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The 7 Step Checklist for a Successful 802.11ac Wireless Network Implementation [PDF]

by Kevin Gillingham | Jul 07, 2015

Wireless-Network-ImplementationIEEE 802.11ac is a new wireless standard that enables faster Wi-Fi connectivity to support the growing needs of businesses across the globe.

If you aren’t familiar with 802.11ac, here are some key details:

  • Gigabit speeds: Significantly higher data rates
  • Operates at 5 GHz: More consistent user experience
  • Improved modulation: Adds 256 QAM
  • Integrated beamforming: Interoperability and increased effective range
  • Multi-user MIMO: Doubled throughput

We will soon be seeing an increase in 802.11ac products available on the market; therefore, it’s essential for organizations to learn the basics about deploying this new technology.

Your existing network infrastructure will need to be updated to handle the new wireless network – but you need to know what to update, and to what degree.

Meru Networks has a great deployment checklist for successfully deploying 802.11ac:

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Businesses must be able to keep up with the ever-increasing demands on wireless networks. Wireless technology today faces higher client density, more devices (thanks to the “Bring Your Own Device” trend), more applications, and a need for faster speeds.

802.11ac is a powerful evolution of wireless technologies. If your organization is considering migrating to 802.11ac, you should:

  • Start with a Wireless Site Survey to assess your current environment and infrastructure.
  • Contact an experienced technology integrator for help designing a cost-effective migration and deployment plan.

>> Activo has extensive expertise designing and implementing enterprise networks – from cabling to access points to wireless. We’re partnered with leading wireless providers: Aruba, Meru, and Cisco. Contact us today.

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