News Factor: What To Look For in WLAN Switches

When you’re shopping for wireless LAN switches, look for systems that offer integrated radio-frequency management, centralized configuration and the ability to pinpoint rogue access points.
So says the network vice president from a Boston financial institution and David Passmore, the research director of Burton Group. Both were featured speakers at a recent tutorial in Boston by WLAN switch vendor Airespace.
Passmore said the biggest value-add in these new WLAN switch systems is radio-frequency management. When demand changes — say when people flood into a conference room — or access points fail, these centrally controlled systems can adapt by balancing radio frequency levels and channels. First-generation systems, by comparison, are static. (full story)