Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

Published: 21 August 2018

ID: G00346712

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman, Mike Toussaint, Christian Canales, Bill Menezes


Trends such as network automation, use of richer analytics and the need to secure IoT endpoints are emerging as critical components in access networking solutions. I&O leaders can use this research to assess vendor hardware and software capabilities across six enterprise access networking use cases.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Aerohive
    • ALE
    • Allied Telesis
    • ARRIS (Ruckus)
    • Cisco
    • Dell EMC
    • D-Link
    • Extreme Networks
    • Fortinet
    • HPE (Aruba)
    • Huawei
    • Juniper Networks
    • LANCOM Systems
    • Mist Systems
    • Mojo Networks
    • New H3C
    • Riverbed
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Wired Access
    • WLAN Access
    • Network Access/Guest Access/BYOD
    • Management and Administration
    • Additional Network Service Apps
    • Multivendor Management Support
  • Use Cases
    • Unified Wired and WLAN Access
    • Performance Stringent Applications
    • Multivendor Networking Environment
    • Remote Branch Office With Corporate HQ
    • Wired-Only Refresh/New Build
    • WLAN-Only Refresh/New Build
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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