Times are changing. Wireless networks are completely changing the way companies secure their networks and devices to prevent data breaches and other security threats. Transforming your business to a digital-first outlook is a huge step – and one that requires a bit of legwork – so it’s important to work with an IT professional to map out all of the possible solutions before transitioning.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s refresh our minds on the capabilities of a wireless infrastructure, as well as review the benefits of such.
Wireless Networking: The Basics
Wireless infrastructure enables multiple devices to use the same network connection remotely – sans traditional wires – as well as share files and other resources from place to place.
They also allow mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets and cellphones to move around within the infrastructure barriers and still maintain a connection to the internet and the network.
The Benefits of Wireless Networking
Speed and Simplicity
Connecting your company to a wireless infrastructure system reduces cables, which are cumbersome to setup and can impose a safety risk if the wires splay across the floor and trip employees. The wireless infrastructure can also be installed quickly and easily, when compared to a traditional network.
When it comes to speed and accessibility, wireless networks are quite incomparable. They allow mobile users to access real-time information so they can set up anywhere in the office without getting disconnected from the network. This increases teamwork and productivity company-wide that is not possible with traditional networks.
One of the main goals of most businesses is growth, but if your network can’t grow with your company, it will become more of a hinderance than a help. When you use cables to connect your machines, growth means moving, adding or rerouting cables every time there’s a change. This can be a time-consuming and tedious process, but it’s one you can avoid with an infrastructure wireless network.
For example, if one of your team members needs to be added to the wireless network, a new user must simply be created on the server. Similarly, if an employee moves desks or the company changes locations, there are no wires to manage; just unplug and plug in the network again somewhere else.
Converting your business to wireless infrastructure can increase productivity across the board. Because of the increased mobility, employees can collaborate and share information wherever they need to and even take action during meetings instead of just taking notes and doing it later.
Wireless networking may carry a slightly higher initial investment, but the overall expenses over time are lower. The cost of maintenance for an infrastructure wireless network is also much less than the wired alternative.
A large, wired network requires purchasing cabling and paying for labor to have it run throughout the building, plus additional costs long-term when cables need to be added or replaced. Furthermore, wireless infrastructure may also have a longer lifecycle than a traditionally connected network.
Designing a good wireless network is a specialty. Unlike wired networks, wireless infrastructure needs to take into consideration the crosstalk and noise that can interfere with the access and performance of your organization. Location matters, too — a lot.
A wireless infrastructure designer and IT specialist will use predictive tools to design the right coverage and install the right equipment at the right locations. Multiple access points may be required and planning for them now is the way to go. The last thing you need is for your team to be unable to do their jobs because the wireless infrastructure can’t handle the demand.
Be sure to consult with an IT professional to ensure that you are getting the right type and amount of wireless networking to successfully account for your entire company.
Don’t wait until you have wireless issues before getting it up to par. Adding access points, especially ones that allow for advanced authentication, may seem like a hassle if you don’t need them at that moment, but it’s easier than trying to add them later.
Allow your company some room for growth in advance. Work with your trusted IT professional to map out a wireless infrastructure “path” that allows you to grow.
The happiness of your dedicated staff is the key to success. Hiring and retaining staff is one of the most difficult challenges for any organization, especially in today’s competitive and technological world. This generation’s employees are highly skilled, mobile and are accustomed to using multiple devices at once to be productive.
That being said, if you don’t have a properly designed wireless infrastructure, it’s very likely to displease your staff. That’s not good for morale or retention. Even if you have IT staff running around trying to fix everything, the eyerolls may translate to eyeing other companies.
Work with the Pros
At Information Transport Solutions, Inc.,a Uniti company, We are the experts in setting up and maintaining wireless networks designed to deliver reliable internet access and network communication. Wireless LANs are becoming a standard part of enterprise networks, covering entire campuses, not just meeting rooms. They’re a necessity in today’s professional world.
Our unified wired and wireless solution:
- Increases employee productivity
- Enhances collaboration
- Improves responsiveness to customers
- Addresses security, deployment, management, and control issues involved in large-scale wireless LAN rollouts
Ready to partner up? Give us a call today.