Save Time Managing Your Wireless Network

April 21, 2011 - 1 Comment

Clustering technology lets you easily configure and manage your wireless access points.

The success of your business depends on the ability of your employees to stay connected to applications and customers, and to work productively throughout your business location. More and more small companies rely on wireless networks to give their employees greater mobility and flexibility, and to support partners and guests at the business site. But configuring, securing, and managing your growing wireless networks can be daunting, especially for small businesses without an IT department.

How can small companies cost-effectively address these demands and realize the full benefits of business-class wireless mobility? One way to simplify this task is to install a clustering wireless access point.

The advantages of clustering technology

With clustering technology you can deploy multiple access points and push a single configuration to all of your wireless access points within the cluster, managing your wireless network as a single system without ever worrying about interference between access points, and without having to configure each access point as a separate device. When you push out a configuration through a clustering wireless access point, all the other APs in the cluster copy the configuration settings from one AP to the next, saving you time and resources.

For example, the Cisco AP 541N, forms a dynamic group of configuration-aware wireless access points and allows you to manage as many as 10 access points in a single cluster. This device also continuously balances the frequency channels for each device, cutting down on radio interference between your wireless APs. (If you have more than 10 access points in your network, though, you may want to consider a more powerful WLAN controller to manage and configure your access points.)

This window shows a Cisco AP 541N access point sharing configuration settings with two access points in a cluster.

Clustering wireless access points offer other benefits for small businesses. The AP 541N, for instance, is a dual-band 802.11n device, which uses the next-generation wireless standard to deliver greater range and reliability as well as significantly greater performance. The access point can be configured for either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequency, which gives you greater wireless capacity and a cleaner signal. Also, APs based on the 802.11n standard can support all of your most demanding, high-bandwidth wireless applications, including mobile data, voice over wireless LAN, wireless video monitoring, and secure guest access.

If you’re interested in learning more about the AP541N, check out our Good Morning Techies webcast.

What challenges do you face in managing your wireless network?

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  1. Of the many challenges with managing wireless networks, the three prominent ones I come across are – making sure the data rate is enhanced periodically to support evolving high speed applications, improving the battery power of the mobile devices themselves to support throughput and reception, and finally security is the biggest concern of all. It is good to know that Cisco is working on clustering wireless access point solutions to address some of these issues. .