A wireless network is a network that allows for users to connect without being hardwired in. Access points can be added to amplify Wi-Fi signals, meaning a device can be far from a router but still be connected to the network.
What are the Benefits of a Wireless Network?
There’s a reason the majority of companies choose to have a wireless network over a wired one, there are multiple benefits it can bring to your business.
Collaboration & Mobility
With a wireless network, employees have the ability to move around the premises as they please, staying connected to the network wherever they are. When employees are not tied to their desks, they have the ability to collaborative with other workers in breakout areas, meeting rooms and at each other’s desks.
With flexible working and dynamic workplaces on the rise, giving employees the ability to come and go as they please and still stay connected to the network can help improve employee’s collaboration and wellbeing.
A wireless network can be easily expanded with the existing equipment as your company continues to grow and expand.
If you are wanting to have a wireless network in two locations and budgets do not allow for the installation of traditional cabling networks, a point-to-point wireless connectivity is a reliable alternative and it van bridge the gap between two locations.
A wireless network can reach the challenging areas that maybe have been hard to reach with a wired network. Your entire team can have the ability to connect and stay in touch, no matter where they are on the premises.
A smart building relies on a wireless network. IoT solutions for Smart Buildings enable you to connect and automate your building, technology, and energy systems to transform the way you manage your facility. This not only reduces costs, but also improves efficiency.
What are the negatives to having a wireless network?
Although a wireless network is often the preferred choice for many organisations due to its many benefits, there are some cases where a wired network is a more suitable solution.
A wireless network can be more vulnerable than a wired network. Combining a wireless network installation with added security features is a good way to reap all the benefits whilst minimising any security risks.
A wireless network does have a maximum capacity, once this is reached, connectivity and transmission speeds can be much slower for individual users.
When thinking about making the switch toa wireless network, it’s important to bear in mind that there are two different types of frequencies; 2.4GHZ can go further but it’s slower, and 5GHZ can’t transmit as far but it can carry more data.
It may be difficult to get consistent coverage in some buildings; this can lead to ‘black spots’ where the signal isn’t available. For example, in structures built using steel reinforcing materials, you may find it difficult to pick up the radio frequencies used.
Where would a wireless network be best suited?
A wireless network isn’t just for the office. A wireless network can benefit factories, warehouses, education facilities and hospitals. Almost everything we use now relies on a good and reliable wireless network. From secure Wi-Fi connections in hospitals through to robots in factories, wireless networks can be used in multiple sectors.
How can Remark Group Help?
The first step towards a better wireless network is having one of our engineers conduct a wireless survey using the latest wireless software. From there we can provide a solution that will meet all of your requirements. Get in touch today to discuss your network needs.