by Kevin Secino, HP Networking Mobility
Over the years I’ve been exposed to over-taxed Wi-Fi networks and as a result of the ever-increasing density and bandwidth demands and interference sources, the wireless experience had been less than optimal. HP just announced some very exciting Wireless LAN technology news to address that very issue.
A quick announcement recap
The announcement features a new family of WLAN Access Points (APs). Key to this announcement is that HP is currently the first vendor to provide near GbE performance and the simultaneous use of dual 5Ghz band 802.11n radios. The new E-MSM466 is capable of providing clients the highest density available today in a WLAN solution.
Why this news is so important? And why should you care?
With so many people introducing Wi-Fi technology into their work and casual Wi-Fi environments—from handheld devices, smart phones, PDAs and touchpads. These devices all demand higher density Wi-Fi services, especially since they introduce the need for more capacity with applications running streaming video, voice, high-res images and the like. This means you need more bandwidth.
Within the 2.4GHz spectrum, this spectrum is more susceptible to interference, the channel capacity is noticeably less and already heavily congested. Plus non Wi-Fi devices such as microwave ovens cause interference because they operate in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. (Learn more here.)
Heavy congestion and higher interference sources within the 2.4Ghz band slows access to the information your accessing. Since the Wi-Fi technology is a shared medium, you’ll need access to more bandwidth—which the MSM466 delivers. In addition, everyone is introducing more Wi-Fi devices in environments such as higher education, radiology departments, auditoriums, conferences and sports stadiums. In these situations, you have varying volumes of Wi-Fi users accessing the Wi-Fi network, which in turn introduces capacity and density challenges to your WLAN network.
What should you consider for optimal performance for tomorrow’s Wi-Fi network?
By providing simultaneous use of dual 5GHz bands, you will be utilizing the most current technology available to address tomorrow’s high bandwidth high density Wi-Fi users with Wire-like service delivery enables you to:
- Double the number of users per access point
- Reach up to 50% improvement in performance
- Increase HD video conference sessions by 50%, from 10 to 15
- Support 2.4 GHz legacy devices
- Switch to dual 5GHz in the future as networks migrate—with a simple software configuration change
Get ahead of the Wi-Fi explosion
Now’s the time to seriously consider upgrading your slow and heavily congested a,b,g network. Check new Wi-Fi standards-based APs from HP, including the E-MSM466. It offers dual 802.11n radios for higher performance and backward compatibility to legacy 802.11 a,b,g devices. Here’s what the Wi-Fi Alliance has to say about it:
“We congratulate Hewlett Packard on having achieved Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
designation on its new HP E-MSM460 and E-MSM466 three spatial-stream,
dual radio, enterprise access points,” said Edgar Figueroa, chief executive
officer of the Wi-Fi Alliance. “Becoming Wi-Fi CERTIFIED demonstrates
Hewlett Packard’s dedication to furthering the use of Wi-Fi technology and
commitment to interoperability among Wi-Fi enabled devices.”
Now ask yourself this...
In conclusion I’ll leave you with these two questions:
- Is your wireless network ready for the explosion of more wireless devices entering your network?
- Do you have the density and capacity needed to efficiently provide your customers with good Wi-Fi network connectivity?
Let us know your answers—and please share any other questions you might have.