The number of wireless LAN implementations in the U.S. has doubled over the past 12 months. Wireless LANs have gained wide popularity throughout the country within many different business areas. Some of those would be health-care, retail, manufacturing and warehousing. Today wireless LANs are becoming more widely recognized as a general-purpose connectivity alternative for a broad range of business customers.
A Wireless LAN (WLAN) can be viewed as complementary to an existing cabled infrastructure or as an alternative in new premises or a warehouse environment. Wireless LANs (WLANs) are networks, usually within buildings or on a campus, that communicate through electromagnetic airwaves (radio and infrared). There are no physical connections between networked components in a WLAN.
Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy, and can eliminate the need to pull cable through walls and ceilings. While the initial investment required for wireless LAN hardware can be higher than the cost of wired LAN hardware, overall installation expenses and life-cycle costs can be significantly lower. Long-term cost benefits are greatest in dynamic environments, requiring frequent moves and changes.
Some of the benefit to implementing a Wireless LAN system could be:
Mobility: Wireless LAN systems can provide LAN users with access to real-time information anywhere in their organization. This mobility supports productivity and service opportunities not possible with wired networks.
Installation Speed and Simplicity: Installing a wireless LAN system can be fast and easy and can eliminate the need to pull cable through walls and ceilings.
Installation Flexibility: Wireless technology allows the network to go where wire cannot go.
Reduced Cost-of-Ownership: While the initial investment required for wireless LAN hardware can be higher than the cost of wired LAN hardware, overall installation expenses and life-cycle costs can be significantly lower. Long-term cost benefits are greatest in dynamic environments requiring frequent moves and changes.
Scalability: Wireless LAN systems can be configured in a variety of topologies to meet the needs of specific applications and installations. Configurations are easily changed and range from peer-to-peer networks suitable for a small number of users to full infrastructure networks of thousands of users that enable roaming over a broad area.
Grand Solutions can provide consulting services which includes productivity solution and equipment selection. One of our specialist consultants can determine the best way to utilize this technology to solve your problems, spanning from high-speed links between buildings through to the ability to walk around your offices with a laptop, still connected to the corporate LAN.