WiFi is becoming the de facto way to connect to the Internet. With devices like smartphones, tablets and even new laptops shipping without an Ethernet port, the ability have consumer-leaning devices connecting to a work network is becoming harder. That wouldn’t be as big of a problem, but as more and more companies allow employees to bring their own devices to work, the need of having a WiFi network within offices becomes more and more crucial.
An office WiFi network isn’t just about Internet connectivity; there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. Some network design and planning is needed to ensure everything is going to work properly.
You may be able to connect to the web, but how does your laptop connect up with the local file server? While some offices have been able to set up a wired network and have been able to get file-sharing running smoothly without much troubleshooting, WiFi connectivity can be confusing. Making sure the layout of the network is critical to making sure that all of the computers on your office network can properly interface together.
Printing is another one of those things that is easy on a wired network, but can be complicated on a wireless network.
One of the things that often is forgotten in office wireless networks is making an option for guests to be able to connect to your office network. Many of us would agree that giving a guest your office WiFi password isn’t wise. Making a guest access to your network would mean that they would be on their own network outside of your business network to ensure better security. If your office has a lot of guests that come in for meetings, this having may be something that you would need to add.
Hire a Pro
Want to put in an office WiFi work but don’t want to deal with the headache of installing and configuring one? Hiring a local company that can install, design and configure the network that would be best for your business will give you the peace of mind that everything will be done right! There may be necessary hardware and software you need to get, which a consultant would be able to help you with.