Cisco unveils wireless devices

Cisco Systems has introduced a lineup of products during its wireless Lan advanced technology event in San Jose.

Cisco Systems has introduced a lineup of products during its wireless Lan advanced technology event in San Jose.

Included on the list were Cisco’s Aironet 1200 and 1100 series of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11g Access Point (AP) products.

The devices provide a maximum data rate of 54MBbps and were designed to be backward compatible with Cisco Aironet, Cisco Compatible 802.11b clients and the Cisco Wireless IP Phone 7920.

The company is providing a migration path for the Cisco Aironet 1200 and 1100 series 802.11b APs with 802.11g radio upgradeable modules.

Larry Birenbaum, senior vice-president of the Ethernet access technology group at Cisco, said the company is offering a software upgrade after ratification of the IEEE 802.11i standard in 2004 for advanced Encryption standard (AES), which is already supported in the hardware and will be enabled for all Cisco Aironet 802.11g products next year.

Cisco’s Aironet 1100 series is priced at $599 and its Cisco Aironet 1200 series is priced at $899. Both are expected to ship this month.

Also on the agenda at Wednesday’s conference, Cisco, along with independent research firm NOP World Technology, released a report highlighting the development of Wlan adoption.

The report, entitled 2003 Wireless Lan Benefits Study, indicated that since the report in 2001, there have been significant productivity growth and greater financial gains observed by organisations that have deployed a larger number of Wlans.

The study found that end users noticed a 27% increase in productivity and, on average, they were connected to the network three and a half hours more per day, up from the one and three-quarter hour increase observed in 2001.

The 2003 study also indicated that growth in Wlan deployment is also increasing in key hotspot locations including airport lounges, coffee shops and hotels.

Lindsay Bruce writes for

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