It’s impressive when you consider how many new devices and mobility solutions have found their way into the workplace over the past few years—changing the way we work, collaborate, and share information. Only a few short years ago, smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks weren’t even on our radar. Now they’re vying for bandwidth on wireless networks alongside a host of other wireless-enabled devices—from TVs and digital cameras to projectors and more. What does that mean for the future of your wireless network and how can you prepare? Read on to discover more.
In the past, most organizations were able to deliver acceptable speeds and performance using 802.11a/b/g technology on their wireless networks. But as the number of users on the wireless network has grown, so has the number of devices per user. A traditional wireless network had to support a few notebooks with relatively minor bandwidth demands—mostly light browsing and email. Today, wireless networks have to support two or three devices per person, all sending and receiving bandwidth-intensive traffic such as voice over IP (VoIP), video, and document-heavy emails.