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Handbags at Dawn

5:45 PM -- Ooof!

Looks as if other WiFi vendors are trying to make the most of the well publicized problems between Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Meru Networks Inc. (See WLAN Faceoff: Cisco Versus Meru.)

Check out the release from Xirrus Inc. today on its new "Sharp Cell" 802.11 technology. (See Xirrus Intros Tech.)

"Unlike competitive offerings that have demonstrated a 'bad neighbor policy' in recent industry published tests, Xirrus’s Sharp Cell functionality reduces interference with other Wi-Fi networks ensuring the performance of an adjacent cell or neighboring network is not degraded," says Bruce Miller, Director of Product Management for Xirrus in the blurb.

Meow! Wonder whooom they could be talking about?

I must say, though, if all it takes to be a bad neighbor these days is a little bit of WLAN interference then things have got better since I started writing for Unstrung. Back in the day, a dead rooster in the back yard constituted bad neighboring in my neck of the woods -- not congestion in the 2.4GHz band. (See For Whom the Cock Croaks.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

lrmobile_djthomas 12/5/2012 | 3:32:37 AM
re: Handbags at Dawn
That's not very classy of them...seems like the worst form of opportunism. The big deal is that "sharp RF" doesn't mean anything by itself, and so it's a vaporware announcement. Xirrus is not a real enterprise wireless play at this point anyway, so it's not going to matter much. We're learning a lot about these companies and people, for sure. I thought layer-seven switching was a street fight...

Has anyone had any luck with this sort of deployment, though? I mean, Xirrus, Cisco, anyone for indoor mesh?
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