The one-year anniversary of the 802.11n wireless standard ratification presents us with an opportunity to look back at Cisco’s accomplishments over the past year that have helped customers migrate and succeed with 802.11n technology. During this time, Cisco has made significant contributions to the industry that serve as building blocks for the standard’s adoption, such as the introductions of CleanAir, VideoStream and an integrated in-building cellular and Wi-Fi solution with MobileAccess. To further illustrate the impact of Cisco wireless technology on the industry, consider this metric: of all the enterprise WiFi traffic around the world, approximately two-thirds of this traffic has been delivered over Cisco 802.11n wireless access points.
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?).
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.”
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.
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.