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802.11x: Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained

To help clarify the many Wi-Fi standards, here’s an update on these physical-layer standards within 802.11, as well as standards still in the works and the new naming scheme that includes Wi-Fi 6.

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Private 5G: Its use in enterprises faces challenges

The availability of services from AWS, Cisco and HPE is propelling private 5G forward, but enterprises still have to contend with the technology's costs, device limitations, and competition from established alternatives such as Wi-Fi...

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Arista bundles edge networking gear for small enterprises

Arista’s Cognitive Unified Edge service is a turnkey package of Arista network and security gear all controlled via a single dashboard.

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What is beamforming and how does it make wireless better?

Beamforming uses the science of electromagnetic interference to make Wi-Fi and 5G connections more precise.

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Dell upgrades entry-level block-storage array

PowerVault ME5 doubles the performance and capacity of Dell's ME4 storage platform and is optimized for SAN and DAS.

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What is MU-MIMO, and why is it essential for Wi-Fi 6 and 6E?

Multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output technology supports concurrent users accessing Wi-Fi 6 and 6E networks in both uplink and downlink scenarios

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Slack outage stymies some business users

The team channels platform went down at mid-morning in the US; Slack worked for several hours to find and fix the problem.

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Cisco weds collaboration and SD-WAN

Cisco is adding Webex collaboration to its SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp to support group video calls regardless of where participants are located.

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Review of two Cradlepoint mobile routers

Cradlepoint IBR-900 and IBR-1700 mobile routers with Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and cellular interfaces help link devices on a transportation organization’s passenger buses and smaller vehicles with the data center.

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Cisco upgrades network and collaboration tools for hybrid work

Cisco is integrating its ThousandEyes agents to the Webex collaboration platform to give greater visibility into conferencing connections.

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Microsoft lets Windows 11 loose on the world

PCs running Windows 10 that meet Microsoft's hardware requirements are immediately eligible for the free Windows 11 download. And new devices with Windows 11 factory installed are now on sale.

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Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Microsoft’s new OS gives Windows 10 a much-needed facelift, tighter security, and a better overall experience.

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Comcast Business rolls out wireless service for SMBs

Comcast Business Mobile offers 4G and 5G services as well as Wi-Fi.

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FAQ: What in the wireless world is CBRS?

Citizens Broadband Radio Service is shared wireless spectrum in the 3.5GHz band that could have big implications for building private LTE networks and for extending public 4G and 5G services.

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Review: 6 top videoconferencing services put to the test

We compared Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, BlueJeans, and GoToMeeting in real-world tests to see which videoconferencing platforms perform best for business users. Here’s how they stack up.

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Microsoft’s Nuance deal might trigger a new IT spending wave

In Microsoft’s hands, Nuance’s Dragon speech-to-text technology plus AI could turn Cortana into an assistant that figures out what you’re up to and delivers data you need before you ask.

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Gartner: Worldwide IT outlay to hit $4T in 2021

Gartner forecasts the biggest growth in IT spending this year will be on laptops, mobile phones and enterprise software.

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Network slicing: Wireless virtualization to build 5G services and conserve spectrum

What is network slicing and how can it make efficient use of carriers’ wireless capacity to enable virtual networks that exactly fit customer needs?

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