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Universal Citizen a.k.a. Universal AP: Regulatory Compliance Simplified

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Cisco develops the highest quality Enterprise-class Aironet Access Point Series that are always fully compliant with local wireless regulatory laws and requirements, while maximizing performance (i.e., max Tx power available) and radio channel availability per the local regulatory domain. This is in contrast to the competitive landscape where other vendors tend to offer a “one size fits all” AP or WLC SKU or regulatory domain specifications, for example, which offers the “lowest common denominator” in terms of performance and channel availability for all countries, say, between Singapore and Brazil. And every regulatory domain from FCC (US) and ETSI (EU) to NOM (Mexico) and ANATEL (BRAZIL), to name but a few, gets its respective specs optimized on every Cisco AP. However, as more spectrum gets opened by many of these regulatory bodies, the complexity of how to allow these changes to be realized by users of these products and keeping the solution simple can actually become quite a complex task. There are many different ways to implement a solution, each with its respective limitations to adhere to the requirements as well as these changes. Furthermore there are many liberties other vendors take against the requirements. Our corporate compliance team however takes regulatory requirements very seriously and fully adheres to the letter of the law. Read More »

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Mobility Express Bundle: A Fast & Simple Wi-Fi Solution for Small and Mid-sized Deployments

smb mobility expressCisco is making the new 802.11ac standard appealing to everyone. Cisco Mobility Express Bundle is a simple, affordable solution. It is designed for small to medium sized deployments, leveraging Cisco’s enterprise class Wi-Fi.

Cisco Mobility Express Bundle introduces a simple, easy-to-use user interface with fast over-the-air provisioning in a few minutes. Small and medium businesses get access to Cisco’s industry-leading 802.11ac portfolio without the premium price. Read More »

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MSE 10 at Cisco Live! Milan 2015

Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) solution leverages information from the Wi-Fi network to collect aggregate location data from mobile devices. This can be used to tease out behavioral patterns and trends, which in turn can help businesses make informed decisions on how to improve the visitor experience and boost customer service.

The Mobility Services Engine (MSE) forms the core of the CMX solution. Cisco Live! Milan was an exciting milestone for the MSE development team, as the new version of MSE, 10.0, was officially announced. Among its enhancements are improved scalability and robustness, as well as better monitoring tools. In this blog, we’ll show some real-world examples of what information MSE 10 can provide, as was captured during Cisco Live!.

The New Analytics Dashboard

One of the visible improvements is the redesign of the Analytics dashboard. The dashboard provides reporting capabilities, in which each page can be scheduled at specified intervals to run as a report and be sent to interested parties. Because of this new capability, we now refer to the pages on dashboard as “Reports”.

Each report can have any number of “widgets” – essentially little boxes of information – such as the device count within a certain area, the time spent there, or the number of devices moving between areas. The widgets can be configured to show a set of numbers (ie number of devices detected, new devices vs. repeat visitors, etc.), a graph of specified information broken down by time/place, or data tables.

The most basic and fundamental piece of information CMX can provide is visitor count. In Figure 1 you can see the number of detected devices during one just one of the show days. The dashboard gives not only a very clear overview of detected devices, it also shows a comparison of those devices and where and when they’ve been detected throughout the conference.

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Figure 1 Visitor count for one of the days

Beyond the fundamental data of total visitors, this information can be shown broken down by building, floor, or zone. Figure 2 shows Read More »

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Introduction to 802.11ac Wave 2

802.11ac is the hottest topic of discussion and deployment in WiFi over the past couple of years. Ratified as a standard by the IEEE in November 2013, the first phase of 802.11ac products brought to market is commonly referred to as Wave 1, and provides roughly a 3x improvement in network performance over its predecessor 802.11n: 1.3 Gbps compared to 450 Mbps in 5 GHz respectively when utilizing the maximum channel width and modulation supported .

Next up 11ac Wave 2, the next phase in 802.11ac, will begin entering the market later in 2015 in the form of both new client devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) and new Access Points and modules, providing two significant enhancements building on Wave 1802.11ac image1


160 MHz channel width support

MU-MIMO will enable a Wave 2 AP to talk with multiple Wave 2 clients Read More »

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TechWiseTV Workshop on Cisco CMX Location Services: The Next Best Thing to Being There

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As you’ve no doubt seen from our recent Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Momentum announcement, the solution continues to evolve in exciting new ways. As new customers see the potential and expand the number and types of use cases, we want to continue to grow the solution and deliver the most compelling location-based services available.

The one constant through all this continual change is how seeing is believing.

I know the line is overused and typically associated with something someone is trying to make seem just this side of magic. That’s not my intent. CMX isn’t magic. It’s just an intelligent and innovate application of the technology that most businesses do or should have in place. That said, the best way to understand and believe in the potential of CMX is to see it in use.

TWTV_164_240x200If you ever get a chance to visit a CMX deployment, including a Cisco Customer Experience Center, CMX Demo Lab, and, coming soon, a CMX On-the-Go Demo, by all means take the time. You will not be disappointed. Read More »

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