How does Wireless Networking Work?
Wireless Networking is the most trending phenomenon in the world of networks nowadays. Instead of having physically linked computers as its nodes a wireless network connects computing devices to itself using radio waves which are as low as the frequency of the harmless microwaves.
How does it Work?
Home-Network-Help quotes the following text about how a wireless network works:
“let say you have 2 computers each equipped with wireless adapter and you have set up wireless router. When the computer sends out the data, the binary data will be encoded to radio frequency and transmitted via wireless router. The receiving computer will then decode the signal back to binary data.” (home-network-help, n.d.)
802.11 The Wireless Protocol
The Wireless Network is governed by the 802.11 standard protocol approved by the IEEE governing body. 802.11n is the latest version of the standard wireless networking protocol. All the wireless enabled devices being sold right now are equipped with the compatibility of this latest version of protocol. This protocol version is compatible with devices supporting the earlier versions of the 802.11 protocol.
Following are few of the advantages and disadvantages of the increasingly popular technology:
Advantages of Wireless Networking
1. Physical Wired Connections No Longer Required
Computing Devices are being equipped with the ability to get connected to a wireless network nowadays. If a wireless network is installed more and more computing devices can get connected to it. This would eliminate the necessity of each device getting connected to the network only via network cables.
2. Enhancement in Usability and Productivity.
Without the restrictions of being seated at a particular place an individual can work with the ease of manner in which it is desired. Since the usability of tasks increases this way so does the overall productivity of the business environment.
3. Remote Area Connectivity
A remote worker can access the private network of a business enterprise via internet and then eventually into the business network itself without having the need for being within the boundaries of the office premises.
4.Reduction in Cost of Ownership
Though the initial costs of setting up a network may be higher owing to the purchase of the network hardware equipment the overall running of the system results in overall reduction and increased productivity instead. Long term cost benefits are often associated with the embedding of wireless networks within a business environment.
Wireless networks are easily scalable. Unlike the LAN they do not need to be equipped with more hardware cables and infrastructure setup in order to cope up with increasing area requirements. For wireless networks only the installation of access points at farther locations is required and thus expands the range of the wireless network.
The need for embedding specific installations and applications is addressed flexibly by wireless networks as their configurations can easily be changed as and when require.
About the author
H. Siddiqui is an technology enthusiast, writer, computer science professional and an academician. The writer has a passion for research and writing in various fields of life and beyond. H. Siddiqui has been writing on various domains for the past 15 years. The major interests are Smartphones, Smartphones App Development, Evolution in Technology and the impacts of technology on businesses and society.
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