Unless you haven’t heard, there is a new standard in town and it’s called, 802.11ac. There has been a lot of talk lately within the Education, Healthcare and IT communities about the new “802.11ac technology”. As SecurEdge Networks Chief Network Engineer explains,
“802.11ac takes many of the features from 802.11n and builds upon them …utilizing
MIMO, increasing channel widths and doubling the speed to 1.3 Gb/s.” With all of these new improvements, there isn’t one area where 802.11ac can’t make our lives better.
Implementing the new 802.11ac technology is very applicable for today’s schools, hospitals and large enterprises, and there are a number of specific areas where 802.11ac can have huge impacts.
The 5 examples outlined in this post will NOT ONLY help you understand how 802.11ac can improve your school, hospital or large enterprise, but help you identify why you should consider the new 802.11ac technology today.
Deploying HD Video over Wi-Fi
• This plays a particularly suitable role for hospitals looking to utilize Wi-Fi for HD medical imaging and surgical procedures.
• In the Higher Ed space, if your campus is looking to deploy campus-wide IPTV and video streaming.
• In K-12 if you want to further promote active learning spaces and collaborations, this new technology is ideal.
• As a large enterprise organization, if you would like to be able to rollout HD video conferencing, this new technology would prove favorable and effective.
Projecting HD images and video from mobile devices
• Any space where you will utilize Apple TV/Bonjour gateways, the new technology will prove to be profitably pragmatic.
High client-dense Wi-Fi environments
• Large conferences put on by enterprise corporations
• Large public venues such as stadiums, outdoor shopping areas and airports
• Public common areas in Higher Ed spaces, as well as large learning halls where a greater number of students and devices will be utilized
802.11 a/b/g migration and Greenfield Wi-Fi opportunities
• Choosing to shift off legacy technology and bypass the 802.11n to deploy the latest standard will deliver better RF management and traffic prioritization while leaving your organization and your organization’s network ready for the future.
Deploying mission-critical applications
• If your organization is looking to roll out a larger scale Microsoft Lync, VDI, mobile CRM or other application over Wi-Fi, the increased performance and reliability of the new technology is vitally essential.
While 802.11ac is the new standard there are many factors at play when making the upgrade. Each situation is completely unique and these 5 examples address only some of the possibilities.
If your organization is focusing on any of these needs in the coming year, upgrading right away is advisable. To ensure a proper transition however, make sure to gain a proper assessment of your current network and get provided a true Wireless Design. From there, a higher degree of success can be achieved for your wireless networking goals.