Smartphone’s are making a splash on Wi-Fi networks, and it’s going to change how we think about wireless access.
Take this, for example:
Westmont College, a liberal arts college campus in Santa Barbara, Calif., showed in a study that nearly 3137 distinct clients connected to the Meraki wireless network in February 2011, and about 10.12 terabytes of data were transferred.
A year ago, the data transferred was about 5.06 TB and a total of 2458 distinct clients used the network in the month. Why? Because there was a sharp increase in the number of iPhones, iPod touches and yes, there were a few iPads too.
With nextgen Wi-Fi tech coming in late 2012, networks will be capable of handling larger loads of traffic with IEEE 802.11ac. Corporate, non-profit and church organizations are going to have to rethink network stratigies.
Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks, put it best:
The network model has shifted from hotspots to ubiquitous and uniform networks access.
Keep in mind; this is a theory that can only be taken seriously if limits on broadband remain open.