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.
Miercom 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.
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Tags: 802.11ac wave 2, 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points, cisco aironet, Cisco Aironet 1852i, mu-mimo, wireless networks
Here’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.
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Tags: #wireless, cisco aironet, Cisco Healthcare, Cisco Wi-Fi, customer case study, healthcare, wireless controller
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.
“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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Tags: Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Point, Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Points, Cisco Catalyst 6500, Cisco Wireless Controllers
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 »
Tags: access point, Aironet, Cisco CMX, connected mobile experiences, Mobility Express
It’s no secret that public schools have needs that often go unfunded. So when a school district gets the opportunity to earmark funds for technology enhancements, they need to make sure they get the best.
After years of school budgets cuts, the Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) received a one-time gift from the state legislature to reinvest funds back in their schools. The district made the decision to create a “Going Digital” initiative. This initiative was created to completely overhaul the district’s entire network infrastructure. This infrastructure overhaul wasn’t child’s play as MUSD serves more than 32,500 students spread out over 32 campuses in California’s Central Valley. The district was given a time limit to complete the project—it had to be finished in nine months.
Using Cisco products such as Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Points, Cisco Catalyst 6500 and 2960-X Series switches, the school district completely updated their network. Thanks to devices supporting 802.11ac next-generation wireless standards, students are able to take advantage of their new wireless network. This means students can compete against classmates in digital quiz games or learn how to use a 3D printer. But this technology doesn’t just make the lives of students easier. By using management solution data, the district can locate lost devices, view usage statistics and learn about individual user’s connections from a central location. It can also quickly fix problem areas by giving the MUSD IT staff the ability to spot issues and fix them quickly. The network is scalable so that new technologies—such as a physical security system—can be added in the future.
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Tags: 2960-X, Catalyst 2960-X, Catalyst 6500, Cisco Aironet 3700 Series, Cisco Catalyst 6500