Should you plump for a fat or thin wireless Lan?

Broadhead, Steve
May 2005
Computer Weekly;5/31/2005, p30
Trade Publication
The article presents information relating to wireless local area network (WLan). Cisco offers both the cheap-and-cheerful option as well as its own, Cisco-branded Aironet enterprise fat access point product. Cisco's recent acquisition of Airespace means it now offers a switched WLan product as well. The switched alternative takes all the intelligence away from the access point, instead using a switch as the control centre, and the access points become simple, almost throwaway technology. A business may have dozens of branch offices that are ideal candidates for adopting a wireless strategy. Broadband Testing labs provides the ideal arena for this debate, given that it is a small business and can simulate the branch office environment. An enterprise class WLan product working in tandem, under test, such as the Symbol WS2000 product currently being given the treatment. An enterprise class WLan switch product gives you a lot of benefits which are not immediately obvious when compared directly against a budget, fat access point alternative, or even an enterprise class fat access point. INSET: Broadband-Testing Labs.


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