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The Truth About 802.11ac: Dispelling The Myths
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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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12/16/2013 | 8:31:21 AM
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@rfenster, thanks so much for your response. So even if you replace APs one-for-one, in the long run you'd be installing many fewer APs overall. I'm also interested in finding out from the community what the WiFi demands are in their businesses, and how theri coping.

Robert, do you have any recommendations for how IT departments can estimate wireless growth so they aren't caught unawares?
rfenster
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rfenster,
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12/13/2013 | 7:19:12 PM
Re: Straight talk about ac
Susan, great question. Technically, you increase the overall capacity and have better rate at the same range with 802.11ac. So if you wanted to reduce the number of APs for the same performance as 802.11n it would be possible; but as you mentioned, most organizations see Wi-Fi traffic growing so quickly that reducing the number of APs isn't really realistic. There are other nuances with the new standard and with how a previous Wi-Fi network was designed that may affect the number of new APs and placement, but for the most part organizations will probably come close to a 1:1 swap.

I'm curious what others are seeing in terms of demand for Wi-Fi? How are you coping with more devices, bandwidth hungry apps, and over-the-air mobile app and OS updates?
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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12/13/2013 | 11:31:59 AM
Straight talk about ac
Robert, thanks for the low-down on 11ac. Will businesses actually be able to decrease the amount of APs they are using with the new standard? Or will that never be the case, because demand for Wi-fi is growing at such a rapid pace?


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