As more of your warehouse associates are equipped with mobile wireless devices, the wireless infrastructure in your DC becomes more important than ever. Motorola has rolled out a new wireless local area network (WLAN)—WiNG 5—which it says will increase the scalability and reliability of that infrastructure while reducing total cost of ownership.
Currently, WLANs operate in a hub-and-spoke system, with the hub being a central wireless controller (which handles the management and control of the network) and the spoke being access points (which serve as antennas relaying data between the wireless device and the controller). This centralized system has worked well in the past, but now more and more devices are demanding video, voice, or other large bandwidth data. Facing greater demands for bandwidth, the controller can turn into a bottleneck, slowing the system down.
Under Motorola's new WiNG 5 WLAN, access points have been re-engineered to take on some of the management and control capability of a controller. This allows the network to better handle an increase in bandwidth requirements. Additionally, the access points can continue to function, sending and receiving data to users, even if the link to the controller is lost or slowed. Furthermore, access points can now handle firewalls and other security systems. With access points now serving more like controllers, DCs will be able to function with fewer controllers, which will reduce their capital expenses.
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