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What is a wireless access system?

A wireless access system, more commonly referred to as WiFi, is a set of hardware and software components that allows devices to connect to a network or the internet without the use of physical cables.

Wireless access is a technology that allows devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets to connect to a local area network (LAN) or the internet (WAN). It uses radio frequency signals to transmit and receive data over short distances, typically within a single building or area. The technology is based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, which defines a set of protocols and specifications for wireless local area networks.

Wi-Fi technology has evolved over time, with several different versions of the IEEE 802.11 standard. The most recent version is 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6), which offers faster speeds, increased capacity, and improved efficiency over previous versions.

Are there advantages to going wireless?

Yes, wireless access has multiple advantages:

Mobility: Wireless access allows employees to work from any location with a wireless signal, an outdoor wireless access points can be especially useful for businesses with employees who are frequently on the move.

Cost Savings: Installing a WiFi network can be less expensive than installing a wired network, as it eliminates the need for hard-wiring at each workstation. Additionally, it eliminates the need for additional maintenance and repair costs associated with wired networks.

Scalability: WiFi networks are easily scalable and can be expanded as the needs of the business change. This means that as your business grows, the network can grow with it by adding wireless access points.

Security: Wireless access controls can be implemented using a variety of methods such as password-based encryption and VPNs, to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Flexibility: Wireless access can be used to connect a wide range of devices, such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and IoT devices. Tel-Data can service and install ceiling mount wireless access points as well as outdoor access points.

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Is wireless access fast enough?

In addition to all of the above, WiFi 6, the latest standard for wireless access, brings even faster and more efficient connections, higher density and lower latency, which can be particularly beneficial for businesses that require high-speed, reliable internet connectivity for multiple devices.

WiFi 6 improves upon its predecessor by providing better coverage, with the ability to transmit data over longer distances, and better penetration through walls and other obstacles. This is achieved through the use of beamforming technology, which focuses the radio waves in a specific direction.

Tel-Data can offer a convenient, cost-effective, and secure wireless access solution for businesses of all sizes. With a WiFi network in place, businesses can improve employee productivity, reduce downtime and costs, and stay competitive in today’s digital landscape.

More about WiFi6

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest version of the Wi-Fi standard, also known as 802.11ax. It is designed to provide faster internet speeds, lower latency, and improved network capacity in crowded areas. Wi-Fi 6 uses a technology called Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), which allows multiple devices to communicate with the router at the same time, increasing the number of devices that can connect to the network. Additionally, Wi-Fi 6 uses a feature called Target Wake Time (TWT), which allows devices to schedule when they will wake up to communicate with the router, reducing power consumption.

The increased speed of Wi-Fi 6 is achieved by using a wider channel bandwidth of up to 160 MHz, compared to 80 MHz in Wi-Fi 5. This means that more data can be transmitted at once, leading to faster internet speeds. Wi-Fi 6 also uses a technology called Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO), which allows the router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, instead of one at a time. This improves network capacity in crowded areas, such as airports and stadiums. Wi-Fi 6 also improves security by using the WPA3 encryption standard, which is more secure than the WPA2 standard used in Wi-Fi 5. This makes it harder for hackers to intercept and decrypt data transmitted over the network.

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