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The Business Case for Enterprise-Class Wireless LANs by Christopher A. L. Vinckier, Oisin Mac Alasdair, H. David Castaneda

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Chapter 8. Management Strategies for Wireless LANs

Management Strategies for Wireless LANs

Wireless networks are usually more challenging to manage than wired networks. The physical aspects of a typical wired network are stable and predictable; the transport medium itself, “the wire,” does not change. Wireless networks, however, operate in a very dynamic environment. User experience can differ from day to day, depending upon factors such as the number of concurrent users, interference, multipath effects, and even time of day; for example, the radio frequency (RF) “landscape” of a WLAN will be different at 6 a.m. than it will be at 3 p.m. during a typical working day. Furthermore, because ...

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