There comes a point in the life of any successful business where you’re forced to expand. If you’ve got corporate offices in one building, you sometimes might have open more offices in a building across the street. Or perhaps you need your own servers, that may be stored in a large space separated from your office.
No matter the scenario, unless you live in the 25% of the country equipped with fiber optic Internet, many businesses need ways to wirelessly connect two or more of their business’ locations together.
This is where a point to point wireless bridge comes in. This technology can give your business the connectivity it needs. Below, we’ll explain what a wireless bridge is, and what it can offer your business.
What is a Point to Point Wireless Bridge?
As we’ve mentioned, a wireless bridge allows you to connect two or more locations together. But what does “connect” mean in this case?
Well, the bridge allows users in any of the connected locations to share an Internet connection. Typically, two different buildings will have two separate WiFi networks, and to share information between them, you’d have to upload and download the files from the Internet.
But the bridge combines the WiFi networks, effectively creating a larger pool of interconnected devices. Even though they’re wireless, the devices on the network function with the speed and ease of a LAN, or Local Area Network.
What is the Purpose of the Bridge?
Ultimately, the purpose of this bridge is to speed up the data sharing within your company. A wireless bridge can dramatically boost your upload/download speeds, up to 10 GB per second. The reasons you’d want this vary.
You may have server towers in a different location that you need to store or take data from super quickly. You might also have surveillance systems at a neighboring parking garage that you may also want access to.
Moreover, a wireless bridge allows you to do this very cheaply. Your other options are to petition your city to install Internet lines below the ground to connect your buildings, or to lease lines from an existing ISP. Both of these options are very expensive.
There is only one constraint when it comes to wireless bridges. The bridges themselves satellite-like. They need a line-of-sight between the locations being connected.
If that currently doesn’t exist, you may have to build a tower to place atop one of the buildings or chop down some trees to get a clear view.
If your buildings aren’t even close enough together to establish a line-of-sight, then, unfortunately, a point to point wireless bridge may not be for you.
Interested in a Wireless Bridge?
Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand what a point to point wireless bridge is and how it can benefit your business.
If your company is thinking about expanding and wants to maintain its connectivity, check out the Point to Point section of our site to learn more about this fantastic technology.