Having Wi-Fi in your office is more than just a convenience today; it’s a necessity.  There are many choices that can fit your individual needs for a Wi-Fi network as different environments call for different types of Wi-Fi setups.  From using a combination of a wireless firewall or access points to a full mesh network, there are many options for ensuring your office has the best possible Wi-Fi connection available.  As a Managed IT services provider, Natural Networks has trained experts who can help you determine the best ways to setup and manage wireless for your particular needs.

Understanding Your Wireless Network

It’s important to understand the wireless setup that will work best in your office, which can serve both your employees and clients when needed. Today the most common wireless standard is 802.11AC, which offers a connection of up to 233 feet and can potentially be as fast as 1.33 gigabits per second.  This range and speed, however, is only possible under the most optimal conditions, where there are no obstructions in the way.

Most wireless signals will vary based on the positioning of your firewall, the connecting client devices, and the number and type of walls in between them.  If you notice that your current wireless signal is weak in some areas, there are options available that can help improve your wireless speeds and connectivity.

The most common option is to use a mesh network.  This will blanket your office in wireless connectivity so as to eliminate weak or dead wireless spots.  A mesh wireless network utilizes several wireless devices to relay your wireless signal throughout your office.  Mesh networks can be easily managed, and new mesh wireless devices can be added when needed to expand your wireless network.  Natural Networks is a managed IT services provider who can not only help set up a mesh wireless network in your office, but also manage it as well.

Configuring Your Wireless Networks

When setting up your wireless network, it is recommended that it’s secured with a strong password and using WPA2-PSK encryption.  This ensures that intruders do not access your wireless network easily and use your bandwidth, thereby slowing down your network speeds.  Keeping your wireless signal secure will not only help ensure it is fast, but it will also prevent hackers and cyber-criminals from accessing your data or stealing your information.

Setting up a guest network can help mitigate the risks of giving out your wireless password to those who do not connect to your internal network.  You can also limit the speeds and how many connections are allowed on a guest network so that it has less of an impact for your wireless devices.

Controlling your wireless network and the hardware you choose to use can make the difference between having a subpar wireless network, and a great wireless network.  Natural Networks is a managed IT Services company with experts who can help setup and configure the best wireless network for your home and office.  If you want to learn more, give us a call today!