Wireless Networks

Wireless networks operate using specific network standards for wireless data transmission and radio waves in a defined frequency range. There are two types of configurations for wireless networking: 1) ad-hoc that connects two or more wireless clients without an access point, and 2) an infrastructure network that has an access point that manages data exchange within the coverage area.

In present time, wireless computer network technologies (without using wire cables) and remote access has evolved at an incredible pace and become much more affordable. Different types of wireless networks are characterized by different performance metrics and terms of use, they can be used both at home and in offices, and can transfer information from small distances to large distances of thousands or even millions of kilometers. The most widely used wireless solutions are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and WiMAX technologies.

The Wireless Networks Solution extends ConceptDraw PRO software with professional diagramming tools to help network engineers and designers efficiently design and create wireless network diagrams that illustrate wireless networks of any speed and complexity.

This ConceptDraw PRO solution contains a set of wireless network diagram templates and samples for professional wireless networking. It includes also a comprehensive library of wireless communications and WLAN objects for drawing different types of Wireless network diagrams, which are helpful for identification all required equipment for construction and updating wireless networks, and calculating their costs.


There is 1 library containing 81 wireless communications objects in the Wireless Networks solution.

Design Elements — Wireless Communications

Design Elements — Wireless Communications

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Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using templates provided with the “Wireless Networks” solution. These documents demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities, and the results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats (Bitmap Image, PDF, PowerPoint Presentation or MS Visio) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The “Wireless Networks” solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Mobile Data Offloading

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireless Networks library from the Wireless Networks solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

Using the rich visual capabilities of the Wireless Networks solution, you can design an easy to understand model displaying the process of mobile data offloading. This ability is increasingly important with the recent surge in mobile data traffic.

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Example 2: Ultra High Performance WLANs

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireless Network library from the Wireless Networks solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

When planning a WLAN for a complex office environment, it is important to be able to clearly display the interactions between all devices. This sample shows the relationships between devices and their technical capabilities.

Ultra High Performance WLAN

Example 3: Wireless Access Point

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireless networks Library from the Wireless networks Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample illustrates the wide variety of wireless solution capabilities. Wireless networking and wireless communications are incredibly convenient and popular at present. Wireless networks allow you to easily connect a large number of different computer devices to the Internet at a certain distance from a router.

Wireless Access Point

Example 4: Home Wireless Network

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireless networks Library from the Wireless networks Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

In the modern world it's becoming impossible to manage without access to the Internet; it surrounds us everywhere, and the house is no exception. This sample visualizes a home wireless network. Wireless networks are undoubtedly the most convenient network for everyday use. It’s very simple to design a similar network diagram with the tools of ConceptDraw PRO.

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Example 5: Long Range Wi-Fi

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Wireless networks Library from the Wireless networks Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows a long-range Wi-Fi network diagram. Long-range Wi-Fi is an unregulated point-to-point computer network. It's a good low-cost alternative to fixed wireless, satellite Internet access, and also cellular networks.

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Wireless Networks Solution for Windows

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Wireless Network Diagrams

A wireless network describes any system of computers or devices that use wireless data connections. In one form, the wireless local area network (WLAN, branded Wi-Fi), it has become the most common method for delivering the Internet around the home or office, brought about in part due to the abundance of Wi-Fi capable technology now available to own, much of which is crucial for business. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, even TVs and watches; it's impractical (or impossible) to install and maintain network connection through cables and wires. Home Wi-Fi isn't the only type of wireless network that plays such has such an important role in fabric of daily life — they also include cellular communications, transmissions that use satellites (such as GPS), and radio networks.

Diagram made using ConceptDraw PRO showing both wired and wireless connections

Wireless networks can be broken down into eight categories, generally governed by their range and use network devices:

  • Wireless PAN
  • Wireless personal area networks (WPANs) are perhaps the smallest in scale of all forms of wireless network. It includes all peripherals for larger devices, where the network is generally all within arms reach — for example a wireless mouse or gaming pad for a laptop.

