"Enterprises can't stand by and wait," said Gartner analyst Paul DeBeasi. "There are now more Wi-Fi devices than humans in many enterprises," a development that has only come about over the past year or so, he said. Companies are scrambling to provide enough capacity to serve all those clients.
The Aironet 3600 has a modular design for future hardware upgrades, through a slot in which IT administrators will be able to add components for improved security and other capabilities. The first module for that slot will be an optional dedicated unit that can scan all 23 available Wi-Fi channels for wireless probes and rogue APs that could pose threats.
The new AP is available worldwide immediately for a list price of $1,495 with internal antennas and $1,595 with external antennas. The add-on scanning component is scheduled to ship by the end of this year.