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Preparing your wired network for wireless network integration
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of April 2011 Vol. 2, No. 2
In the first part of this series, we discussed how to make the business case for integrated wired and wireless LANs. In this tip, learn how to make the necessary upgrades to the wired network to prepare for wireless network integration. Today's 802.11n WLAN products hold distinct advantages over Fast Ethernet for enterprise network access. Pulling cable to offices and cubicles can take weeks and cause costly damage to walls and ceilings, while activating new wireless "ports" can be done without structural change or delay. Furthermore, in hard-to-cable venues like cafeterias and courtyards, 802.11n can be more desirable than Fast Ethernet for LAN traffic aggregation. For example, two 40 MHz-wide 5 GHz channels can backhaul half a gigabit of application traffic. Better yet, wireless mesh APs can automatically find the best backhaul path to the wired network's core, relaying traffic through neighboring APs to bypass temporary outages. More on integrated wireless networks Integrating wired and wireless LANs: Making the business case...
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