Not all Streams are Created Equal
It can be so easy to be mislead by vendors claiming incredible bandwidth gains offered by their new ‘3 Spatial Streams’ wireless access points. The tricky part is that none of them are outright lying, they are simply describing a reality that nobody lives in. Cisco released the new 3600 series access points at CiscoLive London last week. We have also had fun showing the incredible bandwidth gains available through this extra stream – but we did it with custom designed silicon to create a 4×4 radio. Why is this valuable to you? Is it not just ‘more is better?’ Hardly. The true genius being offered here is only clear when you understand some basics of how radios work. Multiple capabilities unique to Cisco come into play here such as ClientLink and CleanAir. Watch this ‘Fundamentals of Spatial Streams’ to arm yourself with knowledge you can apply right away. It will be the best 6 minutes of your life (today at least).
When you are ready to go deeper
Check out details on the 3600 series access points and download this great design guide (.pdf) written by our good friend Jim Florwick and friends. Jim’s background with Spectrum Intelligence has been featured on our show multiple times. I highly recommend you check out ‘The Truth Behind Integrated Spectrum Intelligence‘ to see a no-holds look at how this side of things works in your network compared directly with Aruba access points.