What is an Enterprise Grade Wi-Fi Network (‘WLAN’)?
An Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi Network often referred to as a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) is an additional layer to an organization’s wired network which allows select wireless devices access to the local area network using a robust and secure Wi-Fi connection. A WLAN will provide all of the access to network locations and files as a wired LAN, with the added advantage and efficiencies of enabling mobility.
The following is a network drawing of a fully functional WLAN with Corporate, Guest, Voice, Video and telemetry capability. While this level of WLAN is usually installed as an adjunct to the existing wired LAN, some companies moving into new facilities are going totally wireless. This is often more cost-effective, as it eliminates the cost of installation of CAT5 or CAT6 cabling, switches, and routers.