3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2012 11:42 AM by 1EarEngineer

    Affects of additional bandwidth consumed by mobile devices?

    Apprentice

      We are in the process of standing up our MDM server, but I was wondering if anybody could tell me what kind of affects they are having from supporting their mobile devices on their corporate networks?  How much network degragation are they causing, etc?

       

      We currently have roughly 1000 devices (blackberries, iPhones, and various tablets.)

       

      Also, what seems to be the "industry standard" as far as wi-fi vs 3G/4G/LTE?  Should we force the devices (again, 1000+ devices) onto our corporate wifi, or have them use their cellular connections while within the building?

       

      Thanks in advance!

        • 1. Re: Affects of additional bandwidth consumed by mobile devices?
          1EarEngineer Specialist

          Hi there,

          We have quite a large force of iPads, and iPhones out in the field and we actually do not allow them to connect to our Corp. wifi at all. We use all 3g/4g on Verizon and if they need to access the network, they simply open Cisco Anyconnect on the device and VPN in. There has been no degragation caused by the devices since they are using cellular data.

           

          The only downside is currently LDMM doesn't really have a way to handle app updates, deploying/removing apps via OTA, or iOS updates, so we have to do that part via Apple Configurator.

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          • 2. Re: Affects of additional bandwidth consumed by mobile devices?
            Apprentice

            Thanks for the quick reply.

             

            As of right now, it's our practice not to allow our cellular devices on our network either. BUT, currently majority are blackberries with unlimited data.  We are just now starting to become an iPhone shop but will have capped data packages (2GB month). 

             

            Do your users go over their limits often?  This would be our only concern for putting them on our wifi.

            • 3. Re: Affects of additional bandwidth consumed by mobile devices?
              1EarEngineer Specialist

              No problem, I am subscribed to the LDMM forum so get an email anytime something is posted.

               

              To answer your question, we have no limit on our data (thankfully). However, we still have users who exceed the 2GB a month easily, myself being one of them. Granted this is through using streaming apps and not 100% used for work, but depending on how locked down you are on your iPhones, you can easily restrict streaming, browsing etc.

               

              If you are using the iPhones for work related only, I don't think you'd have an issue. Again it all is tied to how much you allow the users to do on the devices. It is quite easy to rack up data on the new iPads 4G. I believe last month I was around 10gb of data used

               

              Hope that helps