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Cisco CleanAir technology, the Maserati of Wireless Minus the Pricetag

This is not a Crest toothpaste  ad. And we’re not holding a winning Power Ball ticket.  But we are grinning ear to ear with smiles of victory!  It’s been two weeks since InformationWeek announced that the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Point with CleanAir technology won Best of Interop for the Wireless and Mobility category and we still can’t wipe the smiles off of our faces.

Best of Interop

I’m trying to think back to a time I’ve been this excited about a launch. I’ve worked at Cisco for almost 10 years, and have launched every new access point. My first launch was the Cisco Aironet 340 Series which had a whopping 11 Mbps of throughput.  Another exciting launch was Cisco’s first 802.11g access point. The 1100 Series at the time was incredibly powerful and had a totally sleek form factor.  Then there was the 1250 Series.  The excitement factor for this AP definitely stepped it up a notch as the industry’s first enterprise-class 802.11n access point, but we didn’t win Best of Interop…so while we took a minute to smile at the success of the launch…it wasn’t a huge CleanAir perma-grin.

 I like to think of the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series as the Maserati of access points…heck, that would make anyone smile.  When I Googled “Maserti” here’s what my search came up with “unmatched design, customized services, passion for excellence and extreme attention to details”

 I buy into that…CleanAir technology uses silicon-level intelligence to create a self-healing, self-optimizing wireless network that mitigates the impact of wireless interference and optimizes 802.11n network performance.

 Let’s see unmatched design…that would be referring to the custom ASIC that allows the AP to detect and classify over 20 types of RF interference

 Customized services…did I mention that you can configure the WCS to send customized alerts.  That’s right, college campus network administrators can now get a flag when a kid puts an Xbox in his dorm room and the interference from it takes down thier Wi-Fi network. More important than detecting the Xbox is actually locating it.  With CleanAir technology you can now pinpoint the location of the Xbox and you can actually be effective at enforcing the “no Xbox policy” because you know exactly where to find it.

 Passion for excellence..where do I begin?  RF Excellence with ClientLink technology, industry leading 802.11n performance, Cisco Service and Support, the list goes on and on

 Extreme attention to details…this is where the numbers add up. The 3500 Series has 64x times more resolution and than a typical Wi-Fi chipset, allowing it to see interference with high precision and classify the sources with high accuracy.  The dedicated ASIC hardware accelerators also enable interference analysis to be run while the AP is serving traffic with full data throughput.

 The 3500 Series with CleanAir technology and the Maserati…sleek and powerful with an understated elegance.  When you see them…they grab your attention, but you don’t get the full understanding of the power until you drive it!

 Make sure you register for  TechwiseTV on May 20  where you can learn how to drive the Cisco Aironet 3500 Series.

Drivers start your engines Laughing  Now that was cheesy…go ahead and smile!

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  1. Hi Beth,I understand your analogy to Maserati, however, according to Wikipedia:In the second quarter of 2007 Maserati made profit for the first time in 17 years…””http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MaseratiLuckily, that doesn’t appear to be a problem with Cisco!Sincerely,Brad Reese”

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