With the rise of mobility, cloud, and the internet of things, in the modern workplace, many businesses are feeling the pressure to redesign their enterprise wireless networks. With this mounting pressure, IT departments shouldn’t feel rushed into making any one decision. Careful planning and consideration is essential to make sure you find the right wireless network. As you already know by now, a successful wireless network isn’t just a loosely tied together collection of routers and access points; a strong network means security, performance, and reliability. With this handy checklist, you can make sure you find the wireless network that best fits your organization’s needs.
Issues with Internet connectivity often come from unexpected places. Have you ever found that your connection is spotty at best even when you know your Internet is more than fast enough? It could because of external interference from microwaves, Bluetooth devices, and more. A wireless network with intelligent controllers or Dynamic Radio Management can detect interference from other competing radio frequency sources. and automatically tune the network and adjust power to improve internet coverage.
Network security has remained a consistent concern in the enterprise, especially for those in highly regulated and compliance heavy industries. Everyday wireless equipment are only able to satisfy a few of those regulatory requirements. If your organization is looking to meet certain compliance standards, or even just strengthen the security of your network, it’s best to find a networking solution that includes these features out of the box rather than requiring you to piece together a number of security solutions.
Cloud or On-Site Controller
A wireless network controller provides organizations with the ability to configure your network and enforce policies on all access points on the network. Both on-premise and cloud based controllers each come with their own benefits, but it’s up to you to decide which best fits the needs of your organization. On-premise controllers are more comparable with legacy wireless devices and aren’t limited by Internet speeds. Cloud based controllers are more flexible and are capable of handling geographically spread out business units.
What’s the use of a wireless network, if you’re always struggling to find coverage in your office. Before you think about building a wireless network, it’s essential that you identify any existing wireless dead spots, high traffic areas, the number of devices on the network, and anything that’d weaken a wireless signal (concrete walls, etc.).
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