Wi-Fi Access Supports Experience Economy

— May 21, 2014

In today’s Experience Economy, user expectations for fast and seamless access are not confined to indoor spaces. As users demand much more in the scale and scope of their mobile connectivity, Wi-Fi networks must evolve to address much higher capacity and scale as traffic grows.
 
To meet that demand, Extreme Networks launched the 3865 802.11ac WLAN outdoor access point, a key addition to its IdentiFi Wireless LAN portfolio for scaling enterprise Wi-Fi solutions and addressing both indoor and outdoor wireless connectivity.
 
As BYOD continues to evolve, the number of mobile devices and the diversity of those products attaching to the Wi-Fi network will continue to grow rapidly. For example, IDC reported a 317% increase in wearable shipments in 2013, and shipments are expected to reach 111.9 million units by 2018, with a CAGR of 78% over the next five years.
 
“BYOD will extend to wearable devices, and the resulting increase in demand will heavily impact wireless LANs everywhere,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the mobile and wireless advisory firm Farpoint Group. “As a result, non-disruptive wireless LAN scalability must be one of the top considerations in the WLAN evaluation process.”  
 
“As proven in the most demanding venues, including NFL stadiums and sports arenas, IdentiFi wireless delivers more applications and throughput to users with fewer access points,” said Ed Carney, EVP of Product and Customer Success for Extreme Networks.

Products and Capabilities

  • Extreme’s Gigabit Wi-Fi achieves full 802.11ac gigabit speeds and functionality with 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).

  • IdentiFi provides more capacity with three times over-the-air performance compared to 802.11n, and offers greater throughput with air-to-wire transition, supporting 75,000 packets per second.

  • IdentiFi makes implementation simple with zero-touch AP initialization and allows new applications and services to be delivered with a single click.

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