Wireless communication has established itself as a dominant and preferred medium in the enterprise network’s final meters to the user. The ability for a user to connect immediately to the network from any location, on any device, is not a luxury; it is a business necessity. In the enterprise network, several means and technologies exist to support this need. As is the case with all wireless networks, these enterprise wireless systems require robust and capable cabling infrastructure to fulfill their requirements. This webcast seminar, hosted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, examines several options for wireless networks in enterprise environments, paying specific attention to the cabling infrastructure supporting them.
Presentation I: Cabling for Wireless LANs
A new standard called 802.11ax was published in early 2018 and was recently renamed Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance. This new standard allows access points to handle a large number of client devices in a truly simultaneous manner, substantially increasing access point throughput. Clearly, this will impact the cabled infrastructure supporting Wi-Fi. This presentation will discuss cabling and network considerations to support Wi-Fi 6.
Presentation II: Preparing the Enterprise for 5G
Enterprises have been well-supported by a mix of wireline and wireless technologies, including optical fiber, twisted-pair copper, WiFi, and LTE over distributed antenna systems (DAS). As bandwidth demand and the number of connected devices continue to grow unabated, many expect massive deployment of 5G wireless networks will enable a new class of applications and value for enterprises. While 5G’s promise is great, it will require deployment of many new wireline connected small cells, both indoors and out, to support the very short range of high-bandwidth 5G signals. This presentation will describe the applications driving 5G, where 5G might provide value in enterprise networks, the role of competing technologies such as WiFi and DAS, and examples of optical-fiber-based systems and technologies that can support 5G and its successors over the life of the enterprise.
Bree Murphy, RCDD
Global Applications Engineer
Bree is an RCDD with more than 25 years managing, training, and selling in the technology industry. Bree has focused on the end-user enterprise markets such as Healthcare, Higher Ed, K-12, Hospitality, Retail as well as Government and works closely with the ACE (architects, consultants, engineers) community writing specification and solutions for the customer. In addition, Bree provides strategic planning for contractors, integrators, and distributor business partners.
Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services
John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and now OFS in various engineering and marketing roles. He currently directs the Solutions and Professional Services group for OFS’s optical fiber, cable, connectivity, and solutions business. John has published and presented numerous papers and articles on fiber optics and FTTH and been active in Industry standards. He has been an active member of the Fiber Broadband Association (former FTTH Council) from its founding year of 2001, and serving on its board of directors since 2008. John has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and holds 6 patents.
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