Why it might be worth considering an 802.11n upgrade to your enterprise wireless LAN?

Date February 13, 2013 Author Comments Leave your thoughts

There are now more iPhones, iPads, Blackberries, Kindles, Androids, Macbooks and other wireless devices traversing your network than ever before. In stark contrast to the days when the majority of devices were traditional windows based computers, with Intel configured WiFi chip-sets, each of these numerous devices will likely have not only an alternate WiFi chip-set, but be running on a host of different operating systems too.

All of this, combined with an increasingly sophisticated mobile user population  in which many people carry more than one active mobile device, leads to a new breed of network performance and connectivity issues.

What kind of issues?

1)      The number of devices establishing connections to each access point is increasing, raising the risk of connection failures. The WLAN infrastructure needs to be able to manage this continuous increase and offer consistent service for all devices entering the network.

2)      The bandwidth requirement per connection is also increasing. iPads, for example, are prolific consumers of bandwidth with multimedia applications being the norm rather than the exception. The WLAN capacity must grow to meet this demand.

3)      The range of applications per device and across devices is increasing, all demanding an unfair share of the available capacity. Some applications, such as voice, are delay sensitive while others, such as Apple’s iCloud service, are bandwidth intensive so the WLAN must be able to enforce quality of service (QoS) policies on a service type, user and device centric basis.

4)      Contractors and visitors, as well as employees, are demanding access to the Wireless LAN, demanding a renewed focus on guest access policies. Managing the devices and users on your network ensures that each individual has the right amount of access and reduces any risks to network security.

What’s the remedy?

An 802.11n wireless LAN is the new standard for enterprise networking, providing better performance and capacity as well as a far higher number of channels which can reduce interference in high-density RF areas, such as office buildings. Making use of MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) technology, 802,11n networks can offer high speeds (300Mbps) over greater distances.

All of this equates to a better performing and easier to manage enterprise wireless network, reducing overall spends on IT and increasing the efficiency and productivity of the workforce.

To find out more about upgrading to an 802.11n wireless LAN, visit us – www.ensign-net.co.uk 

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