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May 2011

Unified network management: Wired and wireless together for good?

Coventry University and alcoholic drink manufacturer, C&C Group are  two very different organizations with one similar networking problem - both have separate but equally necessary wireless and wired LANs. Each entity has separate management tools for these networks, but both see the potential in integrated wired and wireless network management, if not going even further into a unified network architecture. While a lot of vendors talk integration, at this point few total solutions actually exist. Instead, users must take baby steps toward integrated network management which likely won't totally occur until they face network refresh. Coventry's expanding wired and wireless network management Just three years ago, Coventry University, a 33-acre campus with 18,000 students and staff, had a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) that consisted of 53 hotspots. Back then, students and staff weren’t armed to the teeth with wireless devices, so this network of convenience provided basic Wi-Fi Internet access. What may have been a ...

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