As your business expands to multiple locations, you’re probably looking for the most convenient and cost-effective way to expand your internet service. Point to point internet could be your solution.
- There are several options when you need to link business networks.
- Fiber is typically quite expensive. It delivers fast speeds but it could be out of your budget.
- Leased lines are much cheaper than dedicated fiber lines, but the data speeds can be quite low.
None of these options are scaleable.
Point to point internet is wireless, affordable and completely scalable. It can also be installed quickly. There are many other benefits with point to point internet. We’ll get to them in a bit.
But first, let’s explore the many bridge applications that point to point solves.
Beyond simple connectivity between multiple buildings together to create one network, point to point internet is also a great solution for:
- Installing a CCTV network
- Securing high-speed connectivity anywhere
- You aren’t able to lease lines
- Replacing the lines you currently lease with a lower cost, wireless option
- Providing temporary site links
- A recovery link in case of disaster
Point to point solves all of these challenges in the most convenient way possible.
Benefits of Point to Point Internet
Wireless connectivity makes point to point more affordable and easier to customize.
- Slashes operational costs for your network
- Provides 99.999% up-times, which is carrier-grade reliability
- Is not impacted by environmental conditions
- Provides AES encryption for a secure network connection
- Is scaleable with upgradeable speeds
- Uses unlicensed and licensed air for best consumption throughout the spectrum
Are you starting to see how point to point could be your solution?
When It’s Time To Install
First, understand that line of site is the biggest key to a successful installation. If there are hills, buildings or tons of trees between end points, it’s probably not going to work.
Point to point networks work best about 2.5 – 5 miles apart. Some have worked from almost 12 miles apart. Of course, if end points are much closer it’ll work just as well.
For your wireless link to be successful, you need to be able to see one antenna from other. Use a telescope if you need to. But if you can’t see each end point from the other, the link may not work.
Also, keep background noise in mind. It’s everywhere, being emitted by tons of devices. Do a quick scan with the router. Then choose a stable channel with the fewest networks.
Next, install and prepare the required hardware and get the link working.
Point to point connections are secured with AES encryption so you should never need to worry about breaches.
You will, however, want to run regular speed tests to see how it’s performing. Do this while every SSID and AP is connected.
Use NetStress, Speedtest or LAN Speed Test to show you your upload and download speed performance over the point to point connection.
Repeat this test regularly to stay up-to-date on performance.
Is It Time For Point to Point?
Hopefully, you now have a better idea on the uses, benefits and installation practices of point to point internet.
Ready to find the best point to point wireless internet network for your business? Find a distributor or dealer and get your questions answered.
It just might be the perfect solution for you!