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In cellular we have carriers, manufacturers, and third-party developers, but in the Wi-Fi space things are a little more complex. There's a new set of smart WLAN "switch" players emerging in the Wi-Fi space, bringing out new architectures for configuring and managing wireless networks. Recently, I've been hearing some confusion on a question that reminds me of the early days of wired networks: "Can our Wi-Fi infrastructure completely manage itself, or is a separate network management solution required?" Or, put another way, "Is this new product designed for connectivity, for management, or both?" Rather than comparing data sheets, I've been encouraging customers to remember their experience with choosing wired network products. Over the last two decades, I've seen wired networking and management companies sort themselves into three different categories. For our purp... (more)