The Evolution of Controller-Based Wireless LANs By Cisco Systems

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June 7th, 2011

This paper revisits the benefits of centralized 802.11n wireless LAN networks and describes the case for transforming the controller-based architecture to match market needs. Centralization of wireless LANs (WLANs) delivers networks that are easy to deploy, scale, and manage. A local-mode controller-based campus environment delivers increased device scalability and an interactive multimedia experience coupled with enhanced policy to manage the full range of mobile devices. A controller-based deployment using FlexConnect technology enables multisite, lean branches to manage the increased scale of deployments without additional increase in operational complexity.

The Future of Hotspots: Making Wi-Fi as Secure and Easy to Use as Cellular

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March 15th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, about 200 million households use Wi-Fi networks, and there are about 750,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Wi-Fi is used by over 700 million people, and there are about 800 million new Wi-Fi devices every year. Cisco has shipped over 10 million access points worldwide. In this white paper, Cisco details how Wi-Fi hotspots are changing to accommodate cellular offload of iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

Cisco ClientLink: Optimized Device Performance with 802.11n

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November 30th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Over the next few years Wi-Fi networks will transition to 802.11n technology. During this time, many networks will support a mix of 802.11a/g and 802.11n clients. Because they operate at lower data rates, the older clients can reduce the capacity of the entire network. ClientLink technology can help solve problems related to adoption of 802.11n in mixed-client networks by making sure that 802.11a/g clients operate at the best possible rates, especially when they are near cell boundaries.

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Enterprise Routing Portfolio for Borderless Networks

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November 15th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

This is a first, while this paper is not “white,” it’s a very cool one- page view of Cisco’s borderless network routers. You have to check this out:

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Borderless Network Access A Simplified Approach to Information Technology Access

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October 5th, 2010

By Nicholas John Lippis III

Network access has evolved rapidly as IT business leaders have embraced new network technology. Access methods such as wired, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), and mobile plus Virtual Private Network (VPN) methods have flourished over the past business cycle. In addition, a plethora of new endpoint devices have emerged using multiple access methods. But all of these network access approaches have evolved at different rates resulting in siloed networks that do not interact with each other, thus increasing IT operational cost and decreasing application portability and flexibility with user experience suffering. In this paper, we offer a new unified approach to network access that is based upon a thoughtful five-phase method to enable IT business leaders to simplify management, increase user experience and decrease operational cost.

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