More and more Canadian small businesses are turning to combined systems of wired and wireless networks to improve office productivity. Hybrid solutions allow for more mobility and enable companies to maximize investment in hardware, peripherals and wired networks. Speed is one major reason why companies opt not to go completely wireless at the moment. “If you are using any kind of application involving digitally rich material, wireless can’t handle it. The best you can do is 54 megabits a second versus 20 times that speed with a T1 Internet connection,” Barry Dowd, chief of Integrated Business Intelligence Corp. of Hamilton, remarked. Dave Robinson, vice-president of business implementation at Rogers Communications Inc. in Toronto, expects the speed of wireless downloads to improve considerably with the approval of the 802.11n standard.