Wi-Fi is a deeply important part of any office, offering a variety of benefits over its ethernet predecessor and counterpart. With that said, it’s not simply just a case of signing up to a network and launching straight into business. Connecting Wi-Fi successfully and making sure that your company is safe and efficient while using it can be a tricky business. Thankfully, this guide has been created to make sure that your company’s installation of and connection to Wi-Fi is an absolute success with six key points to bear in mind. Read on now in order to get the full overview.
Get a Good Price
Price is everything when running a business. Utilities might not be the first point of business that you think about when you wake up in the morning, but getting a good deal on items like water, gas and electricity is essential if you want to make sure that you are turning over a profit. The same point goes for the Wi-Fi network. When shopping around for the best deal possible, make sure to talk to a variety of vendors so you can be sure that you are getting the most out of your money. If you believe that someone you are talking to is offering Wi-Fi at too high a price, there is no shame in simply rejecting their offer and looking somewhere else.
Proper Access Point Placement
When it comes to setting up the Wi-Fi, access point placement is one of the most important points to consider. Is your office open plan or not? After all, people may think that because Wi-Fi travels through the air, there is nothing impeding its way, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Additionally, you should be figuring out the level of frequency that you will need to cover the maximal distance in the office while making sure that you understand your network requirements. It’s also worth considering the number of devices that will be on your network. Once you know these different criteria, then you will be able to figure out the right type of Wi-Fi network for your business. If this seems too complicated, simply:
Bring in the Professionals
As a CEO or office manager, it’s essential that you don’t spend too much time on activities that ultimately don’t bring your expertise into business processes. It is highly likely, unless you are an IT whizz, that you might not be the best suited person to set up the Wi-Fi yourself. As a result, it is never a bad idea to simply bring in a professional team instead. This way you do not have to worry about anything going wrong and you can focus on the parts of work where you will have the biggest impact. While this option will undoubtedly cost you more money upfront, you will save more money in the long run by having less ongoing problems with your internet connection.
When installing the Wi-Fi, security should be at the forefront of your mind. No matter how big or small your company might be, you will always be vulnerable to the nefarious attacks of hackers, as the recent Microsoft attack has shown. As a result, you should only be dealing with internet providers that can absolutely attest to the security of your network and that have a whole raft of measures in place to make sure that your company is safe. With that said, there are a couple of small measures that you can take yourself, including using an:
Your company’s Wi-Fi network password should not be easily guessable, like Trump’s Twitter password, to the first person who comes around. Simply adding a 1 or an exclamation mark to your company’s name is a surefire way to open yourself up to an attack. As a result you should be using a random alphanumeric password that is simply impossible to guess. These can be generated online and ideally should be composed of a variety of special characters. This also means no publicly accessible networks, meaning that you should:
Close the Public Network
Public Wi-Fi networks may seem and look segmented from the rest of the office, but they can be a simple backdoor for hackers to walk in and steal information.
As a result, it is important to only have the one closed network. It might be annoying for people visiting the office, but in those cases you can always just give them the password. Just be sure to change it after they have gone!