Earlier this month, Rice University announced that its engineering researchers had figured out a way to double the capacity of today's mobile WANs without having to add cell towers. The answer: full-duplex technology.
I've lost count of the number of times in my workweek that a briefing is canceled, a meeting gets rescheduled, and an email arrives saying, "Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your message [of two weeks ago], but I've been traveling."
Most organizations need a way to route callers and Internet visitors to customer service experts within the company. Traditionally, larger companies have met the requirement with a physical call center, where stationary agents sit and handle customer queries directed to them from a queue.
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Enterprise mobility chaos is driving a wealth of mobile device management and security offerings from a wide variety of vendors. Will virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products and services become a component of the MDM market, too?
Remember back in April, when Cisco overhauled its network management strategy and announced the Cisco Enterprise Prime product portfolio? The company has now decided to offer at least one component of the suite -- the Identity Services Engine (ISE) -- as a stand-alone, wireless-only module.
Location-tracking services from mobile operators are no longer limited to the reach of their own cellular network coverage. Cross-carrier location services are available from companies such as AT&T and Vodafone, plugging visibility gaps and opening doors to new enterprise applications.
The Wi-Fi client environment is growing chock-full of devices of varying output levels and receive sensitivities. The consensus seems to be that it's up to the enterprise-class Wi-Fi infrastructure vendors to tame the airwaves, while consumer client device makers focus on the slick and the cool.
Not so long ago, enterprise Wi-Fi users were the exception, not the rule. Early Wi-Fi office users accessed the network with laptops selected and configured by the enterprise. Accommodating occasional data users with well-understood, corporate-imaged, Wi-Fi-enabled notebook computers was pretty straightforward.
With a kitchen sink full of Wi-Fi client devices showing up in Wi-Fi's 2.4GHz and 5GHz unlicensed bands, enterprises are starting to re-examine their enterprise WLAN infrastructure designs. In addition to perhaps installing more access points (AP) to create additional capacity, consider in your design the broad mix of client devices that might be connecting and their respective behaviors.
In this third installment of our look into what role bundled spectrum analysis should play in Wi-Fi purchase decisions, let's chip away at a few other questions and considerations broached in Part 1 of this series.
I posed a number of questions last week about various attributes of spectrum analyzers and their relevance to how well your Wi-Fi network ultimately performs. In this sequel, I'll address the first question and share some other folks' views on the subject.
The past couple of years have seen a rash of spectrum analyzers built into wireless LAN infrastructure equipment, key tools for identifying those pesky sources of interference that screw up our wireless connections and application performance. How important are they in the overall collection of interference-fighting ammo that Wi-Fi vendors have in their arsenals?