As technology consumers, we take almost every aspect of wireless connectivity, network technology innovation and performance for granted. As technology workers, we tend to think about standards more than most people. But even so, do you really think about standards much when you use one of your many wireless devices? When you bought your tablet, did you wonder whether it supported 802.11n or 802.11a/g? Did you think it would matter when you started using it? And when a new standard gets introduced, do you jump online or race to the tech shop to swap out all of your devices so they support that new standard. I’ve never seen an ad for a device that uses standards compliance as a feature or benefit, just as no one has ever said to me, “Hey, check out my new smart phone! It’s 802.11n compliant, man! It’s so cool!” My point: we generally choose our devices based on features and price, rather than on standards compliance. (Well, there are many who are paid to test new devices for standards compliance, so my opinion will not be without some controversy to someone.)
The reality we face, however, is that wireless networks need to account for and support multiple standards, just as they must support multiple device types. The challenge for IT managers is to ensure that they are providing the best experience for users wherever they are on the network, efficiently, so that a user with an older device has the same experience as a user with a newer device. Cisco ClientLink 2.0 Technology does just that.
ClientLink 2.0 technology is based on signal processing enhancements to the Cisco Aironet access point chipset so there are no changes to network parameters needed. It improves performance and throughput on the uplink and the downlink for networks with mixed-mode environments where 802.11n and 802.11a/g clients coexist on the same access point. In addition, it improves performance for devices near cell boundaries, ensuring they operate at the best possible data rates. It’s a Cisco innovation you don’t have to think about, but makes your network more efficient and gives your users a far better experience with any device they may use on your network. Cisco ClientLink 2.0 technology is available on all Cisco Aironet access points. Learn more about ClientLink 2.0 technology and how it works on our latest access points, the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series.
And just think, you can tell all your IT friends, “Hey, check out my Cisco WiFi network, it’s got ClientLink 2.0 Technology, man! It’s so cool!” And, you’d be right, it is really cool!