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The Arse-End of FMC

11:00 AM -- Embarassing moment of the day: I called a contact on what was supposedly his landline, and, after a pregnant pause, he asked me if he could call back because he was actually in the restroom. Presumably my call had been routed via a PBX to his cellphone.

I'm sure this is going to be a growing problem. Catching people in flagrante delicto or other deeply personal situations simply because they forgot to stop having business calls being directed to their cellphones or other devices (of which there could be many).

To my mind it's the big drawback of FMC and the general culture of being on call 24/7. That and the slow but steady erosion of the idea of personal life and personal space.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:35:29 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC Yes, and I wrote the blog (bog blog?) wearing surgical gloves.
spc_rayella 12/5/2012 | 3:35:29 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC 1) What the hell was he doing answering his phone whilst on the cludgy?

2) Did you wash your hands after the call, Dan?

Ray 'Hygeine' Le Maistre
lrmobile_millomar 12/5/2012 | 3:35:24 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC This is hardly new. Over 10 years ago I was talking to a colleague on the other side of the world. The conversation had been going for some minutes about serious work stuff. The I heard water splashing. I realised that she was in the bath using a cordless phone. All focus was lost. Of course in those days nobody had heard of FMC.
spc_rayella 12/5/2012 | 3:35:11 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC millomar, really, the two scenarios are not in the same ballpark.

Woman in bath -- absolutely fine, though potentially distracting.

Man on the cludgie -- EEEEEUUUUURRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!
farpoint 12/5/2012 | 3:34:18 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC As I remind clients all the time, every mobile device has an off button (although clever design often makes this very hard to find indeed). No one needs to be reached all the time. The sociology of wireless, not its technology, may ultimately define its limits.

FMC has way more upside than downside regardless. And location-based services can forward the call to voice mail (at the user's option, of course) when one is in what should be an undisclosed location.

Finally, it truly is disgusting to hear some guy talking on his cell phone while using the men's room. Show a little class, guys. The true test will come when the phone falls into the unirnal - a true gentleman wouldn't be on the phone in the first place, so only a clod would fish it out.
lbknick123 12/5/2012 | 3:34:17 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC I've never seen two hype-busting press for a vendor in the span of one week.

This one CMP story makes them out to be quite misleading .. or at least very disorganized with very buggy product:

http://www.networkcomputing.co...

also -- Aruba kicks Meru's tail in this test ... Meru can't even finish it

http://www.networkworld.com/re...










wlanner 12/5/2012 | 3:34:16 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC Add Craig's testing and you get 3:

http://downloads.lightreading....

peanutoat 12/5/2012 | 3:34:15 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC Howdy,

Two very different types of articles, I sure admit, but neither one must be making them jolly.

The first one, the Network Computing story, seems really heavily biased, though. We have deployed WMM before, and I know all about these TXOPs. They are completely legitimate, and I give Meru Networks lots of credit for implementing them. They are really useful. I am not sure why the author of that article thinks that they violate the standard. And I know that Cisco APs implement them too and I tend to think that what Cisco is saying in that article is a bunch of hogwash. I've had some dealings with one of their sales reps, and they have become very pushy, trying to threaten to take away discounts on their Catalyst switches unless our guys buy their wireless gear also. Also, have you noticed that the print and on-line versions are different?

The Network World article, though, I tell you! They had to pull out because they had a buggy product. Now, these APs, I think they are the AP-150 models, are not their main AP line. I know they sell AP-200's as their main product, and I had never even heard of the AP-150's until this article. And I don't suppose I'll hear about them again for a while, until they knock the pests out of them. I'm sure that taught 'em a lesson.

Don't know if Aruba kicked Meru's tail in that test, though, because they tuned their APs for PCF, which is really cheating and all.
wirelessfreak 12/5/2012 | 3:34:13 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC Wow, djthomas and this peanut guy have a very similar writing style and both are indirectly apologetic for Meru. Who knows, but inquiring minds certainly want to know.

Cisco guys throw a lot of FUD, that is true, but violation of the standards are pretty clear cut and it would seem from this latest article that Meru is not even willing to properly defend itself - which is a telling sign.

Why is it that in three different tests Meru is bringing three different APs?

Why is it that in three different tests the Meru gear seems to be plagued by this or that bug, beta hardware/software, or lack of QA, support, or plain old time and attention? Are customers experiencing the same problems?

Why is it that Meru can't produce any referenceable large scale customer deployments?

Maybe we are seeing the real reasons why they never showed up for any tests in the past?

Emperor, clothing, winter is coming... draw your own conclusions.
meshsecurity 12/5/2012 | 3:34:07 AM
re: The Arse-End of FMC You said: Cisco guys throw a lot of FUD, that is true, but violation of the standards are pretty clear cut and it would seem from this latest article that Meru is not even willing to properly defend itself - which is a telling sign.

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Sounds like a familiar argument that I have heard over the years concerning Meru.

What to do?

Lesson: Never walk into a competitive test where you cannot influence the testing from beginning to end. Create a customer response that adequately explains your position and give it to key customers. Don't sweat it too much, remember the IT industry has the memory of a gold fish (in 6 months no one will remember).

Don't do it again... this is Technical Marketing 101, just a basic set up and a very old trick. Chill out and focus. Remember, folks have been throwing darts at Meru's architecture for years and the company is still around.



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