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Vendor-lock is a term circling the wireless LAN (WLAN) sector. A number of startups have begun releasing new network devices - WLAN switches, which promise to make wireless LANs manageable, secure, and reliable. However, for those intrepid enterprises that have already deployed WLANs, they have a big question looming before them about adopting these new technologies: Will they work with my existing access points (APs)? WLANs were initially a home-networking technology often brought into the enterprise through the back door by engineers who wanted to browse the Net while away from their desks. Although WLANs are pushing their way into corporations at a rapid clip, they still carry a good deal of home-networking baggage: minimal security, nonexistent management functions, and an inability to support a large user base. As WLANs moved from consumer class to business cla... (more)

Bedside Wireless

Critical information at the point of care is a compelling reason for health-care providers to utilize wireless networks, but safety and security issues often stand in the way. Although patient privacy is still a sensitive issue, new breakthroughs in security promise no break-ins to confidential data. Wireless networks are being deployed in increasing numbers because they solve problems for both IT managers and users of mobile devices. According to Gartner, Inc., enterprises and organizations have embraced this technology because of the benefits of roaming as well as the widespre... (more)