Five Ways to Prepare Your Network for the Onslaught of Faster Wi-Fi Devices

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Buy 802.11ac on Your Next Upgrade Cycle

The timing for an upgrade to 11ac will most likely be dictated by where you are in the lifespan of your existing network. If you upgraded to 11n two years ago, you may be looking to get a few more years out of your existing network before making a change. But if you are ready to upgrade or planning to augment what you already have, don't consider anything but 11ac. Market pricing for 11ac is about where 11n was a year ago – there is little-to-no premium. You should expect your wireless network to last you five years (or more), so buy the latest technology if you are making the investment anyway.

The latest mobile devices entering the market (e.g. the iPhone 6 with projected sales of 100 million in the first six months) are bigger and faster. Many new devices are now enabled with 802.11ac – the latest Wi-Fi standard with three times faster speeds than previous generations. With ever-increasing functionality and performance, these devices are draining wireless network bandwidth like never before. This creates a challenge for network administrators trying to maintain a good user experience for everyone on their existing wireless networks, many of which are already congested.

So, with faster devices showing up on networks today, how can organizations make sure their wireless is ready now? In this slideshow, Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus, explores five ways admins can plan for supporting today's faster mobile devices and the pending transition to 802.11ac.

 

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