Wireless LAN Connectivity
The need toconnect to the internet has become a necessity for peopleand businesses. Using the internet for research, downloads andelectronic mail or companies sharing files with their branches andconduct transactions to clients via internet, it is said thatconnectivity is the key to company productivity.
DigitalSubscriber Line (DSL) became a top selling product of telephonecompanies because of the advantage it offers: allows the use of asingle telephone line for broadband communications using existingfixed-line infrastructures. The race is still on for telcos to captureDSL market in respective local area. However, a drawback with DSLTechnology is the range limitation of 3Km or more from central office.
Inbusiness setting, linking company computers or peripherals and devicesin one single building (Local Area Network or LAN) or severalgeographic locations (Wide Area Network or WAN) using WLAN is anemerging trend. High performance wireless LANs networking equipmentsare in demand due to the advantage it offers compared to wired networks.
WirelessLANs are popular in a number of markets such as education, health care,retail, manufacturing, warehousing and even government institutions.Industries have profited from the productivity gains of using wirelessterminals and notebook computers to transmit real-time information tocentralized hosts for processing. Wireless LANs are becoming morewidely recognized as a general-purpose connectivity alternative for abroad range of business customers.
Wireless LANs offers productivity,convenience, and cost-advantages over traditional wired networks:
•Wireless LAN systems provide LAN users with access to real-timeinformation anywhere in the network.
• This mobility supports productivity and service opportunities notpossible with wired networks.
• Simplicity and Speed of Installing a WLAN Network
• Installation flexibility. It can go where wired cannot go.
• Reduced cost-of-ownership as opposed to fixed-line cabling
• Long-term benefits owing to Scalability and inter-operability ofdifferent WLAN systems (IEEE 802.11)
• WLAN can be designed and configured to meet the needs of specificapplications and installations.