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Tablets Welcomed: Part 1

Eighteen months ago, when the original Apple iPad was announced, I posted a blog here posing a simple question: “Apple iPad, in the enterprise?”  The obvious answer, to me at least, was a resounding “Yes”. Today, it seems that professionals and employers alike would agree. The former like to bring and operate their own devices at work, and the latter are buying these devices to boost employee productivity.

In this six-part blog series titled “Tablets Welcomed.” I will be posting short video clips (3 questions in 3 minutes) of interviews with Cisco leaders, that walk you through the Cisco solution for providing access to any device, securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

Today, I am talking to Tom Wilburn, Vice President of Sales for Cisco Wireless, who has experienced this market transition firsthand. Watch Tom here as he answers:
–    How has the influx of new mobile devices changed IT?
–    What are the consequences companies need to confront?
–    What are some compelling tablet use cases?

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Does your Computer/Notebook Really Need a Wireless-N Adapter?

Linksys Wireless-N Dual Band USB Adapter AE2500

Wireless-N (also known as 802.11n) is the most current generation of wireless standards. Wireless-N sends multiple streams of data along separate paths between the devices to provide improved speed and range over older Wireless-B or Wireless-G networks and helps eliminate dead spots. Computers or notebooks with Wireless-N technology can enable users to wirelessly stream high-definition video, check e-mail from backyard locations, or watch U-Tube videos at greater distances such as a lounge chair by their pool or maybe your detached garage that you made into a home office.

Wireless-N Routers and Adapters products are compatible with devices based on the earlier Wireless-G and Wireless-B standards and will communicate and/or work with them.  However do know that devices such as computers, laptops, tablets etc that have Wireless-N adapters will operate at the faster wireless-N speeds and range when the router is also Wireless-N.  If your Router is Wireless-N but your notebook is equipped with a Wireless-G adapter, your notebook will only get the Wireless-G speeds and range.  So upgrading to Wireless-N is something you should consider especially if you are streaming content such as music, videos or games wirelessly or just want to future proof your notebook incase you start doing these activities.

If your notebook is more than a few years old it’s probably equipped with a wireless-G network adapter.  You can check what wireless adapter you have by going to start menu and clicking on control panel and then to network connections.  Then look at your wireless connection.  In the example below the wireless adapter being used is an Intel Pro/wireless 3945ABG Wireless Connection.  Since it has ABG in the name – it’s using all the wireless technologies – which make it a Wireless-N adapter.   If it just says B or G or BG it’s probably either a wireless B or G card.    If it is, then you should consider what you are doing on your computer – if you are streaming video or playing music wirelessly maybe it’s time to consider upgrading your wireless adapter.


Cisco has just launched a new Wireless-N Dual Band USB Adapter the Linksys AE2500 that provides two wireless radios so if you have a Wireless-N dual band router – you can set up your computer to connect to either of the bands (2.4 Ghz or the 5 Ghz band) at speeds up to 300 Mpbs*.  Since its USB it’s simple to connect – just plug it into the USB port on your computer and follow the simple steps via the Cisco Connect software and you’ll be off streaming and surfing at high speeds all around your home.  At $39.99 MSRP – it’s affordable to take some of your older computers and update them with the latest wireless technology. 

Remeber Better Together: Wireless-N Router Paired with Wireless-N Adapter

Remember the phrase “Better Together”.  If your router is Wireless-N it’ll be better paired with notebooks and PCs that have a Wireless-N adapter.

 Also check out our new bundles on routers and adapters – where you can save some cash!

 *Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.


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Understanding the Different Types of Wireless Routers

Things to consider when buying a wireless routers for your small business.

We live and work in an untethered world, and your small business is no different. When you initially built your network, you may not have seen the need for wireless. Now that your company has grown and your workforce has become more mobile, you may be considering adding wireless to your network. Wireless offers a lot of benefits, such as  allowing your employees to work from anywhere and providing Internet access to visiting guests.

If you’ve been looking at adding wireless connectivity to your company’s network, you know it can be confusing. There’s the alphabet soup of standards—“b,” “g,” “n”— and terms like “dual-band,” “selectable,” and “two radio.” What does it all mean? Below, I explain the basics so you can better understand which wireless router best fits your needs.

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Automation in the Warehouse: Intermec Events Schedule

One of many overlooked areas where manufacturers are finding real productifity and efficiency gains is in the Warehouse. Sure, Supply Chain Agility is key to the global recovery, but some companies are still not using the best technologies to address their business imperatives.

Cisco has most the best wireless LAN technologies available – market gains and customer adoption shows that. But then I would say that wouldn’t I? Remember we do have the best people in Cisco in my view – check out my last blog on Wireless Innovation to prove it.

But we don’t try to do absolutely everything ourselves. We recognize that there are other companies out there that have the same customer-centric focus that Cisco has.

Intermec is one of those companies. Cisco has been working with Intermec for years. We have joint RFID and Barcode based solutions and many of the Intermec devices are certified as Cisco Compatible interoperability tested. I recently met up with Dan Albaum, Intermec’s Senior Director of Marketing. Dan told me that the technology continues to evolve and told me about the events Intermec had set up to spread the word.

Intermec have recently announced a refreshed product lin and is running events in various cities, some events for Intermec partners to understand the value propositions for their customers, and some aimed at customers and prospects showing how the Cisco Wireless LAN compatible devices and end points can address their business care-abouts.

San Francisco, CA: 8th June – Partners: Register here; 9th June – Customers: Register here.

Plano, TX: 13th June – Partners: Register here; 14th June – Customers: Register here.

Toronto, ON: 15th June – Partners: Register here; 16th June – Customers: Register here.

Houston, TX: 16th June – Partners: Register here; 17th June – Customers: Register here.

There’s also a great opportunity for Cisco resellers to learn about how Intermec and the Cisco and Intermec Mobile warehouse Solution can help them build their Manufacturing Industry practice on 23rd June (more info on registering for that webex event here).

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Save Time Managing Your Wireless Network

Clustering technology lets you easily configure and manage your wireless access points.

The success of your business depends on the ability of your employees to stay connected to applications and customers, and to work productively throughout your business location. More and more small companies rely on wireless networks to give their employees greater mobility and flexibility, and to support partners and guests at the business site. But configuring, securing, and managing your growing wireless networks can be daunting, especially for small businesses without an IT department.

How can small companies cost-effectively address these demands and realize the full benefits of business-class wireless mobility? One way to simplify this task is to install a clustering wireless access point.

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