Everyone says I love 802.11ac Wave 2. The Impact of 802.11ac Wave 2 is World Wide, Why? We also talked about the 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points a lot.
Yes, make no mistake the affect of the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard is going to be global and won’t just affect specific business areas.
One key part of Wave 2 802.11ac technology that helps keep your organization ahead of the capacity crunch is multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).
(MU-MIMO allows an access point to transmit to multiple clients at the same time, instead of sending data to a single client at a time. These parallel transmissions improve RF efficiency when client devices also support 802.11ac Wave 2.)
With Muti-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), 802.11ac Wave 2 clients are on and off the network so fast allowing for more legacy clients to be served. Plus 802.11ac Wave 2-enabled smart phones, laptops and tablets, will jump on the 5Ghz band leaving the 2.4GHz bands for older devices.
With the higher speeds of 802.11ac Wave 2, it takes a lot less time to transmit data than it did with previous Wi-Fi standards. This preserves battery life on Wave 2 clients. That means in the long run, updating your wireless network to 802.11ac Wave 2 standards will provide a better user experience for your users.
Now, let’s look at why 802.11ac Wave 2’s Impact is World Wide.
Schools need to support 802.11ac Wave 2 because more and more students are bringing devices to class. And it’s not to sneak a peek at the latest Taylor Swift video; educators are using tablets and other mobile devices as part of the education process. While additional devices and apps that will consume bandwidth are a big reason for the upgrade, it’s not the only thing. Schools need an 802.11ac Wave 2 network that can:
• Support up-to-the minute notification on mobile devices.
• Detect externally launched attacks and insider threats.
• Automatically adapts to environment changes for optimal performance.
Whether you’re a small coffee shop or a large department store, it’s not just your workers that need exemplary Wi-Fi, customers demand this service too. Cisco Aironet Access Points are great tools to gather data in order to understand customer traffic patterns and behaviors, prioritizing your business-driving apps and better protecting the privacy of your business. Your customers need to be able to jump on a network too and:
• Connect to a custom guest access network (which can be used as another advertising venue).
• Be able to find the things that they want, quicker.
• Adapt to flash crowds during sales events.
In the old days, putting out an array of stale donuts in the morning and offering travelers a bed for the night was the peak of hospitality luxury. Those days are long gone as guests are now a bit savvier than they once were and expect a multitude of high-end services. One of these services is a robust wireless network. If you’re in the hospitality game, you need an 802.11ac Wave 2 compliant network because:
• It delivers mobile check-in, key lock and room control
• It quickly deploys wireless access for conventions and social gatherings
• It adapts to crowd surges during high volume of registration
Where Does Cisco Fit In?
That third bullet brings me to one of the most amazing things about the Cisco Aironet Access Points, and that are the innovations that only Cisco delivers:
• Flexible Radio Assignment automatically adjusts radio bands to better serve the environment. A Cisco Aironet Access Point deployed in a hotel lobby can handle a crowd of people armed with mobile devices frantically looking to get settled in their rooms. Flexible Radio Assignment automatically triggers the access point to shift from the dual radios operation at 2.4GHz and 5GHz to both radios offering 5GHz.
• Cisco CleanAir remediates device impacting interference
• Optimized Roaming intelligently connects the proper access point as people move
• Multi-Gigabit Uplinks provides faster wired network offload on existing Ethernet
Your Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 access points aren’t static. They offer investment protection via the ability to expand along with your organization with three ports located on the Cisco Access Point. A smart antenna port allows you to add either another antenna be it of the Stadium Panel, Directional or Location variety. A built-in module port is perfect for connecting hardware such as a video surveillance device. While a USB port allows you to add a Bluetooth capabiities.
Preparing for 802.11ac Wave 2 is not a one-sized-fits-all solution. Cisco has a wide access point portfolio that offers different solutions to fit different situations. The Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Series Access Points are perfect fits for small to medium-sized businesses. These devices offer the functions and features of an enterprise-level access point and they are the lowest cost 802.11ac Wave 2 AP on the market today.
For mission-critical organizations, look no further that Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Access Point. More robust than the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Access Points, the 2800 Series is built for large sized organizations. Rounding out the portfolio is the Best-in-Class solution: the Cisco Aironet 3800 Access Point. This product is targeted specifically for larger areas such as stadiums and arenas.
What’s new? The network is an informational highway of intelligence, but today’s static infrastructure can’t see the intelligence. The first step in addressing this issue is increasing visibility into the network with insights and analytics. Next is automating network services to make it easy to deploy, manage and maintain.
Cisco’s new network innovations address both challenges, and include:
Insights and Experiences:
- Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX) 10.2.2 – a software update with new features and enhancements for better customer engagement, operations and streamlined guest experiences
- Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Outdoor Access Point – Cisco’s first outdoor Access Point that extends 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi to high-density environments, the foundation to enable CMX for your outdoor environments.
- Cisco Catalyst 3650 Multigigabit Switch – a new Catalyst Multigigabit technology (based on NBASE-T standards) switch with up to 48 ports (12 MGig) and UPOE up to 60w for voice, video, and data performance assurance
Automation and Assurance:
- ASR 1001-HX and ASR 1002-HX– new fixed –HX chassis that offer WAN edge high availability and resiliency with Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurance in a small form factor.
