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Secure Wireless Access
Connections to internet via latest technology
Hardware/Software recommendation, procurement, setup

Wireless is evergrowing in popularity with business and schools as well as sophisticated applications where network wiring is impossible, such as in warehousing or point-of-sale handheld equipment, or in necessary situations such as hospitals, or police data updates.

With laptop users on the increase, and worker mobility increasing, wireless computing has now moved from a luxury status into the realm of must-have, to increase productivity and provide flexible computing capabilities   Further, with industry standards maturing, wireless hardware is becoming more standardized and practical to use.  Wireless technology has now come of age.

A wired LAN (Local Area Network) is connected to a wireless computer or wireless network either by a Hardware Access Point or a Software Access Point.  This is called 'bridging', and allows access to all LAN resources such as printers, file servers or Internet connectivity.  It really works the same as any wired computer, but with the functionality of an 'anywhere' office providing portability and convenience.  Software bridging may not provide the full functionality of Hardware bridging according to the 802.11 standard specifications.

The 802.11 standard produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is a standard that defines all aspects of Radio Frequency Wireless Networking, i.e. defining all the aspects of radio frequencies for wireless networking and data transmissions.

Wireless ranges are specified by the manufacturer of the equipment and range from 150-300 ft. for indoor networks and around 1000 ft. for outdoor connectivity.  Performance will degrade with distance, but can be extended by using more access/extension points.

The number of connections to an access point are also specified by the manufacturers of the access points and can range from 10 to a 100+ for the more expensive access points

Basically, more access points can increase the range, number of computers, and LANs using wireless networking.

Securitywise, inappropriately set up wireless networking can be a hazard as direct access to a wired network is not necessary.  However, the 802.11 standard includes WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), a form of encryption which provides privacy comparable to that of a traditional wired network.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) will work the same way over a wireless setup as it does over a wired setup.

Netlogistix will recommend/purchase the necessary hardware & software to set up a secure wireless network for your home or business.