Setting up Business-Grade Wi-Fi

 In Owyls News, Technology

You can set up a robust and powerful Wi-Fi network for your company without going through a harassing experience. This is the age of BYOD or ‘bring your own devices’ to an office. That in turn denotes that an increasing number of tablets, as well as, smartphones are making their entry into the corporate networks and this figure will continue to grow. Since the majority of such portable and hand-held devices including ‘Goggle Nexus 7’ and ‘Amazon Kindle Fire’ support Wi-Fi, it definitely puts a bigger load on an existing Wi-Fi network. For all those companies that have either made a late entry to the world of Wi-Fi or are planning to set up a wireless infrastructure, many key points have to be considered.

Here are some simple steps for setting up a business-grade Wi-Fi network.

Strong security mechanisms and management must be implemented

Security and management of a business Wi-Fi network is an important aspect to be considered by a company. It is extremely inefficient to try configuring several AP in a business environment individually. It can also lead to severe errors. A well-managed system can play a crucial role when dealing with multiple APs. Moreover, the increasing instances of security threats have resulted in the growing importance of deploying built-in security characteristics. Major Wi-Fi vendors are now deploying strong security features that can defend any kind of spoofing attempts, and identification of unauthorized networks.

The capability of logging crucial security or system events to a console or a syslog server is priceless. The feature makes it possible to recognize security threats, as well as, wireless bottlenecks.

Another important capability for a business is to provide support for multiple SSIDs (Service Set Identifiers). This is the name of a network that is visible to its users as they connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Appreciate the options for controller architecture

The requirement of coordinating and managing several APS dictates that a central controller should be used for all types of activities with an exception to minor deployments. It is obvious that Wi-Fi vendors would have built their solutions for Wi-Fi around a single or two varied architectures, it is of lesser impact to purchase controller architecture apart from factors like interoperability and manageability. However, that should not be a deterrent for the businesses to properly understand the limitations and strengths of every option. Today, there are controllers that can work in the cloud and is managed smoothly over the net. Thus, several benefits can be reaped by using a centralized console without investing a large amount in deploying a controller-based solution.

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