Cisco Blogs

Cisco Blog > Mobility

The new Apple TV and why high speed wireless streaming keeps my girlfriend happy

If you haven’t heard the announcement, here’s all you need to know for right now: Apple TV doesn’t store any videos or pictures on a hard drive, it doesn’t even have one. Everything is streamed; not only this, but they enabled Wi-Fi streaming to iOS devices like the iPad, with most of this done over 802.11n.

Now, lets take a step back to the “dark ages” of 802.11g where wireless streaming simply didn’t cut it—the video stuttered, games lagged and forget about doing more than one thing at a time, so I resorted to stringing cables across the floor.  My girlfriend wasn’t happy. Between the Xbox, media center, and her older Apple TV our house was a mess of Ethernet cords. I tried covering them up, but then we just had a mess of miss-matched carpets from Target all over (they were cheap and I was still in college, okay?).

Read More »

eWeek Honors Cisco CleanAir with Analyst’s Choice Award

Cisco CleanAir continues to win fans since its introduction at Interop Las Vegas this past April, where it won the prestigious Best of Interop Award. And now, CleanAir adds to its trophy case, recently being honored by eWeek with its “Analyst’s Choice” award. In his product review article titled, “Cisco’s CleanAir Spectrum Analysis Offers Outstanding RF Visibility,” eWeek editor Andrew Garcia gives CleanAir a solid thumbs-up, writing, “For providing a distinct and premium solution in an increasingly commoditized marketplace trending toward lower prices and similar feature sets, Cisco and CleanAir earn eWEEK’s Analyst’s Choice.”

Read More »

Is Your Wireless Network Protected from RF Interference?

Can your wireless network quickly detect and mitigate radio frequency (RF) interference?  Watch this fun video to see how Cisco CleanAir technology automates the detection of a broad range of RF interference sources and takes immediate action to optimize WLAN performance.

Read More »

Is Your Network Tuned for Maximum Performance?

In the United States, the Fourth of July is synonymous with weekend getaways, backyard barbeques, fireworks, and, for those of us fortunate to live near a body of water… water sports.   And so it was on this fourth of July, I found myself sitting in the garage staring at the inner workings of my 1988 MasterCraft ski boat.  My boat was my firstborn child – I loved it, cared for it, and pampered it.  This weekend, it got very sick…  it coughed and wheezed and stalled, though it valiantly tried to plod on across our local waterways.

Diagnosing my boat’s malady reminded me of just how far technology has come in the last decade.  My boat, being an older model, has little in the way of computers or electronic controls, while newer models offer state-of-the-art computers and diagnostic systems that increase performance and decrease likeliness of failure.

Read More »

Cisco Wireless AP Survivor Stories – Floods, fires, forklifts and more!

Read on for a chance to win by submitting your own “AP Survivor” story.

It’s said there are two things in life you can rely on: death and taxes. We’ve been hearing from our customers, and you might be able to add a third to that list – Cisco Wireless Access Points. There are over 8 million APs deployed worldwide in every environment imaginable, from carpeted offices to hospitals, manufacturing, schools and even outdoor areas. Unfortunately, they can go through some pretty catastrophic events and unintended uses through these varied surroundings. But, many survive and even come out functioning like the day they arrived. We’ve collected a few stories to share with you, so read on for real-world AP survivor stories direct from our customers, and a chance to submit your own and win. Remember kids, don’t try this at home!


Survivor: Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point, Full Water Submersion

This Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point comes to us from a regional hospital, still working perfectly after water poured over it for hours. A chill-pipe broke on the first floor of the building, making its way through every opening imaginable, down the elevators shafts and into the basement. Our customer described the scene as “a rain forest during its wet season – ‘water everywhere’.” To make things worse, the AP was directly in front of the elevator shaft, where water was “literally flowing like a water fall”. However, the 1250 Seriesaccess point did not go down! It is still functioning today as it was prior to the flood.

    Read More »