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Miercom Verified: The Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller is Ready for Your Next Generation of Wireless Networks!

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Businesses around the world are moving their focus from Mobile Apps to Mobile Experience. With Wi-Fi extending reliable coverage into public places, your users are going to expect the same service from you—a dependable high-speed user experience. The problem is, user devices are increasingly demanding more bandwidth.

How are you going to meet that demand?

To help increase the bandwidth needed to take wireless networks into support of the next generation of devices, Cisco Wireless Controller’s Control Plane scale has improved tremendously. A comparison between the Cisco’s older 5508 and the newer 5520 wireless controller platforms illustrates this improvement. Due to new hardware capabilities in the forms of CPU, memory and software updates, the user authentication per second rate has jumped from 235 users on the 5508 to 764 users on the 5520, or an increase of 225% of user authentication capacity.

This increased authentication rate matters because the faster a device is authenticated, the quicker it gets to access the network resources and better the user experience becomes. Read More »

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Aislelabs and Cisco Take Off

A CMX Partner Ecosystem Blog

Ecosystem partners are an important adjunct to Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX). They augment the analytic and customer engagement capabilities of the solution with innovative business outcomes. This blog is one in a series that will highlight several of our CMX Ecosystem Partners. Today—Aislelabs.

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Based in Toronto, Canada, Aislelabs is a Cisco Solutions partner with a portfolio of advanced location-based technologies serving large indoor venues such as shopping malls, airports, big box retail stores, convention centers, and other large spaces. Working with the Connected Mobile Experiences solution, their portfolio leverages the Wi-Fi and BLE beacon location information collected and calculated by Cisco.

Aislelabs Flow: Detailed venue analytics utilizing anonymous Wi-Fi data with no required app. Taps directly into existing Wi-Fi and delivers highly granular, customizable analytics around customer behavior.

Aislelabs Social Wi-Fi: Social analytics for the physical space to further understand guest’s interests, demographics, and where they spend most of their time. Enables email and social marketing campaigns targeting guests as well as advanced re-targeting (social, display ads) once they have left the venue. Read More »

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Cisco Helps Spark New Zealand Serve Up The Voice Of The Future


Spark New ZealandRemember when voice was the original mobile network use-case? It was a much simpler time, with more network control, greater profit, and fewer competitors. Fast forward to today and like the rest of the Service Provider industry, mobile voice communications are changing, and changing very rapidly. Mobile networks must provide a cost-effective, rich user experience.

According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), by the close of 2014 there were 360 mobile operators that had commercially launched LTE networks and service in 124 countries. Of those mobile operators only 14 had a commercially launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Voice continues to be the most popular Read More »

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Business Benefits of Universal Intelligent Access Demonstrated at Cisco’s UK Showcase

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 4.52.42 AMGuest Blog written by Scott Morrison, Vice President SCTG – Small Cell Eng

Enterprises have long recognised the benefits of wireless – to enable faster, more productive working processes and a more empowered, more flexible workforce. After all, it is the enterprise sector that pioneered Wi-Fi deployments, often working with service providers, and it represents a significant business for Cisco worldwide. But the feedback from our enterprise partners is that businesses are hungry to build on this wireless foundation. Specifically, they want to extend the reach and power of their applications by combining the power of their Wi-Fi networks with the universal service of cellular networks.

Business BenefitsBusinesses want a simpler approach to mobile and they want it everywhere. For example, many workforce and process automation systems are isolated in individual locations today. Blending indoor Wi-Fi with cellular networks will help these systems to make faster, better and in time more predictive decisions.

This presents a both a challenge and a huge opportunity for service providers. Read More »

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Enhancing HDX: Improved Mitigation of Wi-Fi Interference through Wi-Fi-Triggered Event-Driven Radio Resource Management (ED-RRM)

Cisco Systems is announcing a new set of features that enhance its HDX (High Density Experience) suite. This blog is the fourth in a series that explains the new features that comprise the enhancements to HDX.

The first three blogs in the Enhancing HDX series are here and here and here.

The rapid and massive adoption of Wi-Fi into handheld devices has created new challenges for managing a wireless network.

As a consequence, the traditional view of a rogue Access Point has to change. The advent of mobile APs and Wi-Fi Direct (client to client networking without requiring infrastructure) means that rogue devices don’t need to be “connected” to the infrastructure in order to create a potential for nuisance.

Effectively these capabilities mean that “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) may also mean “Bring Your Own AP” or “Bring Your Own Network” and therefore “Bring Your Own Interferer”. Thus the threat from a rogue becomes less about security and more about consuming excessive air time (a so-called “spectrum hog”) thus degrading performance in the WLAN. This can be especially troublesome in high density pubic venues but can also be problematic in enterprises.

So in addition to Cisco CleanAir (which mitigates and reports on non Wi-Fi interference) and RRM (which primarily prevents self induced neighboring AP interference via DCA and TPC for the entire WLAN) Cisco is effectively merging aspects of both of these solutions in order to provide improved mitigation of Wi-Fi that is not affiliated with the production WLAN.

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Accounting for rogue Wi-Fi interference is accomplished by configuring a trigger threshold for ED-RRM. This is effectively a severity indicator so that the affected access point that has ED-RRM is additionally triggered by Wi-Fi interference.

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Since rogue severity is now added to the ED-RRM metrics, this provides the capability of a faster channel change than the typical DCA cycle. In other words, if a rogue is interfering with airspace, then instead of waiting until the next DCA cycle to elapse, change the channel as quickly as possible. This is the same behavior as for mitigating non-Wi-Fi interferers with Cisco CleanAir technology.

Since Wi-Fi interference is becoming more prevalent, rogue APs that are serving traffic to clients (e.g., mobile APs) or client devices creating networks in real time means that air quality will be affected. Wi-Fi needs to be prevented from becoming a problem by reacting to the presence of client devices that are legitimately acting as independent, unaffiliated networks.


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