New products and evolving standards continue to make life interesting in the world of wireless. Consider the Mobile Aceess Networks 850 RF switching hub. This little gem essentially separates the antenna from the access point allowing you to centralize your access points for power, security, etc., while deploying a passive antenna network. Imagine the possibilities.
Speaking of access points, when will we see one with a built-in UPS? With wireless becoming mission critical for laptop and VoIP users, we need to blanket our access points with UPS protection. Unfortunately, this may not be that all that practical due to the bulk of an external UPS, the potentially large number of access points, and having to manage that many more UPS devices, etc. Of course PoE is one possible solution provided that the switch or external device supplying the PoE device is covered by a UPS.
802.11n using MIMO technology continues to heat up as chip vendor Airgo gets another feather in its cap with Linksys jumping on the “pre-n wars” bandwagon (along with Belkin) with it’s SRX router. Linksys seems like a good acquistion by Cisco - they can now push early product to early adopters. Historically, Cisco has been rather conservative - for instance, how long did it take before we saw 802.11g hardware?
Early adopters tend to end up buying a given technology twice due to performance, compatibly, price/port density, and so on. Remember the cost of the first PC Ethernet adapter (an 8-bit adapter for $995 from 3Com)? The one grand per port of the first Gig switch? The first 10 Mbps twisted pair Ethernet (Lattisnet – around $350 per port and not compatible with the eventual 10baseT standard)? The big difference this time around is that we are talking about home-based 802.11n products vs. the enterprise, so why not let consumers foot the bill?
The big fish is the enterprise as we wait for “little MIMO” to grow up