With all that has recently been written about BYOD, it’s clear that enterprise IT managers need to consider performance requirements on the wireless access point. With more clients accessing the network, the performance demands in terms of coverage and client density will increase. Furthermore, consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets may have difficulty connecting to an AP compared to a laptop. This could be attributed to the fact that most of these devices either do not support 802.11n or they support legacy 802.11g/a. If the devices support 802.11n is sometimes limited to 1×1 MIMO. An access point that has superior performance will be needed to address the growing needs of these new clients.
It is typical for vendors today to claim that their equipment has “superior performance” or “industry-best performance”. However, from a customer’s perspective, how do you know that these claims are legitimate? Aside from doing the performance testing yourself, one of the best ways is to see if your vendors’ product has been had its performance claims verified by an independent test house. Miercom, an independent test facility has just released a report on how the Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Point performs against a competing vendor’s access point. The Miercom Test Report demonstrates that Cisco 3600 Access Point supports 3x more clients than a competing wireless vendor and can maintain high throughput data rates at great distances, even in environments that contain RF interference. Also, battery usage for wireless devices such as tablets show 38% improvement with Cisco AP 3600 over the competition.
If you are one of the growing numbers of enterprise networks that have either implemented or is considering BYOD, the Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Point is going to perform much better in your network than a leading competitor.