Is Point to Point Wireless Right for Your Business?

Cut the cord!

I’m sure you’ve heard that term before. Releasing yourself from that financial bondage that comes with leasing or having hardwire landlines installed for your business networking needs. There’s a better solution that will save you time and money while at the same time giving you better connections speeds.

Point-to-point (PTP or P2P) wireless technology has grown exponentially over recent years, giving businesses a viable solution to multiple locations without sacrificing speeds and paying excessive money that comes with laying land lines. There is no need to pay expensive leased line charges between buildings, or put up with the slow speeds associated with leased lines. You can receive blistering speeds with minimal operating costs and ensure that your network is not the slowest link in your company’s performance. Point-to-point wireless links can go from a short-range link connecting two locations just a few hundred meters apart to a long range point-to-point wireless link that connects two locations tens of miles away from each other. A P2P wireless network can add capacity to any network and provide an inherently flexible and scalable alternative to expensive fiber or low data rate leased lines – and can be installed in a fraction of the time.

How does it work?

Unlike your normal wireless network that broadcasts a wireless signal for many individual devices, i.e. laptops & mobile devices, Point-to-point wireless links are usually deployed between two or more locations that are in clear line of sight (LOS) with each other in order to extend a network. There are three basic types of scenarios for deploying a wireless connection between locations.

  • Point-To-Point Wireless: Point to point wireless network links connect two locations together through line of sight (LOS), operating in unlicensed/licensed radio frequencies or through free space optics with speeds available between 100mbps to 10Gbps.
    • Typical Applications:
      • Connecting two or more buildings together to provide a single network
      • To replace leased lines with a lower cost of ownership alternative
      • Business Phone Systems
      • Video surveillance
      • To provide a temporary site link
      • To have a disaster recovery link in mission critical networks
  • Point-To-Multi-Point Wireless: Point to Multi Point wireless networks, also used for outdoor hotspots, interconnect multiple locations to central access points through line of sight and non-line of sight (nLOS). They can operate in both the unlicensed and licensed frequencies bands with speeds up to 1Gbps. A point to multi point wireless network can be a highly cost effective replacement for leased lines.
    • Typical Applications:
      • Connecting multiple buildings from one AP device
      • High-Speed local or wide area corporate networks
      • Business Phone Systems
      • Video Surveillance
      • Leased line or fiber replacement
  • PTP Wireless Mesh Network: Wireless mesh networks provide a self-configuring, scalable, and self-healing wireless network capable of extremely high concurrent connections. Each mesh node will have redundant links to other mesh nodes which creates inherent redundancy. Mesh networks are ideal for large outdoor, or high capacity environments as they can be scaled to cover many miles.
    • Typical Applications:
      • Public WiFi
      • Campus wide broadband or WiFi
      • Locations that can’t be cabled
      • When redundancy is a necessity

Benefits of using point-to-point wireless network

Deploying a point-to-point network can save you time and money over a hardwire connection. Saving you the hassle of having to dig up streets and parking lots in order to install conduits. Instead of using VPN connections over public internet for inter-office networking, a properly deployed point-to-point wireless network can be a more secure method of creating one network for all your locations. A P2P wireless network can add capacity to any network and provides an inherently flexible and scalable alternative to expensive fiber or low data rate leased lines – and can be installed in a fraction of the time.

Potential downsides of point-to-point wireless technology

As with all wireless technology, your surroundings can have an impact on your wireless signal. Urban or industrial areas with many buildings will usually have higher environmental interference that could wreak havoc on a wireless network. In a point to-point-network with a wireless link, distance & bandwidth is affected by the height of each AP radio device, the frequency used, the power level, and environmental interference. Therefore, it is important that you find skilled professionals with the proper tools and expertise to measure and identify possible interference issues and the knowledge to deploy the proper solution for business.


A properly configured and installed point-to-point wireless infrastructure can be a complete game changer. Whether your organization is a manufacturer, business, university or government agency–Taylored can customize a point-to-point wireless solution to suit your budget and performance requirements. Contact us and we will help you find the right solution for your environment.