Fixed wireless networking equipment is so named because the signal originates from a fixed source, usually your wireless router. Fixed wireless networking equipment involves a short-range WiFi signal and is differentiated from wireless communication equipment meant for longer ranges, such as cellular phones.
As laptop computing becomes more popular, wireless systems are becoming more commonly used in business. Networking already provides a great deal of convenience, and a wireless network component adds the ability to use the Internet and the office network anywhere within wireless range. Expand your work capability in areas where no cables are installed such as a conference room.
Basic components of a wireless network are:
1. Cable or DSL modem to provide Internet access to your wireless network equipment.
2. Wireless router to broadcast the wireless signal.
3. Installation of a wireless adapter on each computer internally or externally via USB adapter.
4. Wireless repeater to enlarge signal area and wireless print server as optional enhancements to your wireless systems.
Purchase wireless network equipment for your small businessA small business usually needs only a small network. You can purchase something similar to or the same as you have for your home wireless equipment. Buy it directly from the wireless network equipment manufacturer or from a store that sells computers and their components.
Buy wireless networking equipment designed for medium-sized businessesIf you have a medium-sized business or if you need a lot of technical help setting up your network, choose a wireless equipment provider who specializes in business networks.
Acquire software to manage the wireless network equipmentEnjoy the extra convenience of more than just wireless broadband equipment, by setting up a true wireless network. Print a document on the computer down the hall or save and retrieve files from another networked computer.
- Adding wireless capability to your network does not mean you have to immediately switch all of your computers to wireless functionality. If you currently have a wired network in place, the desktop computers can remain wired and you can implement wireless capability only to new devices you add to the system, thus saving money and time.
- Technically Internet access isn't necessary. However, if you just want to network the computers together. However, when we speak of wireless networking it includes Internet access.
- Desktop computers located within 20 feet of the router can connect via ethernet cable. Wireless routers usually have several ports for ethernet cables on the back of the equipment.