I took a pop quiz from Cisco. It contained 10 simple questions to help me determine how I should network my officewired, wireless or both. My quiz result was “both”—wired with a few wireless access points for visitors. While this quiz is helpful and entertaining, those taking the quiz should also be given one more option—the choice of “in-building wireless.”

Only one additional question would need to be added to the quiz – “How do you plan to support smartphones in the office?”

Building owners could rely on the outdoor network which often ends up frustrating the smartphone user because of spotty coverage and dead zones within the office building. The building owners could easily deploy an in-building wireless solution at the same time they are installing the wired and WiFi networks in the office. If money is tight, they could install the in-building wireless cabling and antennas now (at a big savings compared to post-construction) and wait to install the electronics later when the complaints from smartphone users begin to drive them insane. With more than 50% of cell phones in the US being smartphones in 2011, developers and companies are adopting in-building wireless strategies now to make sure they can overcome these potential problems and keep smartphone users happy.

If you are developing plans to network a new office, make sure to include wired, WiFi and in-building wireless in your list of options. You may need all three.

As smartphone usage increases, in-building wireless may become a “must-have” for your network and your sanity.

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Jim Hulsey

Jim Hulsey is the Manager of Education Services at CommScope. Jim has held positions in Product Management, Solutions Management, Global Marketing, Regional Marketing, and Strategic Marketing with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya and CommScope.

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8 comments for "Pop Quiz—Wired, Wireless or Both?"

Very interesting Jim. Thank you, keep up the good work.

Jim Hulsey

Hey Tony, Thanks for the comment and the encouragement. Feel free to tell us what you think or ask questions on any of our blogs - anytime. We love the conversation. Take care, Jim

Francois Kull

Hello Jim, I agree absolutely with you. I remember this discussion years ago at this time it was clear for many Systimax employee that wireless is the competition and supporting wireless may force the disappearance of copper cabling solution sooner or later. Today we can observe an increasing coexistence between cabling and wireless and copper is more vivid than ever. Or as Mark Twain said: ”Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” In any case, CommScope supplies the required solid infrastructure and this is very important for any well-functioning wireless solution.

Jim Hulsey

Hey Francois, Thanks for the comment. Things have changed a bit over the years as you say. The reality is that technology has made things possible that few could have imagined just a few short years ago. It will take a combination of wired, WiFi, wireless and probably something we have not thought of yet to meet the needs of the future. Take care. Jim

Frank Murawski

Jim: I will contact you directly on your blog. By the way our firm is the authoratative source of narket research and market intelligence on the structured cabling systems market. You can obtain further info at our wwb site. I am currently preparing my latest study on :" Wireles Impact on thEes Sructured Cabling Systems Market" which will be puiblished in a few months. Frabk

Jim Hulsey

Hey Frank, Thanks for your comments. I will check out your website and would love to see your latest study on "Wireless Impact on the Structured Cabling Systems Market" when it is available. Take care, Jim


Cool! That's a celevr way of looking at it!

Jim Hulsey

Hey Eliza, Thanks for your comment. Drop by anytime and let us know what you think about the new blogs each week. Love to hear from you again. Take care. Jim

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