The most common way that businesses, even small business, use the internet is through a wireless connection with multiple connection points. If it’s time to set up a wireless network in the office, take a look at these tips.
1. Know what your building is made of. You’ll need to know the building material in your office before you can install a wireless network. Cinder block, brick, and rock are often more difficult to get a strong wireless signal through. If your building has dense materials, you may need more access points to increase your network speed.
2. Determine the number of access points. For most small businesses, around 24 access points are needed. However, consider the amount of bandwidth needed before making that decision. If there isn’t enough bandwidth to handle the office needs, productivity could slow, which will affect the company profits.
3. Keep the connection secure. Who hasn’t logged into an unsecure network at some point in time? We all do it, but make sure your company’s most valuable information isn’t left wide open for anyone to have access to. Keep the wireless connection password protected. Try a WPA or WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) to help protect your company’s network from hackers.
4. Plan for growth. It’s always a good idea to think about the future, especially when it comes to the wireless network. As the company grows, the technology will need to grow with it. There will be less work now if you think ahead about future needs.
Are you ready to set up your wireless connection?