Wireless Networking, Meshing & Security
An effective wireless networking strategy must acknowledge the technology's ubiquity (it is the most dominant type of network in place today), its clear benefits, and the potential safety risks associated with wi-fi. A well-considered implementation using Neteam professionals will provide you all of wireless' many advantages and a security mechanism that will safeguard all data on your network.
Wireless communications today span a wide range of different technologies, including cellular, personal communications services (PCSs), satellites, infrared, wireless data WANs, specialized mobile radio, smartphones, and wireless LANs. The technology is largely mature, and wireless networks are now common in such industries as health care, finance, supermarkets, transportation, and warehousing.
There are numerous compelling reasons for the popularity of wireless, including:
A Wi-Fi network allows much easier access compared to a wired network. A wireless configuration does not require reconfiguring the network or undergoing any topological changes. Connections also can be achieved through an existing single internet connection.
Cabling & Physical Logistics
A Wi-Fi network means that you are no longer required to have large numbers of cables connecting across your office. You can also allow shared access to printers and other devices, which further reduces the number of cables and wires needed.
Adding a new computer to the network is a seamless endeavour in a wireless installation. This diminishes upgrading costs and slashes the aggregate costs associated with general network maintenance.
Accommodates Remote Users
A laptop with wi-fi access and the proper permissions can instantly gain access to a company's LAN. This dimension lifts all geographical restrictions from a user being networked from any position on the globe.
Cable faults are the primary cause of system downtime for wired networks. Wires and connectors can easily break through misuse and normal use. These problems interfere with the users' ability to utilize network resources, and will invariably affect network uptime. A wireless network uses no point-to-point cabling connections, thereby reducing the downtime of the network and the costs associated with replacing cables.
Reduced Installation Time
This benefit is tangential to the previous point. The complexity and physical dimensions of installing a hard-wired network is daunting. It may require days or weeks to accomplish, depending on the geography of the installation and the authorizations required for manipulating a physical space. Wireless largely removes all of these obstacles.
Sophisticated Deployment Options
Wireless networks can coordinate and synchronize numerous types of wireless devices into a single, unified environment. For example, Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs), which are comprised of radio nodes across a mesh topology, allow mesh clients to exchange network traffic with or without an internet connection. Moreover, mesh networks are fundamentally reliable: if one node fails, the other nodes in the mesh still can communicate. This network model's ability to "self-heal" makes it a prudent choice for mission-critical network installations.
The caveat for wireless networks since their inception has been their security provisions. The horror stories of hackers gaining unauthorized access to a sensitive network data and exploiting and reigning terror on companies are legion. The good news is that, through the use of good practices and new generation security technologies, these threats can be largely prevented. Today's encryption algorithms, firewall, intrusion protection and detection tool, and port monitoring devices enable organizations to have no more risk of malicious attacks than a cabled network.
For more information on how a wireless network can benefit your organization in the short and long term, contact a Neteam representative.