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Wireless and Mobility

Technology is changing the workforce and the way businesses interact with their clients. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are being used with greater frequency to conduct business, and are becoming a preferred tool over desktops. It is more important than ever for companies to provide a wireless connection to accommodate this trend.

“It is more important than ever for companies to provide a wireless connection to accommodate this trend.”

A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a local area network (LAN) which does not rely on a wired Ethernet connection and connects two or more devices using high-frequency radio waves. WLAN has the same functionality as a wired LAN, without the costs and constraints of a cabled connection. Each component connecting to the WLAN is considered a station and is either an access point (AP) or client. APs transmit and receive radio frequency signals from wireless enabled devices and usually function as routers. Clients are devices such as desktop and laptop computers, VoIP telephony equipment, and smartphones that receive the signals. WLANs can be an extension to a LAN or can be utilized as an alternative to it.

Each WLAN standard offers its own benefits and drawbacks:

  • 802.11a: transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps, more simultaneous connections, less susceptible to interference, shorter range from 60 to 100 ft., less able to penetrate physical barriers
  • 802.11b: better barrier penetration ability, longer range from 70 to 150 ft., slower transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps, doesn’t support as many simultaneous connections
  • 802.11g: transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps, better range from 65 to 120 ft., more susceptible to interference
  • 802.11n: transfer rates of up to 300 to 600 Mbps

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WLAN provides many benefits including:

  • Reduced cost: WLAN infrastructure is less expensive than a wired infrastructure. Using a WLAN can also greatly decrease cellular usage in the office.
  • Agility and mobility: Your employees are mobile and agile with WLAN. The connection travels with them from room to room without the need for cables. This provides continuous access to applications and people, streamlining business and communication. Workers are no longer tethered to work stations at their desks.
  • Connection speed: Seamless, high speed connections keep you connected and able to transmit data quickly. Data transfer speeds usually range from 1 to 54 Mbps.
  • Increased productivity: Access the connection anytime and anywhere allowing easy collaboration between employees and customers, making better use of their time.
  • Scalable and flexible: A WLAN is highly adaptable and can be moved easily. You can easily move users to new locations or add employees to the system easily.
  • Security: Users have a secure and controlled network. A wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) stops threats quickly to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Guest access: Provide guest access for your anyone visiting your office. Provide secure, controlled internet access for clients, contractors, and visitors without compromising your network.
  • VoIP: Wireless voice capability for telephony systems.

“We ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your system.”

JKS can assess your needs and help you determine the components needed for your WLAN. We provide cost-effective, scalable systems tailored to your needs. We provide the initial installation, ongoing support, and maintenance to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from your system.