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Primer: Mesh Configurations and Applications


Outdoor mesh gets the most attention and arguably offers the most compelling value proposition, but indoor and hybrid indoor/outdoor meshes also are useful, especially in hard-to-wire environments. Today's wireless mesh systems are proprietary, but that's not necessarily a reason to postpone deploying one. After all, most large organizations try to standardize on their critical infrastructure elements to minimize support costs, so multivendor interoperability isn't critical as long as each system supports open standards like Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

Unfortunately, mesh capabilities aren't integrated with modern enterprise Wi-Fi systems, so if you want to extend your existing WLAN with mesh backhaul connections, you must integrate it with a mesh vendor's technology.

Conventional WLAN With Wired Distribution System

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The Basics

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