Cisco expands enterprise, consumer WiFi

Cisco Systems today announced both the launch of a high-end WLAN controller for enterprises and the acquisition of a Danish company that will enable it to introduce wireless entertainment applications. Cisco said its new 4400 Series Wireless Local Area Network Controller is aimed at large WLAN deployments and can support as many as 100 access points. The new controller shares the same radio frequency management, intrusion protection, and quality of service capabilities of Cisco's other WLAN controllers. The 4402 has 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and supports as many as 50 access points, while the 4404 has 4 gigabit Ethernet ports and supports as many as 100 APs.

In a different announcement, Cisco today said it agreed to buy KiSS Technology for $61 million in cash and stock. KISS names networked DVD players and recorders and other home video products. KISS will be integrated into Cisco's Linksys division. KISS' technology allows users to access content over the Internet or on a home network.

For more on Cisco's latest WiFi moves:
- see this story from EE Times