WLAN

Wireless local area networks, or WLANs, are the most common networking scheme to provide wireless access to consumers and business. WLANs are convenient to set up, and wireless network routers have become very affordable. However, the current Wi-Fi standard, 802.11g, offers strong connectivity only within a limited range - even small businesses often need to maintain multiple wireless access points to ensure continuous coverage for roaming users. WLANs also present a unique set of security issues for network admins.


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IEEE Aims High in Home Networking

The newly published IEEE 1905.1 standard seeks to create a flexible environment with four complementary technologies. More >

Time to Get Up to Speed on New 802.11ac Standard

Just as IT departments are getting comfortable with 802.11n, a new Wi-Fi standard is becoming more than a blip on the radar. 802.11ac builds on the previous generations of Wi-Fi in significant ways, More >

High-Speed, Short-Range Networking and Unified Communications

A tremendous amount of attention has been paid to the deep and growing relationship between unified communications and mobility. Indeed, it is safe to say that there is no real UC unless workers can More >

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Preparing for Tomorrow’s Network Today

Brocade's Jason Notel explains ways to bolster network functionality now to future-proof systems in order to avoid major upgrades when forward-thinking technologies become commercial products.

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Why SDN Does Not Commoditize Networking

Cisco says OpenFlow and specially designed ASICs and other technologies will fulfill the promises of SDN more fully than a strictly commoditized approach.

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SDN and the New Economics of Networking

SDN means commodity hardware can now be deployed and repurposed in any form that is desirable. The key is to ensure that open formats are allowed to thrive.

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