Tablets Welcomed. Can Your Wireless Network Support the User Experience Expected of These Sleek Devices?

July 29, 2011 - 0 Comments

Ok, so maybe you are starting to give in to the idea that, employees bringing personally owned tablets at work, is indeed not a fad and you have to deal with it. You have decided on a BYOD strategy that protects company and network resources, while (mostly?) satisfying user appetite for connectivity anywhere from any device.

Great! Now. Is your 802.11n wireless network capable of delivering the user experience that is associated with these new sleek gadgets?

If you thought your network is “good enough”, then think again. This client wave is about to disrupt everything in multiple ways.

  • First, more devices on the network translate to significantly higher demands for bandwidth. In many cases bandwidth requirements can grow exponentially because the ratio of user to devices is no longer 1:1 but 1:2 and often 1:3. We therefore expect to see network utilization significantly rise over time.
  • Second, tablet form factor now allows users to truly be mobile. Unlike laptops, users can now walk/move and be productive at the same time. This new type of behavior will increase the number of clients roaming between access points.
  • Finally, it has been observed that tablets are primarily used for content consumption (as opposed to creation), and video is one of the predominant types of content being consumed, which further complicates bandwidth issues, but also creates new challenges.

In this video, David Stiff, Product Manager of Cisco access points, highlights key Cisco technology, such as BandSelect, ClientLink and CleanAir, that allow you to maximize bandwidth to address network demands from new devices. He also discusses how the Cisco Compatible Extension (CCX) program has baked-in technology to allow secure fast roaming. And finally he explains how Cisco VideoStream technology can prepare your network for the rich-media experience worthy of the flashy gadgets.

How else do you plan on improving the user experience?

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