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Wireless Networking FAQs
Frequently asked questions about wireless networks, broadband and the internet.
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Get to know wireless
has grown into a commodity technology. With that comes challenges. Businesses are now under pressure to be able to offer the same seamless Wi-Fi experience most people now take for granted in their homes. The jump that occurs between Wi-Fi that is suitable for personal use and the kind of Enterprise Class solution a business needs to provide widespread connectivity is vast and with it comes a steep learning curve.
To help, we have collected some of the most frequently asked questions about wireless networking and come up with some straight-talking answers. Find out more about wireless networks and get to know some of the equipment and infrastructure your business might need, in order to get better connected.
What is the difference between a wired network and wireless network?
A wireless local-area network (WLAN) uses radio waves to connect devices to the Internet and to your business network and applications. On the other hand, a wired network connects devices to the Internet or other networks using cables or wires.
What are the benefits of a wireless network?
You can access network resources from any location within the wireless network's coverage area.
Wireless access to network resources help your staff be more productive and collaborative.
Installation can be quick and cost-effective because there is no need for cables.
No cables also mean you can easily expand wireless networks where and as needed, to mirror your business growth.
Wireless networks typically cost less to operate than wired networks.
What’s the difference between Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint?
The main difference between point-to-point and multipoint connection is that in a point-to-point connection, the link is only between two devices. In a multipoint connection, the link is between a sender and multiple receivers. For most businesses point to multi-point Wi-Fi is ideal as it can connect numerous devices to the network while still delivering reliable connectivity.
What is the difference between an Access Point and a Wireless Router?
An Access Point is a radio transmitter and receiver that is typically used to bridge a wireless and a wired network. It may only provide an interface for wireless clients to connect to your existing LAN. A wired router allows multiple clients to connect to the Internet by serving internal IP addresses, it also has NAT capabilities and usually a built-in switch. A Wireless router, has both the functionalities of a router and an access point in a single unit.
What is broadband?
This refers to a high-speed internet connection that is very distinct from the dial up internet connections of old (incidentally know as narrowband) which had a top speed of just 56Kb. The term broadband is independent of the type of technology used to supply the internet connection itself. Within the wide scope of the term broadband, there are now some more specific terms to define particular kinds of broadband connection
What is bandwidth?
This describes the capacity of an internet connection.
What is Mbps?
It stands for ‘megabits per second’ and it is a measure of data transfer speed. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the number of Mbps, the faster the speed of the internet connection is. You can also measure data transfer speed in Gbps, short for gigabits per second. A gigabit is equivalent to 1,000 Mbps.
What is a router?
The router directs traffic on a network. Specifically, for broadband, the router usually includes a modem too so it also connects to the internet as well as providing networking in your property. Often routers are called hubs.
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