3 Wireless Myths Debunked

By Ray Savich   April 29, 2016

Wireless networking is an industry ripe for myth-making and doubt. Here are three prevalent myths in the outdoor wireless broadband world debunked.

  1. More capacity means more spectrum.

Intuitively, this makes sense – more bits flying through the air should require more spectrum to carry them, meaning wider and wider channels as you increase your network throughput. That is, unless you drastically increase your spectral efficiency. This is the measure of how many bits per second your network can shift, per hertz of spectrum. By increasing this figure, you can increase your network performance without needing more of that precious spectrum.

  1. You need full network upgrades for full network benefits.

What can you gain from just upgrading the access point, or the base station? Common sense would tell you that without changing the clients or subscriber modules, you’ll see limited benefit. Well, sometimes common sense is wrong. With advanced technologies such as MU-MIMO with uplink and downlink beamforming, your network could see huge increases in performance without touching a client or subscriber module.

  1. You’ll be throwing out in 18 months what you install today.

With Internet traffic demands growing more and more every day, this one seems like a no-brainer; how can you keep up with the capacity demands of tomorrow? By installing a network that’s built for tomorrow’s capacity but with today’s considerations. With the latest technologies, a network you can install today that will provide tomorrow’s capacity gives you the best balance, today and tomorrow.