Some facilities have the unique ability to share internet connections between buildings. So if you have multiple buildings, this can lead to some major cost savings! A building-to-building WiFi access point can save you the trouble of getting a more complicated solution. It may not be necessary to set up a stand-alone WiFi network for a second site. When you have the ability to work with this type of system, it’s definitely a smart investment.
How Wireless Access Points Work—and the Key Benefits
Oftentimes, telecommunications companies will default to cable networking in order to connect two sites. This usually requires burial-ground Ethernet cable, or even fiber cabling for a faster internet speed. The downside, though, is that it’s really expensive. Plus, your area may not be conducive for a digging permit.
Getting a wireless bridge lets you avoid all of that. The simplified version of how wireless access points work is that you have two pieces of equipment installed at each building. But they have to be able to “look at” one another. Then you can transfer that internet signal to create a longer-range for your WiFi. These outdoor wireless access points are usually much more cost-effective than buried cabling. And when laid out correctly, they’ll be extremely reliable too.
Using WiFi Access Points for Building-to-Building Connections
Having great WiFi outdoors is crucial for large campuses. These might be colleges and universities where students want to study in outdoor lounge areas. Hospital facilities or large office complexes can also use building-to-building wireless bridges to provide employees and guests convenient internet access—no matter where they are on-site. The solutions are more robust than indoor wireless access points because you won’t lose your signal while moving from one building to the next.
While these setups aren’t possible for every site, when they do make sense you can get some great savings for your property’s IT budget. It’s essentially doubling the internet connection that already exists. That’s why we love being able to offer these solutions to clients!
Need to Expand Your Wireless Internet?
Setting up internet access for commercial spaces and large public areas isn’t as easy as hooking up a home modem and router. It requires an experienced telecommunications company. The wrong equipment will just add to the frustration of having slow internet. Of course, you also want to protect your budget. There’s no reason to pay for a larger IT infrastructure than your users really need.
At Enhanced Telecommunications and Data, we design wireless solutions that make sense for your site on a truly custom level. Every situation is different. Even the two buildings you’re looking to connect are different! It’s important to have a detailed analysis of the structures. Considering the distance you need to cover—as well as any physical obstacles for the wireless signal—isn’t always straight-forward. Fortunately, we have qualified technicians who can help you find the best solution.
Scheduling an on-site consultation will allow us to first determine whether a building-to-building bridge is even possible for your internet setup. Then we can start to discuss the pros and cons for your different wireless options. Enhanced Telecommunications and Data is based out of Boise, Idaho and we’re proud to serve Eastern Oregon and our local region throughout the state. Please send us a message and let us know what you have in mind!