White Paper | May 11, 2010

White Paper: Five Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Wireless Network To 802.11 And What You Need To Consider Once You Decide To Upgrade

Source: BlueStar, Inc.

It's time to upgrade your old 900 MHz wireless backbone and terminals. We know how attached you are to them. They've been a reliable companion for so many years and were likely your first venture into wireless data collection. But technology has come a long way since you and your wireless network first met. And making the transition from 900 MHz to 802.11 has become a straightforward task that offers many incremental benefits. We've written this white paper to help you understand life without your legacy equipment. A life that is simpler, faster and more secure.

802.11 is an extremely robust open standard, and as we all know, open standards encourage competition among manufacturers to develop better and more cost-effective solutions.

So for starters, today's wireless computers are simply much easier to operate than what you are currently using. They have easier to read color LCD touch screens versus dim mono displays. Their keyboards are better organized and more rugged with function keys and wild card keys, and some are fully programmable. Modern handheld computers are also lighter & better balanced.

Today's wireless computers and access points have more built-in diagnostics which makes them easier to troubleshoot. Remote configuration features are also common in newer technology. Off-the-shelf remote management software for 802.11 hardware is readily available so upgrading 200 wireless units with the latest version of your application is as simple as a click of a mouse?

It's also easier to find experienced IT workers that are fluent in the newer technologies so problems that require a complicated solution are much easier to resolve.

Battery technology has improved from NiCad or NiMH to Li-Ion, a much higher capacity battery with no more "memory effect."

And many of today's wireless computer are Bluetooth enabled which means you can get rid of those pesky cables for your scanners, printers and headsets.

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