Tessco Wireless Journal June July 2014 Page 15 TWJ June / July 2014

FEATURED SOLUTION www.tessco.com/go/twj 15 June / July 2014 The entire product offering and your pricing is on TESSCO.com or call TESSCO at 800.472.7373. Wi-Fi Networks Offer Connection Options Consumers have come to expect readily accessible Wi-Fi connections. At the same time, wireless carriers and independent Wi-Fi access providers alike see the demand for high-speed wireless data connections outpacing the growth of mobile voice traffic. In the coming years, large-scale Wi-Fi access point (AP) deployments will take place in major markets across the country. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a trade association that holds the Wi-Fi trademark, defines Wi-Fi as any wireless local area network (WLAN) products that are based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standards. The terms Wi-Fi and WLAN often are used interchangeably. 802.11's evolving alphabet-soup versions (a/b/g/n/ad/ac) have set Wi-Fi as the standard for high-speed wireless Internet access in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz unlicensed frequency bands. Under the new 802.11ac standard, Wi-Fi APs can handle download speeds of more than 1 Gbps. Today, Wi-Fi is more attractive than ever for commercial wireless applications that complement high-speed data transfers on 4G LTE cellular networks. Indeed, wireless carriers view Wi-Fi as a cost-effective means of "off-loading "data traffic from the public cellular network. Where public Wi-Fi is accessible, wireless data connections can be handled via APs rather than the cellular network. Cellular data hand-off is important for wireless carriers Building out cellular networks to handle the projected flood of data will take billions of dollars and a good deal of time. Even so, it will be a struggle to keep pace with demand. Compared to adding new cell sites, a complementary Wi-Fi network that is less expensive and faster to deploy will provide much-needed, short- term relief, especially in high-traffic areas. In fact, the next generation of small cells will integrate a Wi-Fi AP so that 4G-5G/Wi-Fi handoffs will be seamless. Smartphones and tablets that are already Wi-Fi- enabled automatically detect nearby APs and off-load the cellular data traffic. Indoor & Outdoor AP Applications Wi-Fi/WLAN Featured Products Wireless Access Points Cat 5/6 Cabling & Connectors Switches Routers Multiplexers Fiber Optic Cabling & Connectors Fiber & Copper Cable Management Systems Enclosures Racks & Cabinets Power Systems Test Equipment Tools & Installation Supplies FEATURED MANUFACTURERS Before deploying Wi-Fi APs, consider: 1) MOUNTING - Indoor APs can be installed in or above drop ceilings or attached to walls close to Wi-Fi users. With an adaptive enclosure, indoor APs can be installed out- doors to serve common areas or parking lots. 2) POWER - Many APs can be powered by a Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) connection. 3) BACKHAUL - APs are connected via Ethernet to an edge switch that routes traffic over the Internet. Indoor Networks

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