We get challenged fairly often on the question of "why wires" ... here's
my current response. Due to the increasing demands placed on the
network, including increasing capacity, reliability and security, we
continue to see the wired infrastructure as our primary means to provide
backbone and distribution connectivity for our community of customers.
Of great concern to me, is the increasing (performance) "pressure"
exerted on the infrastructure by real-time and near-real-time
applications, and the growing expectations of our customers as to
capacity and availability of our services. While smaller in number (at
the moment), there are also those work groups that are requiring local
GigE connections. Wireless is and will continue to be a key part of our
network infrastructure, providing us with the ability to connect across
difficult geographic barriers, AND to provide reasonable on-campus
overlay to support mobility (i.e. 802.11a/b/g ... for those that prefer
to work outside and unteathered).
Of course, every organization has different needs and relevant
solutions, so some folks may see their needs as significantly different
And one final personal note ... about a year ago, to avoid installation
of an ethernet run across two rooms at my house, I opted for an 802.11b
adapter to connect one of our older PCs to the network. Of note, my
15-year-old avoids using that PC, preferring the one that's hard-wired
to the local router.
Theresa M Rowe wrote:
>Thanks, Scott, for the report on the Cisco 1400 series and its performance and cost.
>Which made me start thinking - why a wired campus? We are looking at an aging cable plant, and have started planning for the next generation, which probably would include such stuff as a new Cat 6 infrastructure, upgraded fiber, readiness for VOIP and other reliability intensive applications.
>I expect that if I took this to my board today, they'd say things like "I put wireless access points in my house. Why do you need all this wire?"
>Are we "close enough" on performance and security - between buildings and inside buildings - to be all wireless? What are the issues?
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