If you are an Enterprise IT Manager, this is a question that you must ask yourself if you are considering deploying 802.11ac for your enterprise wireless network. 802.11ac has some great benefits such as wirelike speed and being able to handle a high concentration of clients. However, there is more to consider when deploying 802.11ac. For instance, how do I handle RF interference now that 802.11ac support 80MHz channels? Will legacy devices such as 802.11g/a/n allow me to achieve the best performance that 802.11ac advertises? How can I ensure that my users get the best wireless performance when they roam across a building? And lastly, as more clients join the network, is my performance going to suffer? These are all valid concerns and are something that Cisco addresses with HDX. HDX is High Density Experience and is part of Cisco’s 802.11ac solution. We just wrapped up a 4 part blog series on HDX where we answer these questions:
- For Interference Mitigation, we have CleanAir for 80MHz Channels
- Getting the best performance out of your network even with legacy clients, we have ClientLink 3.0 Read More »
Tags: 11ac, 802.11ac, cleanair, competitor, deployment, gigabit, HDX, high density, interference mitigation, legacy client, Mhz, Miercom, network, performance, QoS, rf, technology, vendor, wi-fi, wifi, wireless, wlan
Bowdoin College is a liberal arts college based in the town of Brunswick, Maine. It houses 1839 students in about 100 buildings and offers 33 different majors and 4 minors. The Bowdoin IT Team are pioneering in nature as would be expected from the state whose motto, “Dirigo”, translates to “I lead”; adopting bleeding-edge best-in-class technologies to provide the optimal connected experience for students, faculty, staff and guests. This is counter-balanced with pragmatism in phasing the roll-out of these services.
This next generation pervasive WLAN network enables students to collaborate with each other anywhere on the campus and with the teachers in the classroom. In the previous blog in 2012, we described how Bowdoin upgraded to 3602 Access Points and used the innovative CleanAir technology tie-in with Event Driven Radio Resource Monitoring to optimize WLAN coverage. They also adopted the Cisco Prime and ISE 1.2 for manageability and consistent wired-wireless Policy respectively. In this blog, we will cover more details about the recent upgrade of the Wireless LAN Controller from the previous model WiSM to the new model 5760 and describe highlights of our conversation with Jason and Trevor about the WLAN deployment itself.
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Tags: bowdoin, Cisco, cleanair, college, customer, deployment, education, higher education, IPv6 in WLAN, IT, next-generation, roll-out, rollout, services, technology, university, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
We all know how close we are to our mobile devices and digital technology, and how much we rely on these new tools – 87% of us use our mobile device while on the go and 81% of users read email on their mobile – and all of us use some combination of the web, mobile, video, social media, computing power, collaboration tools, and digital networks in our daily business lives.
We take advantage of advanced digital technologies for efficiency, effectiveness, and loftier performance in business, so why wouldn’t an athlete use these technologies to their advantage while in training or on the field of athletic competition?
- NFL quarterbacks have in-helmet speakers and microphones to get plays called-in from the coaches on the sidelines (as noted by the green sticker on the back of the helmet).
- The America’s Cup racing teams go to elaborate measures and spend incredible sums of money to hone their boat hull technologies for competitive advantage.
- Better strength-training machines (and outlawed performance-enhancing drug cocktails) optimize the human body for maximum performance.
- Special fabric technologies reduce wind- and water-drag for a few hundredths-of-a-second advantage in skiing and swimming competitions.
The examples are all around us, in virtually every sport or game, including the university-level, professional, and the Olympics. Read More »
Tags: digital, Mark Yolton, olympics, technology
If you’ve worked on a K-12 wireless network, you’ll know that one of the main customer careabouts is adapting to Common Core Standards. Online testing and BYOD places even higher demands on a high quality, high performing network. What exactly needs to be taken into consideration when designing these networks?
Join us tomorrow Wednesday, February 5 for a great, informational webinar packed with tips and tricks on how to design K-12 networks to optimize for Common Core. If you work in education IT or are a partner or network consultant that handles lots of K-12 school district deployments, this is the webcast for you. We’re starting at 10am PST and will run for about 45-60 minutes--and there’ll be a chance for you to ask questions directly to Cisco engineers.
Register here today, or read the full article: Is Your Network Ready for Common Core Standards?
Tags: bandwidth, byod, common core, computer based assessment, computer-based, district IT, educate, education, endpoints, high density, IT, K-12, K12, learn, mandated online testing, mobile, mobility, network, online testing, school, security, standards, state standards, technology, wi-fi, wifi, wired, wireless, wlan
Today is the final day of a very busy and successful Cisco Live Milan 2014. Read my initial observations from the event earlier this week.
As the event draws to a close, lets look at some of the location analytics available via Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences solution (CMX) and perhaps try to answer some of the following questions about the event.
For this I will just focus on the World of Solutions Show floor -- approximately 800,000 sq feet in size, and containing all the Cisco Booths and the partner displays.
- How many people actually visited the world of solutions?
- How many people did the different Cisco Booths attract?
- Where was the busiest part of the show floor?
These and other insights can be derived from looking at the business intelligence that emerges from CMX. Read More »
Tags: #CLEUR, analytics, business intelligence, ciscolive, cmx, controller, crowding, customer, data, deployment, device, dwell time, early adopter, event, heat map, insight, lbs, location, location based services, location services, location-based, mobile, mobility, mse, network, operation, services, solution, technology, visitor, wi-fi, wi-fi location, wifi, wifi location, wireless, world of solutions, wos