Why Can't All the Wi-Fi Access Points Just Get Along?

Mesh wireless networking is not new. While older generations of products have been shackled with subpar performance, third-generation products typically perform well. The problem, though, is that current mesh products are non-interoperable. Mesh access points from Cisco, Aruba, Tropos, and Strix get along like colonial powers trying to decide which one gets the lion’s share of a new country. The result has been a situation where customers have had to avoid mixing and matching products. That situation becomes even more difficult now that customers with indoor Wi-Fi networks want to add outdoor wireless mesh networks for video surveillance. Ideally, IT managers would like these two networks to be able to communicate smoothly and efficiently, and it sounds like a good argument for a standard.

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