Wireless Technology For Your Business


Wireless networking technology is being used as an alternative to cable and fibre optic networks. The aim of wireless technology is to remove the restrictions of being attached to expensive and messy wires and cables, both inside the office and out. Wireless technology carries the capability of wired networks to areas that cables cannot reach.

This guide examines the benefits of wireless networking over cabling solutions, and some of the potential problems. It will also consider how you select and implement a network, and the heightened security concerns that accompany the use of wireless networks.

The pros and cons of wireless networking

Wireless technology has a number of key business benefits.

Increased efficiency
Improved data communications lead to faster transfer of information within businesses and between partners and customers. For example, sales people can remotely check stock levels and prices whilst on sales calls.

Better coverage
Because wireless technology enables the user to communicate while on the move, you are rarely out of touch – you don’t need extra cables or adaptors to access office networks.

Office-based wireless workers can be networked without sitting at dedicated computers, and can continue to do productive work while away from the office. This can lead to new styles of working, such as home working or direct access to corporate data while on customer sites.

Cost savings
Wireless networks can be easier and cheaper to install, especially in listed buildings or where the landlord will not permit the installation of cables.

New opportunities
Wireless networking could allow you to offer new products or services. For example, many airport departure lounges, train stations, hotels, cafes and restaurants have installed ‘hot spot’ wireless networking services to allow mobile users to connect their equipment to their ‘home’ offices while travelling.

There are also certain drawbacks associated with the use of wireless networks.

Wireless transmission is more vulnerable to attack by unauthorised users, so particular attention has to be paid to security.

Installation problems
You may suffer interference if others in the same building also use wireless technology or where other sources of radio signals are present. This could lead to poor communication or, in extreme cases, loss of wireless communication altogether.

In some buildings getting consistent coverage can be difficult, leading to ‘black spots’ where no signal is available. For example, in structures built using steel reinforcing materials, you may find it difficult to pick up the radio frequencies used.

Transmission speeds
Wireless transmission can be slower and less efficient than ‘wired’ networks. In larger wireless networks the ‘backbone’ network will usually be wired rather than wireless.

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