Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

Published: 12 September 2016

ID: G00292255

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Christian Canales , Nicole Papadopoulos, Danilo Ciscato, Bill Menezes


Wired and wireless LAN vendors have differing abilities to meet mobile enterprise requirements. Gartner has examined 16 vendors to determine how each addresses the needs of infrastructure and operations leaders for five distinct enterprise use cases, based on five critical capabilities.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Aerohive Networks
    • ALE
    • Avaya
    • Allied Telesis
    • Brocade (Ruckus Wireless)
    • Cisco
    • D-Link
    • Dell
    • Extreme Networks
    • Fortinet
    • HPE (Aruba Networks)
    • Huawei Technologies
    • Juniper Networks
    • Xirrus
    • Zebra
    • ZTE
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Wired Access
    • WLAN Access
    • Network Access/Guest Access/BYOD
    • Management and Administration
    • Additional Network Services
  • Use Cases
    • Enterprise Unified Wired and WLAN Access
    • Enterprise Wired-Only Connectivity
    • All-Wireless Office
    • SME and/or Remote Branch Office
    • IaaS or Managed Service
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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