Your Wireless Networking Headquarters
We can help you set up your wireless network and help you to avoid the costly infrastructure costs associated with wired networks. Equipment supporting 802.11b (2.4GHz) can travel up to 91 meters indoors, and are rated up to 11 Mbps, though our experience has been that the maximum effective throughput is only around 5Mbps. Equipment supporting the new 802.11a (5GHz) has an even longer distance capability, and is rated up to 54 Mbps, though our experience has been that a maximum effective throughput is only around 28 Mbps (even in burst mode).
Here is how it works:
External Connection to the Internet: You can connect to the external internet through a Cable Modem line, DSL, or dedicated line (T1-T3).
Wireless Router: We can install a wireless router anywhere on your network. This router has a hard-wired link to the network, and can be directly connected to the Cable Modem or DSL modem. This unit broadcasts to wireless components on the LAN (servers, workstations, printers, etc.). This unit can also serve as a DHCP allocator as well. Units like the Linksys wireless router have a built in firewall that we configure through a web interface. Units like the DLink also have a built in print server.
Wireless Access Points: We can install a wireless network connection to almost any device. If a component has a USB port, we can use that, or we can connect to an existing Ethernet port as well. For laptops we can use a PCMCIA card for laptops that fits right in your Type II PCMCIA slot. We can connect USB wireless access points to printers as well, designating one of the servers/workstations to act as a print server.
Security: We can configure your WLAN to be encrypted, which makes it harder for others to "listen in" on your wireless LAN traffic. We couple that with other security measures since Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is intended to keep transmission private and not to restrict access to the network. The 802.11a devices can use 152-bit encryption, but still needs vendor enhancements to keep transmissions private. Be sure to select a vendor like ACE that understands the difference between what measures like WEP are supposed to do, and what they really do. Your business depends on it.
Costs: Costs for a WLAN are usually significantly lower than traditional LAN's because there is no physical wiring. An 802.11b access point can run about $100 and if you use the USB port, you do not need a separate LAN card. An 802.11b wireless routers runs around $200 and can serve a very large number of WAPs.