Most enterprises have a wireless network in their infrastructure that their employees can use. Typically, they are used for personal devices because a wired network is generally more reliable and fast, making a wireless network less efficient for business work. However your company uses its wireless network, it’s still a part of your infrastructure that needs to be handled properly. To that end, there are several wireless network best practices your enterprise should adopt.
These best practices allow your business to intelligently manage and operate your enterprise’s wireless network. They should be adopted by any company that wants to improve their wireless network’s efficiency. We’ve listed four wireless network best practices that your enterprise should consider.
Wireless network capacity
There could be hundreds of different devices trying to connect to your network at one time. Your network team can estimate how many devices your network will have to handle, but it can sometimes be impossible to know the number of devices for sure. A network can only hold so many devices at one time, and making sure your enterprise doesn’t go over its network capacity is incredibly important.
Depending on how many devices your enterprise needs to support, you will need to install multiple different wireless routers and access points on your network infrastructure. Your team should probably figure at least 2 to 3 devices per employee will be connected to your wireless network. You may need to build your network up or down to match this estimate, so you should plan any expansions or cuts beforehand.
Wireless network security concerns
Wireless networks have a reputation for being insecure, primarily because of the ability for unmonitored devices to connect to them. Rogue devices can be dangerous, as they might contain malware or harmful data that might spread to your network. Restricting access to your wireless network can help keep out unwanted or unknown devices. Also, your enterprise may decide to install firewall hardware to help track and block potentially malicious actors. Depending on your Internet service provider (ISP), you may be able to enable specific network security features that the ISP offers – those would be worth investigating.
BYOD and wireless networks
BYOD, or bring-your-own-device, is a concept that more and more enterprises are adopting. It allows employees to bring devices into the office to perform work-related tasks. This is a great way for your employees to work on devices they are intimately familiar with, but again, unknown devices might be harmful to your wireless network. Your enterprise should consider mandatory security checks for any device an employee brings in before they connect to any network. Any employee who brings in their own devices should be brought up to speed on your network team’s security protocols in order to maintain cybersecurity regulations.
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