A costly and complex aspect of today's wireless networks can sometimes be the very component they're supposed to eliminate: cabling. Emerging 802.11-based mesh networks attempt to resolve this irony by using more radio spectrum and less wire in the form of Ethernet cabling than traditional wireless LANs.
These are early days for WLAN meshes, but proprietary infrastructure products are commercially available. Organizations with difficult-to-cable environments and those that frequently move their WLAN nodes are among mesh's early adopters.
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