Can you get wired performance from a wireless network? That’s the goal that Shane Buckley, the new CEO of Xirrus has set out to prove.
In an interview with InternetNews, Buckley said that in his view, wireless networking is the most interesting segment of the network world today. It’s a sentiment that is backed by analyst researchtoo with growing revenues.
“The big challenge is that there is a massive difference between wireless and wired based networks,” Buckley said.
Buckley noted that wired networks will typically give you 80 to over 100 Mbps per user, whereas a wireless network only give you a couple of megabits per second of throughput in reality.
“It’s almost like when you unplug your notebook from the Ethernet cable that you go back 17 years in time and you’re connected to a 10 megabit shared hub and the performance is pathetic,” Buckley said.
Xirrus takes a different approach with its Linux powered arraysthat aim to provide better performance. According to Buckley, Xirrus aims to deliver wired like performance on wireless gear providing an Ethernet switch in the sky.