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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:55 Written by
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Small Business Wifi & What You Need To Know

For most small to medium size business, a wireless network has become an essential part of their day. Running all those cables throughout the office is not only time consuming but expensive. A wireless network can be a lot less painful and less cumbersome to setup. A wireless network can offer easy setup, scaling and flexibility for employees for customers. But there are a few things to consider...

Let's say that you do understand how beneficial a wireless network can be for your business and are sold on doing a wireless network upgrade. It's definitely not as simple as going to Best Buy and purchasing a wireless router and connecting all of your devices. Here are a few tips to help you prepare the right wireless network for your business needs.

  1. Plan Your Wireless Network For Growth
    One common mistakes businesses make when purchasing wireless routers is understand the number of devices it can support. In an office environment you have to take into account all of the devices being used such as cell phones, smart watches, tables, wireless printers, computers and more. Instead of purchasing a wireless router, we suggest purchasing access points that can be placed around your office. By having multiple access points it can help balance the network load and also prepare your office for future growth. 
  2. Choose The Right Hardware
    The most important factor contributing to a reliable wireless network is hardware. It is important to understand there is a huge difference in consumer vs enterprise edition wireless devices. With an enterprise grade device you can have reliability, cloud management, traffic analytics, warranty and support. You can also configure the wireless network to work best for your environment. Most business have multiple SSID, such as one for the business operations and another for guest traffic. You would not want them to share the same wireless network for security risk. Enterprise grade access points give you the ability to setup policies and rules to govern access and maintain control over your network. 
  3. Get The Right Cable
    A solid wired framework ensures a fast wireless network. Your network cable is responsible for delivering the bandwidth to the access points, therefore make sure you are using the latest cable such as Cat6 for your LAN wiring. By setting up a solid wired network you can also connect your printers, computers and other devices and free up their dependency on wireless traffic. 
  4. Don't Ignore The Dual Band
    Your router and access points offer 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz bands for wireless use. The 5 GHz band is ideal for devices such as laptops and computers, while the 2.4 GHz can be used for printers and older devices. The 5 GHz band can deliver better speeds but has a shorter range and does not go through walls very good, while the 2.4 GHz has a longer range and can go through walls better. It is ideal for business to setup both bands and setup the devices to use each one accordingly. 

These are just a few tips when considering setting up a wireless network, it is always advisable to get professional help and we would love to help you setup a wireless network that works for you. If you want a faster and more reliable wireless network for your wireless office, then give us a call today. 


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