Multi-User MIMO — Marketing Hype vs Reality

Keith Parsons of WLAN Pros writes:

During the presentation at #WFD7 from Matt Silverman, Technical Leader from Cisco on an Overview from MIMO technology, I started to think about the net effects this might cause our Wireless LANs in the future as 802.11ac Wave 2 in on the horizon for next year.

Though I, like many of you, are intrigued and impressed by the technical complexity and geek-coolness of MU-MIMO… I started to think through some of the implications and how reality is going to trump marketing hype.

Those marketing Wave2 as the “Panacea” of Wi-Fi congestion will be proven wrong. (I added the word Panacea just for my friend Sam Clements)

Here are some of the issues I foresee that will counteract all the marketing machine hype surrounding Wave 2.

Keith has some great thoughts about multi-user MIMO here. Remember that every new technology comes with some caveats.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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