Infrastructure Solutions for Wireless LANs

As wireless networking becomes more prevalent, several issues relating to how components are deployed must be considered and balanced against the requirements of a system that relies on radio signals. Wireless LANs do not function entirely independent of wires and cables. In fact, connecting one user via wireless requires just about as much cable - and cable management - as a hard-wired LAN. In many settings, providing wireless networking involves a tradeoff between optimal placement of one or more access points and issues like flexibility, accessibility, physical security, and aesthetics. In retrofit projects, the question is how to best integrate wireless LAN technology. In new structures, this technology must be considered along with other systems during the planning process.