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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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Cisco will ride the 802.11ac Wave2

If you recall, back in the early days of 802.11n, the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) rolled out the 802.11n certification program in phases.  Here we are several years later and in that same fashion, the WFA has split the IEEE 802.11ac specification into two certification phases: Wave 1 and Wave 2.

Last week we announced the availability of our 802.11ac Wave 1 Module for the 3600 Access Point and along with that, our intention to develop an 802.11ac adaptive radio module that will support the second phase of 802.11ac, or Wave 2. Most of the 802.11ac discussion in the last year has been focused on Wave 1, so we want to kick off the conversation about the second phase, Wave 2.

If Wave 1 promises increased wireless performance to address the increasing demand for higher performance including growing number of clients demanding higher performance for applications such as HD video streaming, then Wave 2 will stun you with its ability to provide even more throughput beyond the 1.3Gbps that Wave 1 provides as well as a number of other features that will further improve wireless connectivity. It is like taking a really good rock song and adding more cowbell to it.

SNL jokes aside, with the additional features packaged in Wave 2 comes the opportunity for further innovation in Cisco’s Wireless portfolio. We feel that it is important to stay ahead of the technology curve so that customers can plan and benefit from these advances sooner rather than later. So let’s discuss what features are coming with 802.11ac Wave 2. Read More »

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