Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New wireless access point technology from Cisco debuts

Cisco is in the process of releasing a new wireless access point for commercial applications. The company claims that the new device, called the Aironet 1140 Series Access Point, will not only enable high-bandwidth applications across a wireless connections, but it will improve the throughput of existing wireless access points.

The press release is naturally short on details. However, if the claims are to be believed, then this technology should help companies make better use of their existing and new office spaces. It runs on the 802.11n protocol, which is more effective than previous versions (802.11a/g). So as a firm needs to make additional work areas available for staff, they might not have a requirement to run cat-5 wires.

I would recommend allowing this technology to mature for about 6 months before deploying it for mission critical applications -- like voice. However, I believe it will be ready for widespread adoption very quickly. Even older technologies, like 802.11g, are viable for voice in limited applications (2-3 users). So, it's not a huge leap to expect this device, built by a proven industry leader, to live up to what I deem to be fairly reasonable claims.

Please contact Roig Consulting for information on how to take advantage of this important technology.

The press release as published by InformationWeek:
Cisco Rolls Out 802.11n Access Point
Cisco Systems, Inc.: CSCO (NASDAQ)

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