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The Future of Wireless Solutions

With our rapidly expanding development all over the world, technology has reached a level of amazing complexity. Some of it is confusing, but most of it is created for our benefit and convenience. One of these creations is wireless solutions. Wireless has the potential to revolutionize industries by adding flexibility and capability. It will not be far into the future when wireless becomes as widely adopted as traditional wired networks.

Since its original creation at Xerox Parc 40 years ago, ethernet has been the primary method of communication in fields such as office, retail, and residential. However, as wireless communication becomes more advanced and refined, that dominance is wavering.

From the photophone with Alexander Graham Bell in 1880, to the first public use of the term “wireless” with the radio, wireless solutions have come a long way. Because of these advances, we now have technologies such as various types of radio, GPS, Bluetooth, mobile phones, laptops, wireless mouse, headphones, keyboards, printers, WiFi, satellite television, and more. The capabilities of these solutions are widely recognized.

In fact, in 2005, the ISA100 committee formed to establish a set of standards that would define requirements. With representatives in around 250 companies across the globe, the committee’s role is to foster the development of wireless technology, enhance its integrity, and promote its uptake. The ultimate goal is improving user confidence. These standards want to provide a framework that offers secure and reliable wireless operations. Basically, wireless are a big enough deal to be noticed globally. It is also becoming more mainstream. How many of those technologies that we listed above do you own at home?

As for the future, it looks bright. 802.11ac, a supercharged version of the highly successful 802.11n was recently released. 802.11n provided the wireless connectivity speeds that businesses needed to embrace Wi-Fi in their day-to-day operations. It also let workers begin using wireless as their primary network medium of choice. 802.11ac is much faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. To achieve that, 802.11ac works exclusively in the 5GHz band, uses plenty of bandwidth (80 or 160MHz), operates in up to eight spatial streams (MIMO), and employs a kind of technology called beamforming that sends signal directly to client devices.

802.11ac was released in 2 waves, and as you can tell, the speed of wave 2 is unmatched. This level of wireless advancement offers many benefits, two of which are freedom and flexibility. If you have multiple wireless access points, remote installations can spread over wide areas and into hard-to-reach locations. This contributes to the modern office wireless movement that has been spreading across the nation. In contrast, traditional wired infrastructures are more complicated, expensive, and difficult to employ and maintain.

With these advancements and the convenience that comes with it, it won’t be that long until wireless becomes as widely adopted as more traditional wired networks. Don’t let your business fall behind – make the switch. We can help you out. One of the unique things Cognoscape does is provide customers with a custom IT roadmap. We tailor it to help businesses succeed, and our technology roadmap keeps clients up-to-date on all the latest IT trends in various sectors of the industry (like network security, relocation, regulatory compliance, and cloud computing). If you want your business ahead of the global pace, get in contact with the best IT security and IT support in Dallas, Texas!