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What are unlicensed wireless point-to-point networks?

What are private, unlicensed wireless point-to-point networks, and how can enterprises looking to mobilize their UC applications leverage these networks?

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Private, unlicensed wireless point-to-point (PTP) networks use 5.4 Ghz and 5.8 Ghz radio frequency bands and are not in exclusive use, meaning the space can quickly become crowded with one system interfering with another. However, the advantage is that no license is required and the costs to operate in the network are lower. With a licensed PTP network, networking engineers need to pay costly license fees for the right to transmit on assigned channels within a frequency band.

Companies with multiple buildings or a campus-like environment may opt for unlicensed wireless PTP networks. Depending upon location and the number of competing systems in the same space, using an unlicensed wireless PTP network could be very advantageous. In metro areas and higher concentrations of systems, this could be problematic.

I suggest first reading a white paper published by Motorola to learn more about performance in unlicensed wireless networks.

Read the following for more information on unlicensed wireless networks:

  • The basics of enterprise wireless standards: Learn the fundamentals of wireless standards and how they enable wireless service.
  • Robust WLAN infrastructure a necessity for mobile UC: Wireless LAN has become a strategic imperative for mobile users in the enterprise.
  • Strategies to implement mobile UC: Learn what strategies enterprises can employ to implement mobile UC and fixed mobile convergence.
  • WLAN troubleshooting strategies for bring-your-own-device plans: Learn what tools and strategies are available to enterprises for BYOD troubleshooting.

This was first published in November 2013

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