My Management have decided to re structure our office space and as a result the question should we use WiFi on our LAN instead of CAT cabling has been asked
Managements reasoning is that it is expensive but more importantly we may only be at this location for another two years. I have no desire to move to WiFi; however I want to ensure I am being fair. My main concern is security.
1. Not Secure
a. WiFi signal moves out of the building
b. Always on
c. High Administration and Monitoring
d. Potential threats have as much time and attempts as needed to gain access to the LAN
e. WiFi NIC MAC (like LAN NIC) can be easily faked
2. Workstation registering on the network issue
a. Workstations do not get to register with domain controllers prior to staff logging on.
3. Cost involved
a. Man hours
b. USB WiFi NIC cards for existing workstations
c. Learning Curve for IT and Staff
4. Slower Connections
a. The plan has always been to move with GB Ethernet for 3D cad and Designs
b. This will be a step backwards
5. Building materials
a. Building has had major problems transferring our no frills WiFi signal
b. Iron beams and thick bricks are a problem
We have a Server 2003 and XP Workstation network.
I want to ensure my reasoning is based in reality and my views are current with todays technology. Feel free to correct me on any or all points. All input appreciated.