How to select and implement a wireless network
When choosing a wireless network that suits your business’s needs, there are many factors to consider. It is important to start by analyzing your network needs. This will help you determine the type of wireless networking that you require.
Small businesses have many options when it comes to wireless networking
The majority of cases, you will have the following options:
These are local wireless solutions that use less space than wireless networks but can be slower than a traditional office network.
Wireless network solutions –these can connect non-cabled offices, provide extranet and intranet access, or offer shared internet or extranet access. These are an excellent option for providing easy network access to employees who are visiting your office.
These technologies can be used to keep mobile employees in touch with the company and allow them to access its resources from anywhere. You should also consider whether wired networks are appropriate in certain situations.
Plan for the phase of wireless network rollout
You will need to think about many things during the planning phase.
What will it cost to train your staff? What will the training cost for staff? How long will it take?
Think about the cultural impact. How will you feel if your employees aren’t at their desks or away from the office? How can your staff and business adapt to this new working arrangement?
It will be necessary to connect your wireless and fixed networks together. It can be hard to monitor wireless devices such as employees’ smartphones, which are connected to your network. You may need to use special monitoring software/hardware.
Standardize hardware and establish strong security standards. Are other systems such as telephones as flexible?
Are you able to manage and train employees and manage a wireless local network (WLAN).
Are you prepared for the extra volume of communication?
Implement your wireless network
In most cases, will be required for implementation.
All training is available.
Encourage feedback and participation from staff.
To manage the implementation, you might consider forming a cross-departmental group. This will increase staff buy-in and ensure the company’s success.
Assess the impact
To assess the impact of your wireless networking implementation, you can:
You can monitor and evaluate the effects on your business against your goals.
Ask for feedback from customers, staff, and suppliers.
You can evaluate the impact of your actions after six months or one year. Are you achieving your goals? What can you do to improve?