A wireless internet network allows you to connect to the internet without the hassle of connecting/disconnecting those cumbersome LAN cables. With the advent of mobile computer devices such as laptops and smartphones, Wi-Fi has become pretty much a necessary for every establishment. So even if you’re a small business, it’s important to have a fast and reliable wireless network in place.
However, setting up a wireless network for a business is a much more complex task than a home wireless network. The consumer-based wireless devices simply are not designed to handle heavy workloads and a large number of devices all using the network. There is no getting away from the fact that a business-grade wireless network will require extra investment.
Quality of the network
Most people think that a wireless router is the way to go if you want wireless internet coverage. That may be true for home users, but when it comes to business these routers will not cut it. For a business it is absolutely important that you should invest in a wireless access point (WAP). A wireless access point is a device which connects to the wired LAN and allows other wireless routers to connect to it.
A high quality WAP is able to handle 15-20 clients at once. However, the number of clients a WAP can truly handle will depend on the usage scenario.
Multiple wireless networks
A major advantage of using a WAP is the ability to create multiple wireless networks using the same wired connection as the source of bandwidth. This allows the administrator to have fine control over the access of the network from users. For example, if you would like the guests to have access to a separate wireless connection that was created for them specifically. This ensures that you do not have to share company passwords with guests, while not denying them internet connectivity.
Factors to consider
Depending on your use case, you’ll need to take into account several variables that will affect the performance of your wireless network.
If your work space is a small one, within 1500 square feet, a single wireless access point will do the job. For a larger area, you will need to invest in multiple access points to provide reliable wireless network coverage.
While deciding on which wireless adaptor, router or access point to invest in, make sure to check the wireless standards that it supports. The most commonly used wireless standard is 802.11n. It’s readily available and is supported by most modern devices. At 450+Mbps, it is able to handle even the most taxing of wireless requirements for small networks.
Implementing a wireless network is an obvious decision for any business. Making it perform reliably and securely however requires a conscious effort. Take factors such as coverage area, wireless standards and security into consideration. If you’re serious about security, a firewall might be worth looking into as well.