As a wireless conference and trade show winds down this week, dueling speakers at the show told audiences that wireless was both ready — and not so ready — for prime time in the enterprise. At the Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo, which opened Monday in San Jose, Calif. and closes Friday, a Cisco executive said that issues keeping enterprises from adopting wireless networks have been largely solved. In a speech, Steve Nye, the general manager of Cisco’s Building Broadband Solutions division, touted Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and the work being done by the IEEE’s 802.11i group as solutions that will put enterprise concerns about wireless security to rest. Later in the day, however, a former Intel executive turned the tables in a speech where he blasted wireless as being too complicated and too difficult to install. Les Valdez, who retired from Intel earlier this year after a 25-year run with the chip-making giant, also countered Nye’s claims that the current state of wireless security was good enough. Full Story
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