The move to the next generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac is picking up steam quickly, seeing an increase of 540 percent in the last year. However, there is still much work to be done when it comes to client devices that support the new standard. Many organizations are still running clients that can only handle traffic from older standards like 802.11n or 802.11g. In order to truly realize the efficiencies gained from 802.11ac, 802.11ac client devices need broader adoption in the enterprise. Although the number of 802.11ac client devices is still small, this number is growing rapidly, with most new cell phones, tablets and laptops supporting 802.11ac. When this question is asked again, we believe the number of 802.11ac clients will be approaching critical mass, and organizations will be very happy that they upgraded their wireless infrastructure to 802.11ac so they are capable of handling the increased throughput.
To illustrate the rate of enterprise 802.11ac adoption, WildPackets commissioned a survey across the enterprise and various industries. More than 200 individuals completed the State of 802.11ac Adoption survey. Respondents came from organizations of various industries and sizes. Here are some of the key findings from the report:
- More than 20 percent of respondents work in organizations with more than 10,000 people
- Almost 63 percent of respondents work in organizations with less than 1,000 people
- 40 percent of respondents lie within three main industries: High Technology, Manufacturing, and Education
Rate of 802.11ac Adoption
- 23 percent of respondents have already deployed 802.11ac
- 29 percent of respondents have no plans to deploy 802.11ac
Client Devices Supporting 802.11ac
- 41 percent of respondents said that less than 10 percent of their organization’s current client devices supported 802.11ac. 25 percent did not know
To find out more about the state of 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi adoption, download the full survey report
Today, we announced the release of Omnipliance WiFi, the industry’s first WLAN analysis solution that allows for monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting of distributed, multi-gigabit 802.11ac wireless network traffic. With this new offering, network administrators now have the ability to identify and solve critical network problems in real-time without ever leaving their desks.
As more and more organizations transition on to 802.11ac from older legacy 802.11 networks, traditional USB-based adapters for laptops that network administrators have relied on for years to monitor and troubleshoot WLANs are no longer sufficient.
Omnipliance WiFi is the only solution available on the market today to provide the mutli-Gigabit data capture, 24/7 enterprise-wide coverage, and time saving analytics enterprises need in order to properly manage and take full advantage of their 802.11ac networks.
For more information read our press release or visit the Omnipliance WiFi product page
The needs of the enterprise have changed. The exponential growth of mobile access and its introduction into the workplace has accelerated the need for network reliability and uptime. As wireless technology rapidly evolves, network engineers are in a race to keep up—both with system interoperability concerns, as well as throughput, reliability, and security issues.
With its increased speeds and capacity, there is no doubt that 802.11ac is set to become the de facto WLAN standard for years to come. This is exciting news for the WLAN industry. But make no mistake; 802.11ac is a game-changer – driving changes in design, implementation, management, and WLAN analysis.
Increased speed and capacity means there is much more data traversing Wi-Fi networks. For WLAN analysis, this means that far more packets need to be analyzed. At the same time, the introduction of more configuration options means that client devices and APs don’t always have the same capabilities. With 802.11ac even the most capable USB WLAN adapters struggle to meet the speeds of new APs and thus struggle with WLAN analysis.
Using APs for packet capture does not require a separate overlay network for monitoring, significantly reducing the overall capital expenditure for WLAN monitoring and analysis. When done correctly, it provides the most cost-effective and flexible remote WLAN analysis system. Using this type of network analysis solution (WildPackets’ OmniPeek is a good example) will allow you to cost effectively address the challenges of monitoring traffic on 802.11ac, while protecting your network investments.
WildPackets and Cisco work together to enable WLAN analysis and troubleshooting directly from the Cisco infrastructure, providing a highly distributed and cost effective analysis solution. Come see this in action at CISCO Live, May 18-22 in San Francisco. We’ll be at booth #728.