What's Your Pervasive WLAN Plan?

Vincent, Joel
January 2005
Business Communications Review;Jan2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p60
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the shortcomings of wireless local area networks (WLAN) and the author's suggestions for solving this problem. The author says that the problem is that the 802.11 technology was designed to provide delay-tolerant coverage to a handful of users, not seamless coverage for thousands of users, or to support delay-sensitive applications. Fortunately, there's more than one way to build an 802.11 WLAN. A new generation of pervasive enterprise WLANs will behave very much like today's cellular networks. The WLAN infrastructure fully controls both directions of every transmission, and it coordinates communications among all clients and access points (APs) to optimize connection quality for each user and application. Just as in cellular networks, these WLANs allow users, to place APs where needed without worrying about co-channel interference, to control the quality of service of every client connection in both directions and, to support any user density. With systems designed to solve the challenges of a hot organization, companies can build WLANs that will still deliver quality service a decade from now.


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