New technology to detect, classify, locate and mitigate impact of wireless interference
Cisco is launching new developments to its Borderless Networks architecture Borderless Mobility, including the new Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with CleanAir technology that allows companies to deliver seamless mobility experience by providing anywhere, anytime access to information and allowing users to collaborate in real time.
Cisco said that the new CleanAir technology combines CleanAir Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) in the access point with system-level intelligence to detect, classify, locate and mitigate the impact of wireless interference.
According to Cisco, the CleanAir technology provides the ability to self-heal and self-optimise the wireless network by enhancing radio resource management to improve wireless reliability without IT intervention; interference correlation across multiple access points to prevent duplicate events from the same interference source; and a specialised CleanAir radio ASIC to provide detailed spectrum visibility without affecting the access point performance.
The CleanAir’s integrated design can mitigate the impact of interference within 30 seconds by assessing the problem and adjusting the wireless signal to operate in an unaffected spectrum. It provides 100% visibility into the spectrum with accurate analysis and diagnosis of Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi interference issues, the company claims.
Cisco said that the new 7.0 release of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network software integrates CleanAir capabilities across Cisco’s Wireless Control System, the 3300 Series Mobility Service Engine and all Cisco Wireless Controllers.
In addition, the company is also increasing the scale of Cisco 5500 Wireless Controller with support for 500 access points and is expanding its 802.11n portfolio with the Cisco Aironet 1260 Series Access Points. It is also delivering a new limited lifetime warranty for Cisco Aironet 1140, 1250, 1260, and 3500 Series Access Points (both standalone and controller-based versions are covered).
The Cisco Aironet 3500 Series with CleanAir technology is scheduled to be available in May 2010 with prices ranging from $1,095 to $1,495. The Aironet 1260 Series (non-CleanAir), with external antennas, dual band and full 802.11n performance with standard Power over Ethernet, is scheduled to be available starting in May 2010 with prices starting at $995.