  • Wireless LAN

    The WLAN has been a welcome addition for cramped offices, providing a dynamic solution to banks of computers and heavy, tangled cables. Since becoming ubiquitous anywhere that offers an internet connection, Wi-Fi technology has continued to improve, specifically in regards to possible connection range for devices.

  • Wireless mesh network

    Mesh networking is a way of establishing an ad-hoc network between devices in disparate locations. In a wireless mesh network, each device, or node, only need pass data as far as the next node — they are each connected to each other under the 'mesh cloud', and are each responsible for data transmission. This shares the workload, speeds up computing, and should any node fail, the extra work can be shared around the others seamlessly. Practical application include military field work, or a way of bringing cheap and fast internet to communities in remote locations.

  • Wireless mobile network showing data offloading — made using ConceptDraw PRO

  • Wireless MAN

    The next size up from a WLAN, wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs), as the name implies, offer wireless connectivity to residents on a citywide scale. It does this by creating a wireless mesh network, essentially from multiple routers on top of poles dotted around the city. A growing number of locations worldwide have adopted the scheme, some integrating the feature with their tourist attractions.

  • Wireless WAN

    Larger still is the wireless wide area network. A network this size can communicate data on a nationwide scale — but to do so, it employs large, fixed parabolic dishes. In contrast, a WLAN or similar only requires a small omnidirectional antenna, such as the kind you might find on your router at home.

  • Cellular network

    A cellular, or mobile network, is wireless only in regards to its final link. In practical terms that means the connection between the mobile phone and the nearest transceiver, of which their are multiple instances distributed across the land, covering areas known as cells. When joined together these cells provide radio coverage over a widespread area — as you leave the range of one transceiver, you enter the scope of another. Although cellular networks where originally intended only for cell phones, the development of smartphones has led them to adapt to transmit other forms of data too.

  • Global area network

    On a global scale, a network is really just communication across a number of smaller WLANS and satellite coverage areas, jumping data from location to location. The key to a global area network's (GAN) success is the reliability in handing off communications between one local network and another.

  • Space network

    NASA and other space exploration bodies have created a dedicated network beamed across a series of satellites, for data acquisition and tracking of any spacecraft operating in a low earth orbit.

    Diagramming wireless networks

    High performance WLAN, with tech specs — made with ConceptDraw PRO

    Because a wireless network can operate at any level of complexity, and encompass the world (and some of space) in terms of geographical scope, an important tool for network architects is the wireless network diagram — a visual aid that references which devices make up the nodes of a network, the network and device specifications, and where and how the data is transmitted. A typical diagram will feature icons representing Wi-Fi points, routers, servers, telecommunication masts and satellites, with connections and routes that indicate the flow of data.

    Using this method allows network analysts to examine what constraints the network is under, what elements work well together, and how the finished network might operate. It's also the simplest way of conveying network structure to associates or employers, abandoning technical language in favour of universally understood imagery.

    ConceptDraw PRO is unique in terms of diagramming software, in that it is constantly extending its functionality to provide a one-stop resource for any business diagramming or data reporting task. Solution specific vector graphic clipart allows users to create professional looking documents utilizing standardized notation ideal for presentation to stakeholders the world over. The Wireless Networks solution is a perfect example of a comprehensive software tool to be used for a specific working task. Network architects can visualize the concept from their head using ConceptDraw PRO, using the Wireless Networks solution's image library to depict network nodes and building structures. As with each ConceptDraw solution, help for novice users is at hand in the form of online video material, samples, and wireless network templates to help people get started.

    Designing diagrams using ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw solutions is the ideal way to create material that can be read, distributed and accessed by others regardless of operating system of owned software. PRO allows users to export their work into a number of different formats, including MS Visio, as part of a presentation through PowerPoint, or added to an MS Word document. With ConceptDraw, there are no barriers to communication or design.