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It’s Not About the Access Point

June 8, 2006 - 0 Comments

“œPain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance ArmstrongI have been thinking a lot about Lance Armstrong this spring. I am in the market for a new bike, looking to re-ignite my quest to someday ride in the Pyrenees, a lifelong dream. On an off, I have ridden for over 2 decades, about the same amount of time I have been in or around the mobility business. Mobility is an obsession, the desire to connect/unwire/touch something from a distance, wherever, whenever you are.Today I write courtesy of a Mesh AP painting my backyard with a little 802.11. 15 years ago it was a slower — but then promising — CDPD modem connected to a “notebook” computer 4 times the size of my Thinkpad. The same underlying desires and dreams were and are still there for us in the mobility business. If I could paraphrase Lance: “It’s not about the access point.”People have been about some form of mobility of communications for time eternal. Petroglyphs on cave walls were about parting information to people generations ahead. Notes in bottles were about sending messages. Messages, mail, messengers and Marconi were all about communicating across distances, from long time to real time.Cisco recently announced the sale of our 3 millionth access point. That was an eternity ago…like a month or two ago. We’ve have flown pass that landmark on to new mobility landmarks. And the time it takes to sell another million compresses like a neutron star, like your personal time on vacation during this connected age. 1 million APs is like 10-30 million users. It’s like growing a wireless Malaysia.For the cynics out there, i have one closing thought from Lance:”If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?” Lance was talking about an emotional battle with a killer. Tie a yellow bracelet around your life. It’s about mobility.

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