WLAN advantages – what are they? The number of wireless connections is dominant compared to wired connections. Some new laptops don’t even have the Ethernet port. Check all the benefits of the WiFi technology.
Every WLAN network is build from four basic elements. Find out about them in WLAN formation.
The advantages of the wireless connections
- Greater mobility
- Enables network connection for different kinds of devices
- No cables – no mess
- Increased productivity
More about the WLAN you can read on how WLAN works.
Flexibility and Mobility
Flexibility and mobility are one of the best WLAN advantages. You don’t need to bother with the Ethernet connection and cable. Your laptop, especially tablet and phone, can be connected to the internet in a second. You can be on-line anytime and everywhere.
Enables Network Connection for Different Kinds of Devices
Wireless internet card enables wireless connection to the computers. Smaller mobile devices, like phones and tablets, can have the wireless internet access. Today, even refrigerators, baby alarms, smoke detectors, TVs, DVDs, speakers have wireless connection.
These WLAN advantages have especially helped that WiFi has become so popular today. Almost every kid today knows about the WiFi, but few people have heard for the Ethernet.
No Cables – no Mess
Ethernet cable, cables for keyboard and mouse can cause the big mess on your work place. The cables for speakers, and other audio and video devices can be problem at your home. Wireless connectivity of the devices eliminates all these problems.
Some researches have shown that WiFi increases productivity. Wireless internet access enables people to work from virtually everywhere.
Read about when and why to use WLAN on when to use WLAN.
- Higher price
- Less reliable
Wired switches are cheaper compared to access points and wireless routers. The price of cables and installation is cheaper than wireless equipment.
But you need to take into account, the cost of maintenance of wired networks. New network connections can bring substantial cost. So this higher price of wireless access is disputable.
Interference and Reliability
Interference and lower reliability are the biggest problem of the wireless network. Wired networks are more reliable. The Ethernet connection has rarely had any connectivity problems. Wireless connectivity is another story. Other wireless signal can cause the interference, lower the speed of the wireless connection or even break the network connection.
With the proper site survey and using the quality wireless equipment, you can reduce the interference and increase the reliability.
Security in the WiFi networks is no longer an issue. Implementing the five steps, I have already mentioned in the wireless internet security you can make your network more secure than wired. Without any or inadequately implemented wireless security you can have a huge problem.
There are many WLAN advantages. They are the main reason of the popularity of the WiFi technology. Wireless access is dominant at home and public places. This dominance will even grow with time.
In an enterprise environment, wired connection is still in the majority. This will change in time for sure, but the devices like:
- network devices
- infrastructure devices
will always have a network connection.
More about the WLAN advantages you can read in an 802.11 outlook.
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