Back in the 1980′s there was a lot of talk about creating a “paperless office”. Well, obviously this didn’t sit well with paper and printer manufacturers, and the idea was quickly quashed, though some are still hopelessly waiting. Now, although we may not have a completely paperless office, we may have the next best thing, a completely wireless office, almost.
Now the word “wireless” doesn’t excite people as much as it did five years ago with nearly every piece of technology offering something wireless. The first thing to go wireless in the average office was the router, followed by the inkjet printer. Then Apple came barreling in with Bluetooth along with the Mac OS X supporting it since version 10.2 and new Macs coming with it already built in as well.
There are three main types of wireless devices you should know about: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wireless USB. Wi-Fi is a short range, high bandwidth connection, meaning it only covers a few thousand square feet. The good news is that it will carry a lot of information. Bluetooth is a short range, low bandwidth connection. It has good signal strength but will not carry a lot of information or data. Wireless USB is also a short range, high bandwidth connection whose signal drops steadily the farther away from the source you get.
The good thing is that none of these things need a direct line of sight from your PC to the device itself. This allows for greater flexibility in placement and office logistics. While your stacks of paper seem to be getting bigger, you can now equip your office without the need of a “Medusa” -like tangle of wires and cords. Now you have a wireless office, almost.
You will still need those blasted power cables, but with all the new wireless tech you have installed, you have cut the space taken up by wires, cords and cables by at least half. Heck, you may not even need power cables for much longer if people get wireless power up and running (seriously……you can’t make that up).
While having a completely wireless office sounds like the perfect setup, I think it is only fair that I put that dream on the shelf with my hoverboard and lightsaber, at least for now. The future holds bright and promising things, especially in the business market. So keep your eyes peeled for the latest information in wireless technology, like wireless technology rentals, because it will only get you one step closer to the heavenly office you have been dreaming of for oh so long.