At Cisco Live Europe last week, we finally saw some of the results of the partnership between Cisco and Apple. It was stressed that this wasn’t the end-result of the collaboration, simply the first deliverable result. It’s interesting enough on its own to make we wonder what else is on the roadmap.
When Broadcom announced plans to acquire Brocade, it was contingent upon divestiture of the assets from Brocade’s recent acquisition of Ruckus Wireless. Arris’ name had been circling the rumor mill for a while as a possible suitor, so it’s not too surprising. I was a little interested to see the price. At $800 million, it seems like a pretty good deal for Arris.
Gestalt News has a fresh batch of mobility news for you. In this iteration:
– Nokia bets big on IoT networking
– Qualcomm releases 802.11ax chipsets
– A look at client-side networking
Plus more great reads from the community!
AT&T’s Project AirGig is now in advanced talks with several power companies to start testing their service. The antennas for the high speed service would be installed directly on existing power lines. Aside from saving AT&T a ton of money by either having to upgrade existing towers or buying the land to put up new ones, I see this as a huge boon for broadening access.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia is set to launch its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING, get it). Basically, they want to make managing IoT networking into a service, allowing enterprises to just let Nokia deal with the wide world of service providers to keep all of their devices playing nice no matter where they are.
Qualcomm is getting ready to bring two 802.11ax SoCs to market. The IPQ8074 SoC is designed for access points and routers, with a peak theoretical throughput of 4.8Gbps across eight 5GHz streams and four 2.4GHz streams. They’ve also got a client side SoC capable of 1.775Gbps across two streams. While not the first to announced a router SoC for 801.11ax, they’re the first I’ve seen presenting a client side option.
Motherboard shares a great history of the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association slot. Now a glorious piece of obsolesce, the standard was inspired by what USB would become, a way to easily extend a computers capabilities without having to crack open the machine.
NetBeez let’s you setup wireless network agents on just about whatever hardware you want. But they’ve got a specifically tuned version for the Raspberry Pi. In fact, if you want to get fancy, they’ll sell you a Raspberry Pi in a NetBeez enclosure with everything preinstalled. Seeing this made me think the configuration might be a little intimidating. Regardless, I decided to try it for myself. It’s a compelling little package.
There are no shortage of tools for monitoring and analyzing network behavior from behind the access point. But as Drew Lentz points out, this ignores half of the network. While great pains are taken to build and maintain wireless infrastructure, network engineers need to be able to see how users are experiencing it. In order do understand how end-users are experiencing a wireless network, you must become one of them.