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Have you planned for 5 GHz wireless?

17th February 2014

Why is 5 GHz so important?wifi

Most wireless networks are planned based on supporting the legacy devices, such as latops and notebooks and to keeps costs lower, these were normally manufactured using 802.11b/g (or possibly n) operating at 2.4 GHz.

This technology offers many benefits to clients but it does also suffer from interference and devices such as cordless mice, remote controls and bluetooth phones may produce random issues that restrict the effectiveness of teaching.

HP APThe use of 5 GHz technology reduces the sources of interference and improves performance, although the transmission characteristics are different (normally operates over shorter distances), so surveys and planning are important.  This technology also increases the number of devices that may be connected to an Access Point, especially when the planning stage includes the network backbone and switches.

The majority of newer tablets now operate at 5 GHz, so with legacy tabletproducts, clients need to offer the support of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz connections.  Several HP wireless Access Points such as the MSM430 and MSM460 have two radios, so they are ideal, especially as they are supported by a lifetime warranty.

The MSM460 has enhanced antennas, providing up to 450 Mbps throughput per radio, thus nearly delivering Gigabit performance.

By utilising Topological Limited's services, clients will benefit from delivering the best service for their users. 

Contact Topological for a free consultation about your network.