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Wireless LAN

Definition

Wireless Local Area Networks are platforms comprised by devices using wireless distribution methods (usually radio) that provide a connection through an access point and allow mobile users to connect to a Local Area Network and beyond, to the Internet. So, users connected to the network have the mobility to move around within a local coverage area and access all required resources needed to run the business.

User benefits

Today’s business networks are meant to support dynamic people. Employees, students, sales agents, sports fans and shoppers, all are mobile and many of them are "connected." Almost all of them have a mobile phone that routes instant messages to when they are away from their computer. This is the vision of mobility – an environment where people can take their connection to the network along with them on the road.

Business Impact

Wireless local area networks (WLANs) offer businesses a flexible networking environment. Most current business networks rely on switch-based LANs for day-to-day operation inside the office. However, workers are becoming more mobile and want to maintain access to their business LAN resources from locations other than their desks. Workers in the office want to take their laptops to meetings or to a co-worker's office. When using a laptop in another location, it is inconvenient to rely on a wired connection. That’s why, flexibility is one of the main benefits; productivity is no longer restricted to a fixed work location or a defined time period and people now expect to be connected at any time and place, from the office to the airport or even the home. Now employees can check e-mail, voice mail, and the status of products on personal digital assistants (PDAs) while at many temporary locations. At home, many people have changed the way they live and learn. Home users are seeking many of the same flexible wireless solutions as office workers.

In addition to the flexibility that WLANs offer, another important benefit is reduced costs. For example, with a wireless infrastructure already in place, savings are realized when moving a person within a building, reorganizing a lab, or moving to temporary locations or project sites. Another example is when a company moves into a new building that does not have any wired infrastructure. In this case, the savings resulting from using WLANs can be even more noticeable, because the cost of running cables through walls, ceilings, and floors is largely avoided.

Though harder to measure, WLANs can result in better productivity and more relaxed employees, leading to better results for customers and increased profits.


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