Cisco News: New Cisco Wireless Solutions for Secure Teleworkers
Cisco, famous for designs and sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services, announced new wireless hardware and software solutions to help extend corporate wireless networks to home teleworkers in March, 2011, incorporating existing control, management and security infrastructure. The new devices will be available in May, 2011.
he Cisco OfficeExtend solution includes new access points and a full line of wireless controllers that offer high-performance wireless connectivity and include the industry’s first dual-band 802.11n access point specifically designed for teleworkers.No intervention is required from end users, lowering information technology support requirements and overall cost of ownership by allowing IT professionals to remotely manage home access points alongside the corporate infrastructure.
The wireless controllers are designed to support the deployments of increasing scale and sophistication across any home or office environment. The new Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Service Module supports up to 500 corporate and “teleworking” access points and can be scaled to support the increasing number of mobile devices running rich-media applications like telepresence, voice and virtual desktops.
The new Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend access points incorporate an 802.11n dual-radio design that supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands, allowing access to the least congested and highest performance band available. By providing separate corporate and personal Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs), the access points segment private traffic from corporate traffic, allowing personal traffic, such as in the home, to be directed to the Internet rather than to corporate controllers. Other features include four integrated Ethernet ports for connecting IP phones, printers and other network devices in the home office to deliver a complete teleworking mobility solution.
For smaller networks, the new Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers and software for the Cisco ISR G2 Services-Ready Engine offer 802.11n service for up to 50 access points and 500 clients. An innovative delivery model gives customers two options for deploying controller functionality, either physically or online.
The new Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module chassis supports up to 500 corporate and teleworking access points and allows customers to scale large wireless LANs to support the increasing number of mobile devices running rich-media applications such as Telepresence, voice and virtual desktops. The Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 for the Catalyst 6500 also includes Cisco CleanAir technology for interference management, Cisco ClientLink beamforming technology to boost client performance, and Cisco VideoStream technology to optimize multicast video over wireless.
Ron Hutchins, chief technology officer of the Georgia Institute of Technology, comments, “Migrating to the second generation wireless service module will allow us to effectively scale our wireless system to meet the demands of students and faculty. Wireless has become the preferred network connection method and, therefore, has become a critical service for us. Moving to the next-generation service module allows us to protect our existing investment and be ready for ever increasing wireless networking demands.”
Indeed, the new Cisco Wireless Solutions Extend Corporate Network Performance From Headquarters to the Home for Teleworkers may bring more convenience and tight connection between home and company. Yeah, new solution, new expectation in network world.