By Forrester Research
Special to CNET News.com
September 9, 2003, 11:00AM PT
By Maribel L. Dolinov, Principal Analyst
Despite very soft return on investment, companies probably can't avoid wireless LAN installations. Smart companies will get ahead of the problem with next-generation 802.11a and wireless switch gear that increases data speeds, hardens security and improves manageability.
Wireless LANs are showing up everywhere--in the home, the office, and hot spots like Starbucks outlets and airport departure lounges. Although the technology looks promising, the alphabet soup surrounding 802.11--and real security concerns--have left IT executives confused. CIOs want to know:
Should I deploy a wireless LAN?
Which wireless LAN standard--802.11a, b or g--should I use?
Can companies deploy a wireless LAN securely?
How do I improve WLAN manageability?
Should I subscribe to a monthly hot spot plan?
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