12 WiFi Vendors To Keep An Eye On

Check out these wireless vendors driving innovation in enterprise WiFi.

Marcia Savage

April 11, 2016

10 Slides

The wireless LAN has transitioned from a “nice to have” secondary connection to the primary mechanism used to connect end-user devices. As reliance on enterprise WiFi continues to grow, numerous WLAN vendors are vying for a piece of the pie. According to IDC, worldwide enterprise sales of WLAN hardware increased nearly 6% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Looking strictly from the perspective of WiFi transmit and receive capability, enterprise-class WLAN vendors offer largely the same capabilities. Yes, there are some architectural or manufacturing differences that may make one product perform better in certain circumstances. But for the most part, they all perform adequately. This is precisely why WiFi vendors are looking beyond sheer performance to differentiate their products based on ease of management and unique features.

In this slideshow, we'll look at a dozen WLAN vendors who stand out in a crowded market with innovative enterprise WiFi products.

As you click through the slides, you may notice that there’s no single, centralized theme in terms of ground-breaking features that WLAN vendors are bringing to the table. Instead, innovation is happening across the board. This includes areas such as BYOD, cloud management, security, analytics and the Internet of Things.

Wireless vendors are no longer the same. Instead, many offer unique benefits and traits that the others don’t. If you're in the market for a new enterprise-class WLAN, it’s up to you to determine what features are most important to your organization, and seek out wireless vendors that cater to those specific needs.

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About the Author(s)

Marcia Savage

Executive Editor, Network Computing

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