Just when you thought you had a handle on 802.11n…

That is right, the 802.11ac wireless standard is coming! Although it won’t be available until 2013 you are probably asking yourself “should I invest in upgrading my wireless infrastructure today or wait?”

Well, no doubt you are like everyone else.  You are facing a bandwidth crunch due to the demands of increased Wi-Fi client density because of BYOD and the need to do something ‘today.’ But you also want to make sure that what you do today will protect your investment when the increased capacity and performance made possible by 802.11ac become a reality in the coming year. So what can you do?

In a previous post, I outlined how the Cisco Aironet 3600 Access Point can improve your mobility experience. Now I’d like to explain how you also get a future-proof investment that delivers industry-leading performance now — without sacrificing the ability to add the increased performance of 802.11ac later. 

Remember that modular slot we announced in the Aironet 3600? This is where the industry’s very first enterprise class 802.11ac solution fits in. Literally. When 802.11ac products are certified in early 2013, you can simply plug a Cisco 802.11ac radio module into the slot and immediately upgrade your access point to leverage the new standard.  The module will come in two flavours, one being the 802.11ac radio module for higher bandwidth and the other a security monitor module. The security monitor module is a dedicated receiver radio that can be used for CleanAir, Rogue AP detection and other security monitoring features. Both will be available in the first quarter of calendar year 2013.

The bottom line is that you can get leading performance today, while future-proofing your investment for tomorrow. In other words, there’s no longer a need to compromise. You can act now and lay the groundwork for tomorrow.

To learn more about 802.11ac view the TechWise TV 802.11ac Fundamentals video, attend our session at Cisco Live US on June 13 and watch for upcoming 802.11ac Webinars.

About Tracey McLean-Thompson

Tracey McLean-Thompson is the lead of Borderless Network Architectures for Cisco Canada’s partner organization. In her role Tracey leads business development for Cisco’s largest architecture across Canada, encompassing routing and switching, security, WAN optimization and wireless solutions. Tracey works with new and existing partners to create awareness, enablement and demand generation for Cisco’s borderless network architecture across all markets and industries. Tracey is a 20 year veteran of the information technology industry and has a bachelor of economics degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Tracey recently took up road biking but won’t brave the streets of Toronto because she cannot text and ride! Tracey McLean-Thompson est chef des architectures de réseaux sans frontières pour le groupe partenaire de Cisco Canada. Dans le cadre de ses fonctions, Tracey dirige les activités de développement des affaires pour le groupe d'architectures de systèmes le plus important de Cisco pour tout le Canada, englobant les solutions de routage, de commutation, de sécurité, d'optimisation de réseaux étendus et de réseaux sans fil. Tracey collabore avec les nouveaux partenaires et ceux qui sont déjà avec Cisco pour attirer l'attention, faciliter et créer de la demande pour les architectures de réseaux sans frontières de Cisco pour tous les marchés et secteurs. Tracey a une expérience de 20 ans dans le secteur des technologies de l'information et détient un baccalauréat en économie de l'université Wilfrid Laurier. Tracey s'est mise récemment au cyclisme de route, mais elle ne se risquera pas dans les rues de Toronto, car elle ne peut texter et pédaler en même temps!
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One Response to Just when you thought you had a handle on 802.11n…

  1. Shaun says:

    Nice to see some forward thinking like this. Something for us to think about now

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