Cisco expands wireless reach with access points, management software

Perhaps nowhere is the challenge of keeping up with the onslaught of wireless devices greater than in the small-to-midsized companies with little or no IT expertise to handle it.

That’s the target for Cisco’s latest line of 802.11ac Wave 2-based wireless products which include scalable Aironet wireless access points and a new version of Cisco’s Mobility Express software to manage the whole environment.

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The need for faster, more easily managed wireless networks is obvious: Cisco said in its in Cisco’s 11th annual Visual Networking Index last year that traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for two-thirds of total IP traffic by 2020. By 2020, wired devices will account for 34% of IP traffic, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66% of IP traffic. In 2015, wired devices accounted for most IP traffic at 52%. Cisco says that by 2020 there will be 26.3 billion networked devices averaging a speed of 24Mbps. Not only will there be more devices, but mobile business applications in the workplace, generating more traffic.

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