Yenra : Wireless : Wi-Fi Notebooks : Both benefits and costs of Wi-Fi rise

Wi-Fi Notebooks

Although many enterprises are ignoring or delaying the implementation of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi), mobile workers are realizing the many benefits and adopting the technology rapidly. This growing use of Wi-Fi is raising notebook total cost of ownership (TCO) 3 percent to 4 percent, by $197 to $325 annually, according to Gartner.

By 2005, Gartner analysts predict that 80 percent of all commercial notebooks sold will be wireless-enabled.

The notebook operating system and the type of user have the biggest impact on Wi-Fi TCO, according to Gartner analysts.

Users who tend to travel less and use their notebooks at home a few nights a week for day extender applications have a lower Wi-Fi TCO than traveling workers or road warriors who do the majority of their work outside the traditional office environment.

The adoption of best practices can go far to reduce Wi-Fi TCO, according to Gartner analysts. Gartner analysts recommend the following: