What is a Wireless Network and How Does it Work?

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What is a Wi Fi or wireless network?

A wireless network allows devices and computers to be connected to the network while roaming unattached to wires. Access points amplify Wi-Fi signals. A device can be located far away from a router and still connect to the network. You connect to a Wi Fi hotspot in a cafe, hotel, airport lounge or other public area to access that business’s wireless networks.

A wired network uses cables for connecting devices to the Internet, or to another network. A wired network is more expensive than a wireless one. The main disadvantage is that your device has to be connected to a router. Common wired networks include cables connecting to an Ethernet port on a router and another end to a computer, or any other device.

What are the benefits to a Wi Fi network?

Businesses can reap the many benefits of a Cisco wireless network.

Convenience Access your network resources at any location within your wireless network’s coverage area, or from any WiFi hotspot.

Mobility You are not tied to your desk with a wired internet connection. Your employees and you can connect online during conference room meetings.

Productivity Wireless Access to the Internet and to key applications and resources of your company helps you and your employees get the job done. It encourages collaboration.

Simple setup: No need to string cables. Installation can be fast and inexpensive.

Expandability A wired network may require additional wiring, but a wireless network can be expanded easily with existing equipment.

Security – The latest wireless networks offer robust security protections.

Lower cost: Wireless networks can be less expensive than wired networks because they eliminate or reduce the cost of wiring.

How to deploy a wireless internet network

You have three options when it comes to creating your wireless network. Are you unsure which deployment is right for your business? Talk to an expert.

Centralized deployment

This is the most common type for wireless network systems. These deployments are used in areas where networks and buildings are close by. This deployment consolidates the wireless network and makes it easier to upgrade. It also facilitates advanced wireless functionality. Controllers are on-premises and installed at a central location.

Converged deployment

Converged deployments provide consistency in both wired and wireless connectivity for branch offices or small campuses. This deployment converges wired as well wireless connections on one device, an access switch. It also serves the dual function of wireless controller and switch.

Cloud-Based Deployment

This system uses the cloud for managing network devices that are located at different locations. Cisco Meraki cloud managed devices are needed to complete the solution. They provide full visibility through their dashboards of all aspects of the network.

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