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In recent years there has been significant growth in the deployment of wireless systems for extending computer networks within buildings and between buildings.

This growth has been made possible by the continuing development and widespread adoption of the WiFi standard by equipment suppliers and service providers.

The WiFi standard enables wireless networks to be deployed without a licence and ensures interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers.

The demand for wireless internet access has been fuelled by the proliferation of WiFi enabled laptops, tablets and smartphones. Now almost all new laptops, tablet computers and mobile smart-phones are supplied with integrated WiFi wireless adaptors.

The widespread availability of WiFi networks has also encouraged manufacturers to produce other, less obvious WiFi enabled devices such as printers, security equipment, bar-code readers, games consoles and even household appliances.

Although it is relatively simple and straightforward to set up a basic WiFi wireless network, it becomes more complex when it is necessary to extend the wireless coverage area and implement security, management & legal compliance features.

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In the paragraphs below we provide an overview of some of the issues that should be considered when deploying wireless solutions within homes & business premises and for public WiFi hotspot services.

Homes

In homes, wireless systems are typically used as the preferred method of providing internet access throughout the home. In most homes it is not usually practical to install network cables to each room.

It is relatively simple and straightforward to set up a basic home WiFi wireless network with the wireless router that is usually supplied by the Internet Service Provider.

However, things become more complex when wireless coverage is required over an area that is larger than that covered by the main wireless router. In such cases, the solution can be a combination of high powered access points, repeaters, high gain antennae and HomePlug devices.

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Business premises

In business premises the usual method of connecting to the computer network is to use a structured cabling system. This provides a connection that is both fast and secure.

However, wireless networks are being increasingly deployed to enable mobile devices such as laptop computers, tablets and smartphones to connect to business computer networks.

Wireless connections are also used to provide computer network access in areas where it is impossible or too expensive to install cabling both within buildings and between buildings.

In addition to designing wireless networks that provide the required coverage in business premises, it is also necessary to ensure that the wireless network is secure to protect other network resources from hacking, data theft and malware attacks.

Businesses providing public WiFi hotspot services

In addition to having a wireless network for their own use, some businesses such as hotels, restaurants and bars offer WiFi wireless internet access to the general public to encourage them to visit their premises.

This is known as a WiFi hotspot service.

WiFi hotspot services are also becoming widespread on public transport networks not only at airports, train stations & bus stations, but increasingly on planes, trains & buses.

If you provide a WiFi hotspot service to the general public from your business premises then, in addition to the technical and procedural issues associated with providing the required coverage and security, you must also ensure that your WiFi hotpsot service is legal.

The three main legal issues to consider when providing a public WiFi hotspot service are:

  • contravention of your Internet Service Provider’s terms & conditions;
  • liability for loss of data or damage to third party equipment & software; and
  • compliance with statutory legal obligations.

It is important to note that these legal issues apply not only to relatively small scale WiFi hotspot services such as those offered in guest-houses, bars & cafes, but also to large scale hotspot services offered in large hotels and at transport hubs.

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Premitel offer a range of professional services from initial consultancy through to wireless network design and implementation to ensure that your wireless network meets your specific requirements.

Please get in touch using our Contact Form if you require advice on wireless solutions or to arrange a no-obligation meeting to discuss your wireless networking requirements.