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What Does WiFi Stand For?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What does WiFi stand for? Well, everyone knows that. It stands for wireless fidelity. Right?

Wrong. But good guess! It’s a misconception that has been plaguing the ubiquitous term since its very beginning. In fact, few things that are so widely used are as widely misunderstood in terms of naming.

What does WiFi stand for? We bet you’ll be surprised.

Tags: FAQ, Wireless Networking

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Will a Wifi Range Extender Help?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

If slow or spotty WiFi caused by poor connectivity is plaguing your office or building, a WiFi range extender could be just what the doctor ordered.

An extender will do just what you’d expect – extend the range of your WiFi signal. It will improve connection stability and health for computers and other devices throughout a desired coverage area, eliminating dreaded dead zones.

Will a WiFi range extender help in your situation? Take these steps to determine the answer to that question.

Tags: Technology, Wireless Networking

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Poor connectivity can make it feel as if your entire operation is in slow motion, so much so that figuring out how to boost WiFi signal feels like a one-way ticket to the fast track.

There are a range of effective ways to boost your signal, from quick fixes to hardware upgrades and range extenders.

Depending on your issue, here are some smart options for how to boost the WiFi signal in your building.

Tags: Technology, Wireless Networking

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If you’re battling cell phone dead zones or unreliable two-way radio coverage across your building, facility or campus, chances are the solutions you’re weighing include a distributed antenna system or a signal booster.

Both of these in-building connectivity solutions have their pros and cons, and here we’ll take a closer look at the strengths and limitations of both to help you decide whether you need a DAS or a signal booster.

As you’re considering your options, here are some questions to keep in mind. To learn how distributed antenna systems work, check out this video.

Tags: Wireless Networking, Distributed Antenna System

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As the end of the year approaches, how you spend your technology budget can impact not only your current communications operations, it can affect how much money is allocated to you next year. If you don’t use all of that money wisely this year, you likely won’t get an increase – or even as much – next year.

To preserve your technology budget and your ability to serve your organization, you need to make investments that show you’ve improved communications and overall efficiency. Fortunately, there are some great solutions available that serve a variety of wireless communications needs. 

Here are three savvy ways to spend your end-of-year technology budget. 

Tags: Technology, Digital Two-Way Radios, Wireless Networking, Push to Talk

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A great healthcare communications system can act as the hidden hero in staff, patient and visitor safety, security and privacy. A great system not only delivers instant, reliable communication, it’s tailored to the unique needs of the healthcare environment.

That’s why digital two-way radios and applications, as well as a strong wireless network, are must-haves for healthcare facilities and campuses. Two-way radio solutions are less expensive and more cost-effective than cell phones, and they can be scaled from the simple to the robust depending on what features and functionality are enabled. A strong wireless network will provide the backbone for all of your communications, especially with increasing reliance on radio frequency identification in healthcare.

Healthcare-specific solutions will also offer HIPAA-compliant encryption capabilities for all communications. With all of that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the anatomy of a great healthcare communications system.

Tags: Healthcare, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Digital Two-Way Radios, Wireless Networking

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AT&T recently launched a first-of-its-kind trial program that uses fixed wireless broadband networks and millimeter wave technology to bring high-speed internet, cable and wireless services to a set of apartment complexes in Minneapolis.

The trial uses point-to-point millimeter wave wireless technology and a combination of wireless signals and in-building wiring to deliver an “ultra-fast” 100 megabits-per-second connection that is accessible to each apartment unit in the complexes, according to AT&T.

Residents in the trial program also have access to cable television through DIRECTV Advantage -- without having to install satellite dishes on their balconies. DIRECTV Advantage uses a single satellite dish on one building to send a video signal to a central distribution system for the entire property.

Tags: Wireless Networking

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As wireless communication solutions are constantly evolving, it’s a challenge to keep up with the latest and greatest devices and functionality. While it would be impossible to keep up with every update or product that’s made available, it is worthwhile to conduct an occasional appraisal of your existing systems -- and your current challenges -- to see if a boost, replacement or new investment makes sense. 

To help with your once-over of your equipment, systems and challenges, here are five core wireless communication solutions to keep in mind that you may need to deploy, upgrade or replace. (Bonus: Check out our latest video, below, to find out how Chicago Communications helps companies and agencies meet their comprehensive communications needs.)

Tags: Two Way Radios, Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Maintenance/Installation/Service, Wireless Networking

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If you’re looking to woo more guests to your property – and who isn’t? – a new survey suggests that stepping up your hotel wireless should be a candidate for the top of your to-do list: The Red Roof Inn survey says free and fast hotel wireless is more important to travelers than parking, complimentary breakfast or even location.

The survey of 800 economy and mid-tier travelers nationwide was conducted in late May 2016 by Research+Data Insights and commissioned by economy lodging leader Red Roof Inn. Respondents ranked free WiFi a close second only to cost as their top consideration when booking a hotel stay.

Tags: Hospitality, Wireless Networking

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If you're purchasing a new facility and about to do a building condition assessment, you're probably expecting that assessment to cover the facility’s structural and maintenance bases, but what about communications readiness? To make sure your assessment is painting as comprehensive a picture as possible, and to position you to meet your needs now and into the future, there are some key communications considerations to keep in mind.

Your users will be expecting instant and reliable connectivity from day one, whether they’re relying on wireless communications, cell phones or two-way radios. As you’re considering a property for your business, you’ll need a realistic assessment of whether it’ll support your communications needs or will require some help in the form of bi-directional amplifiers or other enhancements.

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you’re carrying out your assessment:

Tags: Wireless Communication, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Wireless Networking, Facilities Management

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