Eight Tips for Deploying Wi-Fi at Work - Slide 5

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While the Wi-Fi standard is the same, not all wireless access points (AP) offer the same performance.  As an example, the EnGenius AP that Paul Mah purchased to replace his Linksys wireless router blanketed his entire home with Wi-Fi -- even in the roughly one-third that previously suffered from poor or non-existent coverage.

Traditional wisdom dictates that APs with external antennas tend to fare better. They do allow for the flexibility of swapping in a higher-gain antenna for better coverage.  Of course, the appearance of AP gear that supports beamforming technology, a signal-processing technique for directional signal transmission, is making the internal-vs.-external antenna debate a moot exercise.  For now, though, beamforming technology is generally found only on enterprise-level equipment.

In need of a new router, Paul Mah used the opportunity to explore the various wireless solutions on the market, even as he hunted for a replacement.  He notes that while wireless technology offers a world of convenience, choosing the right hardware can make the difference between heightened productivity or frustration due to intermittent or poor performance. From his findings, he’s highlighted some tips that businesses should be aware of before deploying Wi-Fi networking in their organizations.

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