- Cisco Unified Compute Services (UCS) E-Series – new 6-core single-wide compute blade for ISR 4000 with enhanced processing, memory and storage for 2x more app hosting.
- 3rd Party App Hosting on ISR 4000 & ASR 1000 – Cisco now supports KVM-based application hosted as container on Cisco Enterprise Routers, providing more choices and openness support for 3rd party or custom application.
What are the challenges Cisco is helping you overcome?
The roadmap to a digital network may seem simple, but there are significant challenges that must be overcome. With these new network innovations customers can tackle:
- WAN Edge Challenges–The WAN is the fabric that connects users to apps and things. It also is the central point between the enterprise core and its edges—from the core to campus/HQ, branches, cloud and fog or among enterprise private data centers. The WAN edge must balance between performance, visibility, and security to ensure the best user experience (i.e. quality of voice, video, and data).
- Branch Challenges–The branch is the first node of connection for users and guests to apps and things, as well as the first line of defense to nullify a threat. Given its small IT footprint and often remote locations, the branch challenges include application experience, connectivity, management and automation, threat detection and defense.
- Customer Experience Challenges–To deliver a personalized customer experience, two integral steps must happen in tandem: (i) ubiquitous and robust connection, indoors and outdoors, and (ii) user, app, and device intelligence.
How will the new innovations help customers?
This is always a question we ask ourselves when rolling out any new technology. Focusing on real business outcomes for your enterprise, Cisco and our DNA approach is built on three design principles.
- Services-centric to give enterprises the freedom to run services and applications when, where, and how they want it across the WAN and branch. Outcome: Faster service delivery.
- Software-driven by virtualizing and optimizing applications and network functions for effective deployment on any platform: physic, virtual, or a mix of both. Outcome: Freedom of choice.
- Automation of devices, apps and services for greater agility. Outcome: Less human errors.
Cisco DNA is the future of the network. These innovations allow you to reach greater network agility and achieve real business outcomes.
Reference from http://blogs.cisco.com/enterprise/ignite-your-enterprise-digital-journey-in-three-steps
Cisco Industrial Switches have a big family, including the Cisco IE 2000, IE 3000, IE 4000 and IE 5000 Series Switches and the new IE 1000 Series.
The Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Series---Lightly Managed Switches for Industrial Environments
The Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 (IE1000) Series Switches enable industrial network connectivity where traditional unmanaged switches lack the required performance and do not offer visibility and control.
Cisco IE1000 is a lightly managed Layer 2 switch designed for industrial users to better achieve productivity and network reliability, a primary element to business success.
The traditional industrial Ethernet switch of the past was a DIN rail unmanaged switch with few Ethernet ports to interconnect various nodes, including computer, HMI, PLC, I/O, drive, and sensors. The main challenge when deploying unmanaged switches is that it is difficult to monitor and troubleshoot issues that impact operational productivity. The IE1000 offers basic management for QoS, and security along with monitoring capability, which are essential in industrial environments.
The Cisco IE1000 Series has the option of Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications. Cisco IE1000 switches are designed to meet IEEE 802.3af (PoE) and 802.3at (PoE+) standards for network devices such as wireless access points, IP surveillance cameras, display monitors, and PoE-enabled industrial devices. One benefit of a PoE network solution is that it reduces the time and cost of having power cabling or outlets installed by certified electricians. The IE1000 PoE series is for industry users that seek flexible, low-cost, and easy-to-use installation solutions.
How It Works
As soon as you power up the IE1000, you can access the switch using a web browser to start the network connectivity. The IE1000 boots within 30 seconds from power up. It also allows you to monitor traffic flows, and Ethernet port utilization. You can administratively shut down or block unwanted devices in case of safety or security concern.
You can prioritize traffic on a per-port basis to assure that the critical traffic is delivered end to end with priority. In addition, the Cisco IE1000 transports industrial protocol traffic such as Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus/TCP without extra provisioning. The support of SNMP, alarm relay, and syslog allows you to uncover errors before the network stops totally.
Solution Highlights and Capabilities
The Cisco IE1000 Series Switches support the features and capabilities sufficient for industrial usage, including:
• Port density: 5, 6, 8, and 10
• FE copper or GE fiber uplink ports
• 4 or 8 Fast Ethernet downlinks
• Up to 8 PoE/PoE+ ports
• Data load optimization with VLAN awareness
• IGMP and DHCP snooping
• Web GUI-based provisioning and monitoring with no need for extensive IT knowledge
• High reliability and five-year hardware warranty
• Minimized downtime: troubleshoot, monitor, and diagnose with Web-based GUI tool.
• Improved network resiliency: spanning tree enables network link redundancy and fast link recovery.
• Increased network security: port security allows disabling ports to control what gets connected to the network.
• Critical traffic prioritization: guaranteed delivery of mission critical end devices traffic.
• Reduced overall TCO: VLANs allow for logical segmentation in a single switch, which reduces total number of switches needed.
Use Case Examples
• Machine builders: Connects complex I/O and automation gears
• Panel builders and panel shops: for electricians to manage Ethernet connectivity.
• PoE solution for smart cities: Connects Wi-Fi access points and IP camera in locations without flexible power outlet or in spaceconstrained roadside cabinets.