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Corporate Wi-Fi Integration, Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed the factors that make an organization a good candidate for a Wi-Fi, the all-important site survey and some of the nuts & bolts of WLAN integration. In part 2 we chart Wi-Fi's first steps toward enterprise adoption and take a look at some recognizable businesses that have since made the switch for the better.

Why make the switch?

Wireless isn't just about the freedom to stay connected as you move around your work environment. It's also about the freedom to connect your mobile notebook PC to the Internet from any room in your home or whenever you take it on the road.

Whether you're considering supporting mobile Wi-Fi users abroad so they can use the technology while traveling or you're installing a wireless system on your campus or corporate headquarters, having a proven and secure method for enterprise travelers to connect to high-speed Internet-based services is critical for doing business outside the confines of your office.

Clunky dial up connections and phone jacks have been the blight of notebook PC users for years. Now, with public WLAN's (also known as Wi-Fi hotspots) popping up all over the place, connecting to the Web at an airport or a cafe can be as convenient as placing a call with a cell phone.

Wired network access still has its advantages. If you use a desktop computer or notebook PC and don't need it when you travel across the country or into the next room, a wired connection is probably your best option. This does not mean that you don't want to be thinking ahead.

Make no mistake, wireless is the wave of the future. Getting started now rather the later will only help to keep your company on the cutting edge, but also provides a means to effect increased productivity and communications among your work force.

But first, some history...

Page 2: How it all began