Cisco's new wireless access point, introduced at the Cisco Live show, offers a fourth antenna, 30 percent faster performance and greater WiFi-monitoring capabilities.
is rolling out a new wireless access point designed to address the growing
demand for fast network performance and consistent connectivity that is being
fueled by the rapid growth of mobile devices and mobile network traffic.
At the Cisco
Live conference in London Jan. 31, company officials unveiled the Aironet 3600
Series Access Point (AP), which they said offers users the best wireless
experience. That includes 30 percent faster performance, fast speeds at a
greater distance and the new ClientLink 2.0 technology, which improves
performance for all wireless devices-including laptops, smartphones and
tablets-connected to the access point.
It comes at a
time when more people are using more mobile devices-for work as well as for
personal use-and demanding strong network performance and constant
connectivity, according to Inbar Lasser-Raab, senior director of enterprise
mobility and routing global marketing for Cisco.
great quality," Lasser-Raab said in an interview with eWEEK.
"Customers expect immediate service, and they expect high
quality. ... It's not only the flood of devices, but the flood of traffic over
these mobile devices."
are struggling to keep up with the demand, she said. They're juggling with
multiple issues, from the increasing use of applications, such as video, voice
and desktop virtualization, to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend
demanding to access the corporate network and data with their personal
smartphone and tablets.
will only rise. Cisco's Visual Networking Index Forecast
that 54 percent of workers say their mobile device is the most important
technology in their lives, and that more than half of college students and
employees want to use them in their work or school activities, feeding into the
BYOD trend. By 2015, there will be 7.1 billion mobile connected devices
the thing everyone is talking about," Lasser-Raab said.
Aironet 3600 Series AP is designed to address the growing demands being placed on
wireless networks. It's the first three spatial stream 802.11n access point to
come with a fourth antenna, she said. That enables the Cisco access point to
handle more devices connecting wirelessly to the network from a greater variety
of devices, and ones that are farther from the access point. The 30 percent
faster performance on the Aironet 3600 Series AP-compared with previous access
points-will enable people to have better experiences in everything from virtual
desktops to cloud-based services to video calls.
gives a consistent connectivity and performance, regardless of the mobile
device being used or its wireless signal strength, Lasser-Raab said. That is
important in the case of devices like tablets, which can be slow and have
weaker wireless signals, according to Cisco officials.
3600 Series offers a modular design to enable businesses to add modules to
improve functionality, and provides the ability to support other devices as the
need arises. Cisco's CleanAir technology offers radio-frequency spectrum
trouble-shooting capabilities. A new RF-monitoring module gives businesses full
visibility into all 23 channels of the WiFi spectrum, rather than simply
monitoring the traffic-servicing channel. This will enable companies to be more
proactive to interference and security issues.
3600 Series AP is available immediately, with pricing starting at $1,495. The
dedicated RF-monitoring add-on module will be available by year's end.