Chapter 1 Contents
With the growth and popularity of 802.11 wireless networking (also known as Wi-Fi), dozens of companies have developed wireless networking equipment. In 2000, Cisco acquired a company called Aironet. Since its acquisition, Aironet has become the title of Cisco wireless technology devices. From access points (APs) to client adapters, the Aironet family is a name you will become familiar with as you work more with Cisco wireless products.
You might also know the Linksys family of wireless networking devices. Most likely, you have seen these products in your local electronics store, somewhere between the spindles of blank CD-ROMs and new computers. Cisco acquired Linksys a few years ago; its products are aimed at consumers. Although these are useful utilitarian products, this chapter focuses on the products Cisco makes that are aimed at business and enterprise markets. Recently, Cisco acquired Airespace and has added its devices to the Cisco Wi-Fi line up.
This chapter examines the Cisco Aironet line of APs, client adapters, and bridges. It also introduces the Airespace equipment, as well as other unique wireless devices (such as the wireless IP phone from Cisco)all the tools that you might use to deploy and upgrade a WLAN. These devices are compared at the end of each section, so you can match a Cisco wireless device against your own wants and needs.