Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-12-16 Print this article Print

: Cisco Aironet 1100"> Executive Summary: Cisco Aironet 1100

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Excellent
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
The Aironet 1100 Series wireless access point is an 802.11b device that for the first time includes Ciscos IOS software. This means that IT technicians who already use IOS commands to configure Cisco routers and switches will be able to use that knowledge to quickly understand and install the Aironet 1100 access point. Managers should consider that the upgradable radio is slated to support the 802.11g high-capacity specification, which is compatible with 802.11b radio devices and competes with 802.11a.


The Aironet 1100 is competitive with other managed wireless access points. Most costs associated with Aironet 1100 will be in testing and configuring the products many security features. The Aironet 1100 access point supports both 802.1x and user-based security schemes.

(+) Uses IOS, so commands will be familiar to managers in Cisco shops; good reach and throughput.

(-) Proxy IP mobile support for roaming users doesnt work with VLANs.

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    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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