Wireless Networks

Network Consultants expertise allow for us to design, deploy, audit, survey, map and secure your organization’s wireless network.  Even when you have a wired network already in place, a wireless network can be a cost-effective way to expand or augment it,  if implemented correctly.   It provides employees with mobility, and allows workers equipped with notebooks or handhelds  to stay connected from wherever rather than being tethered to the network jack on an office wall.  The cornerstone of a wireless network is a device known as an access point.  The primary job of an access point is to broadcast a wireless signal that computers can detect and “tune” into.  This is done by equipping the computers with wireless network adapters.   (A lot of times, these are built right into the computers.)  The first most widely used wireless networking technology, known as 802.11b debuted almost a decade ago but is still in use.   Several follow-on versions such as 802.11g have since appeared offering greater performance (speed/range).  802.11n is also available providing more flexibility and usually higher throughput (the rate at which data is transmitted) on the network overall.  A client/server setup allows one computer such as  Windows Server 2003 or 2008 to run the network operating system and hold data files for all users on the network.  It can also provide application sharing and act as a print server if it has an attached printer.