We purchased wireless network interface cards for our field auditors' laptops and configured them to be able to create ad hoc networks. We use CCH Engagement for our paperless audits, so one auditor's laptop acts as the server and holds the main client data store, while other auditors check out what they need wirelessly. The 802.11b cards were too slow, so we got the new g cards. We are also considering adding wireless capabilities in our conference rooms via a secure wireless access point so that staff can bring their laptops to meetings and collaborate.
Olsen Thielen Technologies
St. Paul, Minn.
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We are using Palm and Mobile Windows wireless, and piloting wireless Microsoft LANs, broadband wireless routers and high-speed national wireless technology from Sprint PCS. The capabilities and pervasiveness of wireless networking hit me while I was at the Peoria Public Library. My Sony Vaio notebook has built-in wireless and when I turned it on, it immediately connected to the library's wireless system.
We currently use Netgear wireless for high-speed Internet access for our remote office. We are also installing a Cisco wireless tower to handle voice over IP for our remote office so we can have access to our remote office as an extension on our main office phone system.
Bert Doerhoff CPA
Jefferson City, Mo
We are using a mix of 802.11 a, b, g, and Bluetooth. The firm has been purchasing and using wireless for senior staff for more than two years. I see about a 15- to 45-minute productivity gain per day because of both a wireless laptop (at client, office or home) and wireless PDA/phone. I am able to manage projects more smoothly and keep client and prospecting calls at a solid flow.
Martin & Associates
We are upgrading from Linksys to Cisco 1200. We'll be using 802.1x / LEAP authentication that allows us to authenticate our employees through a Radius server, while maintaining an open segment for clients and partners in our office. We use five units per floor, and will be installing them with Chatsworth ceiling-mounted enclosures. We will continue to use Linksys access points plugged into our clients' systems on our audits. We also maintain a corporate account for wireless access from Starbucks--very important here in Seattle!
During the past six months, we implemented three wireless technology initiatives. Installation of a wireless LAN at our main office was our first project. Second, we provided all consultants with wireless modem cards for their laptops. The latest implementation was providing all field audit teams with a wireless access point for remote peer-to-peer networking. All three have been successful in improving work efficiencies and customer service.
Paul S. Hoffman, CPA
KB Information Services
We will be equipping several of our mobile staff with the Handspring Treo 600 cell phone/PDA. We will also implement Good Technology's GoodLink Server to enable continuous wireless synchronization between our Exchange Server and the Handspring Treo. This combines the functions of a cell phone, PDA, and BlackBerry into one device.
We have internally deployed a wireless WAP-enabled network to allow us to move from office to office or board room to work on team projects. Several area businesses are deploying free wireless access points. This provides an access point to the Web where we can email, work on our accounting or customer service databases, or even log into our office. Also, the City of St. Louis is supposed to be making the entire downtown area available via hotspots. You will be able to go to Cardinals games at Busch Stadium and work over the Web.
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