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Flexible Passive Infrastructure for Wired and Wireless Networks

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Posted by James Donovan on 28 June 2017 Connect with James on LinkedIn Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

As organizations strive to make more effective use of people, workspaces and business systems, flexibility may be the single biggest factor in worker productivity and corporate efficiency.

 

Flexible Passive Infrastructure Creates Flexible Work and Lifestyles

What underpins a company’s ability to create flexible work and lifestyles? The network and its passive infrastructure. Today’s businesses require network flexibility, reliability and manageability – while also demanding network performance, security, and mobility.

 

Cabling Infrastructures Allow Flexibility, Reliability and Security

A fully cabled or wired network provides a level of mobility and flexibility based on the provisioning of ports or outlets, while delivering high performance, resilience, reliability, and security. Because the speed and density of connections nearer to server farms and datacenters are generally beyond the capacity of today’s wireless technology, and because spectrum will always be a scarce resource, it is clear that wireless equipment is not going to replace cabling completely in in-building deployments any time soon.

However, as new Wi-Fi, DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) and small cell systems come to market, the dynamics will likely change.

 

Wireless Connectivity Means Enhanced Working and Reduced Costs

By implementing wireless solutions, enterprises have enhanced processes and workflows, gained cost savings and operational efficiencies, and unlocked the value of existing enterprise assets. At the same time, it is crucial to understand that the success of any wireless solution depends on an integrated and end-to-end approach to passive infrastructure.

An integrated approach to passive infrastructure boosts end-user adoption, leverages existing infrastructure and applications, reduces overall costs, and increases ROI for the benefit of the deploying enterprise.

 

When to use a Wireless or Cabled Solution

Different environments call for different solutions, and therefore wireless solutions can provide complementary benefits to cabled ones. As an example, a worker may still use a laptop computer in the office, connecting to the wired network through a docking station, and then work wirelessly when moving from meeting to meeting using a tablet or smartphone. The same employee might be wireless at home, using the same laptop on the couch or on the patio, or while traveling, using the laptop or tablet in the lounge or pre-boarding area of the airport.

In general, cabled networks offer process improvements where productivity is linked to the speed and reliability of the network, and where business processes require timely access to large amounts of information.

In contrast, wireless networks offer process improvements where productivity is linked to the amount of time the network is available to employees on the move. However, it should be noted that even wireless networks need to be supported with a backbone of cabling.

 

Why Both Wireless and Cabled Certification are Valuable

If you’ve ever wondered why CommScope’s training academy includes wireless courses alongside its copper and fiber infrastructure portfolio, it is for two reasons:

  1. To educate customers on the value of the various passive infrastructure solutions – which can be deployed most effectively when the process is completed early, instead of as an afterthought.
  2. To ensure that customers plan their cabling infrastructures ahead of time, so they can leverage wireless network capabilities both today and in the future.

To search our range of courses on offer, browse the CommScope Training eBook here to better understand the passive infrastructure that underpins your network.