Wireless networking in a business environment presents a number of challenges due to the overcrowding of the bandwidths used by wireless protocols, interference from competing networks and devices nearby, construction of buildings in the working environment, and poor positioning of wireless network points (WAPs).
However where reliable wireless connections are required they can be achieved by use of managed systems that use monitoring software, commonly used in university campuses, airports and other large areas where wireless access is required by a large number of users. These devices use Security protocols such as RADIUS to prevent unauthorised access and security breaches. DataCat can advise on the best strategy for deploying Wifi, carry out RF surveys and install all the necessary devices.
DataCat also have a wealth of experience deploying wireless technology with great effect to establish links in the backbone for example when connecting two buildings where it has not been possible to run copper or fibre optic cable. There are two technologies that can be used: radio or laser where there is line of site between the buildings.
The radio system we have deploy works on 5GHz technology that can't be detected by standard wireless access cards. Each unit can be configured as an Access Point, a Point to Point bridge,or a Client Adapter (CPE). They are equipped with dual Ethernet ports which allows you to daisy-chain radios at your installation sites.
Laser systems transmit and receive data between externally mounted units where there is line of sight between buildings, at speeds of 1000mbps or higher. Combining higher bandwidth with excellent reliability, laser LAN links offer a cost-effective alternative to a fibre optic link between buildings.
In both cases management of the systems is accessed via web interface, which makes them especially attractive on sites which are supported remotely.