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What to know before going wireless

It seems that nearly every day I run into someone that is considering or has all ready tried to implement a wireless computer network, says Bryan Gardner, CEO of MicroTech Systems. I have found that most people are very skeptical of the wireless technology. For the most part, this is for good reason. Filtering through all of the information and personal opinions related to wireless technology can be very confusing. There are several different types of wireless computer devices on the market for a consumer to choose from. All of these devices are based on a family of technical standards known as 802.11x. The “x” stands for the particular version of the standard. Currently there are three different “versions” to pick from. These versions are A, B & G. To help better understand what the different versions of wireless are all about, think of them as different languages. The most fundamental thing to remember when buying wireless devices is that all of the components need to be of the same 802.11x standard or the devices will not be able to communicate.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the wireless computer networking market, many people may wonder what the advantages are for implementing a wireless computer network in their office in the first place. The answer can be summed up in one word, “Efficiency”. A wireless network can be a very efficient way for a small business to implement a dependable office network. Similarly to the way the cell phone has evolved, people are realizing the convenience and flexibility that a wireless network provides. In the past, wireless networks have been very slow and for the most part undependable. Thanks to many advancements in wireless technology, today’s wireless networks have not only become much faster but they have also become more reliable, flexible and affordable.

The key to achieving a fast and reliable wireless network is proper design, component selection and network implementation. This means that in order to have a successful implementation, the consumer needs to either do some substantial research or enlist the services of a knowledgeable computer consultant that is educated in the wireless field. This is necessary do to the fact that there are many variables that must be taken into account when planning a wireless network installation.

Unfortunately, this is where most consumers make their mistake. It has been my experience that most consumers base their purchase solely on what is written on the product packaging. The consumer will spend a good amount of money at their local retail establishment buying all of the components that they feel that they need for their new wireless network. After many hours spent attempting to set up a seemingly simple network, the consumer finally gets frustrated with the fact that they cannot get the network to function properly. Generally, by the time that most consumers figure out that they purchased the wrong equipment for the task at hand, it is to late to return the equipment for any kind of a refund.

Unfortunately, I have seen these mistakes more times than I care to admit. This is why it is very important, for any consumer who is considering the implementation of a wireless network, to do their homework or hire a knowledgeable computer professional. Wireless computer networks are quickly becoming a viable alternative to fixed wired networks. The dependability issue that has plagued wireless networking is quickly becoming a thing of the past as new faster and more reliable networking technologies are being developed.

For more information on wireless networking or for a Complementary Consultation, contact Bryan Gardner of MicroTech Systems at (772) 878-6789.

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