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802.11ac Wave 2 is a Game Changing Technology for the Wired Network

The WiFi industries latest standard—802.11ac wave 2—is now upon us.  This version of WiFi smashes the Gigabit barrier and promises to raise the performance of wireless network to levels never seen before.  802.11ac wave 2 is ideally suited to meet the new demands created by the influx of wirelessly connected devices being brought into businesses at an unprecedented rate.  Make no mistake, for most workers today, the wireless network is not just an alternative way to connect.  Rather, it has become the primary access network for most businesses and is creating new experiences and new ways of engaging customers and workers.

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There’s another aspect of this WiFi version that is unique, wave 2 is the first WiFi standard that will dictate the architecture of the wired network.  Prior to wave 2, the wired network had always outperformed wireless so business could deploy WiFi without much impact to the wired network.  With wave 2, the wireless network will have as good—or better—performance than wired switches.  Now businesses can enable more devices per user, such as stream 4K video over WiFi, and be assured their Internet of Things deployments go smoothly. Read More »

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Going Beyond Wireless: Mobility at Cisco Live San Diego

Hello from sunny San Diego! We are in full swing here at Cisco Live US with 25,000 attendees from our Cisco community of customers and partners, showcasing how we are enabling the digital economy today and well into the future.


Chances are that if you know anything about Cisco, you know we’re the networking leader and a major player in the wireless world. But did you know that beyond wireless networking, Cisco has mobility solutions for every step of the mobile journey – from wireless infrastructure to personalized end user experiences? In fact, Mobility is leading the way as we all leap into the digital era and changing the way we live, play, work, and learn.

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If you are at Cisco Live this week, I hope you had a chance to get a glimpse of how Cisco Mobility solutions can transform your workstyles and lifestyles. At the Future of the Network – Innovation Talk, you may have seen how mobility transforms customer and workforce experiences, as well as provides powerful insights to organizations to make smarter and decisions. A fun demo that involved the audience Read More »

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Wildau University Utilizes Cisco Wi-Fi Technology

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau understands that with the proliferation of wireless devices, learning is no longer relegated strictly to the classroom.  The German university wanted to equip its students with the ability to access their education resources anywhere and at any time. To provide this service, the University needed a secure environment for data, voice, voice over IP and video conferencing—and it wanted it to be unique from Germany’s 240 other universities of applied sciences.


Cisco outfitted the school with 802.11ac-based WiFi access points—enhanced with Cisco CleanAir Technology and the Cisco High Density Experience—in various spots around the campus. This allowed for the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau the ability to provide interference-free and exceptional WiFi for their students and faculty for the first time. Read More »

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Preparing for the next wave of Mobility at Cisco Live

It is that time of year again where we kick off another Cisco Live, our 26th show happening in San Diego this year. Much like the Cisco events of the past, the evolution of wireless technology and solutions have come a long way.  In the late 1990’s, Wi-Fi was a novelty or a toy that we used infrequently, turning to Ethernet connectivity when we needed reliable bandwidth. The first 802.11 Wi-Fi standard, ratified in 1997, offered limited bandwidth support which was barely enough for basic connectivity and seldom reliable.  Flash forward to last week, where we announced our first Access Point to support the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac Wave 2, the Aironet 1850 Series Access Point.

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The introduction of 802.11ac Wave 2 is significant from a technology standpoint because it marks the first time that Wi-Fi has the throughput ability to move beyond the 1Gps barrier. The significance in not only because this is a nice large number but as the adoption of Wave 2 devices grows, Wi-Fi bandwidth will exceed the capacity of the wired infrastructure.   Read More »

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Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacon Monitoring (Detection, Location, and Reporting)

One of the most captivating technology use cases to emerge in recent time is the use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices (also see Bluetooth Smart™), distributed in a venue, to provide proximity services advertisement and discovery. The best known instantiation of BLE is the Apple iBeacon (although as a branded technology, this is literally a subset of the broader category of devices available).

A very interesting ramification of deploying these devices is how to manage and inventory them. How does a venue prevent these from being moved? Or stolen? Or having additional devices added (either as pranks or for malicious intent)?

The answer to these questions is that it is nearly impossible to prevent – therefore the next best thing, which is still pretty good, is to provide the ability for monitoring the BLE devices.

But Cisco did one better. We figured out how to do this with our existing products and we’re showcasing this in software release 8.1.

As an extension to the existing ability of CleanAir to monitor, detect, locate, and report on Bluetooth devices as interferers, this new feature enables a venue owner to both prevent the illicit deployment of BLE devices and provide asset tracking for legitimately deployed BLE devices.

The breakdown of the entire feature is tabulated below.


In summary, Cisco can demonstrate that CleanAir can monitor, detect, locate, and report on BLE devices that are “authorized” (i.e., part of a white list) and “unauthorized” (i.e., not part of a white list) Read More »

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