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Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
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Brocade Open Mobility Solutions: Interoperability Evaluation for Cisco & Cisco Meraki WLAN with Brocade ICX Switches
21 September 2015
Supporting wireless mobility means continually addressing new devices in a rapidly advancing industry. The Effortless Network enabled by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides the ideal foundation for wireless network solutions. Cisco & Cisco Meraki deliver high performance access points and scalable WLAN solutions. By working together with Cisco & Cisco Meraki, Brocade aims to deliver the best-in-class, open wired network underlay infrastructure upon which to deploy wireless networks (WLAN). Brocade is committed to working with industry standard wireless networks to deliver open and secure multi-vendor wired/wireless network solutions.
Brocade commissioned Tolly to evaluate the interoperability of its Brocade ICX 7250/7450 switches with both the Cisco (Aironet) & Cisco Meraki WLAN solutions. The Cisco WLAN was implemented with the Cisco Aironet 2700/3700 Access Points (APs) and 2500 Series Wireless Controller. The Cisco Meraki WLAN was implemented with the Cisco Meraki MR34 AP configured with the Cisco Meraki System Manager Cloud based management software. No WLAN controller is required for the Cisco Meraki wireless network.
The Brocade LAN switch and Cisco & Cisco Meraki wireless WLAN solutions demonstrated interoperability across all tests. While Tolly tested only the Cisco Aironet 2700/3700 APs, with the Cisco 2500 WLAN Controller, and Cisco Meraki MR34 AP, all Cisco and Cisco Meraki APs should pass all the interoperability tests.
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