What to Consider When Setting Up a Wireless Network for Your Business

A business these days has a lot of requirements. Yet, it’s all too easy for a business owner to overlook a wireless network until the last minute.

It’s understandable, since other necessities like logistic or securing a space may take precedence. Once your doors open, though, you’ll want that small business WiFi in place. That proves critical if you’re considering a BYOD policy.

Of course, not every small business owner can excel at small business IT. If you’re in this boat, keep reading for our guide on what to consider when setting up a wireless network.

Preliminaries

Give some serious consideration to how much bandwidth your business will realistically use. For example, will you host your own website on your own server? Will you use cloud-based apps instead of locally installed software.

If so, you’ll need a lot more bandwidth than if you use a hosting company and favor locally-installed software. Most ISPs offer tiers of service for businesses. If in doubt, doubt for a higher level of bandwidth.

Signal Strength

Even a high-end wireless router can only produce a solid signal over so much area. That area will shrink even more depending on how much physical stuff is in the way and any radio frequency interference.

If you’re worried that your network won’t hold up over the entire work area, you can get a wireless site survey. These surveys can help you pinpoint weak areas in your network that can use an extender.

If your survey reveals a lot of weak points due to poor line of sight or interference, you might also consider a mesh network. Mesh networks use lots of individual nodes that provide more uniform access to the network throughout a space. If you employ some manner of IT support, they can typically guide you through getting the right mesh network hardware for your needs.

Security

You’ll want the normal security measure built into WiFi routers, called WPA or WiFi protected access, turned on as a basic security measure. This creates a password log-in feature that anyone accessing the network must use.

If you’re very concerned about hacking and data security, you can also invest in firewall hardware. It’s another device that network traffic passes through that can filter out suspect users. Again, someone who provides IT support can help you pick and install this hardware for your network.

Setting Up a Wireless Network for Your Business

At some point, setting up a wireless network for your business will happen. You’ll need it, especially if you plan on using cloud-based software in your business.

Make sure you work with an ISP that offers you enough bandwidth to support your needs. If in doubt, start with more bandwidth. You can always downgrade to less bandwidth later.

Get your signal strength sorted out early with WiFi extenders or a mesh network if needed.

Don’t stint on security. Enable the WPA protections and get a supplemental firewall if necessary.

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