Five Ways Wireless Connectivity Adds Value to Your Business
Going wireless in the office has several benefits
In the competitive business landscape, every process and technology is analyzed and optimized to ensure it adds value to the business. Wireless network value is measured as well, mainly because these technologies are no longer just an add-on to the wired connections. Wireless connectivity enables true mobility, network flexibility and maximum resource utilization without incurring significant cost.
Here is a list of five top reasons for your organization to go wireless:
1. Increased Mobility and Collaboration
Employees are no longer chained to their workstations. Instead, wireless connectivity enables them to move around the office and go to different floors without losing their connection to the corporate network. Everyone in the team can access critical business information and applications across the network, anytime from any device.
2. Improved Responsiveness and Information Access
Staff can connect to the information they need in a matter of seconds, resulting in a faster response time and an increase in efficiency. Wireless connectivity eliminates the need to move between desks and workstations to access information. The network allows connecting different portable devices to improve responsiveness. The resulting productivity and convenience translates into business progress and employee satisfaction.
Wireless communication also enables connectivity across areas that are hardly accessible for the cable network. Adding a wireless local area network (WLAN) to a warehouse instead of wired connection can save a lot of time and money, not to mention benefits such as an ability to compare data in real time. Employees can access all the information they need on the move, which allows them to work more effectively.
3. Scalability and Flexibility
Growing businesses often need to add employees, change working environment and accommodate varying connectivity requirements of the organization. This is precisely where WLAN steps in. Adding new employees to the network does not cost anything and user requirements can be changed quickly and easily. Since there are no cables or wires involved, employees can move to desks across the workplace easily and without any additional costs.
Flexibility is particularly important when your company’s needs begin to change due to growth. Not only would the company require an increase in the number of users, but likewise, in terms of network services provided. The growing need for media-rich collaboration applications in companies requires greater bandwidth and availability of the WLAN, as well as optimization and management services to ensure the best possible experience for the employees.
When it comes to reliability, many people say wired communications are more reliable than wireless. In some ways, that’s true. Wired service can provide more consistent connectivity and offers a steady stream of bandwidth to all your connected-devices. And because a wired connection is physical it can sustain damage from cybercriminals. On the other hand, a wireless connection can be invisible, offering protection against attacks. Wired connections can be destroyed by fires and backhoes, whereas wireless cannot.
5. Cost Savings
Deployment of a wireless network can cost less than a wired connection because it has less physical hardware to install and maintain. Instead of connecting the building by fiber optics, use of wireless bridges is recommended. This alone can save thousands of dollars for the company. If a company is renting space on a temporary basis (1 to 3 years), it can get a far greater value from WLAN than from a wired connection. Even if a WLAN costs more than a wired network, it still may pay for itself if the company has to move its offices.
Mobility is here to stay and for a good reason. Reliability, flexibility and scalability are the most valuable benefits that wireless networks provide to businesses. As the prices of wireless components continue to drop, popularity of this type of networking for small and medium businesses is rising because of the benefits of wireless connectivity.