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

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Leverage Software Programmable Radios

As the numbers of 802.11ac devices grow, you will want to be able to increase the number of 5GHz radios on your network to keep pace. However, many solutions have only 50 percent of the radios fixed at 5GHz and 50 percent fixed at 2.4GHz. Software programmable radios give you the flexibility to automatically switch all radios on your network to 5GHz. That means, with the click of button, you can expand your network capacity by 60 percent without having to add more APs or incur additional cost.

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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