Cisco enters entry-level enterprise WiFi market

Cisco announced a slew of new products and services associated with its Borderless Network Architecture, including a new entry-level 802.11n wireless access point for smaller businesses.

"We're saying there is no reason to buy [802.11] a, b or g technology," Chris Kozup, senior manager, mobility solutions, Cisco, told FierceBroadbandWireless. "The smaller customer has been diverting to those standards because of the cost factor. We're addressing that."

Cisco is introducing the Aeronet 1040 series of lower cost access points, which offer the same capabilities of the higher end product with the exception of its CleanAir technology, which is designed to solve wireless interference.

Other vendors have already begun targeting the lower end of the market with 802.11n, but Kozup said Cisco's channel distribution strength should give the company an advantage.

Other products Cisco introduced include the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series switch, which delivers 848 Gbps of system bandwidth and the density of 384 Power over Ethernet Plus (PoEP) capable ports, the Cisco ASA 5585-X Adaptive Security Appliance and the Cisco ASR 1001 router.

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