Using Chromecast in your Cisco enterprise WLAN environment

Chromecast is an interesting product even for businesses, especially it’s screen casting function (although still listed as experimental) can be utilized to present your PC to an external monitor – reducing the need for the right cables or adapters in between.

In an enterprise environment, however, it can prove difficult to connect a device like the Chromecast to WiFi networks that require features like dot1x authentication. This was the case in my company and searching for answers led me to a deployment guide from Cisco, the vendor we use our wireless solution. Although relevant it did not completely solve my issue, so if you are struggling with the same problem just keep on reading.

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Using Lync phones with voice VLAN and dot1x

In a recent project I have been working on voice VLAN implementation and 802.1x (or dot1x) authentication in our Cisco switching infrastructure. There was little to nothing on the subject to be found online, so I thought I would share my experiences.

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UC Magic Quadrant – Did Gartner get it wrong?

It’s been a month since Gartner’s yearly “evaluation” of the Unified Communications market and the vendors therein.
There have been multiple blog posts (Ståle Hansen, Matt Landis etc), tweets and podcasts (The UC Architects for one) pointing out their disagreements over the Gartner verdict, putting Cisco at the “leading” spot in front of Microsoft.

For those unfamiliar with this yearly “moment of truth” from Gartner, nothing has really changed from last year’s release – only that this year Microsoft had released the Lync 2013 server and client that have really improved from the shortcomings of former versions. So expectations were high that Microsoft would once more reclaim the “throne” of UC, and the disappointment equally present when it wasn’t so.

As a consultant working mainly with Lync myself, I have to admit feeling a little “disappointed”. So how could Gartner get it this wrong? Or did they?

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