Look at how fast the world has moved. In 2008 the iPhone 3G was released and promoted globally through Apple’s colossal marketing machine. It was the publics first introduction to the era of the smartphone and to what has quickly evolved into a “wireless-first”, “data-always-on” and “app--centric” culture. Four years later the same company dropped the “wired” Ethernet port on their MacBook range – meaning the standard connection mode for that computer range was wireless. In other words, the wireless capability was an expectation, not just a nice afterthought.
Wireless is no longer a nice to have, it’s a must have. We just lift the lid, or swipe the screen and expect to be connected. But there is a problem … how many of our organisations’ wireless networks are designed to be the primary mode of connectivity, and not simply an overlay alongside a traditional primary wired network? How many of our wireless networks have been designed to cope with the increasing demands of accessing and delivering voice and video not simply data files, and for all of these formats in a highly secure service model? And how many of these legacy wireless networks can take advantage of the latest protocols and data speeds, or cope with the increase in both corporate and personal wireless devices that each of us as employees bring into the office every day.
The answer is that the majority of enterprise networks are still built on designs that expect a heavy reliance on wired connections to computers and other data client devices; with wireless networks based on historic deployments that didn’t require or factor in the need for appropriate planning or surveying, rather the legacy approach of fitting a few access points to the ceiling and that should cover the workplace prevails.
High speed Wireless networks have changed everything.
Wireless for most is, or should, be the standard way we connect to our organisation.
Wireless is no longer a nice to have, it’s a must have.
Who is on your wireless network and when? What are they trying to achieve and access?.