Cisco today unveiled a new approach to teleworkers that is specifically designed to simplify the IT management of remote office workers.
The Cisco OfficeExtend Solution consists of an 802.11n wireless access point that employees take home with them and plug into the local Internet connection. That access point will then be automatically discovered and provisioned with access control and related security policies by the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Service Module, which is a Cisco controller that can manage up to 500 access points.
According to Sylvia Hooks, senior manager, Cisco mobility solutions marketing, the Cisco OfficeExtend solution was developed to give IT organizations a much simpler way to support people working from home. Rather than having them access the corporate network over insecure wireless networks bought via a retail store, the new Cisco offering allows IT organizations to remotely manage those access points like any other on the corporate network.
The new Cisco wireless access point is based on 802.11n dual-radio design that supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands, which Hooks says will allow end users to segment corporate and personal network traffic.
Scheduled to be available in May, pricing for the Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend Access Point starts at $419.