Benefits of a Wireless Network
Network accessibility is becoming increasing important in
today's fast paced world. In fact, it is difficult to imagine
a business environment that cannot benefit from a wireless
network. Companies across a broad spectrum such as manufacturers,
warehouses, retailers, schools, hospitals, hotels and service
facilities are implementing wireless networks in record
Wireless LANs offer many benefits some include productivity, convenience,
and cost advantages over wired networks:
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.
There are now thousands of universities, hotels and public
places with public wireless connection. This allows you from
having to be at home or at work to access the Internet.
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 systems can be
configured in a variety of topologies to meet the needs of
specific applications and installations. Configurations can
be easily changed and range from peer-to-peer networks
suitable for a small number of users to large infrastructure
networks that enable roaming over a broad area.
Bluetooth and 802.11b have the potential to dramatically
alter how people use devices to connect and communicate in
Conversely, 802.11b is a moderate-range, moderate-speed
technology based on Ethernet; it allows people to wirelessly
access an organizational network throughout a certain
One thing is clear,
wireless technologies will continue to evolve and offer
organizations and end users a higher standard of life by making
us more mobile and increasing our ability to interact with
each other, removing distance as a barrier. There will be a
time when a traveler can sit in any airport or hotel and surf
the Web or connect to the home office and work. Users will be
able to surf or work in places such as malls, parks, or (with
smaller handheld computers) just walking down the street.
Internet service providers will install larger wireless
networks allowing users to connect from anywhere in the city.
All of these things are possible with wireless technology.