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Social Media Release: Cisco and Intel Release Performance Results of Real-World 802.11n Testing

Highlights / Key Facts:

  • Cisco and Intel® announce results from extensive testing of 802.11n Draft 2.0 to validate real-world performance of at least five times the throughput speed over 802.11a/b/g wireless LANs. This faster wireless connectivity will support bandwidth-intensive applications such as video and enable new ways for people to collaborate.
  • The joint Cisco and Intel 802.11n Draft 2.0 solution provided an average throughput of 182 megabits per second (Mbps) with a peak of 195 Mbps; these results are 20 to 30 percent higher than other competitive tests in the enterprise wireless industry.
  • The testing was conducted at Intel's Oregon test facility that is modeled after a typical carpeted office environment. All test scenarios are fully automated and repeatable, using robots for testing in a consistent manner. The suite of performance assessments include:
    • Line of sight, and non line of sight
    • Client density testing
    • Multiple 802.11n Draft 2.0 and 802.11a/b/g capacity testing
    • Enterprise roaming

  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) deployed a Cisco 802.11n Draft 2.0 Unified Wireless Network and Intel® Centrino® processor technology laptops with Intel® WiFi link 4965AGN to improve its patient care, and experienced similar results to those generated in Intel's test facility.
  • SAMC's 802.11n Draft 2.0 system consistently resulted in more than 165 Mbps of throughput and a 65 percent improvement for large file transfer times, a key measurement as physicians and nurses share media-rich content.
  • SAMC also deployed the 100,000th Cisco® Aironet® 1250 Series 802.11n Draft 2.0 access point that began shipping in October 2007, marking yet another milestone for Cisco in its effort to evolve the enterprise market toward faster, more reliable wireless performance.

Tags / Keywords:

Cisco, Intel, 802.11n, MIT, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, healthcare, education, Enterprise, Mobility, Wireless, Wi-Fi, WLAN, performance

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Quotes:

  • "Wireless communications is environmentally dependent. It requires appropriate testing and verification in a setting that emulates its eventual operating environment. Because 802.11n-based technology is still relatively new, Cisco and Intel acknowledge the importance of performance benchmark testing aimed at validating real-world expectations between wireless LANs and client devices."

    -- Ben Gibson, Cisco's senior director of mobility solutions
  • "The long-standing wireless collaboration between Intel and Cisco continues to evolve with end-to-end solution validation added to our extensive interoperability testing. Our joint testing initiatives provide customers added confidence that their wireless deployments and mobility solutions will be successful with the backing of well-established industry leaders experienced in delivering enterprise-class mobile solutions."

    -- Randy Nickel, Intel's director of mobile platforms wireless marketing

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