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Miercom Report: Out in Front with Wave 2

In case you haven’t heard, 802.11ac Wave 2 is here. We’ve been shipping our first 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, the Aironet 1850 and 1830 since the the middle of 2015 and the list of 802.11ac Wave 2 client devices is growing almost daily. The most important enhancement to 802.11ac Wave 2 is multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). MU-MIMO gives access points the ability to transmit to multiple clients at the same time, instead of one after amiercomnother.  For a more in-depth look at MU-MIMO, check out our 802.11ac White Paper.

At Cisco we pride ourselves on high-performing hardware, as well as an unparalleled software feature set. So to back this up, we asked Miercom, a leading independent testing company, to help us verify the performance of our 802.11ac Wave 2 access points against the competition. For Cisco, the contenders were:

  • Cisco Aironet 1852i, a 4×4:4 AP, supports MU-MIMO, and has two gigabit Ethernet uplinks, and a USB port.
  • Cisco Aironet 1832i, a 3×3:2 AP, with MU-MIMO support and a USB port.
  • Cisco Aironet 3702i, a 4×4:3 AP with Cisco High Density Experience (HDX) and a slot for an expansion module.
  • The results from Miercom are clear: Read More »

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Miercom Says: Cisco Wave 2 Access Points Best in the Business

The 802.11ac Wave 2 standard is coming soon. Companies who specialize in wireless networks have been trumpeting that fact for over a year while simultaneously claiming that their products are the best solutions. There is only one company that aced the performance tests and costs a lot less than its competition—the answer may surprise you.

KQ63034Miercom compared three Cisco Wave 2-based access points, with 802.11ac Wave 2-based Aruba and Ruckus Wave 2 access point. The independent testing lab found that the Cisco access points trounced the other brands in its performance tests. Not only did the Cisco access points— the Cisco Aironet 1852i in particular—meet or exceed the performance of Aruba and Ruckus products, but it was also a less expensive solution than the others. In fact, the Cisco Aironet products were anywhere from $300 to $400 less expensive than the Aruba or Ruckus devices.

The Cisco Aironet 1852i was the only access point that could deliver an aggregate throughput of over 1Gbps. Providing 1Gbps of throughput is a major feature of the Wave 2 standard. Neither the Ruckus R710—which tested at 570Mbps—or the Aruba AP-326—which registered at just 350Mbps—could deliver anywhere close to the Cisco number.

In a test where the number of clients grows from 10 to 100, the Read More »

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Thanks to Cisco, Hospital Connects with Experts From Around the World

Thanks to Cisco, Hospital Connects with Experts From Around the World_18NOV2015Here’s a question that has troubled physicians for years: how can a specialist, who is thousands of miles away, examine a patient accurately enough to come to a diagnosis?  Patients at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) are lucky that hospital administrators have come up with an answer: they rely on Cisco to connect with the world’s best physicians.

During the last several years this renowned hospital has upgraded its wired and wireless networks with Cisco’s solutions. The IT department has depended on Cisco products such as: Cisco Aironet 802.11n access points, Cisco Nexus and Catalyst switches and Cisco wireless controllers to power their network. The hospital’s physicians are among the best in the business but if a second opinion is required, help is only a video conference away.

When the Read More »

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Cisco Wireless Networks Connects a Generation

Your mom and dad are on Facebook, your Grandma has a cell phone and your Uncle Oscar reads the morning paper on his tablet. If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s not just young people who are connected to their devices anymore. Erickson Living—one of the United State’s largest operators of continuing-care retirement communities—knows this fact only too well.

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“There’s nothing new about the need to remain connected,” said Hans Keller, Vice President, IT Operations, Erickson Living. “It’s just that our residents have moved way past traditional family phone calls. They’re active in social media and part of the new wave of connectivity.”

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Cisco Mobility Takes the Frustrations out of Hospital Visits

Everyone has had the stressful experience of being in a large building and not knowing where they were. Try adding that uncertainty to a hospital visit and see how your blood pressure reacts when you finally find yourself in the doctor’s office.


The 10-story, million-square-foot University Health System (UHS) Sky Tower in San Antonio, TX wanted to make sure that patients were able to get from Point A to Point B without a lot of stress. To do so, the hospital Read More »

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