Strong and reliable Wi-Fi or wireless network access is critical for many organizations. As a small business, every second counts. If you’re wasting time rebooting your equipment or trying to reconnect your device, you’re costing your business money. You need Wi-Fi that just works.
Not all Wi-Fi is good Wi-Fi. We have learned through experience how to design and build the best Wi-Fi networks to support businesses. Through this experience we have come up with the ‘5 Rules of Wi-Fi’.
1. Give your guests and mobile devices their own Wi-Fi
Employees need wireless network and internet access while at work. You may also need to give internet access to your guests while they visit you. We typically recommend two to three different types of Wi-Fi access: private Wi-Fi, employee personal devices Wi-Fi, and guest Wi-Fi.
Company data should only be accessible through a private Wi-Fi network. Anything else, like mobile devices or guests, should be provided access via a public Wi-Fi network, which keeps sensitive data secure.
2. Implement business quality Wi-Fi equipment
You get what you pay for. That old phrase could not be more true with Wi-Fi. A common occurrence we see is consumer grade equipment being used for business purposes. These technologies are not made for business class internet. By spending more money upfront for the right equipment, you will save money and spare yourself the headache in the future.
3. Plan for enough Wi-Fi coverage
Base your decisions for wireless access not only on the number of people accessing the network but also the structure of the building. Depending on the building materials, Wi-Fi signals can be weakened. For example, a concrete wall can degrade Wi-Fi signals and keep the signal from reaching the devices on the other side, while sheet rock will allow the signal to travel further. When we design Wi-Fi networks, we consider the number of end user devices along with your building’s construction and layout for optimal Wi-Fi speed and reliability.
Most people have two or more devices with them at all times, a laptop, a smartphone and sometimes a tablet, so the Wi-Fi network must be able handle all the devices at once. The hardware needs to be strong enough and set up in such a way that it can sustain the workload.
4. Ensure your network can handle your Wi-Fi demand
There are two possible explanations for unreliable or slow Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi solution itself or your computer network. The underlying network equipment must be good enough to handle the demand or it does not matter how good the Wi-Fi network is.
5. Plan for enough internet speed for the number of expected users
You can only get us much water as your pipe can carry. In this instance, you purchase a certain pipe size from your internet provider and you cannot exceed it.
Video and streaming websites are commonly used both at home and at work, increasing demand for fast internet. Work out with your internet provider what the appropriate bandwidth is for you.