Wireless networks, once an afterthought in many offices, has now become a business-critical capability. Secure wireless capabilities are needed to support personal mobile devices, tablets in the classroom, machines on the manufacturing floor, bar scanners in warehouses, and workstations and laptops where there is no Ethernet cabling available.
Advances in wireless technology fortunately have kept up with the increasing technical demands. The latest standard is called 802.11ac can provide data rates up to 3 times faster than the previous 802.11n standard that is in common use today, or up to 1GBit/s of throughput. In addition, it uses the 5GHz radio band which is much less noisy than the 2.4GHz band that most systems run on today. 2.4GHz is also used by a lot of other devices including cordless phones and microwave ovens and can interfere with today’s wireless networks.
Current products that already use this standard include the Macbook Air and Pro laptops, the Apple Airport router, Samsung Galaxy S5 phone are already on this standard. About half of all new wireless devices to be sold by next year are expected to support 802.11AC. So if your company is considering installing or upgrading a wireless network, you should consider a solution that supports 802.11AC.