Cisco Extends Corporate Networks To Home For Teleworkers

Cisco has announced new wireless hardware and software solutions designed to extend the corporate wireless network from office to the home teleworker, incorporating existing control, management and security infrastructure.

The Cisco OfficeExtend solution includes new access points and a full line of wireless controllers that include dual-band 802.11n access point specifically designed for teleworkers. These new solutions require no intervention from end users, lowering information technology support requirements and overall cost of ownership by allowing IT professionals to remotely manage home access points alongside the corporate infrastructure.

The new Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Service Module supports up to 500 corporate and "teleworking" access points and can be scaled to support the increasing number of mobile devices running rich-media applications such as telepresence, voice and virtual desktops.

The Cisco OfficeExtend solution comprises the Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend Access Points, Cisco wireless controllers and the Cisco Wireless Control System. These new solutions provide support for home teleworking consistent with office mobility performance, and complement the Cisco Virtual Office (CVO) solution with additional wireless connectivity options for teleworkers. The Cisco OfficeExtend Solution is both voice- and video-ready to optimise the performance of rich media communications.

The Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend Access Points incorporate an 802.11n dual-radio design that supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands. The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Wireless Services Module chassis supports up to 500 corporate and teleworking access points and allows customers to scale large wireless LANs to support the increasing number of mobile devices running rich-media applications such as Telepresence, voice and virtual desktops.

For smaller networks, the new Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers and software for the Cisco ISR G2 Services-Ready Engine offer 802.11n service for up to 50 access points and 500 clients.

"The proliferation of smart mobile devices, the adoption of cloud services, and even government regulation are all changing the concept of workplace, and many employees have both the expectation and need to work from home. The Cisco OfficeExtend solution addresses the need for organisations to provide simple, highly secure wireless access to company resources for teleworkers either at home or in the office," said Ray Smets, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Networking Business Unit, Cisco.

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Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 23:00:40 IST