Recent advances in wireless technology seem to indicate a potential move from wired local area networks (LAN) to a strictly wireless environment. This is due largely to the costs associated with establishing a LAN in an office location as well as the inherent disadvantages, specifically a lack of mobility. While wireless networks have always been a security concern, wireless encryption technology continues to improve, making them a safe alternative to wired LANs.
Wireless LANs represent the next generation in Internet service for businesses, due to a reduction in overhead. While traditional wired LANs can be expensive to install because of the labor involved, a true wireless networkrequires no additional outlets or wiring. An Ethernet connection usually requires the purchase of additional equipment to deliver a wireless signal, and many of this hardware is the same as what is used with a wireless connection. The wireless LAN delivers the same service without the added cost.
Because the amount of equipment involved in a wireless LAN setup is much lower, the network can be set up much more quickly. This represents a significant gain in income, particularly for a new business as they prepare to open their doors.
Security has always been a concern in a wireless environment, and rightfully so. However, as long as your wireless LAN links back to a wired COMS set up as most do, many security issues can be alleviated. In addition, there is a potential for a decrease in overall speed and performance, though these concerns vary greatly, and if you are in a well-developed area, you should not notice a difference. While there is always the potential for wireless “cold spots” in your office setting, these can be tested beforehand to allow for an adjustment of the signal. Also, technological advances have made wireless signals much stronger and more reliable than in the past.
- Wireless LANs represent a significant savings to businesses
- Wireless Internet can be set up much more efficiently than wired LAN
- Wireless technology alleviates many of the previous speed and security concerns, including cold spots.
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