Wireless Mesh Network
What’s the best way to provide wireless network coverage outside?
How can I provide an 802.11 wireless network outside and a long distance from my network hub?
How can I provide an outdoor wireless network without running cable or fiber everywhere?
Good questions…and a good time to call TPI.
TPI offers a convenient, flexible, scalable and cost-effective way to extend your wireless networks beyond the walls to reach warehouses, shipping yards, and other difficult-to-cable parts of your business. Wireless mesh networks use RF to provide both network access and data backhaul, making it possible to extend the traditional network to less traditional locations without installing additional cable or fiber.
Wireless Mesh Network cost savings
The fact that an enterprise can install, extend or modify its network without the use of cable or fiber significantly reduces the cost of that network. The reduction in installation time and materials translates directly into cost savings. Your facility can enjoy the productivity of outdoor wireless network access without the expense.
Advantages of Wireless Mesh Networks
One of the key advantages of wireless mesh technology is its flexibility. Wireless mesh networking can be described as a series of “nodes”, each of which is capable of providing wireless network access to local users, while also intelligently backhauling traffic wirelessly among the network to its destination.
Wireless Mesh Network Management
Properly designed and configured, wireless mesh network nodes automatically detect each other, set up communication links and dynamically route data between nodes, adapting to network changes on the fly, making set-up and management of the network quick and simple.
Wireless mesh networked nodes automatically detect the presence of new nodes and the absence of previously existing nodes, and adapt accordingly, so adding or removing nodes is simple. Because a wireless mesh network requires no cables, administrators can easily change the configuration of an existing network in a matter of minutes.
The use of dual-radio access points improves performance and provides scalability, since access is provided on one band of one radio while data backhaul happens simultaneously on a different band of the second radio. This “self-assembling” and “self-healing” network offers the performance to support the most demanding voice and data applications.
Wireless Mesh Network — more information
TPI’s wireless enterprise mesh solution addresses the need for extension of the WLAN beyond the boundaries of the wired network. Today’s wireless switch infrastructures are comprised of a number of access ports which provide RF coverage, connected to a wired local area network (LAN). On the same LAN, a wireless switch detects the access ports, downloads the configuration, manages the ports and processes all wireless data received and transmitted through them.
The extension of this infrastructure to enable deployment of access ports in locations where cabling is cost-prohibitive or otherwise not practical requires wireless backhaul of data to and from the access port. In essence, the access port routes its data via RF through the other access ports, or nodes, to the LAN, and hence the wireless switch.
The ability of ports and points to operate wirelessly to both provide network access and data backhaul, and the ability of the wireless switch to support this mode of operation together constitute the mesh functionality. While other manufacturers require two devices to create each node — one to provide network access and another for data backhaul — a single access point can carry out both tasks, reducing hardware requirements and simplifying network set-up.
Wireless Mesh Network Summary
Wireless mesh technology provides a convenient, flexible, scalable and cost-effective means to extend the corporate network beyond the walls to areas that are typically expensive and hard to cable – from warehouses, shipping yards and healthcare facilities to industrial environments, corporate campuses, transportation and logistics environments and more.
Bottom Line: Let TPI design and deploy a wireless mesh network and extend the productivity of your wireless network outside the four walls.