Wireless mesh networking improves connectivity in enterprise ecosystems

By Jonathan Crowl

As IoT technology saturates the world with wireless-enabled objects — from smartphones and tablets to watches, appliances and automobiles — infrastructure is taking shape to support wireless mesh networking. At the enterprise level, this technology is delivering changes to how web-connected companies can operate, opening up new possibilities in terms of online workloads and seamless user experiences.

Connectivity is a major point of concern for any wireless network that supports an enterprise mobile strategy, but some executives have reservations about whether wireless mesh networks offer more risk than reward given their relatively new presence in the enterprise world. However, anyone familiar with wireless mesh networking knows there’s hardly a debate over its benefits to organizations. When built correctly, mesh networking provides a web experience unlike anything seen in the past.

Mesh networks improve connectivity

In a traditional web-connected network environment, a number of touchpoints conduct online activity through a single router. During times of peak activity, the network can get overloaded when it has to funnel so much data through so few touchpoints, and if one of those touchpoints goes down, it throws a whole segment of devices offline.

A wireless mesh network solves both of these problems. Every device functions as a router in its own right, so the loss of a single routing device is no problem, according to Secure Edge Networks. Within the network, data can take hundreds or even thousands of paths to reach its destination. Losing one touchpoint becomes nothing more than a minor hiccup rather than a network-crippling problem.

Scalability and workload advantages

Changes in size and workload can affect performance and connectivity on a traditional wireless network. This is no longer the case in a wireless mesh environment, where touchpoints are scalable and more accommodating to high levels of traffic. Because individual devices function as touchpoints, they can be added or removed from the network as necessary, giving enterprises the convenience of scalability. Meanwhile, the number of devices equipped to facilitate data movement makes it much easier to support a high volume of mobile activity without compromising performance.

Self-directed network management

Given the number of touchpoints, managing and maintaining a wireless mesh network could be a headache for system administrators — that is, if not for self-configuration and management features that enable the network to maintain itself. As Modern Building Services points out, self-configuration of device-housed routers is easily done without administrator oversight, and it helps reduce device downtime while keeping the network functioning at an optimal level. Further, when one device goes down, data management doesn’t have to be manually reset. Devices work around the out-of-order device on their own, ensuring connectivity and quality performance.

Enterprise leadership doesn’t need to worry about connectivity troubles within a wireless mesh network. Compared to traditional wireless infrastructure, the technology’s connectivity and performance will blow away expectations.

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Jonathan Crowl

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Jonathan Crowl has served as a tech writer and reporter for a number of tech publications and corporations. Specializing in mobile technology and digital startups, he is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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