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Korean BBQ, Wi-Fi DMZ

Touched down last night in Seoul as the orange cloud of nightfall blanketed the Korean pennisula before drifting down to the sea in Inchon. Waiting for friends to come out of customs, an SP network (with a weird, downloadable application), but, them, ah, deus ex machina, an open Linksys AP for a fast upload/download fun. 12 hours jammed in a metal can, a few feverish hours working through my battery life, and the the Centrino springs to life for a brief final burst of frenzied activity, like my 74 Opel Manta’s last ride down Newfane Hill (Vermont) in 1983 before throwing a rod and its ultimate, less-than-noble tow to the wrecking yard. Walked from the hotel next to the Cisco office to a Korean BBQ place (which if you have not been, is a communal cook-out on a tableside grill). 3 blocks and my hand-held wifi-seeker saw 7 networks.Just a little distance off is the most militaritzed border in the world. Wonder if they are sharing an access point, playing a multi-party game? A guild master to connect the North and South….

Wi-Fi at 36,000 feet

It seems my colleagues Matt and Alan have been getting some recent air time. I too had the pleasure of boarding a plane lately. Once onboard, I usually tune out the flight attendant’s emergency pitch; partly out of fear, but mostly in an attempt to catch a brief cat nap. To form, the flight attendant requested that all laptops and cell phones be turned off. Yet, what caught my attention was her insistence that anything using Wi-Fi technology be left in the off position for the duration of the flight. Read More »

Wireless – the convergence protocol

I’m sitting on a plane and like any good product manager I’m thinking about my product line -- the size, scope and future of it, and I had a thought…Without a doubt the world as converged on IP as the protocol of choice. In 1991 we had multi-protocol routers, but IP was already eeking out increasing market share because of the good old Internet. Finally web browsers began being bundled with PCs and voila! Everyone had to get IP connected. Flash forward fifteen years later and we now run voice over IP, data over IP and video over IP (The IP triple play). Plus there are a myriad of applications that were non-existent before the world coalesced around this protocol. It has transformed the way we communicate in business and at home. Read More »

I want my boarding card…and the clicks for free

I was sitting in SFO yesterday waiting for a flight to Chicago, enjoying the TMobile Hotspot (you know, as a serious aside, I have been a customer for over 5 years. There should be a frequent downloader program or something for WISPs). It would have been great if I could have downloaded a boarding pass and either had a way to print it or store it to my PDA. Although bar-codes do not come off well today on LCDs, someone is going to fix this problem.Robert Frost once said: “If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.”As more of us develop mobile lifestyles, we are going to push business and government to morph around the changing work/play scenarios enabled by wireless networking. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits please don’t be mad:”I want my boarding card.Public W-iFi for nothing, And the clicks for free.”Alan

Wired/Wireless — when things will REALLY take off

I think we’re getting to the point where wireless will really take off in large businesses. To be sure, a lot of businesses have deployed wireless LANs to some degree, but I think things in this market get really interesting when the WLAN architectures merge with the wired network infrastructure. Here’s a great example: wireless LAN controllers into ethernet switching platforms, in this case the Catalyst 6500, really helps drive down the incremental operational costs required to operate wireless networks. We heard several large customer say just this recently. Here’s to more pervasive wireless!