Re: 'Wave 2' Wireless Deployments Power Education In Houston
For something that appears on the surface to be a subdvision (Wave 2) of a subdivision (802.11ac) of a standard (802.11), 802.11ac Wave 2 seems poised to make an awful big splash. I've heard about the MU-MIMO support before, as well as specific technologies tied to 802.11ac to help minimize interference and ensure continuous connection between a client and an AP once established. They're called Transmit Beam Forming (TBF) and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC), respectively, and I've heard them described as basically boosting the 'clarity' of the signal so it's easier for the client so to receive it consistently. Though these are available in Wave 1 already, it seems alongside the MU-MIMO support for Wave 2, they'll offer a nice boost for networks supporting large and varying numbers of client devices - like university campuses. I wonder if that's a conscious consideration at HCC.
As for the issue of video and oversaturation of schools, I think Ariellia has a good point. I was expecting to hear a little more about an overarching plan HCC had for integrating video into their curriculum in a meaningful way that went along with the Wave 2 deployment. Now, maybe they do, and it's just outside Mr. Cooper's job duties, but there are lots of great solutions out there for this, and throwing more bandwidth at the teachers is only one part of the equation. On that note, I think the Cisco exec may even have been downplaying the extent to which student entertainment is responsible for this bandwidth. There are plenty of tech-savvy professors, but there are far more students. I can hardly blame them for being demanding with the rising cost of living at school, but that's definitely a difficult balancing act that few professionals can claim to handle. Respect to the logistics there.