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Strategic Planning and Design for Application-Driven Wireless Local Area Networks

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Executive Summary

The importance and increasing adoption of wireless local area networks is undeniable. The flexibility, mobility, increased productivity and cost savings when compared to the cost of a wired network deployment and ensuing moves, adds and changes are the driving forces behind the rapid adoption of WLANs. Initially considered a luxury or novelty for providing portable internet or email access, wireless LANs increasingly provide untethered access to business applications and network resources, enabling anywhere, anytime access and serve as a foundation for real-time connectivity for advanced applications such as wireless telephony, location tracking and manufacturing control systems. Wireless networks are no longer a novelty or luxury; they have become a key element of IT backbones everywhere.

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