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

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Don't Wait - Go 5GHz

The 5GHz Wi-Fi band is the future of wireless, at least until other bands are opened up for use, and 802.11ac operates ONLY in 5GHz. With seven times more capacity and much less interference compared to the 2.4GHz band, you need 5GHz coverage today to keep your wireless humming to support the latest mobile devices, most of which run at 5GHz. This may mean augmenting your existing network with more access points (APs) to fill in 5GHz coverage gaps. Since Wi-Fi technology is backward compatible, if you do buy more gear, make it 11ac. And even better, deploying gear where every radio is capable of operating at 2.4GHz or 5GHz gives you the most flexibility available.

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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