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Topic: Outdoor Wi-Fi

Outdoor Wireless Mesh Networks: What are They, and When Should They Be Used? [Whiteboard Wednesday]
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Outdoor Wireless Mesh Networks: What are They, and When Should They Be Used? [Whiteboard Wednesday]

The expectation to have reliable, high-speed connectivity "anywhere, anytime" has led to many challenges, especially when it comes to providing access outdoors. In today's Whiteboard Wednesday, Michael McNamee (Senior Network Engineer) at SecurEdge Networks, explores how outdoor wireless mesh networks work, when they should be used and offers some key tactical advice. Learn How You Can Deploy a High-Capacity, Secure Wireless Network, Download your Free Wireless Network Design Kit Here.

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Outdoor Wireless Network Design: What You Need to Know Before You Upgrade
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Outdoor Wireless Network Design: What You Need to Know Before You Upgrade

Think about all of the outdoor places you visit and events you attend, how often did you expect there to be available Wi-Fi?  For example, when you're at an outdoor concert venue, at a café, or even walking between classes on a college campus, I'm sure one of the first things you did was make sure you could connect to the wireless, and like most people if you couldn't get on or it was slow you would instantly become annoyed. The truth is, there is a growing gap between user expectations and the ability for businesses and organizations to support those demands; this is especially true when it comes to outdoor wireless networks. Many colleges and healthcare facilities today rely on outdoor wireless networks for their everyday operations. While to some, the idea of creating an outdoor wireless environment that doesn’t include a plethora of cables and wires seems daunting, it can be done. There are a lot of options out there to help you successfully design and deploy an outdoor wireless network, however, there are some essential best practices you should be aware of that will help you when upgrading your outdoor connectivity. 

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5 Creative Tips to Improve Your School’s Outdoor WLAN Deployment
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5 Creative Tips to Improve Your School’s Outdoor WLAN Deployment

Over the last 5 years Wi-Fi in high-density outdoor areas has improved exponentially, offering better pricing and performance (capacity). If your school is in the process of making improvements to its campus Wi-Fi network, and an outdoor WLAN is included in that deployment, there are a few things you’ll want to consider to make sure your new network is successful.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Successful Outdoor Wireless Network
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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Successful Outdoor Wireless Network

Outdoor wifi networks, while not new are becoming more and more in demand. I’m not here to scare anyone away from the importance or deployment of an outdoor wireless network, but it does take some different kind of thinking to be successful. Just throwing up some access points, antennas, turning on the signal and letting people connect doesn’t cut it. I mean, don’t get me wrong at it’s most simplest form this might be true, but in reality, is the tip of a very big iceberg.

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Outdoor Wireless Network Design Tips & Tricks
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Outdoor Wireless Network Design Tips & Tricks

You probably don’t realize it, but an outdoor wireless network design is a common feature that many large scale businesses use. Hospitals and schools also make use of an outdoor wireless network because it provides dependable multi-network services and can support various wireless devices. Additionally, users can enjoy the same services that high-quality broadband offers, but without the extra cables or wires.

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Wireless Mesh Networks for Outdoor Environments
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Wireless Mesh Networks for Outdoor Environments

Wireless mesh networks allows outdoor environments to be interconnected without any wires and with the security and reliability of a wired network. They solve a wide range of communications challenges across different outdoor environments, making them well suited for public safety, emergency response, oil rigs, video surveillance, large-scale events and transportation hubs.  

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Outdoor Wireless Network and Design
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Outdoor Wireless Network and Design

Outdoor wireless networks are an important asset to many different schools, hospitals and businesses. Outdoor wireless networks need to be scalable and provide reliable multidevice and multinetwork application delivery so that all users on the outdoor network can enjoy the same high-quality mobile broadband experience rather they are inside or outdoors on the outdoor wireless network.

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Traditional Outdoor Wireless Vs. New Outdoor Mesh Networks Technology
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Traditional Outdoor Wireless Vs. New Outdoor Mesh Networks Technology

With the economy continuing to push spending cutbacks across both government and the private sector, people are looking for a way to cut the monthly data fees from rented fiber and the 3/4g cards.  Outdoor Mesh networks are a great answer to this problem. Outdoor Mesh Networks provide high speed connectivity for video surveillance cameras, monitoring systems, automatic meter reading, IP voice and more.   

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2 Outdoor Wireless Design Tips that save money and increase bandwidth
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2 Outdoor Wireless Design Tips that save money and increase bandwidth

Outdoor wireless design can be very complicated. Should you use wireless mesh or antenna arrays? How do you integrate your outdoor wireless system with the indoor wireless system for handoff and performance? Should you use directional antennas or Omni-directional antennas? Do you need point to point bridges across campus? How do you plan for use of hand held devices or wireless VoIP phones outside? ….And on and on...There’s a lot to consider. Certainly starting with what devices and applications you want to run on your wireless infrastructure is important.

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