Expanding Internet Access at a Materials Supply Company

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When Plaisted Companies needed to expand internet access to its landscape yard, Chief Operating Officer Mark Duitsman knew just the company to call. Now IT Connects had been Plaisted Companies’ managed IT partner for years, and Mark knew John and his crew could help them expand internet access to their new landscape yard building.

About Plaisted Companies

Located on 250 acres in Elk River, Minnesota, Plaisted Companies is a supplier of high-quality construction sands, soil, and maintenance products for golf courses, athletic fields, and other outdoor spaces. Plaisted Companies operates out of a large property in Elk River that includes a showroom and a landscape yard, where team members fulfill orders customers place at the showroom. The two buildings are approximately a quarter of a mile apart from each other.

Plaisted Companies’ IT Challenge

Salespeople had been running tickets with customer orders out to the landscape yard team on foot. Mark wanted to make this process more efficient by adding a ticket printer in the landscape yard. To accomplish this, the landscape yard needed an internet connection. However, the yard was too far away from the showroom to add it to the company’s internet infrastructure. Running cable or fiber out to the landscape yard was not logistically or financially feasible. That’s when Mark gave Now IT Connects a call.

Now IT Connects’ IT Solution

John and the Now IT Connects team came up with an innovative solution to Plaisted Companies’ internet infrastructure challenge. Instead of a wired connection, Now IT Connects would install a wireless point-to-point system. This affordable, scalable solution would provide an internet connection between the showroom and the landscape yard.

Once Mark and John decided to move forward with the wireless point-to-point system, installation took just a few hours. The Now IT Connects team had the landscape yard up and running within a day.

The Result

Now that it is connected to the internet, the landscape yard can receive tickets at the click of a button. The wireless point-to-point system has opened up other opportunities, too. Plaisted Companies is considering adding more workstations and a security camera network to the yard now that it has internet access.

“Our new wireless system works flawlessly,” explains Mark. “We saved money from not having to trench in fiber. We’ve already recommended Now IT Connects to other companies because they do a really great job for us.”


Wireless Point-to-Point (P2P) Applications and Benefits

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If your company operates out of multiple buildings, it can be complicated and costly to create a network connection between the buildings with fiber or cable. The same goes for sprawling properties with video surveillance systems. In both of these cases, a wireless point-to-point (P2P) system can provide affordable, secure connectivity.

Wireless Point-to-Point Connects Multiple Buildings

A wireless point-to-point system create a network connection between multiple locations securely and reliably. Wireless P2P is a good option for both urban and rural properties. In urban settings, wireless point-to-point is ideal for buildings located on the same parcel, since environmental interference from other networks can make it difficult to connect locations across wider distances. But in rural areas with low building density, wireless P2P can connect buildings miles apart.

Wireless P2P Can Support Video Surveillance Systems, Too

In addition to network connections, wireless point-to-point can provide a secure, dedicated network for video surveillance systems. For businesses with acreage, sprawling outdoor storage yards, or expansive parking lots, wireless P2P can make it easier and more affordable to maintain 24/7 video surveillance on the property. The network collects all the video data from the field cameras and transmits it to a central point for monitoring.

You’ll Avoid the Costs of Laying Fiber or Cable

One of the most significant benefits of a wireless point-to-point system is its cost. The investment in wireless P2P hardware, installation, and management is a fraction of the cost of fiber and cable. Fiber and cable require trenching and physical modifications to facilities to hardwire the network. Applications over long distances are often cost-prohibitive or impossible. With wireless point-to-point, the devices are installed discreetly on the roof.

Wireless Point-to-Point Scales with You

Another great benefit of a wireless point-to-points system is that it scales as a business grows. Adding additional connection points is more affordable and straightforward than laying more cable or fiber. It is possible to transfer a wireless P2P system to a new location, something that’s impossible to do with a hardwired network.

Wondering if wireless point-to-point is the network solution you’ve been looking for? Get in touch with the wireless P2P experts at Now IT Connects. We can find the wireless P2P or other network solution that’s the right fit for your needs.