With regards to a wireless Internet access point, the term “architecture” refers to the ways in which all of the necessary devices are set up and connected to one another. Though setting up a wireless network in your home or office does require the same basic steps regardless of the situation, there are a number of different configurations available that can help you create a stronger connection. The specifics of these configurations will depend on factors like how you plan on using your wireless network and the distance between the network’s source and the computers and electronic devices that will actually be using it. By taking a few special things into consideration when constructing your network you can help make sure that each computer is using the access point to its fullest potential at all times.
The Network Application
Building and utilizing the best possible wireless network for your personal or business use requires you to take a look at exactly what you plan on using that network for. The types of equipment that you’ll need to set up a fast, reliable home wireless network aren’t the same types of things that you’ll need if you’re planning on creating a network for the professional environment.
You’ll also need to make sure that all computers and electronic devices in the area that you plan on using with your wireless network actually have the ability to connect to it. If you are running computers in your home or office that are more than a few years old, there is a good chance that you will have to buy wireless network cards or adapters for each device. A wireless network card gets installed inside the case of a computer and is attached directly to the motherboard. A wireless network adapter often plugs into a USB drive and allows for quick and cheap (but not necessarily always reliable) wireless networking connectivity.
Business networks will also want to look into solutions like cloud-based network attached storage that allow data to be stored off site for increased security. Additionally, network attached storage devices also allow data to be accessed from virtually anywhere.
Additionally, you’re going to want to make sure that all wireless networking equipment that you buy is operating on the same standard. Though newer standards are typically backwards compatible with older standards (meaning that you can run older equipment on newer wireless hardware), you won’t be able to utilize those new standards to their fullest potential and maximum speeds without across the board compatibility.
The environment that you planning on setting up your wireless network architecture in will play a large role in deciding what types of options you need to explore. If you were planning on setting up a basic wireless network for personal use in a relatively small space like a one floor home or an apartment, for example, you can get away with just using a standard modem and wireless router. The bigger and more complicated the environment, the more hardware options you’re going to need to explore. Wireless network signals degrade as they move farther away from the original source. In the event that you’re planning on setting up a wireless network in a large home, a building or some other type of large space, you’ll need to invest in a device like a wireless repeater to help increase the overall network range. Increasing the range also increases the quality of the signal that computers and electronic devices located farther away from the router are able to receive.
The hardware options that you’ll need to explore will also vary if you’re planning on setting up what is known as a hybrid network. A hybrid wireless network is one that uses a standard wireless network architecture along with some other type of service. You may need to integrate a PSTN (also referred to as a public switched telephone network) into your business wireless network, for example. Integration of the public switched telephone network into your wireless network can help pair your home or business telephone service with all of your networking equipment for maximum efficiency.
You can also integrate data and cellular networks into your wireless network architecture by way of specialized hardware designed for that very purpose. Doing so allows users to have an almost constant connection to the World Wide Web regardless of their location, so long as the right hardware has been purchased and installed properly. Once a user has logged into a particular network connection they can switch back and forth between a Wi-Fi network in a fixed location and a cellular data network connection without ever needing to log in multiple times. Doing so is a great way to increase productivity and always stay on the network with minimal effort.