Author: Greg Berger
Posted by Greg Berger
I actually just saw this headline this morning in another popular blog spot and the timing seemed appropriate. We are seeing a huge upswing in the need for organizations to track, monitor and manage personal and business-class devices. Unlike traditional AIDC devices, most business class devices are designed for Broadband first and Wi-Fi second, putting a lot more data on the cellular carrier networks.
I find it interesting that the article talks in terms of market saturation, but what I am also hearing here is the potential for network saturation. One of the things that Wavelink Engineering has spent significant time on is making sure that a multi-modal Mobile Device will choose the best medium for updates, and restricting large updates to only those connections that meet a configurable minimum adapter link speed.
The article also talks about the efficiency and cost-effective nature of text messaging. We thought about that too. We can reach out to a multi-modal device first using SMS messaging to ask it to perform an update without knowing whether Wi-Fi or Broadband is available. When the device receives the message requesting an update, it can automatically choose the best network to perform that update.
Anyway, I’m watching the growth of iPhone, Android and Blackberry closely, and I’ll be curious to see how it plays itself out in the AIDC market.
Back in January, we had a brief discussion about ruggedized versus consumer grade Mobile Devices. Shortly after that, I was making customer calls with one of Wavelink’s Platinum Reseller Partners, and an IT manager at a large multi-national retailer told me he was considering purchasing Consumer Grade APs for several of his new store roll outs in the coming year. His motive was to save money by purchasing the lower cost access points and wanted to know if he could still manage the APs with Avalanche.
There is a fair amount of unbiased material available on the web that compares the various features and benefits of Industrial or Enterprise grade APs vs. Consumer grade APs, such as the Best Practices article from BizTech Magazine or this recent Wavelink Technology Tidbit. What I wanted to do here was share my answer to his question about AP management. (more…)