With the introduction of 802.11n, the field of Wireless LANs (WLANs) is undergoing a paradigm shift as phenomenal as the beginning of WLANs themselves. The extraordinary data rates that the final 802.11n standard will support solidify the realization of wireless and wired networking as peer campus networking options. Rich multimedia applications will be seamlessly streamed to every point in a facility demonstrating better performance than possible with legacy 802.11a/b/g technologies.
But the question remains, "How do you plan a high performance 802.11n network?" Despite continual attention from WLAN equipment vendors and endless discussion about the benefits of 802.11n, no one has adequately explained how 802.11n network planning works and, perhaps more importantly, how it doesn’t work.
How can I reap the maximum benefit from a clean-slate 802.11n implementation? What happens if I simply rip and replace access points when migrating my existing network to 802.11n? How to best pursue a phased migration to 802.11n? This paper explains 802.11n basics and shows you how to use this information to answer these questions, providing the guidance you need to choose the best strategy for your organization.