February 2010

30 Series products offer 5 GHz support for "free"

Summit launches first 802.11n product

White papers explore 802.11n and 5 GHz

DLoG joins Strategic Alliance Program

Webinar series covers hot Wi-Fi topics

White Papers Explore 802.11n and 5 GHz

Two new white papers from Summit examine 802.11n. One paper focuses on the impact of 802.11n on rugged mobile devices. The other focuses on how 802.11n improves the operation of wireless LANs in the 5 GHz frequency band.

While improved throughput is the most-discussed benefit of 802.11n, putting 802.11n in your infrastructure brings other benefits, most notably improved connectivity for all Wi-Fi client devices. To take advantage of enhancements that boost throughput, you need 802.11n on both the client side and the infrastructure side. To get the connectivity benefits, however, you just need 802.11n in your infrastructure.

Summit's 802.11n white paper explores the technology behind 802.11n enhancements and explains the benefits of 802.11n in challenging environments such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers, retail stores, and hospitals. The paper also discusses the pros and cons of putting 802.11n on rugged mobile devices that run business-critical applications.

802.11n operates in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Many perceive the 2.4 GHz band as overcrowded with Wi-Fi clients, Bluetooth handsets, cordless phones, microwave ovens, and other devices. 5 GHz is less crowded, but early experiences with 802.11a were less than inspiring.

The Summit white paper on 5 GHz operation in industrial environments explains why 802.11a in the infrastructure tends to offer insufficient range and coverage, especially in industrial environments. 802.11n overcomes the challenges of 5 GHz operation and delivers on the 5 GHz promise of greater network capacity without sacrifices to performance and reliability.

To read these and other Summit white papers, visit the white papers section of the Summit Web site.