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May 25, 2011 - 1 Comment

Control Freaks Unite!  Sorry…been waiting to use that for awhile…but from a wireless perspective, things continue to get better.   Our latest wireless episode (TWTV90 for those in the know) is now available. You can watch it in all its glory by clicking here. If you are not just taking my word alone…(its a great show) watch the darn promo embedded here…and then click.

In a nutshell, this show is a detailed romp through the protocols shaping our wireless experience as we set up, and dig into, the controllers (an increasingly relevant term that did not exist in the past where ‘fat’ AP’s ruled…) and their form factors you could be using to make your life easier.

Specifics after the jump…

Greg Beach is our Special Guest as Sylvia extracts the new stuff out of him with the OEAP 600 (Office Extend Access Point). They cover changes on our buzzword bingo you need to be aware with HREAP moving to FlexConnect (get used to that term).    The new controllers supporting CAPWAP offer a number of new features and you will want to dig in on the branch control now offered.  Its easier and more feature rich than ever before.

Jimmy Ray my co-host and externalized brain expands my knowledge (and yours too…) on the LWAP to CAPWAP  transition that has happened and why it might be relevant for you (spoiler alert: it is).  RFC specifics, the discovery process, encryption, key exchange and deployment tips are all here.

Sujit Ghosh, CCIE 7204, former TAC engineer and now leader in Cisco’s Wireless Networking Business Unit,  is our special technical guest.  I HIGHLY recommend a book he assisted with: Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals: An end-to-end reference guide to design, deploy, manage, and secure 802.11 wireless networks.  (Jake Woodhams, former guest on a previous episode is a co-author).  This book was invaluable to me in prepping for this show and if you need quick but detailed education on the value of the architectures we reference throughout, this is your book.

Sujit covers the controller gear in more detail with the WLC (Wireless LAN Controller), (creative product naming!), the Flex7500, guest access support in a centralized model, and all the nit-picky but needed details on the Flex Connect.

Feeback loop brings us a question on wireless mesh networking.   (Send in your questions to techwisetv @ cisco .com and include ‘feedback loop’ in the subject line)

More info: Cisco Wireless Mesh Networking

Cisco Wireless Mesh Access Points, Design and Deployment Guide, Release 7.0

Sujit did well earlier in the show and advances to another round (congratulations Sujit!) and they metaphorically (?) depart the corporate office to get specific on changes at the branch.  Central Switching vs. FlexConnect mode, more on the OEAP 600 and CCKM – Cisco Centralized Key Management – where keys are maintained in the AP to support fast roaming (less than 50ms which is important for voice)

Honorable Mention and further reading – our own Sylvia Hooks quoted as she is in demand on the PR circuit:

Cisco unveils secure teleworker products, Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

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  1. Great article Robb. I look forward to read more.