Jim Rousseau, ID Technologies Wireless Network Architect; has traveled across the country over this past year visiting Department of Defense bases testing a number of wireless technologies. In his travels he discovered that there seems to be a misunderstanding, in some cases, distrust for Wi-Fi technologies. Jim has sought out to cast a light on different wireless solutions for the DoD and re-introduce Wi-Fi as the predominant network medium.
One of the challenges with Air Force Flight Line network communication is size. Air Force base maintenance ramps are generally over ½ mile long with many planes parked for maintenance. Traditional networking communication mediums cannot extend to areas of need effectively.
The challenge is both with the client and the transmitter. WiFi communication, truly any wireless, is a two-way communication. A stable connection is only as strong as the two devices creating that connection. In today’s environment, the client is generally a very small form factor such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets. These clients have a small WiFi radio that simply cannot connect effectively over clear line of sight distance; certainly not effectively nor consistently. The challenge is to wirelessly extend the network, making it easier to extend the network to these clients.