Dan Stewart, solutions engineer; Bobby Young, technology consultant; and Chris Meindl, technical account manager, Ingram Micro, explain how the need for always-on connectivity from today’s businesses is driving new wireless standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and 802.11ac Wave 2. Additionally, these new standards have now exceeded the traditional capacity of wired infrastructure, creating a bottleneck.
Cisco’s Catalyst and Meraki wireless and switching portfolios are built around Wi-Fi 6 and multigigabit Ethernet to support these client performance demands. Catalyst and Meraki Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs) also support mixed client environments. Plus, customers gain several additional benefits using Cisco and Meraki gear, such as target wake time for improved battery life, improved performance, greater wireless efficiency and enhanced security with WPA3.
Switches and access points go hand in hand
When upgrading customers to new high-performance Wi-Fi 6 APs, it’s crucial to also look at their switching infrastructure to ensure it can support the bandwidth and power these APs crave. Enter Cisco Multigigabit Technology and Universal Power over Ethernet (UPoE). These switches can run 1/2.5/5/10 Gbps speeds from the same copper network cable (Cat6 preferred) using UPoE to power the APs.
There’s a prime network infrastructure refresh opportunity on the horizon through the new Windows 11 launch. Preparing your customers’ networks with critical wired and wireless infrastructure upgrades will help them capitalize on all the new features and user experience improvements the new OS offers.