Healthcare and Medical White Papers

Testing Wi-Fi Functionality In Medical Devices

Hospitals present challenges to reliable Wi-Fi connectivity and many medical device applications require secure and persistent network connections. To ensure reliable functionality, a Wi-Fi radio that is embedded in a medical device must be tested thoroughly. But where, and how?

Cisco Compatible Extensions and Medical Devices

While CCX has been an overwhelming success in the laptop world, few medical devices carry the Cisco Compatible seal. Medical devices that incorporate Wi-Fi radios from Laird have passed all tests for CCX V4 and earned the Cisco Compatible seal. That seal gives OEMs confidence that the devices interoperate with Cisco infrastructures and can take advantage of Cisco innovations for enhanced security, mobility, QoS, and network management.

Wi-Fi: The Importance of Mobility In Hospitals

Many medical devices require persistent network connections. Providing such connections over Wi-Fi in a hospital can be a challenge. When a medical device is mobile, the Wi-Fi radio in that device must switch, or roam, from one infrastructure endpoint to another. Fast and effective roaming is essential to maintaining a persistent network connection and ensuring the reliable operation of the applications that rely on such a connection.

Optimizing the 5 GHZ Band In a Hospital

As the traditional 2.4 GHz operating band for IEEE 802.11-compliant Wi-Fi wireless local area networks (LANs) becomes more crowded, network administrators increasingly look to the less crowded 5 GHz operating band to improve or maintain network performance and reliability. This is especially necessary in medical Wi-Fi deployments, which present greater operational challenges and more stringent requirements than residential and commercial Wi-Fi networks.

802.11n and Medical Devices

With throughput much greater than that available with previous wireless local area networking (WLAN) standards, the IEEE 802.11n standard has had a significant impact on the WLAN, or Wi-Fi, industry. Most of today’s WLAN infrastructure products support 802.11n, and support on client devices is growing.