Corporate Wi-Fi Integration, Part 4
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Mike Houghton wraps up his four-part series on integrating Wi-Fi with your corporate IT environment by providing a glimpse into the future and some final recommendations for a successful implementation.
The Future of Wi-Fi
Only a year ago, most Wi-Fi hotspots where limited to places like airports, hotels, hospitals, cafes, and the warehousing market. Today, it's not easy to find a business that doesn't use wireless technology in some way or another.
|Placing your first access points where employees congregate, such as conference rooms and cafeterias, is a great way to stress test your setup and plan for future rollouts.|
While it seems that virtually every major electronics maker and service provider have rolled out Wi-Fi products, there are a few exceptions. Some companies such as Verizon and Sprint have chosen to focus their resources on another emerging 3G technology known as EV-DO (Evolution Data Only). As with all new technologies, there are trade offs. EV-DO and Wi-Fi are no exceptions.
So what's the head of IT to do? Simple... hop on the Wi-Fi train before it leaves the terminal, that is, if you don't want your company to get left behind.
Whether it's a consumer or industrial application, the investment is minimal and the pay-offs are high, contributing to such things as productivity, company image, freedom, and impact on potential customers and investors.
Introducing Wi-Fi technology to your wired network can be taken in several small steps if you already have a solid wired network in place. A basic install will consist of connecting Access Points (AP's) in the test areas. Mounting these to the walls under dropped ceiling tiles for easy access is always a good practice. Using conference rooms, entrance foyers and even the cafeteria as a test bed for your initial installation works well for a host of reasons.
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