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Cisco launches next generation Wi-Fi

Antony Savvas

Cisco has launched the first commercial Wi-Fi products based on the faster, next-generation 802.11n standard.

The standard is not expected to be finalised until next year, but Cisco claims its integrated offering will protect the investments of early adopters and tie in with early moves to support the technology by PC and chip manufacturers.

Cisco's Unified Wireless Network offering includes the modular Cisco Aironet 1250 Series access point, which it bills as the first enterprise-class 11n access point available on the market.

It has also unveiled the 48Gbps scalable Cisco Catalyst 6500-based wireless local-area network controller system, and new wired and wireless services through the new Unified Wireless Network Release 4.2 software.

Cisco will also deliver, via its family of Catalyst switches, the ability to fully power the Aironet 1250 Series from a single Ethernet port.

Cisco's new Aironet 1250 Series access point - available to order from next month - is the industry's first Wi-Fi-certified 802.11n draft 2.0 access point and the only such product to have participated in Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11n draft 2.0 testing.

The new Wi-Fi systems deliver data throughput speeds around five times faster than current 802.11-based hardware on the market.

By closely testing its products with Intel, Cisco says it is helping to ensure that its next-generation wireless solutions offer reliable performance and greater compatibility between Intel-based client devices and Cisco wireless networks.

Randy Nickel, director of wireless marketing for the Intel mobile platforms group, said, "Cisco and Intel have worked together closely to ensure that adoption of 802.11n technologies is as seamless as possible for enterprise customers."


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