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Aug 1 2013   7:57PM GMT

802.11ac Wireless Adoption

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks! Long time no blog! I have been away on vacation for the summer, but I’m back now to our regularly scheduled programming!

802.11ac wireless in the newest trend in the wireless industry. But the question is, should you adopt it? Well fortunately the answer is easy if you have no wireless solution currently in place. You might as well buy the latest gear so you are future proofed. But what if you already own older wireless gear?

Well then it comes down to your ROI on ac gear. If you were to outlay the money for all new access points, would the ROI be worth it? Unless you run very dense, or highly intensive wireless environments, not likely. But if you do find that you need the speed, then an ac investment should be at least looked at.

The newest gear from various vendors is very affordable and there are a few options out there already. Just remember the key thing – your clients need to support it. So if you don’t have the clients, then you can probably adopt a wait and see approach and see how the market unfolds.

In areas such as schools, this is where you will see the quickest adoption I predict. Because students are constantly coming in with the latest greatest devices from home. A lot of the newer Apple products and smartphones out there are already being sold with ac capability right out of the box. Schools that use programs that take advantage of high speed networks will greatly benefit from ac. I believe ac will reach adoption much quicker than it’s predecessors.

-RP

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