Wi-Fi Facts for Farming

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You can’t touch or see it, but everyone seems to be using it. The needs and use of wireless internet and networking are continuing to grow in farming, but with its rapid growth, it can sometimes be slightly misunderstood or under-used. Here are a few Wi-Fi tips and facts to keep in mind as your farming business adds more internet based tools and networking.1. Choose your wireless network based on what you need.Is it range or bandwidth you are in need of more? For those unfamiliar with the term bandwidth, it is simply the speed of service or how much data can be sent through the signal per second.  Consider you operations needs and be sure to ask for specs from your internet provider.2. You don’t need as large of bandwidth as you think.Most farmers require a megabit per second. With that you have the ability to collect information from wireless devices around the farm. This might include your weather stations, wireless cameras, precision ag tools, Internet browsing, email use and more.3. Even with a smartphone, Wi-Fi is still importantUnfortunately, some rural areas still do not have the best cellular signals. Sure, you can do quite a bit with just a cellular provider’s signal to your phone, but it will be nothing compared to the speed of a Wi-Fi signal on your phone. Additionally, Wi-Fi will allow all your wireless tools to work together and give you access to all of them, while avoiding extra cell phone charges.4. It just keeps getting easier.If it seems like every electronic you purchase today states it is Wi-Fi capable, that is probably because that is becoming the norm. The great thing about this is that it also keeps getting much easier to set up a wireless network and add on each new electronic purchase to the network as well. Many times it is as simple as turning them on, searching for the wireless signal, entering a username and password (security is still important!) and clicking connect.

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Phil Draude- Precision Sales Manager