Cisco building switch ports to feed faster Wi-Fi

Cisco Systems is forging ahead with LAN switches designed to support faster Wi-Fi access points even while an ethernet standard for the technology they use is still taking shape.

The switches have ports that can operate at 2.5Gbps (bits per second) or 5Gbps in addition to standard Gigabit and 10-Gigabit ethernet. The two new speeds let the switches keep up with Wi-Fi access points that can run at more than 1Gbps, and they work with the cables most enterprises already have.

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