Corporate Wi-Fi Integration, Part 3 - Page 3

By Mike Houghton

September 29, 2004

Continued from Page 2.

Top Wi-Fi Vendors

In this section we take a look at some of the world's top wireless vendors.

Cisco Systems
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/index.html
Clearly Cisco is the market share leader in wireless infrastructure technology for enterprises. Odds are, if you're part of a large organization, then you have Cisco products on your network. Cisco offers unsurpassed performance and reliability for wired and wireless LANs.

Linksys
http://www.linksys.com/products/

Founded in 1988, Linksys is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco. Over the past 14 years, Linksys has become one of the leaders in sales of wireless routers, network cards and USB adapters for the home and small business users. Linksys accounts for roughly 30% of the retail store market.

D-Link
http://www.dlink.com/products/category.asp?cid=1
Founded in 1986, D-Link offers a wide variety of wireless components for all facets of consumer uses. D-Link doesn't just stick to the typical wireless network cards, routers and antennas. They have also led the way in wireless security cameras and wireless media players.

Netgear
http://www.netgear.com/index.php
This wireless vendor is geared primarily towards the small office and home office market. They have been in business since 1996 and offer a host of affordable and easy to use wireless products for this reason Netgear is also very popular with Wi-Fi home users.

Proxim
http://www.proxim.com/
This Sunnyvale, California-based company switched gears about two years to dedicate its resources to WLAN technology. This company develops switching systems meant to improve the handling of voice and data services between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. These systems are part of the company's efforts with Avaya and Motorola to co-develop a device and network to improve roaming between cell and Wi-Fi networks.

Symbol Technologies
http://www.symbol.com
Symbol Technologies is a provider of mobile data management systems and services and is principally known for its laser bar code scanners, hand-held computers and wireless communications networks for voice and data. Typically you would see Symbol wireless products in retailing, transportation/logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, healthcare, education, government/military, and finance sectors.

There are many other vendors with their hands in the Wi-Fi pot. These are just a few of the more popular ones. Check back for the fourth and final part of this series where we'll look at the future needs of Wi-Fi technology, practical recommendations and some parting thoughts.

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