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Four Steps to Prepare Your Network for the Challenges of BYOD and Pervasive Wireless

September 4, 2012 - 0 Comments

I know BYOD is hitting close to home when I’m receiving notices from the local middle and high schools requiring students to bring their own tablets to class. It is efforts like these that show BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as more than simply a marketing term being thrown around by various network vendors—it’s undeniably real and it’s all around us.

With that in mind, the promise of BYOD will come with its challenges—the deployment and management risks involved threaten to be a major headache for IT managers if they are not properly prepared for it. When it comes to wireless networks, preparing and planning for potential future technological trends is always a best practice. We know our customers will be faced with the challenge of preparing for BYOD, and we want to help. That’s why we are hosting a webinar called Pervasive Wireless for BYOD.

We plan to discuss how to best prepare your network for the challenges and management risks inherent to a BYOD deployment:

  • New user expectations in an evolving workplace landscape.
  • The enterprise no longer owns the mobile devices accessing the network.
  • IT has lost visibility and control of user devices and applications.

With BYOD, anywhere, anytime, any device usage is expected from the user, and the workplace is now globally dispersed with users touting mixed wireless devices. This paradigm shift calls for dramatic changes in how IT controls and manages users, devices, and applications.  It is critical to be aware of these challenges when planning, deploying and managing your network for BYOD.

To give you a taste of what is included in the webinar; here are four steps we will be discussing:

1) Migrate to 802.11n for higher performance, coverage and scale:

The Challenge: A growing number of tablets and mobile devices accessing bandwidth intensive applications across the network.

Solution: Devices using 802.11n can optimize high bandwidth data voice and video while providing 7 times more throughput than devices using 802.11g/a. With advancements in antenna technology and MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output), networks will receive more reliable and predictable coverage.  Overall, 802.11n will enable the throughput and coverage required to scale mobile devices. It will also help address the reliability concerns of the “anywhere, anytime, any device” requirement inherent in BYOD.

2) Configure your WLAN for anticipated needs

Challenge: Providing reliable network access to Wi-Fi enabled devices in increasingly concentrated areas
Solution: Use RF design best practices to help fine tune the network in advance and allow for high density coverage. Try to assess the bandwidth requirements per user and define the supported wireless protocols to optimize WLAN installation. An efficient RF Design will improve coverage for mobile devices in concentrated areas

3) Prepare for Mixed-Client Environments

Challenge: Mixed-client environments pose limitations for wireless system capacity.

Solution: As stated in the Mirecom Performance Report , the Aironet 3600 Access Point is able to provide significant performance gains by utilizing both Clientlink 2.0 and beamforming. Existing 802.11n Solutions without beamforming or Clientlink 2.0 will not be able to direct the signal to the client. With beamforming capabilities and Clientlink 2.0, you can expect up to 65% Increase in throughput with up to 27% improvement in channel capacity. Overall, Clientlink 2.0 and beamforming increases overall wireless system capacity in mixed client environments.

4) Detect and mitigate RF Interference.

Challenge: A sea of devices means significantly increased RF interference.

Solution: Using Cisco’s RF excellence feature called CleanAir, IT managers can identify and manage sources of RF interference that impact application performance on mobile devices. CleanAir uses silicon-level intelligence in the access point to improve air quality and mobility experience for end-users. It detects and classifies interference while locating problem sources.  With CleanAir, IT managers can improve connectivity of mobile devices by eliminating impact of interference.

These are just a few of the best practices for preparing your network for BYOD that will be covered in our webinar September 6th. We will also be discussing BYOD security, a hot topic for those considering BYOD deployment.

Intrigued? Register today using this link! Pervasive Wireless Webinar

If you cannot attend, we will be posting the video on demand a few days after the event on the Cisco Mobility Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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