Cisco recently announced that it will be the “first networking vendor to deliver 1-gigabit-per-second speeds on enterprise wireless networks when it introduces an 802.11ac-based access point next year.”
Well, this is pretty cool news for anyone who has invested in, or is ready to implement, a Cisco wireless solution. But the good news doesn’t end there. Cisco will also be introducing an 802.11ac module that can be plugged into an existing Cisco Aironet 3600 access point that runs on the current 802.11n standard.
This is where this announcement really gets great. We at CXtec have helped customers get Cisco wireless products at a price they can afford for years. That’s why we got so excited when we heard that not only was Cisco breaking the 1-gig barrier, but that it was also releasing the module for its 11n users. This quote about that module from Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager of the wireless networking business unit at Cisco, was music to our ears:
“It allows [customers] to upgrade and not have to go through the guesswork of, ‘Should we upgrade to 802.11n or go with 802.11ac?’ You can invest in 11n now and upgrade to 11ac with a new radio.”
This module means users who already have 11n technology can maintain that current infrastructure for a good while now. That’s exciting for vendors like CXtec who specialize in helping folks get the most out of their current investment.
And it’s great news for all users who wants to be in control of their own budgets and technology timelines. Now you can see breakthrough speeds yet not have to sacrifice a lot of budget money for a big wireless forklift upgrade.