We have about 45 people at our corporate office and are thinking about wireless from some of our laptops. What are most companies using for hardware to run wireless (Cisco, Linksys)? And why?
According to market research, Cisco Aironet dominates the enterprise Access Point (AP) market. Other popular enterprise AP vendors include Proxim, 3COM, Avaya and Enterasys. It's obvious from this list that many enterprises prefer to purchase hardware from vendors they already deal with in their wired network.
Similarly, small businesses tend to purchase wireless APs and routers from their incumbent network suppliers -- Cisco, Linksys, D-Link and Netgear. SOHOs purchase these "value priced" APs through existing distribution channels, settling for fewer features in order to cut costs. On the other hand, enterprises are willing to spend more to obtain advanced features like VLAN tagging and SNMP management.
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