Wireless Systems – WiFi
Wi-Fi is one of the most desired features in any building, and Benham Protective Services is happy to handle your complete Wi-Fi setup in Florida. Wireless networks run by using radio frequency technology within the electromagnetic spectrum. When a radio frequency current is supplied to an antenna, it creates an electromagnetic field that lets the signal propagate through space. To learn more about the possibilities for a wireless network for your location, contact us today for a free consultation.
Types of Technology Available
One of the main devices in the wireless network is a device known as an access point. Its primary function is to broadcast a signal that computers can detect and connect into. Since wireless networks are usually connected to wired ones, an access point also often serves as a link to a wired network, which typically has an Internet connection. The most common wireless technology standards include the following:
- IEEE 802.11a – Developed in 1999, this version of Wi-Fi operates on the 5 GHz band. Since many devices—like most mobile phones—use the 2.4 GHz band as well, this standard was created in hopes of encountering less interference. 802.11a is also fairly fast, with maximum data rates topping out at 54 megabits per second.
- IEEE 802.11b – Also made in 1999, this standard utilizes the more usual 2.4 GHz band and can achieve a top speed of 11 megabits per second. 802.11b was the standard that kicked off Wi-Fi’s popularity.
- IEEE 802.11g – Created in 2003, the 802.11g standard upped the max data rate to 54 megabits per second while retaining the reliable 2.4 GHz band. The result was a widespread adoption of the standard. Wireless G is still used today for its speed, and, when it’s integrated with a router lacking support of the new N standard, it’s incredibly affordable.
- IEEE 802.11n – The most recent Wi-Fi standard, N was introduced in 2009. Its adoption has been slow but is now typical on many routers and laptops. Supporting multi-channel usage, 802.11n can function at both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz. Each channel contains a maximum data rate of 150 megabits per second, which means the max data rate of the standard is 600 megabits per second. However, this standard needs hardware support on both ends. The reason? You can’t use a dual or tri-channel router if your laptop only supports a single channel.
Wireless Network Considerations
While N-Technologies offer better rates, one of the iPad’s limitations is that it only supports the modulation. It does not support the other 802.11N technologies. When considering the appropriate Wi-Fi solution for your location, be sure to consider the following:
- Network Capabilities – Multiple Independent SSID or Multiple Independent VLans
- Security – Authentication and Encryption
- Network Ports – /100/1000 Auto-Sensing Ports or IEEE 802.3 at Based POE
Wireless System Security Options
We want you to feel as safe electronically as you do physically and offer a number of ways to make that happen. Access control is an excellent first step. Other methods include:
- 11i, WPA bit, 104-bit WEP Keys
- 11x, Radius Authentication
- SSID Suppression
- MAC-Address Access Control
- Management and Configuration
- Multiple User Interface Options
- Built-In Web-Based Management
- Command Line Interface (CLI)
- Control and Configuration Through Management Software