What is Wireless Networking & Why Consider it?
To link devices like computers and printers, traditional computer
networks require cables. Cables physically connect devices to hubs,
switches or each other to create the network. Cabling can be expensive
to install, particularly when they are deployed in walls, ceilings or
floors to link multiple office spaces. Cables are a sunk cost, one
that cannot be recouped when you move. In fact, in some office spaces,
running and installing cabling is just not an option. The solution
Wireless networks connect devices through radio frequencies transmitted
through the air. For users, wireless networks work the same way as wired
systems. Users can share files and applications, exchange e-mail, access
printers, share access to the Internet and perform any other task just as
if they were cabled to the network.
Wireless networks have ranges of hundreds of feet, enabling users to link to
the network anywhere within most facilities and even from outside on the
grounds. Wireless solutions also can link to existing cabled networks,
enabling you to expand your present system by adding a wireless segment.
Wireless networks are easy to install and operate, very cost effective since
they eliminate the costs of cabling. See
How fast are wireless networks?
A new industry-wide standard, 802.11b, commonly known as Wi-Fi, can
transmit data at speeds up to 11 megabits per second (Mbps) over
wireless links. For comparison, standard Ethernet networks provide 10
Mbps. Wi-Fi is more than five times faster than prior-generation
wireless solutions and its performance is more than adequate for most
business applications. What is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is a certification of interoperability for 802.11b systems,
awarded by The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA). The
Wi-Fi seal indicated that a device has passed independent tests and
will reliably interoperate with all other Wi-Fi certified equipment.
Customers benefit from this standard as they are not locked into one
vendor’s solution – they can purchase Wi-Fi
certified Access Points and client devices from different vendors and
still expect them to work together. When do I need wireless networking?
Here are a few examples of when a wireless network may be your ideal
solution: For temporary offices
If you are operating out of an office space that is temporary, use a
wireless solution to avoid the costs of installing cabling for a
network. Plus, when you relocate, you can easily take your wireless
network with you and just as easily network your new facility. With a
wired network, the money you spend on cabling a temporary space is lost
when you leave. Moreover, you still need to build a new cabling
infrastructure at your new site. If you expect to outgrow your current
facilities, a wireless network can be a shrewd investment.
When cabling is not practical or possible
Sometimes landlords forbid the installation of wiring in floors, walls,
and ceilings. Buildings may be old or walls solid or there could be
asbestos in the walls or ceilings. Sometimes cabling cannot be laid
across a hallway to another office. Or you have a space used by many
employees where cabling would be messy and congested. Whenever cabling
is impractical, impossible or very costly, deploy a wireless network.
Supporting mobile users when on-site
If you have branch office employees, mobile workers like your sales
force, consultants, or employees working at home, a wireless network is
an excellent strategy for providing them with network connectivity when
they visit your premises. Once their laptops are equipped to
communicate wirelessly with the network, they will automatically
connect to the network when in range of your wireless access point. You
do not burden your IT staff to set up connections and you avoid having
often-unused cabling strewn about your facilities just for remote
users. You also use your office space more efficiently because you no
longer provide valuable office space for workers who are infrequently
on-site. Expanding a cabled network
Use a wireless network to extend an existing network, avoiding the cost
and complexity of cabling. Connect new users in minutes rather than
hours. Provide network connectivity for your conference rooms,
cafeteria, or lobby without any cabling hassles. You even can expand
the network beyond your building to your grounds, enabling employees to
stay connected when outside. They will access the network as
effortlessly and seamlessly as any worker linked by cabling. Ad hoc networking
If you need to create temporary computer networks, such as at a job
site, conference center, or hotel rooms, wireless solutions are simple,
quick and inexpensive to deploy. From virtually anywhere at a location
or facility, employees will be able to share files and resources for
greater productivity. Their wireless PC cards communicate directly with
each other and without a wireless access point. Home offices
Use a wireless solution to network your home office, avoiding unsightly
cables strewn about the workplace. Moreover, you can network your
family, enabling everyone to share printers, scanners, and, if you are
using an access router or bridged cable/DSL modem, Internet access.
Link to the network from any room or even the backyard. How private and secure is wireless networking?
If you select a solution with sophisticated security technologies, your
wireless communications will be very safe. Leading solutions provide
128-bit encryption and, for the highest levels of security, the most
advanced systems will automatically generate a new 128-bit key for each
wireless networking session. These systems also will provide user
authentication, requiring each user to log in with a password. Data Recovery “Success consists of going from failure
to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Although this saying may be true to inspire morale amongst wise
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could be the death of some business. If you fit anywhere in this
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all plenty of money. Small Office/Home Office
Looking to begin a home based business or small office,
Cyberdyme Network Management can bring your idea to 21st
century at light speed.Most people think adding technology
to a small home business or office must be expensive, well
realistically it can be; however we understand this, and we have
the experience and the contacts within the industry
to tailor make a solution thats just right for your company that will
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you should in turn pay for themselves and keep your business
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