Cisco Systems Inc. has shopped successfully for a set of tools that can help its wireless customers clean up the interference and improve the efficiency of their networks.
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Cisco announced today that it has agreed to acquire Cognio Inc., which makes spectrum analysis products designed to identify, locate and eliminate sources of radio-frequency interference that can do to a wireless network the same thing that high-power lines do to reception on an AM radio.
Interference can come from cell phones, non-compliant 802.11 wireless equipment, improper placement of access points, building features that limit the range of radio-frequency broadcasts, microwaves, computer monitors and anything else that produces or absorbs radio waves.
A statement from Cisco this morning said the Cognio technology would be used to enhance the company’s Unified Wireless product category; it will likely appear first in Cisco’s RF Solutions product set.
Terms of the deal were not released; the acquisition will likely be complete during the first quarter of next year. It will be the 122nd acquisition by Cisco, and the first of 2008.