Article posted by Dana Blankehorn
One thing few know is that hospitals have, over the last decade, gotten more out of WiFi than even coffee shop owners.
WiFi ties communication to people, not desks. It links both voice and data. It has enormous bandwidth.
Or it seems to have enormous bandwidth until, as always happens, everyone starts loading that bandwidth with new applications.
But the available bandwidth can be greatly expanded just by changing out your access points. Maybe to something with 802.11n?
Xirrus has been pushing its 802.11n as a replacement for desktop Ethernet or as a high-performance alternative in new builds. (This Xirrus access point includes a switch. That’s why it looks like a Frisbee.)
But now it is also going into retrofitting, as in this Swedish school where it claims to have extended throughput by a factor of 14 times.
But as hospitals’ use of WiFi grows, pressure will also grow to expand wireless bandwidth. That’s good news for WiFi suppliers and all those who want more unlicensed spectrum.
You can go to the article directly at: http://healthcare.zdnet.com/?p=1567&tag=nl.e539
For more information about Xirrus, please go to http://www.xirrus.com