Cisco tries to free up internet traffic jam

January 31, 2012

There is nothing more infuriating than a slow mobile connection. With people bringing their own devices to  workand everywhere else, wireless networks will be working hard to accommodate the mobile traffic flood.  

Here’s where Cisco comes in: On Tuesday, it unveiled a wireless access point called the Aironet 3600 Series, which can increase the speed of connection by up to 30 percent on any kind of mobile device no matter how weak or strong the network is. 

According to Cisco, it is the first company to offer access points with four antennas and three spatial streams. What does it mean?  Essentially more people have more range to use their devices, even if there is more traffic.

The device make changing lanes on the wireless freeway easier so your device can find a faster lane and congestion never gets very dense.

But it isn’t cheap–$1,495 for an internal Aironet 3600 and $1,595 for an outdoor one. .

Cisco said customers would likely be health-care providers, banks, hotels, universities or airports. It said the University of South Florida, the country’s 9th largest university, is a already customer as is Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt.
Cisco has hawking wireless access points for a while and between 2000 and the end of October, it has sold some 11.7 million units. Cisco likes to point out that is more than the 10.4 million albums Britney Spears has sold in that time.
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