Wireless data transmission is now an integral part of modern offices. In the age of mobile devices, the complete integration of a wireless network (WLAN) in a building is now a key prerequisite in many companies.
Despite this, WLAN technology is still associated with specific risks, including individual acceptance problems and possible operative limitations.
Among the acceptance, problems are controversial discussions on health risks caused by electromagnetic waves and rare cases of hypersensitivity to the system in certain individuals.
Operative limitations primarily deal with interference in the wireless network caused by external sources, plus shared bandwidth and the issue of data security. In order to minimize these risks and achieve good signal coverage, R&M recommends using dedicated cabling for the base stations of the wireless networks. Only then can the outlets be planned at the optimal antenna positions. The technical report ISO/IEC TR 24704 gives pointers when planning to cable for optimal coverage with wireless services.
The base stations are connected using normal cabling with the corresponding transmission capacities from the floor distributors. However, the transmission speeds on WLAN systems continue to grow further. Transmission protocols of several hundred Mbit/s to over 1 Gbit/s are now available. Class EA cables are thus already necessary for connecting this latest generation of base stations.
The power supply to the WLAN components also has to be taken into account right from the outset. This can be made via classic low-voltage distribution or via a remote power supply over the data network (Power over Ethernet (PoE) or Power over Ethernet Plus (PoEP)).