Motorola Wi-Fi had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Here’s the official memo, and it’s actually a bigger Moto story than just Wi-Fi that Zebra Technologies is buying. But the operative Wi-Fi related paragraph reads like this:
About Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business
With 2013 pro-forma sales of approximately $2.5 billion, Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business
is an industry leader in mobile computing and advanced data capture communications
technologies that serve customers in retail, transportation & logistics, and manufacturing. The
sale includes Motorola Solutions’ wireless local area network (WLAN), Rhomobile and MESH
I did have a conversation with Moto folks about the acquisition. For those who followed the Wireless Field Day sessions from the Motorola facilities in San Jose, I can report that Zebra will likely take over that building. Hopefully we’ll see the WFD crew in the old building with new colors in the future.
The entire WiNG portfolio goes forward with the transition, from all of the old stuff I’ve covered in the past, including these from Network Computing:
To the newish WiNG Express and VX9000 clolud controller (pop it in an Amazon data center, and it scales to 25K APs, as per the folks I spoke with). Highlights can be found in this video, and I’m pleased to see the product line evolve.
Things that jump out at me on WiNG Express:
– Aimed at mid-market customers
– Options for Single/Multiple Sites
– 11ac APs that retail UNDER $400
– Guest Wi-Fi with lots of onboarding options
– Same social Wi-Fi options as the other guys
– Interesting location analytics using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
– Updated UI since I last saw it
In a word, WiNG Express looks pretty competitive, and it’s clear that the product line has continued to develop despite the pending acquisition. It will be interesting to see the Zebra colors on Moto gear and software, and how the new owners might leverage their new baby in a tough market.
Welcome to the Enterprise Wi-Fi space, Zebra!