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802.11n — Why now, why not?

There has certainly been a good deal of industry discussion, or should I say a good dose of vendor hype, around the new emerging standard for Wi-Fi, 802.11n. Through all of the wild-eyed claims of performance increases and radical shifts in the world of enterprise networking, I thought I would offer up some humble (or maybe a bit beyond humble) perspectives on the state of enterprise Wi-Fi, the emerging 802.11n standard, and what customers really need to consider on this front: Read More »

“Too Long A Sacrifice”: Thoughts on Muni Wi-Fi

Readers Note: this is second blog relating to thoughts on my dual-mode device.”Hearts with one purpose aloneThrough summer and winter seemEnchanted to a stoneTo trouble the living stream.” -- W.B. Yeats, “Easter 1916″I am in a literary mood this labor day and I was thinking about the seminal poem on the Irish revolution, whereby W.B. Yeats noted that”too long a sacrifice/can make a stone of the heart.” To this, the Muni Wi-Fi cottage industry, of which we at Cisco are, to be fair, members, has wrestled with business models and performance claims. With the delay of the much heralded San Francisco network, and its attendant issues all around to service providers, digital inclusion partners, and, yes, equipment vendors, it is clear we have now ended Muni Wi-Fi’s”summer of discontent.” Read More »

6 Months on A Dual Mode. Not Quite Walt Mossberg, but Here I Go….

Good Morning Blogosphere, I have just completed my first 6 months using a dual-mode smartphone and wanted to share some early observations on the experience. My model was Nokia’s excellent e61i, which went from a stealth device on our corporate IT plan to a full-fledged choice for all Cisco Mobility users.With a tip of the hat to Walt Mossberg, I wanted to offer a quick review of my dual-mode corporate mobility experience for the first six months, including the service and the device. Read More »

Back to Basics

So I must have been on vacation when they announced that dual mode phones became the”be all and end all for the mobile workforce” [according to Mobile Computing News ‘Dual Mode Devices Need to Mature.’] This seems both frightfully premature as well as narrow minded with respect to the vast set of mobile workers, industries and job types. Read More »

Wi-Fi Gurus?: Hear the Latest Podcast with Jim Geier

Where the WLAN industry is going….—interview-podcast.html