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The Ten Most Popular Mobility Blog Posts of 2012

Takeaway: The Cisco Enterprise Wireless group helps networking and IT professionals stay informed and get the most out of Cisco’s products and solutions, while displaying thought leadership on major technological trends. For 2012, there were 10 posts that stood out from the rest.

Cisco Enterprise Wireless products and solutions continue to grow in the enterprise space, providing best-in-class wireless infrastructure for many businesses and organizations. Out of our blogs this year, including detailed case studies of how enterprises utilize Cisco products and solutions, best practices from successful deployments, overviews of thought leadership webinars, and more, ten posts stood out from the rest.

Ten Most Popular

1. Get your Wi-Fi Network Ready for Windows 8

Jeevan Patil discusses 802.11w and Windows 8 compatibility, workarounds, why you should care and how to ensure that your network is ready.

2. 802.11ac: The Fifth Generation of Wi-Fi Technology

802.11ac is coming. Let Bill Rubino walk you through the in’s and out’s of IEEE’s latest standard, aided by trusty Techwise TV Fundamentals.

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Get your Wi-Fi network ready for Windows 8

Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late October. Along with a slew of other features, it will be among the first to support the 802.11w standard to protect Management Frames for client devices on Wi-Fi networks.

Customers running old Cisco unified releases (between 4.2 to 7.2) in local, Flex or mesh mode will run into an interoperability bug (CSCua29504, to be exact) that prevents 802.11w enabled clients from connecting to a Cisco WLAN with Management Frame Protection (MFP) enabled. This bug does not affect customers running autonomous access point deployments or customers running Cisco unified releases older than 4.2.

What are the possible solutions for you?

1. Please upgrade your production environment to one of the following releases, which will interoperate with Windows 8.


2. Roll back to pre-windows 8 drivers as identified in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.
3. Fall back to TKIP
4. Sign up for a beta release for Cisco’s upcoming feature release 7.4 (beta available now!) that supports the 802.11w feature in local mode.

What is 802.11w ?

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The Power of Touch

We started our technology interface with typing command prompts on a black screen. Then the graphical user interface was born and we were introduced to the mouse which allows us to control a mechanism to point and click. Then the iPhone and iPad were born and the power of touch became very obvious because they basically enabled everyone including small children to easily interact with the product and engage with content. This revolutionary concept of touch to experience begs the questions, what would our world be like if everything we interacted with was a touch enabled device?

Researchers at the University of Munich and the Hasso Plattner Institute think they have a solution that enables anything to be touch driven, while not quite ready for prime time they predict it will be possible in the very near future. Using time domain reflectometry (TDR) they have been able to tell when and where your fingertip touches (or gets close to) a wire. TDR has been used to find faults in underwater cabling for years. The way it works is by sending electrical pulses through a wire and measuring the time it takes for the pulses to return. So your finger reflects the pulse, and by using an oscilloscope and a computer to view and analyze the resulting waveform, researchers can pinpoint where the touch occurs. The below video shows some examples of how this technology could change the way music is recorded, how controlling a device could be improved, and more. Better still it demonstrated the power to make anything a touch device by simply baking the wires need to detect touch into masking tape 

Microsoft is also keenly focused on making touch the way we interact every day and Windows 8 has been built from the ground up as a touch first operating system. The Microsoft development team identified the following parameters for a good touch experience: Read More »

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Cisco Innovation Advances Microsoft Windows 8 Server Virtual Networking Opportunities



A guest post by:

Appaji Malla, Nexus Product Manager
Arnab Basu, UCS Product Manager

At last week’s Microsoft Build event in Anaheim, CA. we presented & demonstrated our Cisco Nexus 1000V and Cisco UCS VM-FEX technologies running on Windows 8 Server Hyper-V.

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