- June 1, 2017
The reliance on wireless has never been more crucial to modern day business.
The reliance on wireless has never been more crucial to modern day businesses. The ability to access information anywhere at any time has become the normal standard operation for any business.
Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) infrastructure was once considered an extension of the LAN, but in recent years it has become the main method of accessing the network for many users.
Business grade Wi-Fi infrastructure is required to support the demand driven by wireless smart devices that require data-intensive, high-speed connections to business applications and services.
Key Features Of A Business-Grade Wireless Network Solution.
Every business is different and the requirements of each business should be reflected in the design of the WLAN, LAN and WAN. The WLAN must support the IT solution so it can meet the business needs.
Trying to implement Wi-Fi service or any IT service into a business without a design is like trying to hit a target blindfolded.
Whether it be a single wireless access point (WAP) for a small office, or a city wide public Wi-Fi network, a design has to be done. Wi-Fi service should integrate, operate & support the business requirements as seamless as possible.
‘interference from the microwave-oven’, ‘the corner office gets low signal’, ‘the Wi-Fi is just bad’….we have all heard these excuses before.
The performance and reliability of Wi-Fi has been enhanced by the shift away from the over-crowded 2.4GHz radio band to the much larger and ‘cleaner’ 5GHz band. Another change is the appearance of technology that can detect, adjust and improve the radio communication between the wireless infrastructure and user devices.
Business grade Wi-Fi is well and truly reliable. From running multiple HD-video streams in the conference room, to running life critical applications in health care. The WLAN should be as reliable as the LAN, why? – Because it’s running the business as well.
Transmitting large amounts of data to a large amount of users in a small space (e.g. Conference rooms/halls, stadiums, aeroplanes) has been an ultimate goal for Wi-Fi engineers. We now have on-demand HD live video being streamed to sports fans at the stadium, who can also order food to be delivered to their seats at the same time.
So what’s next? 4k or even 8k virtual reality streaming to a wireless device? Or just making everything wireless…..the Internet of Things. The amount of data been delivered to the end user is increasing exponentially. And the WLAN infrastructure must deliver this increase.
Security has been one of the biggest issues with wireless, as it is prone to denial-of-service attacks, man-in-middle attacks, data theft and many more threats.
But wireless technology has fought back, and is now leading the way in secure communications. WLAN infrastructure can incorporate secure services, such as advance AAA services (Authentication, Authorisation & Accounting), Over-the-Air Encryption and dedicated RF detection hardware to detect and block these potential threats.
Our work environment changes over time and the way we work also changes. The Wi-Fi service should complement and reflect business operations by allowing the business to be flexible and not impede its adaption to the work environment.
The WLAN should operate autonomously in the background, but be able to be configured and optimized to meet any situation required. The WLAN hardware should also match the environmental conditions it is running in – from the modern open office to a harsh outdoor environment.
The management and control of WLAN should enable both administrators and wireless users to perform their tasks in the business environment.
ANALYTICS AND REPORTING
When you make an investment in WLAN you want to know how it is tracking and what it is returning to the business. Having a comprehensive reporting feature for a WLAN solution can help answer these questions, and more.
The statistical information gathered by a WLAN network can proactively influence a business on decisions about the network. Answering questions like ‘is the wireless being used?’ or ‘is it being used correctly?’ to complex queries from the retail sector, like ‘how many customers walked into a shop vs. how many customers passed by the shop?’
Traditional wireless devices in notebooks, tablets and smartphones have been around for years, and we are now seeing an emergence of a new wireless market based around IoT.
The future of WLAN is to interconnect IoT wireless devices. The traditional wireless access point (WAP) will also include low energy and low bandwidth protocols, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee, alongside the Wi-Fi service.
Preparing the WLAN for the next generation of wireless devices in the workplace has become a critical step in future proofing your business.