LANs and WLANs
Your Networking Infrastructure is the foundation of your IT Infrastructure. A solid, tested network (called a LAN – Local Area Network) will allow your ICT Equipment to perform at the levels you would expect. A Network may be Wired or Wireless or a hybrid of both.
A Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is a method of connecting ICT Equipment using radio waves.
There are several benefits of WLANs including the low cost and speed of deployment. WLANs also allow for some movement within your offices.
There are however several downfalls to WLANs that need to be considered:
- Speed: Wireless Networks (WLANs) are not as fast as wired Network (LANs).
- The more users connected, the slower the WLAN.
- Health: Although not conclusively proven, may people are concerned about the possible long term health effects of exposure to the WLANs.
- Security: Wireless Networks (WLANs) are open to an invisible attack, especially when not secured properly.
- Coverage: Wireless Networks have limited coverage, especially in buildings with lots of walls that may block or weaken the Wireless Signal.
- Congestion: There are limited frequencies available for Wireless Networks. If there are 2 many Networks in one area performance will be seriously affected.
- Packet Loss: Loss of data packages on Wireless Networks are not database friendly and may cause corruption of the Database that can be both time consuming and expensive to repair.
Wired Networks offer faster reliable connections of devices on your Network without many of the limitations of Wireless Technologies. It is for these reasons that wired Networks are preferable for Business Applications.
Enyuka is a Proud HP Business Partner and, as such, can advise and supply you with HP’s and 3Com’s range of quality Networking Switches.
All of Enyuka’s Technical Staff are certified by Meganet to install CAT5e and CAT6 Networks.
Fibre Optic Technology
Fibre is the technology of using light rather than electrical impulses to transmit data. Although substantially more expensive that Copper Cable it offers a few key benefits that copper cable doesn’t:
- Size: Fibre Cable is much thinner than Copper.
- Induction: Since Fibre uses light to transmit data it is not affected by Spurious Electrical Cables.
- Distance: Fibre can run much further distances that copper without the signal being repeated.
- Speed: Fibre Cable is generally faster than copper.
- Electrical Isolation: Since Fibre uses light to transmit data it is ideal for linking buildings without creating an Electrical Potential Difference of being at risk to lightning.
Enyuka understands that bad Network Infrastructure can seriously impact on your ability to work and it is for this reason that Network Infrastructure is the first area of focus when we undertake to stabilise a new client’s Network.