Although structured cabling is the most common method of transmitting data and voice around the office, there are other alternatives for wireless connectivity, such as wireless radio networks, which can be installed in areas where it is not possible or practical to run cables.
There is often confusion about types of wireless connectivity communications, but simply put you have Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G mobile broadband as your main options.
Bluetooth is used for linking devices together such as your mobile phone and a headset and as such has a short range whereas WiFi is comparable to network cabling as it provides a way of linking your computer devices together in the same way that structured cabling does.
WiFi has evolved over the years and the stated connection speeds have increased and will continue to increase going forwards.
The main thing to consider here is that the stated connection speed is not necessarily the speed that you will get, as there are many factors that affect WiFi and, in comparison to a wired network, there is a higher risk of problems which is why in all cases we will recommend a wired network as the preferred choice.
However, you can normally provide WiFi coverage from your wired network, enabling the use of tablets and mobile devices around the office, as well as providing internet access to contractors and visitors.
4G mobile broadband
You also have the option of installing mobile broadband, using 4G technology, which can be particularly useful as a backup option if your ISP (internet service provider) is experiencing outage problems.
Hands On IT has a great deal of experience working with existing WiFi networks and installing new solutions and having experienced the challenges associated with this technology, we are well placed to advise on the best course of action.