802.11ac questions answered

Nov. 22, 2013
A frequently-asked-questions page from Fluke Networks provides details on transitioning from 802.11n, channel selection and performance.

A frequently-asked-questions page on the Fluke Networks website provides guidance on several technical issues related to the adoption of 802.11ac wireless networks. Dubbed “Gigabit wireless” by some, 802.11ac promises transmission speeds that in theory could reach multiple Gigabits.

As enterprises look at implementing 802.11ac, it naturally raises questions. Here is a sampling of the questions asked, and answered, by Fluke Networks.

  • Should I transition to 802.11ac, or does 802.11n provide sufficient coverage and performance?
  • If I move to 802.11ac, should I do a complete “rip-and-replace” or a slow transition?
  • Will I need more 802.11ac APs compared to 802.11n?
  • What channel setting should I use for 802.11ac APs?
  • Will a new 802.11ac deployment increase interference in my network?
  • Will 802.11ac increase the signal strength in my network?

AirMagnet is a wireless LAN analysis product line from Fluke Networks. The company includes ways in which AirMagnet products can be used to help resolve each of the questions on the FAQ page.

Visit Fluke Networks’ 802.11ac FAQ page here.

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