Expanding with Wireless
Date: 2009-08-11 12:05:14
Expanding your small office with wireless sounds like a good idea, and it can be, if implemented correctly and securely.
If your office already has a router or switch connecting your computers to the internet it isn't necessary to buy a brand new one with wireless capabilities. Many vendors sell Access Points that plug into existing equipment.
Generally speaking most wireless routers/access points can communicate with up to 30 devices. Depending on the type of traffic, surrounding walls, other wireless devices, and general interference this number can be significantly lower.
A couple things to remember when placing the wireless access point:
1) Change the default settings.
2) Locate the access point on a shelf or next to the ceiling to minimize office obstructions, like half-walls.
3) Secure everything with encryption.
4) Connect the access point to the router with a LAN cable.
Adding 1 wireless access point to expand your office for 3-4 people doesn't have to be too difficult. Expanding for large groups of people, over a large area, may require heavier duty equipment and a wireless survey to identify dead spots.
If you would like more information, please let me know. I am more than happy to provide advice and assistance.