your Network, Creating More Bandwidth

When you think about it, your network is a lot like the road to a small town on the cusp of an incredible population explosion. There’s a nice infrastructure supporting the small amount of people leaving and returning, and that’s all that’s needed. As more people find out about this wonderful place, the town grows and that two-lane highway can’t support the influx of new people making their lives there. Suddenly there are traffic snarls, roads are constantly in disrepair and trash is strewn everywhere.

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The town grew too fast and it needed better, wider roads to allow traffic to flow freely.

Thanks to more devices, data-intensive apps (video and Voice Over Wi-Fi) and the Internet of Things, your network is going to witness a boom similar to that small town—and it’s going to be sooner than you think. Unlike that town that was blindsided by change, you can anticipate and proactively solve this growth problem right now.

For a full overview of the recent Cisco NPI Launch, click here.

Cisco Aironet 2800 and 3800 Series Access Points (APs) are the high-performance products that enlarge your bandwidth and eliminate data Read More »

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Forbes Bullish on Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Access Points

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In a recent review posted on Forbes.com, tech writer Kurt Marko heaped praise on the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 access points. He called the Cisco products a, “stellar example of enterprise wireless system designed for small-to-medium sized businesses.” The article went on to further praise the ease and the short time it took to set up the access points.

In the article, Mobility Express was also praised. Marko said, “(Mobility Express) features a beautifully designed Web management interface exposing a plethora of network data and configuration settings.”

Marko favorably compared the Cisco access points with similar Ruckus products and found that the Cisco products held several advantages over its competitor. Among Marko’s highlights in that comparison were: Read More »

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Miercom Report: Out in Front with Wave 2

In case you haven’t heard, 802.11ac Wave 2 is here. We’ve been shipping our first 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, the Aironet 1850 and 1830 since the the middle of 2015 and the list of 802.11ac Wave 2 client devices is growing almost daily. The most important enhancement to 802.11ac Wave 2 is multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). MU-MIMO gives access points the ability to transmit to multiple clients at the same time, instead of one after amiercomnother.  For a more in-depth look at MU-MIMO, check out our 802.11ac White Paper.

At Cisco we pride ourselves on high-performing hardware, as well as an unparalleled software feature set. So to back this up, we asked Miercom, a leading independent testing company, to help us verify the performance of our 802.11ac Wave 2 access points against the competition. For Cisco, the contenders were:

  • Cisco Aironet 1852i, a 4×4:4 AP, supports MU-MIMO, and has two gigabit Ethernet uplinks, and a USB port.
  • Cisco Aironet 1832i, a 3×3:2 AP, with MU-MIMO support and a USB port.
  • Cisco Aironet 3702i, a 4×4:3 AP with Cisco High Density Experience (HDX) and a slot for an expansion module.
  • The results from Miercom are clear: Read More »

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Miercom Says: Cisco Wave 2 Access Points Best in the Business

The 802.11ac Wave 2 standard is coming soon. Companies who specialize in wireless networks have been trumpeting that fact for over a year while simultaneously claiming that their products are the best solutions. There is only one company that aced the performance tests and costs a lot less than its competition—the answer may surprise you.

KQ63034Miercom compared three Cisco Wave 2-based access points, with 802.11ac Wave 2-based Aruba and Ruckus Wave 2 access point. The independent testing lab found that the Cisco access points trounced the other brands in its performance tests. Not only did the Cisco access points— the Cisco Aironet 1852i in particular—meet or exceed the performance of Aruba and Ruckus products, but it was also a less expensive solution than the others. In fact, the Cisco Aironet products were anywhere from $300 to $400 less expensive than the Aruba or Ruckus devices.

The Cisco Aironet 1852i was the only access point that could deliver an aggregate throughput of over 1Gbps. Providing 1Gbps of throughput is a major feature of the Wave 2 standard. Neither the Ruckus R710—which tested at 570Mbps—or the Aruba AP-326—which registered at just 350Mbps—could deliver anywhere close to the Cisco number.

In a test where the number of clients grows from 10 to 100, the Read More »

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Order Up! The Cisco Aironet 1850 AP is Now Available!

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During the Cisco Live! event in San Diego, CA, the Aironet 1850 Access Point was unveiled to the public. Now Cisco has followed up the device’s debut and has announced the orderability and the shipping of the Aironet 1850 AP.

A perfect fit for any small or medium-sized networks, the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP is an entry-level device boasting cutting-edge 802.11ac Wave 2 capabilities that offers faster client performance. This high performance is enabled by multi-user, multi-in, multi-out (MU-MIMO) and the ability to offload to wired networks with two gigabit Ethernet ports.

When your network upgrades to Wave 2, you are afforded the abilities to take advantage of increased wireless bandwidth and to handle the demands of many more devices at one time. Gone are the days of slow and bottlenecked WiFi speeds. With a Wave 2 migration, you’re essentially stretching the bandwidth you already have.

The devices that connect to the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP don’t all have to be Wave 2 compliant. The AP supports the newest generations of WiFi clients as well as any of the previous generations.

For more information or to order the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP, please go here.

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