With the release of our WP810 cordless Wi-Fi IP phone, we wanted to revisit a popular blog of ours that evaluates the pros and cons that Wi-Fi has against traditional DECT solutions. The WP810 was designed to suit a variety of enterprises and vertical market applications at an affordable price point that competes with most DECT offerings. Continue reading to learn how Wi-Fi voice is changing the shape of UC mobility.
Fig.A Grandstream Networks’ GWN7630LR outdoor long-range 802.11ac Wave-2 4x4:4 Wi-Fi access point
Note: This review was originally published on TMCNet's UC Network Management website, which can be found here.
As an end user in a mobile society, for high bandwidth applications and high-client density scenarios indoors or outdoors we are ever more reliant on good Wi-Fi connectivity. We now have outdoor long-range 802.11ac Wave-2 Wi-Fi access points (APs) that are equipped with an embedded controller and that also supports centralized, scalable management system choices such as cloud hosted /cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or a premise based Virtual WLAN (vWLAN) controller. These APs are also equipped with features, networking standards and protocols such as: Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology, band steering, multiple service set identifiers (SSIDs), dual-2.4GHz/5GHz radio bands, mesh networking, gigabit ethernet ports with PoE/PoE+,802.11ac, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11k, 802.11r and 802.11v, air time fairness, captive portal for custom branding experiences, client bridge function, client steering, multicast stream to unicast stream conversion, beamforming, Wi-Fi and system security features such as- digitally signed firmware for anti-hacking secure boot, randomly generated default password, unique security certificate, WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK and WPA/WPA2 enterprise, ports to connect external antennas, master controller failover function for redundancy and backup etc.
If you deploy VoIP solutions, you’re used to creating customized networks to help customers users communicate, be more productive, and work more efficiently. Recently, companies around the world have also started to utilize Wi-Fi technology more and more to achieve this same goal. In fact, in their recent 2019 annual report, Spiceworks found that 70% of surveyed organizations are expecting to utilize gigabit Wi-Fi technology by the year 20211. If you're use to deploying VoIP, Wi-Fi is a natural addition to add to your offering – and one that your customers will soon be looking for. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the crossovers and similarities between Wi-Fi and VoIP and why you should add Wi-Fi networking to your offering.