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October 2013, Volume 2, Number 9

Limiting mobile bandwidth consumption to improve network performance

Early adopters of BYOD have learned that there is a hit on network resources as the number of devices increase. BYOD and bandwidth Part one: How BYOD strains corporate network bandwidth Part two: Limiting mobile bandwidth consumption to improve network performance Imagine a 60-foot square space (3,600 sq. ft.) that holds 36 offices, each 10 feet by 10 feet. If employees only have one device each, that is 36 devices, which a single wireless access point (WAP) may be able to handle. But if the number of devices increases to 3.3 per user as a recent Cisco survey predicts, we now have just under 119 devices. Unless the employees are largely transient and rarely in the office, a single WAP cannot service all those devices. A ballooning number of devices results in not having enough slices or available attachments for communication. For instance, if someone is attached to an access point that is at the far end of the office, he could be knocked off by someone attaching at a location closer to the access point. Many WAP vendors ...

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