Wireless Infrastructure

In today's competitive environment, companies are under constant pressure to improve customer service while reducing costs; in field operations this drives a necessity for businesses to optimize their business process. With the passing of each competition-charged day, the corporate IT mandate grows clearer. Successful companies realize that an efficiently connected field force is critical to their continued growth.

Industrial wireless applications continue to demonstrate substantial cost savings, productivity increases, security improvements and regulatory compliance. Considering these major benefits, manufacturing companies can expect a rapid return on their investments. In fact, many companies realize an ROI within one year. According to market analyst IMS Research, wireless-enabled industrial products are expected to grow at an 18 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR). World shipments reached 1.2 million in 2009 and will climb to an estimated 3 million in 2017. The many advantages of industrial wireless applications are fueling this sizeable growth, with the most noteworthy being a quick ROI.

However, market trends show the migration to industrial wireless is moving away from simply an ROI justification. With the advantages of this technology well known, the ROI almost becomes a given. Instead, many companies remain focused on the wide-scale benefits they'll receive and the innovative applications they can deploy.

•    Wireless Outdoor Access Point:

Generally, wireless infrastructure is designed for indoor purposes where the environments are not harsh. But deployment of the Wireless Infrastructure in harsh environments should have specific design. For outdoor the device must be manufactured with rugged housing and industrial-grade components to allow the devices to operate under extreme temperature ranges, for example from -30~70 degrees C and embedded with the surge protection, weather-proof, water-tight, and rust resistant.

•    Which Best Wireless Access Point:

Technology makes life easier. Manufacturers develop new better technology with the introduction of new products with better performance. Choosing the best wireless infrastructure is a moving target because there will always arrive the new products with better technology and innovation. How to choose the best wireless AP you should examine the manufacturer specs to include the following features given below:

•    Multifunction Modes:-

The wireless infrastructure should be able to work with different operational modes: Access point, Repeater, Network Bridge, and wireless Client mode. In the Wireless Infrastructure Mode, the device allows for any existing wired network to go wireless by simply attaching the device using the Ethernet cable to an open port on your router or switch. In the Wireless Ethernet Bridge Mode or Client mode, the device enables any wired Ethernet-ready device to connect to your existing wireless network. Connect your PC, Printer, Camera or even an entire wired network to the AP device via a Switch and establish a wireless connection.

•    WDS Support:-

Best wireless AP should support the Wireless Distribution System (WDS). Ituse multiple access points without the need for a wired backbone to link them, as is traditionally required. WDS allows you to build wireless infrastructure completely because the network equipment no longer has to be connected to a wired LAN. You can create huge wireless networks by linking several wireless APs with WDS links. WDS is normally used in large and open areas where pulling wires are cost prohibitive, restricted or physically impossible.

•    Wireless N:-

The best wireless access point should be powered by new wireless technology standards - the wireless 802.11n. 802.11n standard is the latest and fastest wireless technology available in the market today. With the wireless N and MIMO technology, the AP device provides the speeds of up to 300 Mbps or faster and longer distance coverage. When you use high-intensity bandwidth applications such as High Definition Video streaming and voice, you should also consider the dual-band version of both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands.

•    Advanced Security Features:-

The best wireless infrastructure should support advanced wireless security features including latest Wireless Protected Access (WPA/WPA2), MAC filter and SSID Broadcast Control. For deployment in the corporate networks, the AP should support advanced wireless protection (EAP-MD5, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, and PEAP), and also support RADIUS authentication. The AP should also support the Wireless Protected Setup for effortless installation.

LinksPro Wireless Networks have become increasingly popular for both business and home users, mainly due to the mobility that they allow. Less cabling infrastructure is required and users can roam within the area covered by the WLAN. Many devices are now wireless enabled including Wireless Access Points, Wireless Adapters, Wireless Routers, and of course many Notebook computers come with onboard wireless.

LinksPro wireless network applications continue to demonstrate substantial cost savings, productivity increases, security improvements and regulatory compliance. Wireless transmitters provide accurate monitoring for processes and assets in difficult and/or remote locations. Compared to traditional network infrastructures, LinksPro wireless can be deployed quickly, economically and easily.